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    Mini Gloat

    I broke down and bought another cordless tool, a Bosch IXO 3 mini driver....

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    Sure seems like a useful little driver, first Li-Ion tool I've owned. Got it on sale for less than $50, includes a bunch of bits and the charging stand.

    I have to take apart some old steel cabinets from the L shop soon, one of them has a bunch of heavy duty full extension drawer slides that I'm wanting, but the spacing between shelves is tight, as they are for holding wrapping paper, I can get my hand back there but just, so no driver dill I own now will work. Those full ext sliders are NOT cheap here, so I bought this to get them out, and I'm sure I'll get a few more uses out if it.

    It came in this neat tin box......

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    I'm sure I won't store the tool and charging stand in there, but the tin box will be used for something! Much better than another stupid plastic carrying case, IMHO

    Thanks Grama for buying me a new tool! (Think I should tell her she bought it for me.....? )

    Cheers!
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    That will be handy. My FIL has a ridgid that's similar. It's a stout little sucker too. It's also surprising how long it holds a charge. It works well for getting in those tight spaces.

    Just an observation, are all bosch tools green in Japan? Just curious because they're blue here.

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    Nice! I need to pickup a small power driver like that sometime for small tasks.
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    Wow, that looks like the Skil power drivers they sell over here. Skil Cordless Screwdrivers

    A little googling and corporate history says Skil was bought by Bosch in 1996. More googling and it turns out Stu's tool marketed as Bosch in Japan isn't sold under that name here. Boy it gets confusing.

    For what it's worth

    Cheers,
    Last edited by Dan Gonzales; 01-11-2011 at 05:11 PM.
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    Looks good. I'm debating buying another cordless screwdriver or staying with my old B&D. The batteries are about shot and I have replaced with new a couple times.
    As we all know, the batteries are the weak link with these tools.
    Decisions, decisions........
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    I used it some tonight, and I think this little tool will get a LOT of use!

    The Bosch green is the handyman line here, the Bosch blue are the pro version, and are MUCH more expensive. I saw this one with the Red Ryobi side by side, but the Bosch felt better in the hand, they also sell a B&D unit, but it was slightly bigger, and I've still not gotten to the point of trusting the B&D stuff, a few years ago I saw some here that were complete junk, so I'm still gun shy on that brand. The Ryobi and the Bosch are rated for torque at 3Nm, and the B&D was 4.3Nm

    I said I like this new tool right
    Last edited by Stuart Ablett; 01-12-2011 at 03:03 AM. Reason: I said "Skill" I meant "B&D"
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    Congrats, Stu. I've got a similar Li-Ion driver by Metabo. I'm most impressed with how long a charged battery lasts.
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    Stu let us know how this little baby holds up in real use. I have seen similar around but always been wary of what they really can do.
    cheers

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    I have the Skil version and love it.
    You would be surprised as to how certain models of tools are only available in certain countries. Makita, hitachi, Hilti are only a few.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Gibson View Post
    I have the Skil version and love it.
    You would be surprised as to how certain models of tools are only available in certain countries. Makita, hitachi, Hilti are only a few.
    Thanks Stu, It's funny how different companies brand things.
    Last edited by John Daugherty; 01-11-2011 at 11:28 PM.

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