Triton T20CH 20V combi drill
Triton’s foray into the battery market continues with this 20V drill, available in both drill/driver and combi drill models. Both boast identical drilling capacities in steel and timber, with this combi version having the added bonus of a masonry work setting.
However, these capacities aren’t going to set the world alight, despite the 20V battery (which I’ll come to later!). Timber capacity is the main concern here, with the specification in the manual stating 26mm. This lags quite far behind others of similar spec, and if you are looking for a decent capacity drill, this will be a stumbling block.
In its favour, the torque settings – 16 on this combi – are separate from the drill/screwdriver/ hammer functions. It has collars for both so you can set the torque with the front one, rotate the second function collar to ‘screwdriver’, drive the fixings home and simply move the collar to go into drill or hammer as required, thus overriding the torque settings.
The Triton has a very responsive trigger, which is always a bonus for me as I tend to use this over the torque settings for most screwdriving jobs. In its lowest speed ratio it runs at 0-450rpm so you can put them in at a decent rate if needed and with a maximum 48Nm of torque in this setting, this should also be used for bigger diameter drilling.
For faster drilling with smaller bits, the speed bumps up to 1,600rpm in its second setting. With each squeeze of the trigger the single LED sheds a decent amount of light around the 13mm capacity sleeveless chuck.
As with the other Triton battery products, these are high-quality Samsung cells, but the 20V moniker is a bit of an anomaly. Li-ion cells are rated at 3.6V capacity per cell, and if you do the maths, 5 × 3.6V = 18V but in general, each cell peaks above this and at its optimum, an 18V battery can peak at 20V when fully charged and this leads to the higher volt rating – much the same as a 12V battery – which is actually 10.8V in real terms.
Even so, these 4Ah batteries charge in around an hour; a tad over some of the established pro brands, but still a decent amount of time to allow you to get plenty of work done with one in the drill while the other charges up.
As drills go it’s a well-built unit, if a little angular in design, but it has a really nice slim sculpted grip. Equally favourable is the balance; it’s quite a chunky tool at 3.9kg with the battery fitted, but sits well in the hand in both drilling and driving operations.
With a full metal gearbox and Mabuchi branded motor, the internals match the battery for quality. At this price these make it a decent machine, but the capacities in timber especially let it down somewhat.
I chained out a few locks and some tubular door latches without any problems, but this is on its limit according to the specifications given; I’d have liked it to hit a higher capacity of around 32mm or so to allow Yale cylinders to be drilled, which would fit in well for general second-fix applications.