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Quick Review: Black & Decker LDX112C 12-Volt Max Lithium-Ion Drill/Driver

Black & Decker LDX112C 12-Volt Max Lithium-Ion Drill/Driver

Black & Decker LDX112C 12-Volt Max Lithium-Ion Drill/Driver

The LDX112C is Best For:

This tool is suitable for DIY use

Rating: 3.5/5

    

Overview

The Black & Decker LDX112C 12-Volt Max Lithium-Ion drill/driver is an entry level drill designed for light DIY use. This low cost drill is suitable for most light projects around the house, and is not intended for professional or heavy duty use. With the rising popularity of lithium Ion battery technology, Black & Decker introduced it’s MAX format several years ago, with 12, 16 and 20 Volt battery formats. These line of drills are intended to replace their uglier cousins, the Black & Decker NiCad lines, which have been the company’s entry level drills for the past few years. If you select your drills based purely on looks, we have a winner. If you don’t, read on.

Features

Black & Decker LDX112C is a relatively lightweight drill, weighing in at around 3 lbs. It is a light drill, and very comfortable to hold.  The keyless aluminum chuck can handle bits of up to ⅜ inches. There are 11 clutch settings on this drill for a variety of drill and driving applications, and this will spare your screws from that agonizing head stripping.  The 12V Li-Ion battery (LBXR12) will hold the its charge for a very long time, and the included charger, the LCS12, can charge the battery full in less than 40 minutes. This drill uses the “slide pack” batteries which also can be used in other B&D power tools. The Li-Ion batteries are also much smaller than their NiCad predecessors. The grip is soft and comfortable on the hands, and the built in LED light will illuminate your work area.

Black & Decker Drills = Low Torque

Black & Decker drills suffer from notoriously low torque ratings. The LDX112C outputs a measly 100 in-lbs of torque. Currently, the two most powerful drills in the Black & Decker lineup the 18V Black & Decker BD18PSK drill, and the Black & Decker 20V Matrix Drill / Impact Driver, deliver around 200 lbs-in of torque. Both of these drills retail at around $150, and for that price, if you’re looking for a much more capable drill, you’re probably better off getting by getting a 12V DeWalt drill, or an 18V DeWalt DC970K or DC725KA.

Conclusions

With the exception of the discontinued Firestorm line, Black & Decker drills always suffered from low torque, and the LDX112C is no exception. It’s suitable for most DIY use around the house. If you happen to stumble upon a drill that’s well priced and fits your needs, it’s worth the buy.

What’s Included in the Box?

  • Drill
  • Charger (LCS12)
  • Two 12V Batteries (LBXR12)

Positives

  • Low Price

Negatives

  • Low Torque

Specifications

  • Voltage: 12V
  • Torque: 100 in-lbs
  • RPM: 0-600 RPM
  • Clutch Settings: 11
  • Chuck Size: ⅜ Inch