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Power Tools & General Tools Recommendations & Advice

Discussion in 'Home and Garden' started by Nightglow, Feb 3, 2014.

  1. Jasoncmor

    Gangster

    Joined: Feb 13, 2010

    Posts: 350


    Did you get a table saw yet?
    I have the titan saw from screwfix and it does the job.
     
  2. adwol48

    Hitman

    Joined: Dec 25, 2008

    Posts: 727

    Location: Norwich

    So did B&Q picked up a few things including a super charger for 35 quid. Unfortunatley around me now all the good stuff that was cheap is out of stock unless i wanna do a 150 mile round trip to pick up something
     
  3. NickK

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jan 13, 2003

    Posts: 17,815

    Got a shrub trimmer yesterday and it worked a treat. We didn’t need a full sized trimmer and small 20cm hedge trimmer is just right for keeping the bushes shaped.

    Bosch ixo jobby.
     
  4. always4lora

    Wise Guy

    Joined: May 14, 2007

    Posts: 2,147

    Anyone used the Makita LXT hedge trimmers ? Screwfix have one with a 4amp battery for around £200 which doesn't sound to bad.
     
  5. rhysduck

    Soldato

    Joined: Oct 25, 2009

    Posts: 5,855

    Location: Nelson, South Wales

    Any recommendations for a cheapish impact driver?

    Actually do I really need one?
     
  6. Sin_Chase

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jan 13, 2004

    Posts: 20,379

    Do you already have a combi drill/driver that does the job?

    Are you trying to sink screws or attach other fixings and running out of umph?
     
  7. jpaul

    Soldato

    Joined: Mar 1, 2010

    Posts: 7,346

    I specced the makita 4861x to replace our screwfix titan which has stripped its gears ....
    not a battery one though, the same cutting mechanism I think for <1/2 the cost ! I'm sceptical a battery version would have the endurance.
    will probably purchase from powertoolsdirect they were 1/3 cheaper
     
  8. Marvt74

    Capodecina

    Joined: Feb 20, 2004

    Posts: 12,159

    Location: Chorley

    Yeah you’d need a few batteries I imagine.

    I have the Dewalt leaf blower and can go through 2 5ah batteries doing the garden.
     
  9. b0rn2sk8

    Mobster

    Joined: Mar 9, 2003

    Posts: 4,172

    I'm always sceptical of buying battery powered garden tools, for me they just don't get enough use to justify the extra expense for the convenience of not having a cord. Hedge trimming is a once or twice a year job but it takes a long time so multiple large batteries are required. That said I can understand it if you had a huge garden which makes extension cords difficult to use and expensive.

    Same goes for leaf blowers^^
     
  10. jpaul

    Soldato

    Joined: Mar 1, 2010

    Posts: 7,346

    I would go further, even on mains hedge trimmers ... but maybe I don't pay enough, the quality of cut is always disappointing on bigger tha a twig,
    they tend to shred, which is not best for the hedges' health, or dicease ... so once a year or so, end up using anvil loppers to take out the big bits cleanly
    (and satisfyingly)
     
  11. always4lora

    Wise Guy

    Joined: May 14, 2007

    Posts: 2,147

    I've not used any cordless garden power tools before so not sure what to expect. My hedge trimmer is tempremental so it is either grab another corded one or go cordless. I end up cutting mine quite a bit as my front and rear garden hedges are on the pavement so can't be allowed to grow long, for me its a 30 minute or so job every month between april and novemberish time. The one from screwfix comes with a 4amp battery, ITS have a cheaper one with a 3amp battery. It'd then give me the battery for a jigsaw as most of them come bare. I'm not a brand snob just have got makita 10v drill and impact driver and they're pretty good. A cordless and compact lawn mower would be nice but i'll give it a few years for one of them.
    Tools i want at the moment are:
    Hedge trimmer
    Cordless 18V drill or Cordless SDS drill for drilling into brick wall - nice having an older house with brick walls between rooms but putting a shelf up can make you swear a lot with low powered drills not going in.
    Jigsaw, ideally cordless

    Yesterday i got some countersink bits with a drill in the middle, a bunch of wood drill bits and a base decking rail to finish my decking off.
     
  12. rhysduck

    Soldato

    Joined: Oct 25, 2009

    Posts: 5,855

    Location: Nelson, South Wales

    Yes have a stanley fat max combi drill that does the job. Only once have I run out of oomph.

    Stanley do an impact driver that would work with the batteries I have for the combi drill.

    However don't think I need one to be honest. thanks :)
     
  13. always4lora

    Wise Guy

    Joined: May 14, 2007

    Posts: 2,147

    Impact driver is my most used tool (a DIY'er), until having one i wasn't to fussed about buying one until someone got me one for my birthday or xmas years back. So usefull.
     
  14. rhysduck

    Soldato

    Joined: Oct 25, 2009

    Posts: 5,855

    Location: Nelson, South Wales

    Really? How does it actually work if you know what I mean? As you can't adjust torque... Not used one before see :)
     
  15. always4lora

    Wise Guy

    Joined: May 14, 2007

    Posts: 2,147

    With mine if i hardly press the trigger it hardly spins around. full trigger press it really drives screws in. Not sure if they are all like this as its the only one i've had.
     
  16. Fireskull

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Oct 31, 2006

    Posts: 9,633

    Location: Eastleigh / Winchester

    Same as above trigger adjusts the speed, and most if not all of the decent brands have buttons to adjust the torque at full speed.
     
  17. Bigpops

    Mobster

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 4,050

    Location: Sheffield, UK

    Impact divers are so much better than cordless drills for driving screws. I got my little DeWalt 10v impact driver in 2012, and I still think it's the best tool I've ever bought.
    The only time I drive screws with a drill is when noise is a concern, as impact drivers are pretty noisy
     
  18. 200sols

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 14, 2018

    Posts: 1,799

    Location: Hampshire

    Once you use an impact driver you suddenly realise why everybody keeps telling you to get one.
     
  19. Mark M

    Mobster

    Joined: Jan 6, 2006

    Posts: 2,965

    Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

    Once you go Impact you never go back!
     
  20. Kol

    Don

    Joined: Jan 8, 2003

    Posts: 13,372

    Location: London

    Interesting - I've wanted an impact driver for a while, but had no reason to justify one. My problem is, do I jump ship from Makita? I'm being drawn to Metabo, but that's subtle micro influencers for you.