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It's the business!
on 19 January 2015
Took a bit of research for a decent hand screwdriver but I think this has hit the nail on the head so to speak. The reviews speak for themselves.
All of the information and specifications you need is on the Amazon description and that confirmed this driver had all the basics covered. I toyed with the entry level version (IXO) but for reasons below I paid a bit more for the extras.
Variable speed control which so many cordless screwdrivers lack is on this model. You can start with a very slow speed with a gentle press of the trigger which gives you full control. This is just what you need for difficult of dubious screw heads so to save stripping them. I can't imagine using a screwdriver without this function. So many I looked at had either full on speed or full off.
Second was the adjustable torque. Again, this is really a much have with a tool. Being able to adjust the force again protects both the screws and also the material you are screwing in or out of.
The light is nice a white and bright, but a bit of a silly position for it - located on the bottom of the handle. Most times I find my fingers will obscure the light somewhat. You can avoid this by bunching your fingers up or having your 'pinky out'. You can activate the light by a gentle press of the trigger and it will come on before the drill will start turning too.
It appears very well made. The plastic is of a very high quality. No sharp edges or poor fitting areas. It's not too loud. It sounds very well refined in fact. It appears to blow out some air during use. This is a good thing since it should keep the motor cool.
Charging seems easy. It does need a firm click in to the charging base as others have mentioned. Saying that you don't need lots of force, at least on my model.
The flashing light on the unit indicates charging, changing from blinking to solid when charged. I don't yet know how it tells you when the battery is low. I presume a flash of the battery light rather than a solid green when in use.
I also don't yet know how it works on low battery. I am hoping it will keep a decent speed and then when deemed too low for use will just stop working. This is preferred rather than the unit turning at snail speeds due to lack of voltage.
I probably won't leave this on charge full time. It doesn't mention in the manual what is best but it does appear the battery is protected from various 'killers' such as temp and overheat etc. named "Electronic Cell Protection".
Being Lithium Ion will be a nice change from my older NI CAD battery drill. That NI CAD unit is almost always fully drained of charged whilst the Li ION chemistry should keep the charge for many weeks if not months before a recharge is required.
Amazon description stated "1 x metal box" but mine is plastic.
Amazon also states "6 torque setitings (note the spelling)" yet mine has 10.
Amazon states "1 x 3-hour charging station" yet my manual says up to 5 hours to fully charge.
The unit seems to have plenty of power and I've not yet required more than torque setting 6 for every day screw jobs. Swapping between forward and reverse uses a nice button which you can swap with the hand whilst holding it. It's a pretty light unit in weight too. It is weighted evenly.
The tool bits provided are of the basic selection. They have most you will ever need, pozidriv, Phillips, flat head etc.. Also included is the IKEA allen key I believe.
It could do with an extension bit to push the screws away from the body. I am hoping I have one spare in my tool box. I have noticed on one job that I couldn't get access to the screw due to the body of the unit being to wide.
Overall a fantastic driver which exudes quality for a fairly decent price. This really is worth the extra money over the units without the torque and variable speed controls.
Well done Bosch!