Comfortably small, lightweight and powerful with a long lasting charge, this variable speed drill has a 3/8″ chuck, illuminates the work area and gets high marks.
I’ve never been a Black and Decker fan so I was surprised and delighted when I bought this drill. I was assembling kitchen cabinets and needed to work in close quarters that had dark, tight spaces. My trusty Ryobi 14.4 V drill was just too big and it did not have an LED illuminating LED to see what I was drilling.
My previous experience with rechargeable tools from B&D were that they lacked power and weren’t very durable. Still, I’m a guy who will buy a tool based on its duty cycle. For a homeowner who may do occasional drilling/screwing, there is no need to buy a $200 pro tool. So I went looking for a small rechargeable drill/driver for under $50.
There weren’t many to choose from that illuminates the work area at the time that I was looking. So when I came across this little workhorse, I bought it thinking I could always return it if it turned out to be like my other B&D tools. Surprise! I loved it.
[Ed Note: B&D has a newer version of this drill called the matrix which has interchangeable heads. You can buy it with the drill/driver, but separate that head and turn it into one of several tools like a sander, impact driver, and other toos. It comes in a 12 and 20 volt version. If I get my hands on one, I’ll let you know more about it.]
It has a somewhat soft grip giving you plenty of holding power. The LED work light goes on with the first pressure on the trigger without turning the motor. I liked that. However, the illuminated area was just below the actual screw or drill mark. It could be greatly improved if the LED actually shone on the tip of the blade or drill bit.
What’s In The Box:
The LDX112 12V MAX drill/driver, one 12V MAX battery, the LCS12 charger and a double-ended bit tip (Flat Blade and Philips.)