Thanks for taking your time to read our UK review of the Blue Ridge BR2808K2 18V Cordless Hammer Combi Drill. Combi drills are a very useful tool to own, but the big drawback for most people is that they are very expensive and usually cost over £150.
The Blue Ridge company, although not that well known in the UK, have certainly closed the price gap, and made a combi drill at an affordable and good value for money price. The good news is that this includes the drill, the batteries and the charger, so you are all set to get started with whatever jobs you have lined up.
This drill can be used for normal drilling, screwdriving and hammer drilling for getting through concrete.
Let's take a closer look at exactly what you get for your hard earned cash.
How Online Buyers Rate the Blue Ridge BR2808K2 Combi Drill?
- Overall on average online buyers have given this cordless combi drill an excellent 92% buyer satisfaction rating
- 70% of those same buyers have given this a full 5 star review
- Only 2% of all online buyers have given this a poor review
This is based on 300+ online buyers at the time of writing this review.
What Online Buyers Say About the Blue Ridge BR2808K2 Combi Drill?
We have summarised what those same online buyers had to say, after they had bought and used this combi drill. The easiest way to see this is in the form of a pros and cons table shown just below.
Blue Ridge Cordless Hammer Drill Specification
Just below we have included the specification and how this can help with the various tasks that you have to get done.
It weighs 1.1 Kg without the battery and 1.5 Kg with the battery. It has a 27 watt output and a 42 Newton metres torque
This is classed as an 18 Volt cordless hammer drill and you get two 1.5 Ah batteries along with the charger. It is always great to have two batteries as you can be using one and charging the other one. Even better, it only takes 1 hour to fully charge the battery, as you also get the fast charger.
The maximum drilling capacity is:
Clutch Positions & Torque
This Blue Ridge model has 21 pre-selectable torques. Many buyers get confused about exactly what these are used for. When you drill through different materials you should use different speeds for the best results. This is achieved by picking the right torque.
For example in soft woods you would use a lower torque as you don't want to over drive screws.
This drill also has a 2 speed gearbox which is very useful. Most drill/drivers have two speeds. On most drills including this one setting 1 is low speed/high torque and is best for driving screws. Setting 2 is a medium speed/torque and can be used for drilling or driving.
Variable Speed Control
Variable speed delivers the optimum power and speed to ensure you have control in a range of applications. Adjustable speed makes your work a lot easier as you can control this by how hard you squeeze the trigger.
This Blue Ridge model does have variable speed control.
This drill has the important hammer function. The hammer function on a drill allows you to be able to drill through masonry such as brick, block, concrete and stone.
All drills have a rotary or spinning action which is measured in revolutions per minute (RPM). This is what is used to drill through materials such as wood, metals and plastic. To drill through masonry this rotary action is used, but when the hammer function is selected, an additional bumping action is added.
This is measured in bumps per minute (BPM) or impacts per minute (IPM). This is a small hammer type action that helps you get through hard masonry materials.
When this drill has the hammer function selected, it is then used with a masonry bit which allows you to drill through harder materials like brick, block and concrete.
These small LED work lights pretty much come as standard on most types of drills. Only the very cheap models leave these out. The lights can be handy if you are working in a poorly lit area or any type of confined space.
There is one on this cordless hammer drill, so another tick in the box for this useful feature.
Just like the LED, a keyless chuck is now the norm for these types of drills. A keyless chick is of course a drill where the chuck is tightened by hand and holds the bits securely. They are just much faster and you never have to worry about losing a chuck key again.
This cordless hammer drill has a 13 mm keyless chuck with an auto-lock.
This drill kit with 2 batteries and a charger is already good value for money. However they have also added in some useful accessories as a nice little bonus. They include
A magnetic bit holder, a flexible hex shaft, 6 x HSS twist drill bit (2/2.5/3/4/5/6mm), 3 x HSS masonry drill bits (4/5/6mm), and a 32 x 25mm CRV drill bit. It all comes in a hard plastic carrying case.
We would always recommend checking out the warranty that you get with any product that you buy.
With this model you get a 2 year warranty.
Our Verdict on the Blue Ridge Cordless Hammer Drill
92% buyer satisfaction based on 300+ online buyer reviews
Most potential buyers will not know this Blue Ridge brand but they have most certainly packed in the vale for money with this kit.
It is hard to find a cordless hammer drill kit for less than £100. This one is well under that and you get 2 batteries, a charger and some useful accessories.
We think that really does represent very good value for money.
Despite the lower price point, those who have bought this, also give it excellent reviews with a very high 92% buyer satisfaction.
It would be hard not to recommend this product, and it is certainly capable of doing all driving and drilling jobs around the home and garden.