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To be a fair review, I have to tell you about the one little problem I have with this drill, but before that, the good points.
<<Charging>> - super quick and batteries seem to hold a charge for a long time in between use, which is great for the occasional DIY'er like me.
<<POWERRRRR>> - for a 14 volt model, it's surprisingly torquey - handles the brick in my Victorian house ok and has even chewed through some concrete without complaint.
<<Accessories>> - Not to bad, could have done with a couple of drill bits, but otherwise OK.
<<In Use>>> - This is my only little moan - keyless chucks are great - I was always losing my chuck key, but however hard i seem to tighten this one, it always eventually works lose, letting the drill or screwdriver head fall out which although a small point, is actually rather frustrating. I am no weed, so anyone who is a bit weak in the hands might have this problem more often - just beware.
Otherwise, I would give this about 7/10 - In my experience Bosch & B&D have always lasted well which is worth bearing in mind as these things are not cheap.
After moving homes I found myself needing to drill holes for all sorts of things from heavy mirrors to TV mounts as the house was newly plastered and painted. As I did was not an expert in drills I went to B&Q to see if they could help out. And after explaining my situation to the employee he recommended a cordless drill, so he told be he thinks this Bosch cordless drill would be suitable as it is light and has plenty of power setting depending on what material is being drilled.
So I decided to go for it.... I have to admit it is not the best drill I have ever seen as the battery life is absolutely appalling as it quickly drains and performance becomes dreadful. However it is not all doom and gloom as when it is fully charged and ready to go it is a dream to use as it hardly faces a challenge. It does exactly what it says on the box as I have tried it on pretty much most surface and materials and it constantly give powerful perfomance without any hiccups.
It also definitely feels sturdy and long lasting thanks to its very hard plastic shell that can take falls easily... That is what Bosch do best!! They make solid and durable pieces of kit that last for a very long time.
Even with the poor battery life do not let this problem put you off as its good sides defienitly out weigh the bad ones.
Cordless drills were first invented by NASA for use in space where there was nowhere to plug in the drills needed on missions easily. Although I do not need the cordless function quite as badly as those astronauts, I sure to like not having to battle with the card which always appears to be slightly too short on my wired drills. This cordless drill offers the flexibility to use all around the house and garden without having to worry about "Is this extension long enough?" or "WHY ARE YOU WRAPPING YOURSELF AROUND MY LEG, CABLE?!". However, direct downside to this is that the battery must be charged for a couple of hours prior to use.
What I particularly like about this model of cordless drill is how lightweight it is in comparison to others I have used. It aids in the purpose of being easily portable for event he most awkward of situations and means that you can adjust the angle of drilling to suit your needs without your arm aching from the weight.
One main concern I have with the drill is that it is pretty underpowered compared to its wired counterparts. Many wired drills can easily drill through metres of wood and brick for hours whereas after about an hour of work with this drill, the battery will begin to run out and the drill head will drill slower, risking your work. Also, if you do not already have the drill charged, you will not be able to commence unexpected work on short notice, you will have to wait for it to charge first. Therefore, if you do plan on doing a fair amount of DIY, I do recommend having this drill mainly for its portability, however also have a backup drill close by for short notice or more heavy duty jobs. Separate batteries COULD be bought for this drill, however they seems to be as expensive as the intire drill and therefore it makes sense to buy the whole drill again.
The Bosch Drill / screwdriver is a pice of kit that should be in every home. My wife has mastered the use of this tool and not had any difficulties at all. It is simple in its changing of drill and or screw head with the chuckless drill head. You simply hold onto the end and press the btton and it is open or shut dependent on what you need.
There is also a little slot for putting a phillips/ flathead interchangable piece on the drill itself when not being used. However I found this would fall off now and again and it was easier to keep it with all the other drill bits. When I bought mine it came in a carry case with the charger and two batteries. This is an inspiration in itself as you can leave one to charge while you crack on with the job in hand.
I have dropped mine several times and it is still functioning and does not have any cracks to the body. Not that i would suggest you do this just that you dont have to be too precious about it. Also being only 14v makes it safer to use around the house or outdoors. There is some weight to the drill and battery together but i prefer this as I think it adds to the robustness of the item.
It has hammer and normal drill function with 6 different sppeds that allow you to take your time especially through perspex. A good hanymans drill that can stand up to those bigger jobs
I may be getting on in years but I still like to take my power tool in hand and give something a good drilling, my tool was like me and getting on a bit so I have replaced it with a newer and even more powerful tool recently and I just couldn't wait to get to work with it.
The tool in question is my new cordless drill, a Bosch PSR 14.4 VE-2 no less, I always choose Bosch for this type of thing as they have never disappointed in the past and this one is no different.
It has one thing that lets it down slightly and that is the charge time which takes about 90 minutes to get to full charge and although the manual reckons the battery will last 3 hours when fully charged it is actually closer to 2 hours at best.
The drill is however quite light to hold and very powerful, there are 25 power settings so you get it just how you need it very easily and it also has hammer action for those masonry walls that take a bit of extra grunt when drilling.
The very slow speeds are excellent for when using it as a power screw driver rather than drill and as the drill is quite quiet you don't get that awful ringing in your ears after use.
I paid just over £70 for this and I would definitely recommend it to others, it is the third Bosch drill I have owned and the best too, this one uses a keyless chuck which most do these days and this saves you from losing the chuck key and therefore the use of the drill.
It also has a lock button so you don't go drilling where you do not want to be drilling which can happen if you press the trigger accidentally without the lock on.
I picked up one of these about six months ago from B&Q for around £60. There must have been some offer on at the time as I got this exact model, but with two batteries. The drill is pretty good. It is light in weight, but quite powerful.
Using it to drill into wood is fine. To put screws in, again very good. I managed to put up a small shed, which involved using for screws only. The battery lasted for almost the complete job, so I was glad I had the spare on charge.
Do not buy this drill if you are looking to do a lot of DIY work. This is especially true if you need to drill into walls and more importantly brickwork. It can handle plasterboard fine, but needs a hammer function to handle bricks and concrete.
As a drill/driver it is pretty good though. Buy wisely though as currently you can pick up Makita drills, cordless, with hammer action, plus a spare battery for under £100. I purchased a Makita and the difference is like chalk and cheese. Much more power, torque and battery life, for very little additional cost. That said, if all you want to do is put together flat pack furniture, this is certainly up to the job.
Just becaus I'm of the fairer sex does not mean that I cannot do the occasional bit of DIY and that is why I'm the proud owner of a Bosch PSR cordless drill.
One of the reasons I like this drill is that it is not too heavy and if needed I can use it with ust the one hand however for really steady drilling it is best to use two. In all it weighs 1.75kg so it has a nice balance to it, light enough to operate but enough weight to allow some force to be applied.
It has a rather natty speed control mechanism whichj makes use of a digital display and there are 25 power settings which is great as it means it can cope with a range of drilling and screw driving tasks.
It utilises a keyless chuck and the trigger is located at the front of the handle next to the locking button to prevent accidental use.
The charge on the battery is great and according to the instructions will last for three hours however I do find that it takes quite a while to fully charge.
I paid £85 for mine from B&Q.