I'm sort of an intermediate amatuer woodworker and have been using a Black and Decker Matrix drill driver for a number of years. I recently purchased an Ozito Line Trimmer and Blower combo from Bunnings and then after purchasing that got the battery and charger pack with the 4.0mAh battery because the charger that comes with the kit was super slow. I really like this kit and it has done a stellar job of dismantling the weeds we've accumulated due to weather stopping us getting to them. 🤣😇
Due to my use of pocket holes in a number of projects and the fact that Little Woodie stole my Ozito Screwdriver I ended up getting the 18V Impact Driver Skin and I really like it.
My Matrix is getting a little long in the tooth and is still on the original batteries (over 6 years old now) but I've also built up quite a collection of heads for it and most get used often but I'm finding the drill to be a little under powered. So I'm thinking of getting the Brushless Hammer Drill skin to take the drilling load off. Is it a reasonable drill for the range it sits in? I'm finding that I needed to go to the hammer drill attachment in order to get cleaner pocket holes but they're still a bit manky and I noticed the Ozito one spins faster still so maybe that'll be cleaner still.
While I don't have much need for the hammer drill ability I find it has been needed to hang a couple of things in my workshop where one wall is concrete block.
I actually have a very real need to go cordless because currently I'm running a 25m extension lead to my workshop to get power into it (long story but my wife decided the sleepout was going to be her office which incidentally has just ended up being the junk room). I like the Ozito stuff and while the higher end brands would be nice frankly I can neither afford them nor can I use them to their fullest (in fact the drills from say Milwaukee and DeWalt actually kind of hurt my wrist which was damaged in a motorcycle crash a few years ago).
I know these questions get asked all the time and they are relative but I'd like to hear how others get on. So far for me the use has been positive but I just need a little reassurance that the investment will be worth it.
Welcome to Workshop and apologies for the slow reply. We're pleased you could join us and look forward to reading all about your woodworking projects.
I'm surprised your post hasn't had any replies as yet as tools are always a popular topic, particularly amongst our woodworking community members. Perhaps if you described some of the projects you plan on tackling with the gear, it might help members provide you more informed advice.
You might also be interested in these previous discussions on the site:
Hope that helps get you started...
Ozito are fantastic little tools for most DIYer's, if used correctly and what they are designed for they are a very capable tool, would have no hesitation in recommending them
The new range if tools are more than enough to get you started on most jobs,
@woodenwookie I haven't used Ozito before but if you have fairly simple needs, then the entry level tools will be fine.
However, if you see your needs increasing in the short-medium term, it'd be worth jumping on the Ryobi range. I'm a Makita user but have Ryobi for my tools which I use rarely. Ryobi are great quality and value. It'd be a shame to buy a bunch of Ozito base don your current usage/needs, then only have to buy Ryobi or otherwise when the time comes. Just a thought
Sorry to hear about your motor cycle accident that now limits your use of high Torque drills
Others might wish to consider The Bosch PROtection Range with
Man, that’s what I really need but can’t afford 😁.
I like Bosch stuff because they’re a company of thinkers. If/when I can afford that sort of gear I’ll move that way and the anti-kickback mechanism in the drills are a brilliant idea. Not sure why no one else has thought of it until now.
Hi loeededwoodie you will find Ozito battery tools adequate for your needs if you have managed with Black and Decker,power change has similar torque to Makita, the skins for Ozito are very economical and you can build up quite a collection fairly quickly.The Ozito cordless saw is right handed where many of the other brands are left hand.My major renovation has been achieved with mostly the Ozito Power xchange Range.which use the same battery as you already have for your blower.