It is 3.6 volt machine that is about 180mm long and about 50mm wide, bending at the elbow at about 110mm, weighing in at less that ½ kg. It has a fixed chuck, being a Hex chuck, which means that it will only take hex type bits, but there are many of those on the market, with lots at a low price.
This is a two way sort of driver, which means that it can be used in either a gun shape or a straight shape, with either shape being as powerful as the other.
It offers one speed, which is not even controlled by the trigger. You get from zero to full power at the press of the trigger, there's no in between.
It has two buttons on it, one for releasing the handle so that it can be moved into a gun or straight position, the other being the power button. The power button itself is a paddle that, when pushed forward put the motor into forward drive. Then, when pulled backwards, puts the motor into reverse motion. This means that you can take out the screws that you've just put in by mistake.
It has a built in NiCd battery that takes about 3 – 5 hours to charge. Then, when it's charged, you get a good hours use out of it. Which is not that bad really as most
you get a selection of driver heads with this one, all being 'hex' shaped and fitting perfectly in the hex chuck of this driver.
The grip is basic, plastic, with nothing that help you get a better grip of the handle. But as the handle, or the entire unit really, is a nice chunky 50mm in diameter it feels good in the hand and doesn't feel as though it's going to fall apart or fall out of my hand.
This cost no more than £6 from Argos which is a good price for what you get. So, if you've got a few flatpacks to put up, or maybe
Living in a house that is more than just a few years old now, it has come to the time when little jobs need doing aound the place to keep it all tip-top, neat and tidy. This involves a little bit of drilling, a little bit of filling in cracks and a little bit of screwing and tightening up. And of course, Mrs.Sparky wants new bedroom furniture and then she wants her computer desk taken apart...the list is endless!
When my old Electric screwdriver died, I never really bothered to replace it but, with an insurmountable list of D.I.Y jobs piling up, I decided I had better find myself a replacement. Many of the jobs I have to do are fiddly, small jobs that don't require a great deal of effort just take a bit of time, so I didn't want to splash out and spend too much on something too powerful as all I needed was something to ease my way a little bit. When I saw this in Argos then for only £5.99, I figured it was ideal!
It does take a while to charge up the battery, the instruction booklet says 3-5 hours, but I tend to always leave anything like this charging overnight anyway so that's no real problem. I do think however that if you DO have a lot of jobs on then this paticular model can use the battery a little quicker than some I have used previously. But it comes with 5 assorted heads, has a fair bit of oomph for what you pay for and certainly makes your life a hell of a lot easier than screwing and unscrewing manually.
As far as design goes, I like it. It fits comfortably in my hand, has a nice moulded grip that has just the right amount of give, and is flexible enough to deal with some of the more awkward, tight spaces you might find yourself getting into during the course of your D.I.Y experiences!
True, it is a little basic but for the money you pay for this, I think it is perfectly good value! A similar Electric screwdriver that I bought from Tesco was nowhere near as good and I ended up taking it back for a refund! This is far superior and don't let the words "value Range" put you off in the slightest!
Like I say, for bigger jobs you might want something a tad more expensive that gives you a bit more power but for simple, little jobs this is ideal!
Corded: yes / Argos 3.6V Screwdriver