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It is shaped like all other drills, gun shaped, with the battery at the bottom of the handle. This battery slots in to place and clip locks there, making is safe and secure.
There's the trigger which is at the top of the handle, with the reverse/forward slider button being just behind it. This button slides from one side to the other.
On the top there is the gear shift slider button for changing the gear pressure, which comes in handy for the hammer function.
On the very front there is the chuck itself, which has the torque setting ring just behind it, with a slight gap between the chuck and the drill itself. This is to allow the hammer action to have somewhere to go.
The chuck is the more modern keyless one, which means that it can be tightened/loosened by hand. Grab the chuck cover and turn, the brake locks in place after a bit of a turn and once it does the sleeve turns around very easily.
The last thing to mention is the little gap just in front of the battery housing, this is to take the free double headed screwdriver bit that comes with this drill. This bit clips in place and stays there until you need it.
This has got the mobility of the cordless drill whilst having the power to stamina of a corded drill, with the batteries managing to last for an extraordinary long time.
The handle makes holding it a pleasure, in the drill world, which means that I can use it for a long time without it causing my palms any troubles at all.
The bit changing is so simple to use, even with one hand, as the brakes of the unit lock the back section of the chuck in place when you turn the front ring. The torque settings are great for screwing into material without damaging anything.
The price of this drill is about £150 - £200, which sounds a heck of a lot of money for a drill but this is Dewalt and with that name on it you know it's going to be good, if not great. Which it is.
To be honest, if I had the money I would buy a couple of these as they are not only powerful and mobile their batteries have brilliant life span, which can not be said for other drill batteries.
Sadly though, as these black and yellow workers cost a couple of hundred quid each I can't afford it. But, as I have a rather fine back up drill and driver machine I can hang fire in buying another Dewalt.
It's your standard power drill shape, being like a gun, which is probably why men like to carry them around with them. The battery sits on the bottom, weighing the drill in the right place so that it can sit on the handle without toppling over. Up the handle there is the trigger, with a sliding button on the side of the handle which is the directional control, be it forward or reverse.
Then there's the main body, with the motor at the rear and the chuck at the front. The chuck itself sits in front of the torque settings, 1 -16, and the drill/screw/hammer setting, both these settings are controlled on a ring motion, turn the ring, set the control. The chuck is a 13mm version, so make sure you get the right sized bits.
Finally, on the top of the drill, there is the gear shift, which is a sliding switch and changes the pressure of the brushes when slid along.
It does come with a spare battery, which means 2 NiCD 18 volt rechargeable batteries so when one dies you've got another to crack on with. It houses an electronic brake so the chuck stops straight away.
The battery slots into place using a simple clipping method, detaching by pressing the catches on either side of it.
This is not the best drill I have used, by far, in fact, for power to stamina ratio it falls far short of being in my top twenty. The batteries are quite quick to charge, (3 hours, which is pretty quick in the recharging world), but when you;re using Ni-CD batteries on a hammer drill then you know you're not going to get much time out of them. No wonder you get two with this drill.
The drill itself is a good weight, even with the battery in place. It is nice to hold, with the handle having a bit of a soft feel where its needed most.
The keyless chuck is easy to use and simple to operate, so there's no need to carry any special tools in order to change the bits.
The price I paid for this, including the spare battery, was around £40, and as it comes in a lovely plastic carry case it's not a bad hammer drill for those lower, less stressful jobs. But if you're a bricky, or just want to add a few hanging basket brackets to your outside wall then this is going to cause more frustration after a while.
It's a bit of a beast, with a beasts name, or the Reciproccator, although I've heard it called the crocodile/alligator. It is a good 530mm long, not including the blade, which adds another 150mm on that. It is about 165mm high, at the handle, including the battery, which slots into the handle itself. The entire thing weighs in at nearly 5kg, so it's not for the faint hearted.
The trigger is housed inside the handle, on the rear end, which the guard being the entire handle and front section. As we go along the saw, there's another handle which your other hand holds and not only take the weight of the saw but uses it to control the direction of it too.
The blade slots into the front, locking into place with the twist of your hands, and a bit of pushing and pulling. And there's a little lock switch that you need to press in order to get the trigger working, this is a safety device and works well, meaning you need two hands to start it up.
The battery is aNi-Mh 3.3Ah 24volt one and it does seem to keep a good charge for a longer time than I expected.
It takes about an hour to charge, giving you about 20-30 minutes of mad cutting time, depending on what you're cutting.
It can take different size blades, which the front foot section being able to slide in and out to keep the blade balanced and stop it from being pushed back when cutting.
This is one of those tools that you either need or don't need. It os one of them that you might use once or twice, then stick it in the back of the shed. But if you've got an open fire and a pathway to lots of branches in the woods, then this will chomp them into burnable sizes in no time at all, even on a battery. They do do a mains powered 240vlit version for half the price, which is worth thinking about.
The cost of this massive saw is about £200, although you can get it from other shops for less.
For me, this was great for chopping branches off the tree that were on the verge of causing damage, yet still hanging on in there. And it's great for cutting wood for the fire, but for the price I paid I think I should have left it on the shelf in the shop.
I did end up selling it on ebay and got 75% of my money back, which was nice.
It looks like your standard cordless drill, being about 250mm long, 65mm wide and about 230mm in height, weighing in at no more than 3kg.
It has a soft grip handle, meaning you can hold it for longer periods without blisters of your palm.
The drill bit housing is right at the front and has what in the trade is called a key-less chuck, with this one being rather easier to handle than most key-less chuck units, if I'm honest, as I can tighten of loosen the chuck with one hand, allowing the clutch of the drill to lock in place so that the back section of the chuck does not spin around as I turn the front section of it.
Just behind the chuck there is the torque setting which are changed by simply turning the thick black ring and selecting the number that you feel gives the right torque for the job in hand.
Right on the top you'll see a black switch that can be slid forward or backwards. This is the gear shift slider that, when slid forwards gives you the higher gear, with pulling it back giving you the lower gears. This makes it a lot easier to drill through more things that may be more dense. Right on the top there is the gear select slider, from first gear to second gear, normal to hammer.
There is a little light just above the trigger that shines on the area you're drilling/screwing. Then there's the reverse/forward slide button which is just up on the handle.
On the bottom there is the battery housing, which the battery is slid and locked into place.
The battery is a 1.3Ah, 18volt lithium Ion battery for longer use between charges. It has 11 torque setting using a two gear system with a double sleeve key-less 10mm chuck
It has a 3 hour charge from flat to fully charged and as the battery is Lithium Ion it holds its charge for longer in between uses.
And it all comes in a plastic case to keep all the bits and bobs in.
It's easy to use, easy to change bits, nice and light and has the stamina of a greyhound whilst giving you the power of a steroid addict in the gym...and there's a nice little strap near the battery that helps you keep it on you if you lose grip of the handle
It cost about £80, give or take, and is money well spent for the power and the fact that the battery is a Li-Ion and will outlast many other batteries for stamina.
It looks like any other hair trimmer, with the cutting teeth at the front, one set running over another set, which the hair on your head, (or where ever you're trimming), gets in between to the crossing of the teeth and trims it off.
The on/off switch is on the right side toward the rear end, with the cable coming right out of the rear. This is ideal as the cable does not get tangle up as you go about using the trimmer on your head.
Just behind the teeth head there is a little lever, this is to give a fraction of a mm to the cutting edges, moving the lever up and down in order to give a finer cut.
It is only about 60mm wide making it easy to grip and manoeuvre around your head. The length of it is about 170mm long so your hand is not in the way of the trimming area.
You not only get the hair trimmer, you also get 8 cutting combs, a normal comb, a pair of scissors and a nose hair trimmer. Plus a lovely case to keep it all in.
These cutting combs are there to give you a choice of hair lengths, from totally shaved, with no comb attached, to 25mm, with the largest comb fitted. I tend to stick with the 12mm and the 9mm, using the 12mm first if I've let my hair grow for too long. But I stick with the 9mm as I find that the right length.
These cutting combs simple slide on to the front of the teeth, locking the little catch on the back of the cutting head.
The teeth don't seem sharp but the way that the top layer slide over the bottom layer you'd think that they were razor sharp, the way that it trims section of my hair with just an easy push across my scalp.
It is pretty quiet, compared to some i've used, although when it touches the skull bone it does seem louder than it actually is.
I do advise spraying some sort of lubricant over the teeth and where the cutting head joins the main handle section. This helps keep the cutting head nice and smooth running, ready for the next cut. (I use WD40, spray a bit over the head and away I go)
The price of these hair trimmers is about £20 - £25 from any good sellers.
I've not used the nose trimmer but it's there if you need it.
It looks a little different that my normal drivers/drills as, on first glance, there does not seem to be a battery. But there is, it's actually inside the handle itself. The entire unit is about 200mm high, 170mm long and about 60mm wide.
On the top front of the handle there is the trigger,
Right at the front is the chuck and the torque settings, all being controlled using your hands, turning them easily.
On the top there is the gear settings, 1st and 2nd gear, depending on the power you want. This is achieved by sliding the slider forward or backward.
The batteries slot into the bottom of the handle and lock into place using a clip that locks over it. You get two batteries with this, both being 2.6Ah ni-MH which means more drilling/driving with no bulky battery to tangle with. These batteries are about 120mm high and about 40mm in diameter, sort of, as it's not circular, more oval shaped.
It has a 10mm chuck.
A one hour charge system
It has 17 torque setting, including the drill. These are numbered 1-16 + a drill bit logo.. the idea is that the lower the number the less torque, this stops the chuck from spinning and stops you screwing through that piece of Chipendale.
This is more a driver than a drill, Why? Well, because it's not really got the stamina for constant drilling, where as it has for constant screwing, as long as your screwing into pre driver holes, using a better quality drill. (Black and Decker EGB 148 KB 14.4v).
It's nice and light. But I did find that these batteries did not like to be charged to often, which is a silly for rechargable batteries. After a few months I noticed that they were taking longer to charge and they were losing power a lot quicker, which resulted in a choice of buying a new battery, (£40+) or a new drivers..? I opted for a complete change in direction, getting a new Black and decker..
This is not a bad starter driver for putting up flat packs and small jobs like that, but when it comes to longer jobs around this one falls shorter than Ronnie Corbett in the triple jump.
The price for this driver/drill, is about £20 - £25, which is not that bad for a driver/drill, with two decent batteries that hold their charge, plus a charging unit and a lovely little plastic case to keep it all in.
On the top there is the grip handle at the rear, which has a black soft feel section of on the underside, together with the same feel on the very top, this is basically the areas where you are most likely to place your hands when using it. The trigger is just up from the black soft grip and is easy to touch with the first finger, which means no need to manoeuvre your hands in such a way that could cause damage to one of your phalanges. There is also a locking button, just above the trigger, that locks the trigger in the on position, deactivating with the retouch of the trigger.
At the front there is the control grip which is best for steering the plane in a way so that you can keep it in a straight line.
On one side there is the housing for the belt, which is covered by a plastic guard and is easy to unscrew in order to change the belt if and when needed.
On the other side there is a hole, or what looks like a whole, that is about the size of a vacuum pipe, which is exactly what it is. It is the vacuum cleaner pipe that sucks the shaving away so that you don't have to sweep up later.
The underside is of the footplate there is a section that looks like it's missing, this is where the blade comes through in order to do the shaving of the wood. This blades depth is controlled by turning the front knob, using the numbers around it to get the blades depth where you want it. It is best to keep the blade as shallow as possible as if the blade is set to 'deep' you'll likely rip the wood rather than plane it. This depth guide is great for when you're making grooves within the wood, as the footplate will stay on the surface as the blade goes deeper and deeper, using the attachable width guide, which consists of a couple of metal rods and a metal plate that runs along the wood.
There is also a little black bobble on the rear of the footpale, this is a sort of kick stand so that you can put the plane down without damaging the blade.
This is a cracking electric plane and takes the real stress out of planing that piece of wood. It is as good as my manual planers and is as easy to control. It is a bit noisy but not as bad as some i've used. Maybe it's on par with a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro with a crack in its manifold
And the cost.? This goes fro about £70, with a more up to date one selling for double that.
This little saw, although when I say little it is actually about 350mm long, 200mm high(including the blade) and about 90mm wide. Although the handle does add another 90mm to the width. And it weighs in at just over 3kgs.
It offers 5500rpms and, according to the instructions, you can give it a good 30 minutes of continuous use without burning the motor out.
It can be used on most, if not all, material, wood, metal, brick, concrete, plastic, copper.. anything you put in front of it. This usually depends on the blades you use,
It has two blades, which spin in opposite directions, for a quick and gentler cutting motion. These double blades are placed in the same section of the machine, using the specially designed 'locking wrench on a piece of string'. This has the wrench on one side and a locking rod on the other, the rod going through the holes in the blades whilst you tighten/loosen the blade bolt.
Once the blades are in place you grab the handle, which is on the side of the machine and is nice to hold, even when in use. Together with the grip, using the push forward on button, and away you go....
I've used it when putting decking together, slicing through the boards, posts even the metal nails when things have gone wrong. I've even used it on laminate flooring, plywood and other 'more delicate' material, and had no issues with it at all, although it can leave a bit of a rough burr on some woods and metals, copper piping being one of them.
It has an arch of plastic covering the blade which means that the blade does not become visible until the material you're cutting has pushed the plastic guard back. You can bypass this if you need to cut 'down' on something, by holding the plastic cover up, but this exposes the blades teeth to your fingers.
It may seem heavy but once the blade is on the material it's cutting the weight drops as the machine rests down. But don't let go of it though, but even if you do let go the switch deactivates the motor cuts off.
The price of this useful saw is about £65, which is good value for money for a versatile saw like this one.
If you need an all round saw that has power and versatility then this is money well spent. It was for me.
The drill is about 170mm high, from base of handle to top of motor housing. It is about 160mm long, from back to the end of the chuck. The chuck itself is a 10mm version and is keyless, which means it opens and closes using your hands and not a chuck key. Around the ring just behind the chuck there are the torque settings, from 1 to 11, making it easier to drive a screw into place without damaging the area around it.
On the top of the housing there is a selector switch, which chooses the hammer function or normal drilling. The hammer function is design for drilling into stubborn things, such as brick or concrete, as it not only spins the chuck it pushes it back and forth as well, so it's like hitting the drill bit whilst it's spinning.
On the bottom of the handle there is the 14.4volt 1.5Ah battery connection point, with the battery clicking into place, locking tights.
The batteries are Ni-cd, (Nickel Cadmium), and not Li-ion, (Lithium Ion), so they do lose charge when not being used which means that it's best to pre-plan the job in hand and charge the batteries the day before.
The battery takes about an hour to charge, and you not only get the drill, you get a spare battery, a battery charger, a double headed drill bit, a flat head and a cross head. You also get a plastic case to keep it all in. It does have a battery power indicator to let you know how much juice the battery has left in it.
The soft grip handle is simple. Just pop in a drill/driver bit, make sure the battery has the power, then place bit on work and squeeze the trigger, pushing gently on the drill to give it a bit of leverage. That's it. It has a forward and reverse choice, which means that you can unscrew as well as screw screws in.
wood is 30mm, steel and masonary is 10mmThe chuck spins at up to 1200rpms, with the trigger being used as speed control – that means the harder you pull the trigger the faster the chuck spins.
I used this for many months and it did a fine job. The main issue for me was the batteries, which lost charge when sitting unused for a few days. I prefer the more stable Li-Ion ones that hold the charge.
This has the power, even the hammer function has the kick, so long as the batteries are fully charged. Once the battery falls a bit down you do see the difference in the power.
This drill sells for about £45 - £55, depending on where you get it from.
I like DIY and have used several different tools during my DIY days, one of those tools being this one.
It's your basic jigsaw shape, being about 180mm high by 200mm long and 70mm wide, weighing in at no more than 1.5kg.
The handle is on the top, away from the cutting area, with a trigger on the underside of the handle and a locking button just above. There is a little dial on the trigger which is for changing the speed of the motor, allowing for easier cutting of different materials.
On the bottom there is the footplate, which is metal and as flat as a witches, whatsit..??
The blade sits just behind a plastic guard, which not only protects your fingers from being sliced open it also stops bits of wood and stuff flipping off into your eyes.
The blade is changed using a hexkey in the two screws above the blade area, which is a bit awkward but once you get used to it it's easy enough to do.
It offers 420watts of kick, which is good enough for most household jobs, although I wouldn't rely on this if you use these for a living as after a while the motor started to struggle on 'harder' material, which meant it became useless to me.. so the bin it went.
The handle is nice and comfy to hold, with the trigger and locking button in just the right places to get at them with your finger and thumb. The locking switch comes in handy when you are cutting through wider work as you don't have to keep your finger on the trigger, then to deactivated it, you just press the trigger once more.
Cutting through certain material you're working on, such as plywood, hardboard, thin plastics, then this is pretty smooth, although a good blade does make life a lot easier, but when it comes to slicing through tougher, such as metal or thicker woods, then this may drag a bit, no matter how good your blade...
It is good for smaller jobs, maybe if you don't DIY as much as you should do, so it is worth paying the £20 - £25 for this one. But, if you're like me and tend to use this sort of tool for longer and harder jobs then i'd give this a wide berth and spend a little extra on something that has more stamina.
I have had many drills during my time, some good, some bad and some that I'm embarrassed to call my own. With this one fitting in the middle of that list....
It looks like many other drills of its kind, having the bulky battery at the bottom of the handle, the trigger at the top of the handle, where it joins the top section, which makes it easier to pull with your finger. There's the reverse/forward button, which slides from one side to the other, making changing the direction of the chuck so easy. The there's the gear setting, which consists of a yellow sliding knob on the top, push forward for one gear, backward for the other. This helps in the hammer drill action.
Almost finally, there's the chuck itself, which is right at the front and has 21 different torque settings, including the drillings option, which is marked by what resembles a drill bit. Turn the back end of the 13mm chuck and choose the settings. Turn the front of the chuck and release the grips to change your bit, turn the other way to tighten.
Finally, there's the extra handle, which loops around the front of the drill, just behind the chuck, using a wingnut type bolt to secure it on place. This handle can be rotated around the drill giving you more handling options, making this drill easier for lefties.
There is also a little light on the front, above the battery, that shine s on the area the athe drill bit is touching.
And that's what the drill looks like...
It offers up to 1200rpm from the motor and the battery is an 24volt Ni-Cd one, which is a shame as a lithium neon would last longer between use.
The battery takes 3 – 5 hours to charge and for that you get about 15 - 30 minutes of use, which will drain if you use the hammer function.
This is one of those drills that is on the shelves in discount stores really, or it should be, as it is not in the top five of the best drills. It offers the power, and gives it well, for about 30 seconds, or less, as once the battery starts losing charge, which takes about 30 seconds, the power drops dramatically, which means you end up having to recharge the battery, 3 – 5 hours between each hole drilled.
If this came with a better quality battery then this would be up there with the best...
The price of this is £50.00
Would I buy it again..? No, I prefer to stick with the more modern battery types, Lithium neon, as they last a lot longer between meals.
It gives you 800 watts of power, or up to 900 rpms, and is about 380mm long, from handle end to chuck, (no bits in), and about 210mm high at both the back and front handle, and about 80mm wide, weighing in at almost 3kg.
It had two handles, the one at the rear having the trigger on is, giving you the control and also allowing you to get your body weight behind the power, which helps the bit do it's job sometimes. Then there's the front handle which gives you that little extra stability when it comes to those really stubborn concrete blocks. This front handle can be used anywhere around the drills circumference, so there's no worries for left or right handers.
It's needs a chuck key in order to open and lock the chuck, which holds the drill bits
It's not only great for power drilling, it also has something call a rotation stop, which means that it can be used for chiselling too, for such things as chiselling plaster off the walls, as long as you have the right drill bit that is.
Unlike many corded power drills this one has a reverse function, using the button at the handle of the tool, push down for forward and up for reverse.
There's a dial on side nearer the front which gives you a selection of speeds, including the hammer function, so there's nothing this one can't blast through.
Also near the front there is a depth gauge holder, which means that it is a small hole that allows you to slide a measuring rod through it, locking it on place, to give you the exact depth you want to drill.
The noise coming from this drill is pretty good, for the power, but once you start drilling into things the noise will get worse as the motor does what it is supposed to do.
The vents do a cracking job in keeping the motor cool and you don't feel much heat on your hands.
This drill has the power of the corded drills yet the versatility of the cordless drills...
And the price..? about £120 or so, which is a good price for what you get.
I have many many flash drives, with this one being one of them that I have used for quite some time now and find it to be as good as any of the others.
It is compatible with your typical USB 2.0 and the even older 1.1, although there no nice surprises trying to get a higher transfer rate with a USB 3.0, so if your PC has a USB 3.0 port you're not going to get the higher speeds using this in it.
Don't get me wrong, the speeds are good enough. I sent a 500MB file over to it in less than a couple of minutes, so there's no real waiting about. But if it's speed you want then 3.0 is the way to go.
It is what is a FAT file, which doesn't mean that it has eaten all the pies, it just means that the file system is FAT,
It also boast to be something called RoHS compliant, according to the info on the box. This simply means that it is EU safe as it has passed the Restrictions of Hazardous substances... (and no, i'm not that clever, I checking up on line to find out what RoHS was all about, although I do Know what CoSHH stands for..???).
It's your standard capped flash drive, which means that there's a chance you could lose the cap if you're not too careful, and it is small enough for your pockets, being about 70mm long, 20mm wide and 8mm thick. There is a little hole on the rear end which is designed for a keyring to slip through so that you can put this with you bunch of keys.
And the price for this flash drive is a very nice £8 or so … although the price varies depending on the GB size versions you buy. The higher the GB the higher the price.
These speakers are each about 185mm tall by 120mm wide and 160mm deep, making them quite small in the speaker world.
They weight almost next to nothing, about ¾ of a kg so they aren't going to pull your shelf off the wall.
They each give out a nice ½ watt each ,(1 watt in total) which doesn't sound a lot but as they are as clear as Buxton mineral water the low watts is soon forgotten.
They are identical, almost, the only difference in them being that one of them has the control dial underneath the speaker. This is a dial that switches the speakers on and also adjust the volume.
They are power by a USB cable, which is joined by a 3.5mm jack for plugging into the 3.5mm port in your music player.
The USB connector slides into a USB port and you need both USB and 3.5mm jack in order for these speakers to work.
I have connected them to a phone and used a 'special' USB adapter that I got to charge another phone, the plug has a USB port on it so I get the power to the speakers from that. This means I can listen to the music on my phone through these speakers without having to find a micro USB double ended cable...
Small speakers are usually, well, the only word I can say is 'S*&^e', so I was expecting the same from these. But how surprised I was when the music coming from this sounded almost as good as the larger Warfdale speakers I have attached to my main stereo, I said almost, for the size. There was very little annoyance sound, which meant I could enjoy the music without the hissing.
And the price..? these sell on the market for about £12.
This is the 16GB version, although there are other GB sized one, which are easily seen as such by the different colours on them.
The physical size of this one are about 55mm long by 20mm wide and no more than 10mm thick.
It has the usual silver metal USB connector on one end, which does look like it has no cap to protect it but the covering is actually built in the sliding action as the central bit of this flash drive slides up and over the USB connector, giving it the protection it needs.
This means that there are no dangers of losing the cap, which happens with many capped drives.
Using it is as easy as any other. You just slide the casing away from the connector, slot the connector into the USB port of your PC, give it a few seconds to find the drivers and away you go. You're now up and running and can set about moving data to and from the drive.
It can be used on most modern OS, XP and above, even 8.1. It can also be used on Mac too
As for speed, well, this is the 3.0 version which means that it is going to be faster that your 2.0, and it is.
I can send a 700MB movie to it from my PC in just under 3 ½ minutes using the drag and drop method.
I also managed to send a 500MB mixed folder using copy and paste in under 3 minutes and a used the 'send to' to send a 100MB file which too under 40 seconds to get there.
This 16GB version can hold a lot of stuff, for example, 4000 average sized MP3 music tracks.
5000 good sized images, (10MP each).
250 minutes of MPEG4 footage.
The cost if this USB 3.0 drive is a nice £15, or there abouts.