“ Manufacturer: Challenge / Type: Hammer Drill „
I got the Challenge 620W SDS Hammer Drill because it was really good value for money, and offered all of the functions that I needed it for. I didn't just want a normal drill, I also wanted a tool which could chisel if necessary, to make larger holes for things like making room for cables in cabinets. The full retails price of this drill from Argos is £29.99, though at present it's available for £20.99 which really is a bit of a bargain.
What I really like about this is how quick and easy to use this is. For a small household where not too many DIY jobs are going to take place, this is the perfect complete tool and the only drill you'll need. If you want a drill that takes care of a wider variety of tasks, obviously you'll need to consider a more professional drill, and probably one that takes standard drill bits too.
For this drill, you can only use the special automatically locking drill bits and chisel heads that are designed for this. That's because when you load up a bit, all you have to do is slot it in and twist it around. There's no need to tighten it into place with a key or anything, like you need to do with most drills. And to release the bit, you just pull down on the head and pull the bit out. How much easier and quicker could it be?!
The downside is that SDS drill bits are quite pricey, with a pack costing around £15. You also need to remember to keep them slightly lubricated with a splash of oil so that they can be smoothly withdrawn from the drill after use. Fortunately, there are all the basic bits you'll need for standard DIY tasks already included in the case. They include two chisel heads, and three drill bits which measure 6mm, 8mm and 10mm. The 6mm bit is the most useful, as it's what you usually want for holes for furniture and wall mounted fixings. I do think a 4mm bit would have been better than a 10mm bit though, as sometimes you want smaller holes for picture hooks and message boards etc.
The other thing I really like about this drill is how sturdy the grip handle is at the front. This is an extremely easy tool to use because of how easy it is to keep steady. I also find that having two hands positioned comfortably on the drill makes it easier for me to apply heavy pressure if necessary. I found this considerably easier to control than the Black & Decker Drill I last had to use for a drilling job.
The only thing I think that could really be improved on is the cord, as it's a little on the short side (about 2m I think). That said, I do prefer a corded drill to a cordless one for the convenience of not having to remember to charge it before each use, and because it's likely to last for longer too. It's not too much of a hardship to use an extension lead when you get this out I guess! For £20, I definitely cannot grumble about a minor gripe like this. I think with the price tag in mind, it really deserves a full five stars.