The biggest goal of all manufacturers is brand loyalty. Anything you buy with moving parts, cars, appliances and yes even power tools at some point will come to the end of their life. The important thing is how long that life is and how well the item performs. It is the hope and desire of all manufactures that their product lasts and performs in a way the consumer will be not only be willing but be inspired to buy their product again. This is definitely the case with my Black and Decker cordless drill.
Let me preface this by saying my current Black and Decker drill still has plenty of life left in it. My daughter and son-in-law to be are new homeowners and I have been slowly helping them build their arsenal of homeowner tools with my collection of gadgets. This gives me the opportunity to add new and shiny power tools to my workshop and be a cool father-in-law in the process.
My Black and Decker cordless drill must be at least 12 years old by now. As you can see in the picture it bares the scuffs and scars of many projects. My son built two street racers with that drill. I have used it on every major construction project on the house. It has even been used to do some of the most intricate work on my treasured guitars. When I passed it on and decided to replace it, Black and Decker was the only choice.
The new Black and Decker cordless drills have a cool new look to them. They are smaller, lighter and have sharp bright orange accents. The upgrades to the design are instantly noticeable. The new Black and Decker cordless drills have a super comfortable ergonomic rubber pistol grip. The trigger and direction control switch are positioned very smartly giving you maximum control over the tool. There are also two modes of operation, screw mode and drive mode. These can easily be switched via backlit switches on top of the drill situated above the battery level indicator light. Yes, you heard me right there is a battery indicator light so there in no more guessing when it is time to charge the tool.
While we are on the subject of the battery the Black and Decker cordless drill has a 20 volt lithium battery. This gives you a lighter and more powerful tool with longer operating time. This is a huge upgrade on the 14.4 volt nickel cadmium batteries from years gone by.
The Black and Decker cordless drill also now has “autosense” this helps you eliminate costly guesswork with a cutting-edge electronic clutch that automatically stops when a screw is in place. The result is fewer stripped screws, less work surface damage, and unrivaled accuracy.
I must admit when I took the Black and Decker cordless drill out of the box my first thought was “Is this little drill going to have enough power to get the job done”? All doubts were soon put to rest. The Black and Decker cordless drill quickly and cleanly drove a 3 inch drywall screw through a 2×4 with ease. The bit never skipped and at no point did I have to lean into my work to get the job done.
This is a great tool for not only the hobbyist and homeowner but also the professional contractor. Taking all into consideration features, power and price I don’t think you will find a better drill. If all works out right my one year old grandson will be using this new Black and Decker cordless drill to work on his first car one day. Just like his dad used my old Black and Decker cordless drill to work on his.