Updated 15 Dec 2016

Duratech

4.8V Screwdriver - TD2497

Snapshot: The Duratech 4.8V Rechargeable Electric Screwdriver - TD2497 has a pivoting handle and weighs 0.38kg. How does it perform?

4.8V Screwdriver - TD2497
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$30

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Test results

Overall score
61
Ease of use
?/10
Performance
?/10
Battery life
?/10
Torque
?/10
Drilling
?/10

Good points

  • Has light which can be activated independent of drill action.
  • Very good assembly performance for drilling screws into pre-drilled holes.
  • Can drive screws into ply reasonably quickly (but doesn't compare to a standard cordless drill/driver).
  • Pivoting handle so can be used in pistol or in-line mode.

But

  • Large and bulky compared to other models so can be unwieldy in tight spots.
  • No battery level indicator.
  • NiCd batteries have relatively short life and take a long time to recharge.
  • Cheap and flimsy construction, motor has rough action.

How we test

Overall scores includes:

Performance (70%)
Ease of use (30%)

Performance is equally weighted between the following three tests:

Battery life (/10): We drill a 10-12 x 25mm cabinet screw into MDF, screw it back out, then rinse and repeat. On average, the drills in our test drove 332 screws before giving up the ghost, with the top model managing 642. The cordless screwdrivers drove just over 100 on average into pre-made holes in MDF.

Torque (/10): We drive heavy-duty 14g, 10 x 75mm timber screws into three sheets of MDF. If a drill drives the screw head flush with the MDF with no slowing down it’s awarded 10/10 for torque; penalties apply if it slows down or is unable to drive the screw flush.

Speed drilling (/10): We time how quickly we can drill 10 holes with a 13mm spade bit through 45mm spotted gum.

Ease of use (/10): Ease of use for drills is highly subjective, so we employ a panel featuring one right-handed man with large hands, another man with large hands but left-handed, and a right-handed woman with smaller hands. Our ease-of-use scores are equally-weighted between the panellists’ assessment of weight, balance and handle/control ergonomics.

Assembly (/10): Assessed for cordless screwdrivers only and refers to their performance (speed) when drilling screws into pre-made holes, for example when assembling flat-pack furniture.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$30
Type
Cordless screwdriver

More test results (/10)

Assembly
8.2

Specifications

Battery voltage (V)
4.8
Motor
Brushed
Battery capacity (Ah)
2.4
Recharge time (min)
360
Weight (kg)
0.38
Gear ranges
1
Max claimed torque
2.5
Torque settings
1
Maximum speeds
180
Chuck size (mm)
6.5

Features

Batteries supplied
1 (BI)
LED light
Yes (A)
Driver-bit storage
No
Carry case
×
Belt clip
×

More Info

Notes

-

Availability
-