I always try to be as fair and objective as possible when carrying out these reviews. That’s why I tend to base my recommendations and opinions on the basis of value for money. Some have questioned whether it’s really fair or appropriate to give such high ratings to budget power tools – I see it as a simple case of how many tools you get for your cash.
The Black & Decker LDX120C 20V MAX Lithium-Ion Drill being a prime example of exactly what I’m talking about. At the time of my review, the Black & Decker LDX120C was on sale for less than $40. On the one hand, you could argue that yes – it’s somewhat limited in the power department and isn’t for heavy-duty site use. But honestly – would you expect a pro-grade power tool for $40 or less?
Of course, you wouldn’t – and that’s why I stand by my ratings. The Black & Decker LDX120C isn’t (and wasn’t designed to be) an ultra-powerful drill for the professional. Instead, it’s the kind of compact, lightweight, convenient, versatile, and reliable drill that has all everyday DIY applications written all over it.
Not to mention, an interchangeable battery that’s been designed for maximum run time and improved performance. Considering it’s up for grabs for about $40 or so, I defy anyone to tell me it’s not an absolute bargain!
Black & Decker LDX120C Power Drill Review – Features
It’s a pretty basic setup as far as the kit is concerned, which contains the drill itself and the most basic accessories. The full contents of the package are as follows:
- One 20-Volt Max Lithium Drill/Driver
- 1-Lbx20 20-Volt Max Lithium-Ion Battery
- 1-Lcs20 Charger
- 1-Double-Ended Bit
So, you’ll need to set yourself up with the bits and drivers you’ll be needing to get the job done, but these are hardly expensive accessories to come by. And once again, you can’t realistically expect a full suite of accessories when you’re paying $40 for a branded drill.
As far as Black & Decker itself is concerned, the biggest selling-points and most attractive features of the LDX120C are as follows:
Versatile, Multipurpose Performance
This affordable power tool has been designed to handle most everyday DIY applications with ease. Ideal for drilling into metal plastic, wood, and all screw driving tasks, the Black & Decker LDX120C focuses on simplicity and usability, over and above more complex features.
Lithium-Ion Technology & 20V MAX
Black & Decker’s advanced lithium-ion battery technology results in a high-performance cell that’s also significantly lighter and more compact than comparable batteries. It also provides very impressive run time and eliminates battery memory from the equation, so there’s no harm in partially charging the battery.
11 Position Clutch
A variety of settings make the Black & Decker LDX120C easy to handle and control when drilling into a variety of materials. The same also applying to screw-driving tasks, without the risk of stripping the screw where excessive force is not required.
Compact and Lightweight
Everything about the Black & Decker LDX120C has been designed to maximize convenience while minimising weight. With an official weight of just 3.5lbs and an ergonomic grip for maximum comfort, it’s a sleek and slender tool that’s great for more intensive and time-consuming jobs.
The battery that comes with the drill is compatible with an extensive range of power tools from Black & Decker. An exceptional feature that’s great for owners of multiple Black & Decker tools.
Once again, I’d like to point out that I paid less than $40 for this thing and it wasn’t even on special offer at the time. Considering its low price, I was immediately impressed by how lightweight and comfortable it was to hold, right out of the box. I also like to see what other buyers have to say about tools like these, before going ahead and seeing what’s what.
I couldn’t help but note that some had criticised the Black & Decker LDX120C Drill for its lack of power, but seriously – it’s a $40 drill designed for casual household use. Put to the test, this ultra-affordable machine has more than enough torque to drill through hardwood, metal sheeting, and plastic surfaces with ease.
Driving screws into tricky materials is also an absolute breeze. It’s probably not the drill to reach for where masonry is concerned, but nor is it supposed to be. True to their word, Black & Decker’s latest lithium-ion battery does the business for far longer than I’d have expected.
I can’t give an exact time as I was stopping and starting between test, but it was right up there with some of the better drills I’ve tested. With the added bonus of being super lightweight and easy to use.
- Exceptional performance for such a low price
- Beautifully compact and lightweight
- Very easy to use and surprisingly versatile
- Interchangeable battery with great runtime
- Ideal for almost any DIY application
- Absolutely unbeatable value for money
- Doesn’t ship with any bits or accessories
- Not powerful enough for heavy-duty applications
If I had to give a formal score for Black & Decker LDX120C Power Drill, it would definitely be a strong 4.5 out of 5. The only thing standing in its way of 5 stars being a little more power, but you can’t argue with this level of performance for this kind of cash. On the whole, it’s a comprehensively light, compact and user-friendly drill that’s perfectly suited to any DIY application. Even when considering the added costs of buying your own bits and accessories, it’s still ridiculous value for money at less than $40.