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ROK Powertools 1000W Hammer Drill – Product Review

With the recent advances in battery technology, many tradesmen and diy users have all but stopped using a mains-powered drill. After all, when you can get a tool such as ROK’s WCD24 that will cope with tough screw driving jobs and drill into metal, masonry or wood, why would you need one?

The answer, of course, is that performing a lot of tough drilling jobs will eat up the power in your battery. if you have a lot of holes to drill in steel, or find yourself wanting to attach shelf brackets to a brick wall, a mains tool will do the job more quickly – and never run out of power.

But if you’re only going to use it occasionally, then you won’t want to part with a lot of cash for a mains-powered drill – so the ROK WHDC1000 could be just what you’re looking for. It’s a simple, no-frills tool that is robust enough to cope with most jobs around the house and workshop.

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It follows the theme of other ROK tools with a solid yellow casing, inset with soft-feel black. It has a satisfyingly large trigger, topped by a level to switch forward and reverse functions, with a switch to set either hammer or drill-only operation on the top. There’s a standard collar to take the supplied auxiliary handle – which also holds a simple plastic depth gauge – and a lock-on switch on the left hand side of the handle.

Handy keyless chuck

The keyless chuck will take bits from 2-13mm. It requires two hands to adjust, but the metal knurled collar made it easier to get a good grip for secure tightening. Two metres of cable gives a reasonable amount of movement around a socket, too. And it all packs away in a tidy carrying case.

Anyone who’s owned a mains drill before will find nothing to frighten the horses here – but that doesn’t mean that the WHDC1000 isn’t worthy of a place in your toolbox. For a start, it’s one of the quietest mains drills I’ve ever used – a pleasant surprise and one that surely says something about the quality of the components used in its manufacture. The trigger gives very positive control over the variable speeds, with smooth transition all the way up to the maximum of 2,800rpm – and the hammer action made short work of tough masonry. And with forward and reverse features and slow speeds, it’s great for screw driving, too

So, powerful enough for most, smooth, quiet, comfortable to use and with all the features you’re likely to want – for pennies under £30 what more could you want?

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ROK Powertools 24V Cordless Hammer Action Drill

What’s not to like about a 24V powerhouse like this that will leave you change from fifty quid?

Not much at all, especially when it’s as robust and well-equipped as the ROK WCD24 – and comes in a tough carrying case with a set of drill and screwdriver bits.

Drill/drivers have become more and more popular as battery technology has advanced – the days when you had to turn to a mains powered drill for anything other than a bit of light screw driving are long gone. ROK’s offering doesn’t disappoint here.I found that it was well able to cope with pretty much anything I threw at it – from drilling 13mm holes in timber to driving 50mm screws (without pilot holes), the tool never ran short of breath.

ROK Powertools 24V Cordless Hammer Action Drill

ROK Powertools 24V Cordless Hammer Action Drill

So let’s look at the nuts and bolts. The WCD24 weighs in at close on 2.5kg, thanks to that chunky battery, but despite that it’s well balanced and, coupled with a nicely-shaped handle and a well-placed trigger, proved comfortable and easy to hold and use.

Smooth trigger action on this drill

The trigger was smooth and fed in the power gradually, making it easy to find a suitable speed for the job in hand. On top of the tool there’s two-position switch: in position 1 the speed runs from 0-500rpm; in position 2 from 0-1400rpm.. The forward/reverse switch is handily placed just above the trigger and is easily slid from side to side with a thumb or forefinger, so there’s no need to take your hand off the tool to select the direction.

The torque of the tool – the amount of turning force it will apply before it cuts out – is set via a 10-position ring on the body of the tool. This feature is used when driving screws and will prevent you driving them too far into the work – on the ROK it worked well and I particularly liked the positive click settings.

The WCD24 has the added bonus of hammer action, giving it the facility to drill into masonry. The function is activated by a ring just behind the chuck and when the drill is running at full speed it produces 22,400 hammer blows a minute. I had no problems drilling 6mm holes into brick – though, as with all drills of this type, using the hammer action for long periods will hit the battery hard and reduce the amount of time needed between charges.

The keyless chuck requires two hands to operate – one to hold it still and the other to twist the adjustable part. With a maximum capacity of 13mm, the chuck was positive with little play, but required a fair bit of force to stop drill bits slipping.

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If the WCD24 has a fault though, it’s in the charge time – three to five hours is a long time to wait if the power runs out midway through a job. But fast chargers cost more, so the inclusion of a slower charger does keep the overall cost of the tool down. An extra battery (NOTE – IS THERE ONE AVAILABLE??) is always handy and would help avoid long periods of down time.

The tool is supplied with a briefcase-sized carrying case, a notably chunky additional handle (which clamps around the body and helps steady the drill), six drill bits, six screwdriver bits and a magnetic holder for the screwdriver bits as well. The case also has space for the charger.

So, 24V power, plenty of functions, and robust construction at a very competitive price. As I said, what’s not to like?

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