Proving that small is well, if not beautiful, definitely practical is the ROK RPCSD48V. It’s a compact, almost pocket-sized tool that punches above its weight – the sort of tool that will prove handy time and time again.
It’s a simple pistol-style screwdriver, with comfortable soft grip, forward/reverse trigger and a magnetic chuck designed to take hexagonal screwdriver bits. Included in the packet is a collection of 18 bits that will allow the user to drive various-sized slot and cross-headed screws, as well as Torx and hex-head fastenings, and a magnetic extension bar.
The tool also features a handy LED light, mounted just above the chuck spindle to illuminate work in gloomy recesses, operated by a switch on the top of the driver. There’s also a little button that operates three battery condition indicator lights. When all three are lit, the driver is fully charged, two that the battery power is beginning to fail, and it’s time to recharge when just one light is showing. Charging time is around 6-8 hours.
With only a 4.8V motor under the skin, the ROK RPCSD48V is never going to be a powerhouse in the screwdriving department – if you want to drive in 50mm screws with no pilot hole, head up the ROK tools range and buy the beefy WCD24 instead. But despite its diminuitive size, the ROK RPCSD48V is no slacker – I used it for a bit of flatpack furniture assembly and it coped manfully. But it’s more of a handy, occasional use tool – though it would be brilliant for hobbyists who want a compact tool to drive small nuts, bolts and screws. If you’ve a budding young diy’er in the house, they’ll be delighted to start off their tool collection with this little yellow timesaver – and at just under £10 it’s a real pocket money purchase.