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    Default Taurus Cordless 24volt Drill - Aldi

    I would like to purchase this drill in the latest Aldi Catalog 24 March 2011. I would like the comments and opinions of present and past owners of this drill regarding the quality and longevity versus use that was experienced.
    Please do not comment if you do not have experienced this drill OR try and suggest other well known brands as substitutes. Thank you for your response.

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    The specs tell the story.


    Cordless Drill 24V
    $ 59 *
    13mm keyless chuck
    No load working time: 30-35mins This will mean that you will be able to drive about 2 screws
    Impact speed: 0-8000min for how long?
    Left/right rotations
    21 + 1 torque settings
    Inside impact function

    Save your money. even the cheaper of the more known brands give you a decent working time.

    Robert

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    I bought one six hours ago, after charging up the battery I have just returned from the garage after drilling a million holes in all sorts of timber with 6mm and 10mm wood bits.

    The things got grunt, as it should after my 12V cordless has finally died after a zillion charges. The 24V seems to be effortless.

    I recently used a makita cordless drill to drill through my steel tray on the ute. It wasn't my drill, I was round a mates place and we did a bit of fiddling and I watched him drill through 12mm steel carefully and effortlessly. I then attacked the ute tray, like warm butter with a 12mm drill through 5mm steel easy peasy.

    I have a feeling that this Aldi drill will be able to drill like the makita, but not in the same way. Think Mercedes and Daiwoo in motor vehicle land

    Basically the drill is very functional, it has a nice little row of LED's that throw a nice beam on the drill bit tip, I didn't expect this to be as good as it was. I turned the garage lights off and had a go, worked a treat, could see perfectly.

    There is a spirit bubble for drilling into walls on the top, don't know how true it is, but it's got to be better than guessing and the holes I did drill with timber in the vice, appeared to be close to 90

    There is a press to see LCD battery level indicator.

    The battery is a 24V Ni=Cd which I think is what we call a Nicad battery.

    The hand book mentions that it takes about 5 charge and discharge cycles before it achieves full performance.

    The chuck can handle drill bits from 2mm through to 13mm. I tried a 2mm drill bit and it holds it.

    There are two speeds which are changed by a sliding thingy on the top of the drill. Speeds are 0~350rpm and 0~1100rpm.

    The trigger can be pulled in very slowly and as you pull in, the speed increases very slowly. Very controllable.

    In the blow moulded case there are a small array of phillips and the other like phillips bits, two sizes of each, plus two slot screw bits and the holder that actually goes in your chuck to hold the bits.

    There are also about 5 twist drills, which if they are like a set I bought from Aldi for about $4.00 aren't worth $4.00. Probably good for soft wood and such.

    If you require a drill that will have non commercial work, that is sporadic handyman work like I do, then this should be good. If you are after tradesman quality, not in a million years.

    I'm very happy.

    Did I say it's heavy, well it is!

    Mick.

    Ps Aldi quite often have Thursday specials out late on Wednesday. I was in my local Aldi about 20 minutes before closing time, they had just been wheeled out.

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    Thanks for your assessment - Optimark.
    Sounds like I will do what I want for the small outlay and amount of work I envisage.

    Ned Black.

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    I got one in the sale last year, still going although I feel the battery isn't holding the charge as well as it did. I might get another one just for the spare battery.
    Michael

    Wood Butcher

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    So Ned, did you get one, or not?

    Grommett, interesting about your battery starting to feel as though it isn't holding it's charge as well as it once did. Battery life is supposed to be around 3 years for most battery powered stuff, from what I've been told.

    My 12V (no name cheap as chips) drill is now 8 years old and the battery pack can now only hold a charge long enough for one or two 6mm holes in softwood. It's a fantastic drill now for doing tiny screws in computers, won't strip them as it has no grunt.

    Mick.

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    [QUOTE=Optimark;1295528]
    Grommett, interesting about your battery starting to feel as though it isn't holding it's charge as well as it once did. Battery life is supposed to be around 3 years for most battery powered stuff, from what I've been told.

    I find I need to charge it up if its not been used for a few days. Once charged it works OK, or as well as I expect. It no longer has the grunt to put in 75mm tec screws/roofing screws, it did a year ago. Now its fine for faceplate screws, brackets etc. General shed stuff. Runs the pen mill just fine.

    I got the new one. Feels OK, I like the battery state display.
    Michael

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    Changed my mind and bought a Bosch PSR-14-4-2 Electronic Cordless Drill
    with 2 Batteries - $129.00
    Reason for change of mind was because I stumbled acroos an old birthday Bunnings Gift Card ($50.00) given to me 3 years ago and carefully put away for a rainy day.
    So I only paid the difference $79.00.
    This particular drill battery has a one hour charge that reverts to trickle charge when full.
    Have not put it to use as yet but will report back in the future.
    Thanks to all who have responded and hope that we all get the results that we require.
    Ned Black

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