The Draper STORMFORCE collection is a set of cordless tools that offers users lots of choice. There are five tools in the range so far – a Drill/driver, a Combi hammer drill, an impact driver, a reciprocating saw and a cordless ratchet.
Commonly powered by a 10.8v Lithium Ion battery they can be bought as a complete kit with charger and spare battery, or “bare”. you can acquire a decent range of tools without having to buy any “unwanted extras”.
The combi/hammer came as a complete kit packed in a custom fitted plastic case, with a place for tool, spare battery and charger. It has a good quality 10mm keyless chuck, rubberised protection “bumpers” on the body and a very comfortable handle. The 1.5Ah battery pack slots into the bottom of the handle and there are nice touches like the big LED light above the trigger that comes on automatically when the trigger is pulled.
There is a battery charge indicator on the top of the handle, a reversible belt hook, two speeds, a twenty-one position torque setting collar with drill, drive and hammer position.
The charger takes an hour to charge a battery and the tool will drill 25mm diameter holes in timber, 10mm in masonry and 10mm in metal.
The “Bare” Tools
I was sent the drill and impact driver. Packaged into compact boxes, they look much the same and share the features like LED worklight, battery indicator etc.
The drill has the same 10mm keyless chuck as the combi, but the collar for selecting torque for screwdriving has 20 steps and a drill setting. It has two speeds and a specified 25Nm of torque on tap. It will also drill 25mm holes in wood and 10mm holes in metal – the same as the combi above.
The Draper STORMFORCE impact driver has a magnesium nose, a spring collar collet chuck and will deliver up to 80Nm of impact torque, so 80mm screws into thick softwood was no trouble at all for this little machine.
The “bare” cordless ratchet with its 3/8” square drive it will fit standard sockets. Controls are simple – a trigger and forward/reverse. A small switch can be used to lock the operating trigger in case of manual usage and there is a handy LED light, battery charge indicator and a useful 45Nm of torque on tap.
This STORMFORCE recip saw has a quick release blade fitting, a decent worklight, battery charge indicator and trigger lock function. With its 130mm long blades it has a lot of capacity packed into its compact body – it will cut 65mm in wood, 50mm in plastic and up to 8mm in metal.
Some will find excuses to buy all the pieces of the kit and store them in the handy kit bag that Draper supplies.Spare batteries and chargers are also available separately should they be needed.