Product Type: Black & Decker Cordless Screwdriver
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Black & Decker Cordless Screwdriver
Member Name: Nar2
Black & Decker Cordless Screwdriver
Advantages: Does what it says, robust, long lasting power, easy to use, not too slow
Disadvantages: Very difficult to find now, only one bit pin.
The KC9006 is a very well built thick PVC grey/silver "plastic" and rubberised cordless screwdriver and even though it is slightly different to the model shown on Dooyoo, retains the same basic design of being a cordless model supported only by household batteries against default exclusive batteries you'd have to search for! The cordless product has a series of rubber grips built all around the body, allowing you to put your hand at any angle whenever any DIY work is required and well labelled orange coloured buttons that have a universal, easy to understand series of symbols on them, either side of the screwdriver. A double lock slip in battery door at the back of this cordless screwdriver, once pressed, releases the battery holder whereupon 4 AA batteries must be installed to activate the screwdriver. Everything on this screwdriver including the battery door has a very tight flush fitting to it, so you're getting a quality item here, even though it is quite a thick screwdriver by diameter thanks to the bigger, larger AA batteries that this product is required to take.
One screw bit is supplied as standard. This consists of a stainless steel, thick flat head screw head and on the reverse of this "bit pin," a crosshead screw head. Dependent on the need at the time, you simply pull out the bit pin and swap around the pins whenever you need a flat head or cross head screw to remove or install. Pushing it into the top of the screwdriver only needs a gentle process and you may find the Black and Decker's natural magnetic head inside pulls the pin towards it and locks it indefinitely - until you pull it out again if you require the use of either screw head.
When I bought my Black and Decker in 2004, it came already installed with B&D high energy batteries as standard and I recall they lasted up to a year before needing to be replaced. Infact, since 2004, I have only ever changed the batteries twice! At the moment, I have 4 AA Duracell batteries installed and they don't sound as if they are losing power whenever the B&D is used! Thus, the KC2006 is worthwhile seeking out, as it seems to drain battery power ever so slowly. Even when requiring to build up 4 pieces of large furniture like kitchen chairs, a dinning table, TV stand and wall mounts for a microwave, where my KC2006 is used continuously in one-go, the battery power just never seems to fail and the KC2006 is utterly reliable without stopping.
This is also a great tool to rely on when screwing handles to appliances like vacuums and carpet washers! Just takes a couple of seconds to do dependent on the job at hand compared to arm wrenching and often painful measures when a cordless driver can do it for you! It needs no other power other than standard high power AA batteries. It can use rechargeable batteries, but the force in which the heavier pin and motor takes isn't recommended if you want to match the "yearly" to 2 years battery power I've got from mine. When held, the KC2006 weighs on average a total of 354grams. It can feel quite heavy due to the battery pack on board, but this is an issue I feel is of benefit and possibly one reason to why my model continues to go year after year, without complaint.
This cordless screwdriver is not a fast spinner though, even if there's a claimed rotation spin speed of 130rpms. In use, the KC2006 doesn't make much of a noise either, rather just a slight grating as the head rotates. It rotates slowly at a full 6 Volts of power efficiently and precisely, often clicking whenever the screw employed has hit home, and an audible signal to the user that the screwdriver will not turn anymore. The beauty of the Black & Decker is that if you don't want it to automatically turn, there's a twist option that allows you to take over with manually twisting the screwdriver- and thanks to those rubberised grips - you don't need to grasp the KC2006 tightly in order for it to function manually. The twist control at the top also activates like an "off" function for the screwdriver itself, and also acts as a child-proof safety measure incase children pick it up, thinking it might be a toy.
Due to its age, the colouring contrast of silver and black makes it look like a toy, not helped by the its industrial "aged" orange controls - one button showing an arrow upwards to indicate screws to be installed and a reverse arrow button on the other side of the KC2006 that indicates screws to be removed. Dooyoo show an older stock photo here of the original trademark Black and Decker green body with silver accents, but the model shown and my KC2006 are the same. Whenever it is used, the turning action of the Black and Decker often reminds me of a cassette player turning head with the actual visual speed in which this cordless screwdriver moves at, but whilst I can't increase the speed, I've used cordless power drills that have a faster turning speed before and disaster can strike if the spinning rate destroys the screws because of the faster rotations.
The actual bit screw supplied has diameter measurements of 1cm for the heads themselves, but a length of 5cm on a hexagonal body. You can buy optional kits from Black and Decker that would give you more screw heads at different sizes, and I have a kit that I bought off EBay many years ago, carrying the part number "X61382." It is important to note that whatever cost optional parts you do buy for this product, it must have the hexagonal body for it to slide successfully and lock into the Black and Decker KC2006.
As with most things good and reliable, there are a few downsides:
A slight issue, but one of equal considerations is that whilst there is no space on the product to store the bit pin when not required, the Black and Decker holds the pin in indefinitely thanks to its magnetic lock. It will only ever come out if you pull it out!
In layman's terms, the design of this screwdriver is a basic one, very much like a straight-manual screwdriver but with a battery-powered motor that turns the screw head, doing the hard work for you. Therefore the B&D KC9006 lacks the more modern pivotal head where you could attempt DIY work at awkward angles, but I find this not to be much of a downside on the basis that the grips set into the body allow me to get in at awkward angles anyway, but just takes a little more deftness on my part!
There's also no battery indicator on this model, so you're not left to chance to wonder what power the product has left - if it doesn't turn, or has an audible motor that is slowing down, then you'll know it's time to change the batteries!
Another downside is the availability of this product. It came to the UK market in 2001 and sold on Amazon.co.uk since 2004. Thereafter, this cordless screwdriver is strictly one of those power tools that pops up seasonally and should not be confused with the smaller 2 x AA battery powered "red" Black and Decker model that have smaller length heads. Although it cost me £9-99 in 2004, it is now an online-only purchase from EBay.co.uk and holds a price margin of £13-99 to £20-00. Some private hardware shops may still sell this product, but be warned - sellers who charge £28 to £32 are having a joke here, no matter how good this product is!
This is probably one of the best helpers I've ever purchased, in terms of helping me to assemble furniture in a much more comfortable fashion, rather than getting stressed out and giving my hands a real work out when requiring to put lots of furniture together. Over the years of ownership, my KC2006 has been dropped and knocked around, but still, the brand name is clear to see and not many other of the decals have rubbed off. The best part I appreciate however isn't just the performance or the rubberised grips set into the body - but of the surprisingly longevity of the batteries on board and the reliability that the Black and Decker just seems to keep on giving. It is a must for DIY buyers and for anyone who dreads the thought of using a manual screwdriver if it hurts their hands. Thanks for reading! ©Nar2 2012
Summary: A great helper with flat pack assembly products, takes the strain out of screwing..screws!
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