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Thursday 21 August 2014

Best buys.... cordless drills

Sarah stack

Published 06/07/2014 | 00:00

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AEG
Black & Decker EPC18
Ryobi LCDI-18022

Is it about time you finally got around to hanging those pictures and curtain rails, or assembling that 
flat-box coffee table you've hidden in the spare room? We look at which cordless drills might do the job and can be added to the pile of power tools growing dusty in the shed

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Black & Decker EPC18 €71.99

This Black & Decker machine is definitely intended for domestic DIY drilling jobs and screwdriving like home repairs or fitting shelves.

It has two speeds, a high one for drilling and a low speed for controlled driving. While it can put screws into wood with ease, it isn't great on metal and it isn't overly powerful when used for drilling as it only has one gear.

It weights 1.7kg and only comes with one battery. On the plus side, when that runs out (after an hour), DIY-ers will have the perfect excuse to take a break.

AEG BS18G €190.99

This powerful AEG model has two gears and comes with two batteries. It is a good all-rounder - drilling well through metal, brickwork and wood - and is also excellent for screwdriving. However, it's not suitable for harder surfaces like concrete.

It may be a little heavy, but it's comfortable to hold and easy to use. The second battery means one can always be on charge when the other is in use (so no excuse to take a break), meaning you can fly through a job. It even drove large screws into wood and metal in seconds.

Ryobi LCDI-18022 €210.00

A nifty two-handled drill that has a powerful motor, two gears and a double-headed screwdriver. This model is designed to use on everything from wood to metal and even concrete. It is user-friendly, excellent at screwdriving and makes light work of most jobs.

The second handle makes it particularly easy to grip and hold.

Not all Ryobi cordless drills come with a battery and charger, and need to be bought separately, but they do all share batteries with other Ryobi tools. Once charged, battery life is good.

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