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I like to dabble in DIY, sometimes doing a good job whilst other times things may go a bit, well, a bit wrong. Luckily I've not had a serious accident as yet, which is helped by having the right tools for the right jobs.
One particular tool that I like to use, for convenience and speed, is a battery operated drill as it not only allows me to go anywhere without being restricted by the length of the power cable but, if it has the power and stamina, it not only helps in drilling holes, it also helps cut time in screwing things into position.
So, over the years, I have used many many types of battery operated drills, some with a well known brand on them, such as DeWalt or Bosch, whilst other have names on them that even a Professor would struggle to pronounce.
One particular drill that I have used, and still do, is from a well known company called Draper, with this drill being the Draper 18V cordless drill.
Before we get into the looks of this drill we shall go through some specs for the boffins amongst us...
* It is a powerful 18 volt hammer drill.
* Keyless chuck, which means that, using both hands and a good grip, you can change the bits without scrambling around for the chuck key.
* It has a variable speed function, which really means that it has two speed settings boosted by the fact that the trigger is sensitive and help you control the speed easily.
* It has an electric brake, which means that when you release the trigger the chuck stops spinning in seconds
* Forward and reverse features, which is standard in most battery drills.
* It has a soft grip handle which can be held firmly without fear of blisters rupturing as you drill along.
* Motor speeds of 0/400/1100 rpm, depending on speed selection and trigger pressure, but it offers plenty of speed for most DIY jobs and beyond.
* The chuck has a maximum capability for drilling, being 10mm for steel, 25mm for wood and 12mm for masonry. Anything above that and you may well struggle, even damaging the drill itself.
* The entire drill, including the battery, is about 2.5kg, which may sound heavy but I've handle heavier.
Now we can get into what it looks like?
It looks very much like any other battery operated drill that I have come across, with a heavy battery at the bottom, attached to a shaft like handle housing a trigger which, when pressed, fires up the inbuilt motor which is housed above the shaft and in turn spins the 'chuck' at the front end of the drill itself.
On the base where the battery slots onto there is a small gap like grip which cleverly houses a double headed screwdriver bit, which, if lost, can be replaced by the majority of bits without too much trouble.
The main body is a bit of a boring blue colour, with a few dashes of orange showing you where the more important things are, such as the trigger, the directional switch and the clips for the battery.
There are also a few flashes of silver surrounding the motor area above the shaft and there is a nice touch of black around the handle and the torque control, together with the chuck itself.
On the top the is a slider switch which gives you control over the speed of the drill.
Around the chuck, just behind it, there is the torque itself, which has 17 settings, all etched around the black plastic clearly stating what the numbers are. Then, in front of this there is the hammer option with a little diagram of a hammer and drill bit to let you know which is which function.
Behind the trigger there is the directional button, being a lovely orange colour so that you know its there. You simply push this one way for the chuck to spin one way, then push the button the other way to reverse the direction of the chuck.
This isn't my favourite drill, nor is it my most powerful either, but it is a cracking little tool that offers a great amount of power and can handle a long running job without too much hassle. Plus, as the second battery can be charged in an hour this drill can be used more or less none stop as one of the two batteries that this comes with should remain charged long enough for the other to charge... if you know what I mean?.
Although I do have to say that the attached battery will lose a little power as it is resting in the drill, but not enough to drain it.
And speaking of the battery, or batteries in this case. These are quite heavy, which helps keep this upright when you put it on the ground, making it harder to fall over, harder but not impossible.
It is easy to use, with a few twists and turns of the dials surrounding the chuck and once you've set the torque dependant on the job at hand you shouldn't be screwing into the work too much, thus limiting the damage to anything your doing.
The drill can get a bit heavy, especially after holding it for a while, but I do like the feel of this one and find that, due to the soft feel of the handle, the weight of it doesn't really make using it any effort at all.
The quick brake function basically means that when you let go of the trigger that motor stops pretty quickly, stopping the chuck from spinning so that you have more control over the drilling and screwing overall. Add that to the torque settings and you've got a lot of control over this drill than ever.
And there's also a strap on the rear of the battery area which is supposed to be for your hand to go through so that you don't drop this if you are climbing a ladder or the likes.
I think I mentioned that it was a keyless chuck, which is the case in most battery drills these days, and makes life a lot easier when swapping drill bits to driver bits. It's a simple matter of gripping the front section of the chuck with one hand, then turning the other section with the other hand. Or, like me, a quick gentle squeeze of the trigger in the right direction and the chuck comes loose or tightens up, (but this can lead to blisters and scraping of the skin, but you get used to it).
Apart from this blue drill you also get a rather well made and very useful blow moulded case, plus a few extra little bits as well, such as a spare battery, a 1 hours quick charger, some drill bits and also a few screwdriver bits as well, which as I say, all fit in there own little place in the blow moulded case.
So what about the cost of this useful little tool?
This Draper drill sells for around the £80.00 region, and for that you get a spare battery with a 1 hours charger. Now that is a bargain in anyone's eyes.
Would I recommend this drill?
Yes, even at the £80 price tag as it can handle many jobs around the house and beyond.
I have put mine through its paces and it has never failed me once. Plus, with the second battery charged in an hour, I have done jobs in no time at all without having to wait for the battery to charge before getting on with the job in hand.