Christmas Came Early

Due to a week-long battle with the flu, I’ve found myself left with very little time or energy to many things, including the task of keeping this blog up to date. Christmas has come and gone now but, for me at least, it did arrive slightly early for me when one package (to me; from me!! ;-)) arrived four-days ahead of the Big Day, direct from Metabo in Southampton:

It’s the Metabo 10.8v PowerMaxx 12 combo. kit, featuring a drill/driver, impact driver and also, a handy little torch.

I’ve been after something like this for a long time as I believe these drills could be ideal for the average woodworker who spends most of their time within a cabinet making workshop, as opposed to working with larger components on a building site. It may be that I don’t use the impact driver too often at all but, for an extra ยฃ60 over one of the basic, stand-alone drills, I felt it was well worth the additional investment, for those rainy days. Before this purchase, I had been eyeing up the Bosch set for some time but, the release of this new kit from Metabo coincided with a rise in my financial fortunes and, with the inclusion of an additional angle chuck attachment (not available with any of the competitors models), I was sold green German machines.

Having owned a smaller PowerMaxx model for three-yearsย  now, I have a lot of confidence in the quality of these angle attachments, along with the overall build-quality of Metabo tools:

(...No, not one of my cabinets!!)

Unfortunately, this angle attachment I keep raving about was missing when I received my goods – however, Toolstop were already on to the case and, along with several other new owners of these tools, I should have one in my possession early in the New Year.

I don’t understand Metabo’s logic with regards to tool storage, here… The drill/driver arrives in a purpose-designed carry case and yet, the impact driver comes ‘loose’ inside a tool bag… A systainer or L-Box (see the Bosch drills) would have been ideal but, for some strange reason, they’ve decided not to go down that route this time. I can see that the bag may useful when I’m working away from the workshop but then, does that render the plastic case as irrelevant?

I haven’t been up to much of anything in the workshop, lately – in fact, I don’t think I’ve even set foot in there for sixteen-days, now! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ In the New Year, I hope to finally be able to crack on with some crucial maintenance jobs around the workshop, for which I’m certain I’ll be able to put these two new drills to good use. I’ve also been asked to appear as a guest writer on the Toolstop Blog so, I may have to direct you elsewhere, when the time for improvements comes… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thank you for reading my blog over the past twelve-months.

Hope you’ve all had a good Christmas and I wish you all the very best for 2011! ๐Ÿ™‚


2 thoughts on “Christmas Came Early

  1. Oh nice. New tools are always a great pick-me-up. I have been ill over xmas as well, and now I am (finally) getting better, I have one of those oscillating-multi-tools from CEL to play with ๐Ÿ™‚
    Happy new year Olly!

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