With the CCID20V2A, Carrefour offers a cordless hammer drill/driver at a very low price. The French distribution brand has a direct eye on Lidl's plate and its Parkside tools.
Carrefour is a French group specializing in mass distribution. The company offers a range of portable power tools that includes both corded machines and battery-operated products. Carrefour's 20V battery system can be used by seven tools ranging from drills and jigsaws to angle grinders and sanders.
The CCID20V2AH hammer drill has decent features. Its brushed motor develops a torque of 45 Nm and can drive the 13 mm keyless chuck up to 1650 rpm. The percussion mode allows you to pass through masonry at a rate of 27,000 strikes/min. The tool comes with a 2 Ah battery, a charger, an extra handle, a belt hook and a screwdriver bit, all together in a transport box.
It takes less than 60 € to afford the services of this Carrefour percussion drill. The latter guarantees its tools for three years.
Visually, Carrefour tools are easily identifiable. Dressed in blue and black plastic, the drill-driver of the sign displays a very correct level of finish. The assembly is serious, even if the materials do not all give full confidence in their robustness. Carrefour has still chosen to cover the casing with several pieces of rubber to protect it from shocks, which is a good thing.
Like most brushed-motor hammer drills, the CCID20V2AH is not one of the compact models. It displays generous measurements and a weight of 1.46 kg without battery. It thus exceeds the Bosch Professional GSB 18V-55 with its 2 Ah battery (1.45 kg). Once adorned with the latter, the Carrefour machine weighs 1.9 kg, a significant mass during the work, the tool held at arm's length.
The extra handle that comes with the drill is welcome. It is easily fixed by screwing on one side or the other of the machine. This handle provides increased comfort and better precision for certain uses. Its contribution to containing the torque of the screwdriver is however more anecdotal given the 45 Nm displayed on the counter. We may regret that it is not more permissive in its positioning, but its presence is already commendable at this price.
All in all, the Carrefour drill driver is synonymous with a good grip. The handle is grippy enough to hold with wet or oily hands. The trigger shows sufficient sensitivity to be precise in controlling the speed of rotation. The direction reverser is easily activated with the thumb or index finger. We would have liked its travel to be a little longer to better locate the blocking point, but this is a detail.
The chuck is often a weak point on entry-level drills. Here, the self-tightening chuck of the Carrefour machine is quite good. It can accommodate drills with a shank no larger than 13 mm in diameter and offers excellent bite. Its metal design ensures interesting durability.
A large gray plastic ring allows the torque limiter to be adjusted. This same ring manages the transition to drilling and percussion modes. Its handling is smooth and the notches are quite well marked to stay in place without it being painful to change the setting. The change of speed is done on the top of the drill thanks to a selector which slides without problem from one position to another.
The batteries of Carrefour's 20 V system are not models of compactness. They nevertheless benefit from correct finishes and are protected by rubber strips. Their insertion and their withdrawal at the foot of the handle of the drill takes place without worry. Three LEDs give a vague idea of the amount of energy still stored in the battery. Alas, the button to activate the LEDs is tiny and very difficult to operate, especially with gloves.
Our screwing test includes driving a 5 x 70 mm wood screw and an 8 x 100 mm lag screw. A pre-drilling of 5 mm is made for the second, none for the first. This test is applied in fir and oak cleats of 60 x 60 mm.
With 45 Nm of torque, the Carrefour impact drill-driver does not promise the moon on paper in terms of screwing. The 20 torque adjustment positions provide good latitude so as not to force too much when necessary. The rotation speed is also controlled, the French machine being able to go down to 19 and 30 rpm respectively in speed 1 and 2. This allows appreciable precision for delicate screwing operations.
Subject to our usual protocol, the Carrefour screwdriver proved to be comfortable for screwing into the fir tree, but showed more difficulty for the lag screw in the oak. It was necessary to switch to drilling mode, which no longer limits the torque, and to be patient to completely drive this imposing screw into hard wood.
For our drilling tests, we use wood drill bits of 5, 10 and 15 mm, concrete drill bits of 6, 8 and 11 mm, as well as metal drill bits of 2, 6 and 10 mm. We drill into 60 x 60 mm fir and oak battens, cinder blocks, bricks and 1.5 mm thick steel bars.
Carrefour's drill/driver boasts a maximum rotational speed of 400 rpm in gear 1 and 1650 rpm in gear 2. Our measurements show that the machine delivers on its promises for first gear, but is in below its claims for the second with only 1518 rpm.
Like many drills, Carrefour's CCID20V2AH does very well in the tree, even at large diameters. Things get slightly more complicated in the harder oak, which puts the brushed motor to a more intense test. Nevertheless, the machine manages to drill at 15 mm, at the cost of a certain effort. It will be better to be satisfied with boreholes of less than 12 mm. On the other hand, the fine management of the rotation speed makes it possible to pierce the steel properly.
The percussion mode and its 27,000 strikes per minute are welcome for passing through bricks and blocks. However, here again, the power of the motor somewhat limits the possibilities in terms of drilling diameter. The resistance imposed by a solid brick pushes the engine to its limits and you have to be careful not to overheat your drill bits.
We noted a sound pressure level of only 66 dB (A) at 1 m from the Carrefour drill-driver operating at full speed. A relatively low sound level compared to that emitted by its competitors.
With the 2 Ah battery supplied with this drill, we managed to make 57 holes of 10 mm in diameter in a 60 mm thick oak rafter. A correct performance with regard to what the competition offers. A Parkside Performance PSBSAP 20-LI A1 is however capable of making 81 holes with a battery of the same capacity.
The Carrefour drill-driver is mainly limited in this part by the charging time of its battery, which is close to an hour. Another battery would have been welcome to continue working while charging the first battery. Note also that, at the time of writing this test, Carrefour does not offer a single battery for sale.
Correct performance at moderate diameters.
Heavy and bulky.
Battery charging time.
How does grading work?
Carrefour's percussion drill-driver is far from unworthy. Its performance is quite satisfactory and will cover most basic use cases, even for drilling. The machine makes some concessions, but that's not a huge surprise at such a low price. The quality/price ratio remains very interesting.