MikeSkyrme: I use the Hitachi cordless range, I purchased a set of tools complete with two lithium-ion batteries. I can not fault them.
Another vote for hitachi !!!!
I do network installs drilling through tin roofs, walls etc. My hitachi is rock solid and the batteries charge in an hour. THey charge faster than I can wear them out.
Got a kit with two batteries, torch and drill for$320 from mitre10. Get the 18v version. The 12v is good but more power is always better.
My 80 year old friend still uses his hitachi for daily wood work after 6 years. Batteries are interchangable and there is a source for third party options. WE have also carved some of the plastic off newer batteries and used them in older drills and vice versa :)
Cheap drills dont last battery wise and their chuck is often not big enough. from memory you want a 13 mill chuck at least.
Lastly - have three sparky friends - all using hitachi. THey are a mean green machine and worth every cent
Disclaimer - I dont work for, get paid by or in any other way other than as a user have any affiliation with hitachui - I just love em.
+1 for Hatachi been through a few cheapies and just not worth it got a small Hatachi and it has been great.
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