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Black + Decker's 12V MAX Lithium Drill/Driver
I’ve had a Black + Decker drill since I was 13. I remember it clearly because I still have it. It’s big and heavy with a cast metal body and a thick electrical cord. The unit came with a black steel chuck for loosening the head to change bits and a rubber band for affixing it to the cord. It’s still dangling there, always at the ready. I used it the other day when I attached a round disk sander which I used to sand just enough off the top of the bathroom door so it would close properly — company was coming and the door had warped over the summer so if you closed it tightly, you had to use your shoulder to open it again. But I digress.
I used the old drill because it had more power — though I could be wrong — than the cordless, 12-volt, lithium-ion sweetheart I generally use nowadays. Still, the Black + Decker LDX112C 12V MAX Lithium Drill/Driver is the handiest, most-convenient tool I’ve ever used. It gets me through pretty much anything that needs to be done around the house, from hanging pictures to putting up curtain rods, assembling IKEA furniture — great for this one — to screwing in 1-inch x 6-inch replacement boards on the deck. It’s lightweight, feels good in the hand, and you change screwdriver and drill bits with an easy twist of the wrist. There’s even an LED light that shines on your work. And here’s the big one: it charges quickly and holds a charge for up to 18 months. I’ve owned it for almost a year and have only had to charge it once.
There are 20-volt models offered by many manufacturers, but the 12-volt LDX112C has more than enough oomph for any of the jobs I’ve run into so far. The 11 clutch settings let you adjust the torque to handle various bits and screw sizes with aplomb.
You may think this is a guy thing — think again. The women in my circle are equally enamoured, especially my daughter who takes great pride in her DIY abilities.
On the other hand, if your main need is putting in screws, consider the WORX SD 4V Li-Ion Semi-Automatic Cordless Screwdriver. This little number comes with two nifty cartridges each loaded with six bits that easily slip in and out. No more hunting for the right bit! At only four volts, it doesn’t have the power of the B+D driver/drill, but delivers enough juice for most jobs around the house and also holds a charge for up to a year-and-a-half.
Find the Black + Decker Drill/Driver at a local retailer or online from Amazon, $71.32, and the WORX Screwdriver at Canadian Tire, $49.95.
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