Bosch is claiming a world first with its launch of the ingenious UNEO - a cordless screwdriver, drill and rotary hammer all in one tool.
Weighing only 1.1 kilos and no bigger than an A5 sheet of paper, this compact power pack makes light work of screwdriving, hammering and drilling - even through concrete - thanks to its pneumatic hammer mechanism and lithium-ion battery.
Fitting a curtain rail, installing a light fixture, assembling kitchen furniture or putting up shelves usually demands several different tools plus a mains cable: a drill for drilling holes in wood or metal; a rotary hammer for fixings in hard concrete walls; and a screwdriver for joining the parts together.
The cordless UNEO completes all of these drilling and screwdriving tasks in one - it will cover 90% of all DIY jobs in the average home and tackles masonry, concrete, metal, wood and plastic with equal ease. And you don't have to get off your stepladder mid-job!
Moreover, there is no trailing cable to trip over because the UNEO runs on a powerful 14.4 Volt lithium-ion battery. Lightweight and small, it recharges as quickly as a mobile phone and is protected by Electronic Cell Protection (ECP) to guard against overload, overheating or total discharge. The charging process itself prevents any overcharge of the cells, extending battery life.
One hundred screws can be driven with one battery charge. There is a red and a green LED light to help check the charge levels - red indicates low battery, green is good to go. Two further LED arrows show whether forward or reverse operation has been selected, handy when screwdriving.
The multi-functional Bosch UNEO boasts a pneumatic hammer mechanism with the smallest ever dimensions, giving you maximum power in extremely small spaces. The single impact force of 0.9 joules at 4800 blows per minute speaks for itself.
Another new feature is the drill bit holder: the SDS-Quick system for fast bit changes. Drill or screwdriver bits can be inserted quickly and conveniently - simply insert the drill bit, let it engage and off you go.
The innovative, miniaturised UNEO comes ready for use with two masonry/concrete drill bits (6mm and 8mm); two hex-shank drill bits for wood and metal (5mm and 6mm); and four long screwdriver bits.
The UNEO set is available at B&Q from 20 October 2008 at a recommended retail price of £119.99 including VAT. The perfect Christmas gift for the DIY-er in the house! For more information visit: http://www.bosch-do-it.co.uk/diy/ or call 0844 736 0107.
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