Hand Power Tools (Cordless)

Here is a list of tools I either own, have owned, or have used in the past

 

I use both the Bosch 18v "Power 4 All" and Makita 18v LXT cordless tools and I share batteries between tools.  I'd recommend sticking to just one range of products for ease and flexibility.

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Bosch PSB 1800 LI-2 Cordless Drill

You can buy the Bosch PSB1800 here: Amazon UK

I bought this drill new, I chose it because it was smaller and more lightweight than most drills, and I wanted lithium battery over Ni-Cad.  I like this drill quite a lot - so much that I actually ended up buying a second one so I can have one with a drill bit and one with a counter sink bit.  

Likes

  • Lightweight and small – a pleasure to handle
  • Powerful
  • Battery charges very quickly
  • LED light works well
  • Has a battery charge level indicator

Dislikes

  • None
     

 

 

 

Makita DTD152 Cordless Impact Driver

You can buy the Makita DTD152 here: Amazon UK or Amazon US

I bought this because I previously had an Erbauer ERI6041 impact driver that broke - it started making a chattering noise and wouldn't drive screws.  Luckily it was within warranty period so I took it back to ScrewFix for a refund.

I chose the Makita mainly because it's slightly more compact than some of the others available so it's good for tight spaces, and also I'd used a Makita impact driver before and been really impressed with it.

Likes

  • Compact
  • LED light 
  • Powerful
  • Comfortable in the hand

Dislikes

  • None

 

Makita DSS610Z Cordless Circular Saw

You can buy the Makita DSS610Z here: Amazon UK or Amazon US

I bought this because I wanted something cordless that I could use in the garden to rip down large sheets etc. without having to run a power line outside.  I chose the Makita mainly because I already had an impact driver that runs from the same batteries.

Likes

  • Works well and cuts cleanly and accurately
  • Handles well and is not heavy
  • Plenty powerful enough even for cuts through thick material
  • It's so nice not to have a cord!

Dislikes

  • The blade guard is plastic, and when the tool is not in use it is resting on it so I can see it getting damaged
  • No riving knife, and not sure why

 

Makita DBO 180Z Cordless Random Orbit Sander

You can buy the Makita DBO 180Z here: Amazon UK or Amazon US

I bought this because I wanted something cordless that I could use in the garden without having to run a power line outside.  I chose the Makita mainly because I already had an impact driver that runs from the same batteries.

Likes

  • It's comfortable to hold
  • Has 3 variable speed settings

Dislikes

  • The top speed setting isn't as quick as the setting on my corded Makita sander, although having said that it doesn't seem to sand any slower (strangely!)

 

Makita DKP180Z Cordless Hand Planer

You can buy the Makita DKP180Z here: Amazon UK or Amazon US

I bought this because I wanted something cordless that I could use in the garden without having to run a power line outside.  I chose the Makita mainly because I already had an impact driver that runs from the same batteries.

I'm yet to use it, but I have tried it out on a test piece and it cuts so cleanly.  Look forward to using it more

 

 

AEG BSB 18 CBL Brushless Cordless Hammer Drill

You can buy the AEG BSB 18 CBL here: Amazon UK

AEG got in touch with me and asked me if I wanted to try out this tool in a video so I did - and here is the video. 

It came with 2x 4Ah batteries, a side handle and charger.

In my tests it outperformed my Bosch drills (as can be expected), but it's a much more expensive, professional quality tool, and to be honest I feel it is slightly wasted on me and it deserves to be used by someone who is using it on a daily basis so I may not hang on to it for long.

Likes

  • Feels fantastic in the hand - very comfortable and rubberised grips
  • Solidly built - e.g. bottom of the batteries is metal rather than plastic
  • Has a removable chuck with a hex driver inside which is a fantastic feature - easy to swap between drilling and driving screws
  • Very powerful
  • Has much higher specs than my other drills and a brushless motor 

Dislikes

  • The chuck attachments (right angle and offset) do not come with the tool which is a shame at this price point

 

Ryobi CHD-1441 Cordless Drill and CHI-1442P Cordless Drill - I NO LONGER HAVE THESE

I bought these as a pair, second-hand from a local woodworker for a really good price. They're decent enough, but these run on NiCad batteries and I wanted to upgrade to using Lithium Ion.

Likes

  • Build quality is good - robust
  • Powerful 

Dislikes

  • Batteries take a long time to charge

 

 

Tacwise 400EL Pro Master Nailer I NO LONGER HAVE THIS

I bought this second-hand from a local woodworker for a really good price. I wouldn't recommend buying one

Likes

  • Never seems to clog up or misfire

Dislikes

  • Doesn't fire nails in properly at all...  You have to apply an awful lot of downward pressure and it still fails to fire nails in all the way most of the time....  One to avoid!