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HELP - Which Cordless Drill?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by unbreakable, Jun 4, 2005.

  1. unbreakable

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    Hello,

    After searching on the net and visiting my local B&Q, I saw that there were many brands, Dewalt, Makita, Bosch, Black & Decker, Ryobi, P Pro..etc.

    I was recommended Dewalt or Makita, buy a builder, but they are too expensive.

    I am after a 18v, I was hoping some experianced people here might be able to shed some light as to which drill is good.

    I have narrowed my search down to Ryobi 18v 89 pounds, Black and Decker, which is 94 pounds and a Bosch PSB24 (discontinued), which is 99 pounds or the 18v version which is the same money. All come with 2 batteries and additional features.

    A sales guy at B&Q said buy the Ryobi as its better than the Black and decker and bosch, but I've never heard of them.

    Can anyone help?

    Thanks and sorry for the trouble.

    ps. you can see them on B&Q's website. the B&D is the top or the range one they have, so is the bosch. The ryobi is middle'ish.
     
  2. Mylo

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    Dewalt are the best IMO and well worth the extra cash (they are the professional version of black and decker :lesson: :)) I own a couple of cheaper ones as well as a dewalt and there really is no comparison but then it did cost far more. The wickes pro range are meant to have a good reputation. Black & decker and Bosch are both very reliable in my experience.
     
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    Hi Saffron,

    I've no experience of the particular tools but I've always found Bosch machines to be good. I avoid B&D like the plague after a number of bad experiences in my 'junior' DIY days. People tell me they've improved recently but once bitten ... etc.

    Never used any Ryobi products but I've seen them in B&Q and they look well made. If it were me I'd plump for the PSB24, but hopefully someone with direct experience of one or more of these will be along soon :).

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    Well assuming you are a casual DIY'er rather than trade then you can't beat the range on QVC in my book. They don't have the 'label' but are excellent value for money. 30 day no hassle money back guarantee as well.

    I have the 21v model of this 18v http://www.qvcuk.com/ukgasp/frameset.asp?dept=ukHG for £20 you can't go wrong. The 21V is excellent.

    Or if you want an 18v with a bit more extras http://www.qvcuk.com/ukgasp/frameset.asp?dept=ukHG

    You will not be disappointed!

    I do alot of woodwork DIY...decking, sheds etc and these are excellent tools. Only one hour charge time from scratch.

    For the money you are talking about you could always get this
    http://www.qvcuk.com/ukgasp/frameset.asp?dept=ukHG

    but whats the point of spending that money unless you have some serious serious work!

    If your not convinced..tune into the DIY hour on QVC at 10am tomorrow morning! Excellent sunday morning viewing! :D Much better viewing than those clowns McCaffrey and Kamara :suicide:
     
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    Get 2 batteries so one can be charging whilst the other is in use
     
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    Makita.Very well made.A little pricey though.
     
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    it all depends on how much you're going to use it. A tradesman needs a machine which is rugged and will take alot of heavy use. otherwise just stick with one of the cheap brands. I use a Champion which suits my needs fine but then I only use about once a month.
     
  9. unbreakable

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    Thanks for the replies. Well I got home yesterday and my Father had already bought the Ryobi 18v CDI - 1801 for 89 pounds, it came with two batteries, two' two faced bits, it has a fancy level on the back of the drill and a removable spirit level, the base has a built in magnet to which u can convieniantly stick a few screws.

    Its good, looks well built, the B&D looked like a toy compared to this.

    Oh and it comes with two years warranty from B&Q.

    *fingers crossed*

    Hopefully like the corded Bosch and Circular Saw we have had for over 16 years (yes 16 and they still work fine), this will last us a long time.

    Thanks alot people. :smashin:

    Jas.

    ps. I have a money back (28 day) guarantee, so if I am not happy, I shall return it for the Bosch.
     
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    I've got a 18V Dewalt,it's expensive,rugged and reliable.

    Just like me :D
     

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