Summary: In this real user review of the Black and Decker LDX120 20V Cordless Drill Driver, Charlie English with Habitat for Humanity scores this DIY drill at a 4.5 out of 5. Charlie thought this tool was a lightweight tool that packs a punch. For more information on this drill or other user reviews of power tools, visit us at www.toolselect.com.
CHARLIE: It really impressed me, the charge and longevity of the battery. A four inch screw, you can drive it up through the chuck. If it was countersunk, it'd keep going.
BARNABY: Hey, what's up? Barnaby here, so you want to know more about the Black and Decker 20 volt, lithium ion, variable speed drill with a 3/8-inch chuck? What we like to do here at ToolSELECT.com is put the tools into the hands of real people like Charles and have them use them for a couple weeks and then come on back here and tell us what you think. How would you gauge your level of expertise in construction there, Chuck?
CHARLIE: My level of expertise is I always liked building things and putting things together or fixing things. Fifteen to 20 years life experience and then I went back to school after this recent recession and did a rough construction where we built a home from the ground up. That was an eighteen week course, the second course of eighteen weeks is residential remodeling, where we're doing more of the remodeling of the inside of the house.
BARNABY: Yeah, that's where we caught up with you was the Habitat for Humanity job site. Put the tool into your hand and tell us about your first impression.
CHARLIE: The first impression I had was it's really lightweight. I remember Black and Decker the name from years ago. I always thought it was just a regular household tool for maybe kitchen cabinets or something, or doing some real light door hinges or something.
BARNABY: Okay, and after using the tool for a couple of weeks, what are your thoughts?
CHARLIE: It really impressed me, the charge and longevity of the battery. The durability of it, I haven't dropped it from any length or anything like that but I'm in no way nice to my tools. They do the job and I'll throw them down and then I come back and pick it up. Just a couple rub marks on the paint and that, but it seems to be quite durable.
BARNABY: Okay, and you spoke of the power. What sort of paces did you put it through?
CHARLIE: The power. I took it home and charged it up for the, it said five to eight hours in the instructions. I let it go a good eight hours. Took it into my class and began, I didn't drive a single nail all day long. I used screws, anyway from an inch and half to four inch screws. Anything from OSB half inch, three quarter inch, drilling through two by sixes, four by fours, soft wood, green wood. It didn't matter. It had the same power on everything.
BARNABY: It plowed right through or did it-
CHARLIE: Plowed right through. You can drive a screw right up to the chuck. A four inch screw, you can drive it up to the chuck. If it was countersunk, it'd keep going. The quick change chuck is really good. You'd open it all the way up, put a drill in real quick, drill yourself a half inch hole through a four by four, quick switch it out, put your regular bit back in. [inaudible 02:43] screw in.
BARNABY: Did it hold the bit?
CHARLIE: It held the bit quite well. When you get close, between two two by fours in a tight spot and the chuck rubs, if you don't have it real tight, it'll rub and see how it opens. If it just touches another piece but, just use a longer, crank it down when you do it, tighten it right up tight, that's a slip clutch right there.
BARNABY: Did that come into play?
CHARLIE: It did not on my job because I didn't have to worry about setting a screw too deep. I countersunk with a half inch drill and drilled it right in through four by fours, soft wood and green wood. I didn't have to use the chuck, but it would be a great tool for drywall, where you got to just dimple, you can't cut through the paper. You can set it to any depth you like.
BARNABY: Okay, and what about the onboard light?
CHARLIE: The onboard light was great because I was building these boxes for an access panel up into the attic. It's quite dark up in the attic. I had to get up there and reach over and drill, on an angle sometimes. You got to push down and everything. The light was great for finding your screw. Looking around, you can even just use it as a flashlight, just to look around and see where your wires and stuff are at. Make sure you're not poking through a waterline or anything.
BARNABY: Is there anything you'd change about the tool? Anything you think is missing that you'd like to see put on the tool or ...
CHARLIE: Yeah, a belt clip is what I would like to see. A belt clip. They do make a little hook thingy you can put on your belt. If you're going up a ladder it's fine, but when you come down a ladder, it'll come out. The belt clips would be great just to hang it off your belt and it's always there.
BARNABY: How many batteries did it come with?
CHARLIE: It came with one battery. It'd be nice to have two batteries so you can just swap them out and then not have to stop. If it did run dead on you, you wouldn't have to stop. You'd just swap the batteries and keep right on going.
BARNABY: Alright man, thanks for all the good information. ToolSELECT.com, really your one stop shop for all good information about the tools you're considering.