Wise Buys: Palm Drivers
Skil's 3.6-volt iXO has enough oomph to drive just about any-size screw into a predrilled pilot hole in hardwoods. That said, it won't replace my 12-volt drill/driver for jobs that call for more torque or speed. The iXO drove 41 screws in the 2x4 test -- although it could not fully seat them -- taking about 11 minutes to drain the battery and three hours to recharge it. Even after this tough, continuous-duty test, the tool and its built-in battery felt only warm. I drilled a 1/16" hole into red oak, but the magnetic 1/4" hex chuck wasn't strong enough to back the bit out of the wood without slipping out of the tool. But its 200-fixed-rpm motor isn't meant for drilling; it's too slow.
The three-position drive-direction switch is located just above the trigger, as in larger drivers, and I like the LED arrows on top of the tool that show drive direction. The iXO comes with 32 driver bits, a 1/16" drill bit, and 1-1/2" extension. In sum, it's a handy small-task tool that's always at the ready.
-- Tested by Dave Campbell, Deputy Editor
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