Black & Decker Drills

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

Quick Review: Black & Decker BDCS40G 4-Volt Max Gyro Screwdriver

Black & Decker BDCS40G 4-Volt Max Gyro Screwdriver

Black & Decker BDCS40G 4-Volt Max Gyro Screwdriver

The BDCS40G is Best For:

This tool is suitable for DIY use

Rating: 3.5/5

    

Overview

Several years ago, Black & Decker aimed to tackle the everyday DIY market with its 7.2 Volt VPX line. While the VPX line wasn’t successful and was discontinued a couple of years ago, it did have a very capable compact sized driver the Black & Decker VPX1101X, which offered two speed ranges, and a very capable 140 in/lbs. of torque at 625 RPM. Now while this doesn’t seem like much in today’s world of portable drivers, the VPX1101X was a very inexpensive purchase at the time, and offered interchangeable batteries with other tools in the VPX line.

The Gyro, is something completely different.The 4-Volt Max Gyro screwdriver which is smaller than its VPX counterpart is meant for the occasional light use around the house as a replacement for a standard screwdriver. It’s ergonomically designed to fit in the palm of your hand, and has several unique features that the other small portable drivers do not have.

BDCS40G Features

The first thing you will notice after unpacking the drill is the unique ergonomic design, that’s meant to fit in the palm of your hand. The part of the drill that actually goes against your palm features a large trigger on the squeeze grip, which, when depressed will activate your drill. One of the most unique features about this drill is it’s unique gyro-scoping technology. With the trigger pressed, physically turning the drill in either direction will activate it. The sensor inside, will control the variable speed motor based on the tilt of the drill. It will work in either horizontal, or vertical applications. The 4V non-replaceable internal battery can hold charge for up to 18 months. You can charge the unit by plugging it into the wall via the supplied cable. When being used continuously, depending on application, you’ll get about 2 hours of battery life out of it. The drill also features a LED light to illuminate your work space.

Good for really light use

The gyro-scoping technology takes a bit of getting used to, but once you get the hang of it, the drill really excels at small and light DIY jobs or hobby work. With only 35 in/lbs of torque at 180RPM, it’s only capable of working with small screws. Perfect for removing that electrical plate, or taking apart and fixing your kids toys (assuming it doesn’t have a triangular head)

Conclusions

The 4-Volt Max Gyro Screwdriver is good for occasional use, but takes some time to get used to. We prefer the traditional compact power screwdrivers with non-gyro-scoping functionality, which we feel in this case, is more of a gimmick than actual advancement in power tool technology.

What’s Included in the Box?

  • BDCS40G drill
  • Charger
  • Two 1” screwdriving bits

Positives

  • Compact
  • Ergonomic
  • Holds charge long when not used

Negatives

  • Low torque
  • Internal Non-Replaceable Battery

Neutrals

  • Might take time to get used to gyro-scoping technology
  • Heavy use will mean long charge time

Specifications

  • Battery: Lithium Ion 4V Internal
  • Speed: One Speed / 180RPM
  • Torque: 35 in/lbs
  • Warranty: Two Year Limited