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The Black and Decker Max Ion Drill Gets The Job Done!

Updated on September 6, 2014

I needed a second inexpensive drill so I wouldn't have to switch between drill and Philips bits while assembling my daughters new wooden swing set. Each wood screw and wood bolt needed to have a proper sized pilot hole drilled so as not to crack the rather fragile Cedar boards.

My supportive wife picked up Black and Decker Max Lithium Ion drill from a local chain hardware store because I immediately needed a drill. Once unboxed, I placed the removable 20 Volt battery Pack on the provided charger and let it charge to capacity. It took about a half hour to charge the new battery.

One of the things I immediately observed abut the drill is its size and weight. It weighed half as much as my couple year old Craftsman 19.6 Volt drill and was also half the size yet the drill chuck could accommodate the same drill bit sizes as my old Craftsman. The small size and weight really helped while working on the swing set for about six hours a day. The wooden swing set kit was very complex with many parts. It included a small outside sitting area on the bottom with a tree-house like perch on the top.

The Black and Decker Max Lithium Ion drill also boasts the following features:

  • Lithium Ion Technology which is lighter, more compact, no memory, longer life this is a much improvement from the Nickel Cadmium cordless drill batteries of the past.
  • 11 Position Clutch for precise control when drilling materials of different hardness.
  • Variable Speed allows control when countersinking screws.

So far the battery life of the Lithium Ion battery has been extraordinary, I have used this drill to create at least a hundred pilot holes during two 6 hour swing set assembly sessions and have yet to recharge it. I can't say the same for my old 19.6volt Craftsman that, on a good day, will work for only a couple of hours despite my obsessive-compulsive regiment of proper draining and recharging to properly maintain the Nickel Cadmium batteries.

The Black and Decker LDX120C is bare bones, you get the drill, one battery, charger and instructions. But what else do you need but maybe a second battery?

I am so happy with this drill that I am thinking about getting a second to replace my aged Craftsman "Primary" drill.

BLACK+DECKER LBXR20-OPE2 20-Volt Lithium Ion Cordless 2-Pack  Battery
BLACK+DECKER LBXR20-OPE2 20-Volt Lithium Ion Cordless 2-Pack Battery

It is always a good idea to have spare batteries when attacking a big job!

 
Black & Decker 15557 Drill Bit Set, 10-Piece
Black & Decker 15557 Drill Bit Set, 10-Piece

Throw away those old dull drill bits you have in an old coffee can! You can do a faster and better job with new drill bits!

 

The Black and Decker Max Ion Drill in Action!

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I don't like to "cook" in the sun, so I setup a workshop in my garage to assemble pieces of the wooden swing set.Comparison of my the new Black and Decker drill (left) to my aged Craftsman drill (right).Two six hour days of assembly and this is what I have to show. Although I did assemble a ladder and climbing board not shown in the picture.
I don't like to "cook" in the sun, so I setup a workshop in my garage to assemble pieces of the wooden swing set.
I don't like to "cook" in the sun, so I setup a workshop in my garage to assemble pieces of the wooden swing set.
Comparison of my the new Black and Decker drill (left) to my aged Craftsman drill (right).
Comparison of my the new Black and Decker drill (left) to my aged Craftsman drill (right).
Two six hour days of assembly and this is what I have to show. Although I did assemble a ladder and climbing board not shown in the picture.
Two six hour days of assembly and this is what I have to show. Although I did assemble a ladder and climbing board not shown in the picture.

Another favorable review of the Black and Decker LDX120C Drill!

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    • E Andrew Brandon profile image

      Ean Brandon 3 years ago from United States

      I have this exact drill, it made my house a home!

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Really good to know how well the battery is lasting. My husband has resisted battery-powered tools, but he's started coming around since someone gave him a battery-powered screwdriver which he uses often. I'm guessing he'd love this drill. Have fun finishing the playhouse/swing set. It looks awesome!