How to use a drill/driver

A drill/driver is a combination screwdriver and drill. Using this powerful yet lightweight power tool is quick and easy.  Most models  feature a keyless chuck, which means that you simply turn the front chuck to lock and release accessories such as drill and screw bits. You never have to worry about losing the chuck key! To change accessories simply tighten or loosen the front (chuck) of the tool.

If you are using a different model from the one shown, refer to the instruction manual for directions on how to tighten or remove accessories.

The back control ring on a drill/driver can be switched from screwdriver to drill function. The torque setting (or screw control) can be from 1 to 10 or 1 to 20, depending on the model of drill/driver that you own.

This torque setting comes in very handy when working with a variety of timber and boards, and different types of screws. There are many different types of timber and board, some are soft like pine, BisonBord and plywood; others are hard like SupaWood. The Torque Setting allows you to adjust the drill/driver at a low or medium setting for soft boards and small screws, and increase the setting for harder boards, giving you more control.

TIP: When you are using the drill/driver in screwdriver function and the tool makes a "clacking" noise - that normally indicates that you need to turn the torque setting slightly higher.

At the far end of the control ring is the setting for Drill, and this setting is used for all drilling tasks - giving you maximum power when you need it most. While a standard model drill/driver can't drill into concrete, it can drill into almost everything else. Use as a drill for timber and board, acrylics, aluminium, plaster and bricks and even tiles.

What makes Bosch drill/drivers different is that it clicks as you lock, so that you know the accessory is firmly seated in the grips of the chuck.

TIP: Always set the drill control for the task at hand. When set on Screw Control you can control the amount of torque, but when set on Drill Control the drill/driver operates a full power and may strip the head of a screw.

Another unique feature on the Bosch range of drill/drivers, is the forward reverse indicator light on the top of the drill/driver. While you may think you won't need it, it's amazing how many times you are battling to drive in a screw and only realise when you look at the indicator that you are in reverse.

Battery charging is quick and easy across all models of Bosch drill/drivers, and the new Li-Ion (lithium ion) range now offer a single battery that fits into the entire family of cordless tools.

As the new standard for portable power in consumer devices, Li-Ion batteries produce twice the capacity of energy as NiCad batteries but weigh 20%-35% less. This can make a noticeable difference in devices such as cordless power tools, where the battery makes up a significant portion of the total weight.

Li-Ion batteries are also far more environmentally friendly, as they don't contain toxic materials such as the Cadmium or Mercury in other portable batteries.

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