“ Brand: Power Devil „
How can any drill that cost £12.99 be any good? That was my first thought too. Strolling through Great Mills/ Focus DIY, I spotted a drill/ driver for the silly price of £12.99, "probably good for making holes in chocolate and cheese!" I said trying to cover up a genuine interest. Fact is I'd thought about getting a cordless screwdriver for ages and never got round to it. I sidled over to the large pile of boxes trying to be aloof, picked one up and started to read. Power Devil PDX72, cordless drill-driver, reverse action, 7.2volt motor, 450rpm, 6 torque settings, 5-hour charge time. Well 450rpm is faster than any cordless screwdriver I'd seen so at least it should be able to screw screws in and out. The price was close to that of a cordless screwdriver anyway so I went mad and bought one. I had a screwdriver with interchangeable bits but the handle broke leaving the bits quite useless. With the now broken screwdriver came an adapter to attach the bits to a socket wrench. This adapter could be fitted into the new drills chuck and the bits could now be used again. This was a good thing as the only bit supplied with the PDX72 is a double ender, Phillips one end, and flat at the other. I charged the battery with the supplied charger, as the rather sparse instructions had demanded. Five hours, and certainly no more than seven or they will send the boys round. Five hours is a long time to wait when you want to get screwing so I used the time to gather some Cadbury`s Dairy Milk and some Cheddar as test subjects. When charged, the battery did make the drill turn at what appeared to be 450rpm, so I fitted a small drill bit and had a bash at the washing line post (wood). Keeping the pressure low and allowing the drill to do the work at its own pace removed any residual smirk on my face. The drill bit sank in to the chuck with little problem. Next test bricks. Ok, all those in the Fair Treatment for Little
Drills movement will be calling for my blood at this point, but in the interests of scientific research I had to do it. A one eighth inch masonry bit was fitted and I wished the little drill well in its quest. The bit did go into the brick a couple of millimetres but however much it bravely tried it would go no deeper. Compassion forced me to spare the drill from damage; my respect for the tool was growing. Cat food tin. With a little effort this too was vanquished. The real job of this drill is driving screws into wood and it does so very well indeed. Self-assembly furniture is a real pain, but this little red drill is a real time saver. I had to drill a hole in a plaster cornice to pass a telephone cable through. Standing on stepladders with a drill cable around your ankles could be very unsafe. Cordless drills are a good thing. The PDX72 performs far better than I expected it would. I had no right to think that at £12.99 it would do what it can. Wood, light gauge metal, but no dense brick or the like if you have any compassion. Drill bits must be sharp for any drill to perform properly, more so with a modest drill like this one The instructions do give a lot of information about safety, battery care etc. But little about torque settings which is a shame. My little red tool has helped me a great deal for small jobs that my mains drill cable can't stretch to. We have become firm friends based on mutual respect. Go on. Get a little red friend and have some fun!
I bought a Power Devil drill cordless with hammer action. It worked very well for while and then one day whilst removing a screw and holding the drill firmly the large black chuck assembly unscrewed at the same speed as I was removing the screw. I was then left with a handful of chuck and drill. It appears that now having screwed it back together I have no hammer action. It was wonderful until this happened. It seems the fixing method for the chuck was 2 screws that to me were not actually screwed into anything to stop the assembly from undoing itself. I hope that this is just a flaw in my drill and not all of them because other than that the 1 hour charge and drill bits supplied plus 5 torque settings and hammer action has served me well.
As a single parent not only do I have to watch the pennies but I have more of those little jobs that need doing round the house, like putting up shelves and curtain rails etc, those jobs I have to say over the years had got fed up with waiting for them to be done. Now I do have plenty of offers to do those little dIY jobs I had decided to take the task in-hand and purchase some powertools that would allow me to become a DIY Whizz. I picked up the latest copy of the Argos Catalogue and pondered over the various Power tools big ones, small ones and as for the prices! Until I came accross a special little package - PowerDevil Twin Pack, Hammer Drill and Cordless Drill pack for a mere £24.99. So off I trotted to the local store and purchased the twin pack, the pack also included instructions and a set of drills to start me off. Powerful, good weight, steady and why the heck did I not get one sooner? This is a brilliant deal for anyone that doesn't want to spend a fortune on power-tools but does however want a brilliant package for all those little jobs around the house.
Even though it has the name of Power Devil on it, the drill is a well built and well featured cordless hammer drill, the motor is made by Johnson which i am told is a quality make, the battery has a large voltage of 19.2V and is made by Panasonic, the keyless chuck made is made by Jacobs and is a 13mm one which is rare to see on budget priced tool. The drill has 16 torque settings, standard drill mode, hammer drill mode variable speed which is 0-1000 rpm as well as forward and reverse actions. The battery charge time is 1 hour which is a real bonus. The drill is comfortable in use despite the bulk of the battery. It comes in a plastic case which also includes a small selection of drill/driver bits. All in all an exellent package at an excellent price. Available from Homebase.
We have an expensive plug in hammer drill, and a cheap £25 Power Devil cordless drill/driver. Yes the cheap one is the one that gets used most. It came in a case with a selection of drill bits and a couple of screwdriver bits. Keep it charged up and when you need to use a drill or drive a screw you pick it up and use it instantly, no need for extension cables through a circuit breaker to the nearest socket. It will easily handle a wide range of SMALL jobs and small jobs are what I mostly do. For anything heavy you can't beat the more powerful plug in drills but I wouldn't be without my cheap cordless.