Tuesday, 12 July 2011

AEG 3 BSB 18LI 18volt Cordless Combi Drill Review

The AEG 3 BSB 18LI 18volt Cordless Combi Drill is one of the most affordable, versatile drills out there. AEG were the first to bring the world portable power tools over 100 years ago. They're not a brand that everyone knows about and if you want to stay away from the Makita and Dewalt crowd then this drill is for you. My dad uses Makita's and he's constantly has to keep an eye on his tools and can never leave them in the van, Makita's and DeWalts are so distinctive that any tea leaves can spot them a mile away. AEG does away with fancy design and soley concentrates on function. The AEG 3 BSB is a powerful cordless drill with it 18v power. This drill has a whole host of Functions.

18volt Power: 18volt is the perfect power output for a cordless drill it will handle anything. 12volt drills are quickly killed when doing anything a little labourious, 14.4's are silly to go for this output as the price difference between 14.4's and 18v's is minimal but the power difference between them is noticeable and the 24v are too heavy, the batteries are like car batteries and you might aswell switch to a mains powered drill if you need the power without the weight.

Combil Drill: This has 3 speed modes, and a hammer action. Most cordless drills do away with the hammer function, which is used for maisonary drilling, drilling brick work etc because most would switch to a mains operated drill to do this type or work but this is a great feature to have because if you work outside on sites with no power you can still get the job done. Having this fucntion doesn't increase the price. As this is a powerful drill the speed selection means you can do light work with this drill also.

24 Torque Settings: As previously mentioned as this is a 18v drill it is very torquey which is very useful and helps getting jobs done. But you don't always need the power so this has 24 torque settings so you don't snap drill bits and round heads when you don't that much power.

Heavy Duty Construction: You can by 18v drills for very little these days but with this comes less quality and construction. The AEG is a tough drill wich will take a pounding on site which means it will last for years under normal working conditions. Saving your wallet.

Ergonomic soft grip: A great feature. drilling for long periods of time at all different angles takes its toll, so rather than design a flashy looking cordless drill they've specifically focused on making the grip soft and comfortable.

Lightweight: No brainer really, boxed up with its charger it comes in at 2kg. This makes it very versatile and easy to manouver for doing those delicate jobs and precision drilling.
Drill in to tiles all day?

Quick release Battery and One hand chuck : The quick realease battery means no messing trying just to get started after a charge and the one handed chuck means you can go from different drilling modes quickly.

Cons: This drill only comes with one battery, so if you need something that you can use all day long you may want to look for something with two batteries or something flash like the Makita BHP452RFWX.

Pro's: The above doesn't really count if you want something realible around the home or if you don't require using a drill all day at work. What is also great about this drill is that it comes with a hard carry case and drill bit set which will save you money.

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Black & Decker EPC18CA 18-Volt Cordless Drill Review

The B&D (Black & Decker) EPC18CA 18-Volt Cordless Drill is the perfect drill for general maintainence and jobs around the home due it's amazing value for money. This is stripped of any fancy gadgets, futuristic batteries or refined ergonomic design and concentrates on doing the job of drilling. It does have the most important features needed to carry out a wide range of task's and they are 18volt Power, Reverse switch, quick release battery, 24 torque adjustable clutch to accomodate various jobs and keyless chuck for easy drill bit change. This is also a light weiht drill weighing at just 2kg's, ( roughly 2 bags of sugar ) which makes it a very versatile drill to use. This drill wouldnt be up to rigourous hard labour of working a trade but will be more than enough around the home. It is great for hobby'sts too as it more than capabable of drilling through wood, plaster and metal. This drill doesn't have a hammer action so isnt suitable for maisonary (brick work). You don't need anything more powerful than 18volt for a cordless drill, another indication that this drill is up to the job. Even though this is a very affordable drill it still has excellent durability, in terms of construction and battery life.

 If your're looking for something to have around the home to assemble flat pack furniture or putting up pictures, have in the shed or to use on your hobby, then this is drill is perfect. This is a powerful, no frills drill to get the job done. What you get in the Cheapest package price I found is :

  • 1 x Black & Decker EPC18CA 18 volt drill driver

  • 1 x 18 volt battery

  • 1 x Battery charger

  • 1 x Instruction booklet

  • (Note the lack of carry case) This is only needed if you plan on transporting the drill regularly.