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MM-PEPD Muchmore Professional Electric Driver Review


Despite being young at heart, the harsh reality is that physically I'm not quite at my peak anymore. My wrist action is not akin to those well honed teenage days, so with a pile of kits ready to build and review I decided to see if there was a viable option of an electric driver to alleviate some of the physical strain out of building kits. 

The Muchmore professional Electric Power Driver seems to be the only option on the market. So I thought I would take a closer look.

In the box


The Muchmore pro electric driver comes with a micro USB cable for charging and a small instruction leaflet.  

There is no tool pouch or drivers included in the package. So I ordered the MR-SEND70 7mm Short Nut driver for the wheel nuts.
Also the essential MR-EAW20 2.0mm Hex head allen wrench for the screws

The red light shows that the driver is being charged.
The Pro electric driver is charged via the micro usb plug. It comes with some charge in the batteries, although I topped it up before testing it out. It takes around an hour to charge from empty, and should give around 45mins of active use, which is a decent amount of time.

Holding the actual tool and it feels very comfortable. It is  It is obviously more bulky than a std driver. It is 145mm long and the widest part is 45mm in diameter so it is not too bulky or heavy (160g).  To operate you only have two buttons, reverse and forward rotation. It also has a LED worklight that will help illuminate the area that you are working on. 

The tools are attached via the 6.35mm (1/4") quick release chuck. This is a common fixing so you are not limited to only one brand of tools.  It's very simple to exchange the tools, as you just need to give it a quick tug to release..

Before I use the driver, let me say that I am very weary about using electric power tools to work on RC cars. Over the years I have come across many chassis I been asked to fix or tune that have suffered from people using power-tools when building their cars. The screws are usually over tightened and that means you will struggle to remove them at a later date when servicing the chassis or replacing a part. 

With this in mind it decided to try it out on a new TA07 chassis to see how it would cope with attaching a screw into the hardened plastic. The driver had no issue and the screw went in fine. Now the important part, I used the driver in the manually to remove the screw. To my relief the screw was tight, but not over tightened and I was able to easily remove it.
The Muchmore tool tips are precise, and you need to ensure you use good quality screws like Moodyfools etc.
I was pleased with the result and tried it a few more times, all felt fine. Looking closer at my previous concern with power tools, is that many of them have a very high N.m (Newton Metre) torque. This may be great for drilling walls and working on girders or whatever, but for our toy cars it is way too much.

Muchmore is aware of this so that is why they have ensured that their tool has a Torque Rate of 2 N.m in electric mode, and 10 N.m when manually operating the driver if you really want to wrench something to oblivion.

Now I felt confident with the tool I tackled my TRF419XR for a quick service. The LED light does a good job of lighting up the areas you are working on. It only stays on whilst you are pressing the button, and it would have been good if there was an additional button to make it stay on or off when you are positioning the tool.
Check your nuts!
Next up I quickly swapped out the allen wrench for the 7.0mm nut driver. When installed the pro driver easily tightens the wheel perfectly onto the hex. I ran the car all meeting and the wheel nuts never came loose. The other useful option is that you can use this to warm up the diff oil before you place the car down at the track for a more consistent run. I would recommend this attachment along with the 2.0 hex wrench.

Conclusion

I've been using the Muchmore Professional Electric driver for some time now and I am impressed. It is a Muchmore product so as you would expect it is very high quality, and I have had no issues using it.

I do not use the electric function all the time, as it can detach you from the actual tension of the screws when checking if they come loose etc. I also wouldn't use it on things like pinion grubs etc

The tool is also quite expensive especially as there is no carry pouch or attachment included in the pack. The lack of an on/off button for the light is also a bit of a shame in my opinion.

I am overall happy with the purchase. It has proved to be a godsend when working on larger builds. At the track It always at hand and used both electronically and manually depending on the job. Also its great for swapping wheels, and used constantly to help warm up the diff before racing.  It has become another great addition to my Pitbox. 
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