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==Black& Decker EPC18CAK Cordless Drill== Now I may not look like the type of person to be wielding power tools but actually I love a bit of DIY and I am more for getting pain on my hands than painting my nails. This Black & Decker drill was a purchase when we moved into our new home around 18 months ago now and I have to say that it was well worth every penny and we tend to call it "Emma's Drill". ==Price and Availability== I purchased mine through Amazon online due to the fact that I have a few vouchers to use there are at the time I bought it there was a considerable reduction on the normal recommended retail price. £65 is the RRP, however at the moment it is on offer for a slight reduction to £54 but if my poor memory serves me I do believe I paid only £40 for it. Having had a little look online I think there are a good few tool shops that seem to have this particular drill in stock and the price ranges from a low of £54 to a high of £69 so with this in mind it is most definitely worth having a hunt around for the best possible price. I'm not sure if this drill is available from shops on the high street and places such as B&Q but with a big brand name like Black & Decker I would have thought so but assuming it was I would then think that the price would be far higher than online. ==Look and Feel== Now instantly you could recognise this as a Black and Decker product as it has the standard colourings of any of their power tools and the drill itself is a orangey red colour with a black battery and trim whilst the carry case that the drill comes with is black with red clips and the Black & Decker logo located centrally on the front. I must say that it is a lot smaller looking that the last power drill I had which was in fact a hand me down from my Dad and gave up the ghost a short while before purchasing this. I had the feeling that this smaller drill would look more fitting for a lady to be using it and I was right. The drill is very much lighter than my previous one too. That's not to say that it is light but it is comfortable to hold and lift up for good amounts of time without feeling as though your arms are going to fall off. The information on the product states that the drill has a weight of 2kg which is not overly heavy. ==General Use== I have used this Black & Decker drill a lot since moving into our new home. I have put up various shelving units in a number of rooms and our walls are like solid concrete so that seemed to be no easy task. I have fixed the back gate outside by putting in a few odd screws here and there and that should last us for a couple more years hopefully. Not only have I drilled holes into walls but being able to use this drill as the screwdriver makes light work of any flat pack furniture that's needs putting together and the drill/screwdriver element will sail through tasks such as these. There is 18 volts of power with this drill and although that really doesn't mean that much to me all I know is that I am able to use my drill bit at a fast enough speed and the power is there to make drilling a deep hole into my wall easy. The drill although noisy as you would expect does not seem half as noisy as my old drill so I guess improvements have been made on drills as the years go on and not only is it lighter and smaller but quieter whilst still being powerful and up to any job I need it to do around the home. When I first received the drill it had tons of charge already in it and I was able to use it straight away (and I more or less did). The battery life of the drill is very good and I don't have to recharge it every time I use it as it does do well at holding the charge it has init. Charging is a pain however as you have to plug the battery into charge with the drill in place whereas the old drill I had there were two batteries and a charger which allowed for one to be charging while one was used and then these could be switched over when the power was low on one and this wouldn't interrupt the use of the drill itself. However because this drill does hold the power much longer than my old one I shouldn't really complain and I haven't as yet needed to charge this drill half way through a job (even when it came to putting up all the blinds in my new house) ==General Specifications== Item Weight- 2kg Product Dimensions- 33 x 28.2 x 9.8 cm Power source- Cordless (Rechargeable battery included) Voltage - 18v Shipping Weight - 5kg Reverse Switch Charge Time 3 hours Carry Case and 1 Battery Supplied 24 Position Clutch ==Overall Opinion== Really I can't find a single strong fault with this Black & Decker drill. Okay so the charging aspect is a little rubbish but because it hasn't affected me much when I have been doing big jobs I can't really see this is a valid negative on the drill. I think that you can see the good quality of the item itself as it is made solidly and looks as though it would last a life time if it was looked after right. Of course the fact that the drill comes with a lovely carry case will aid in the whole looking after aspect and you are always able to find the drill and the bits when ever you need too. I really am a little sad but I must say I love this drill. It is super easy to use with the smallish size of it coupled with the lightweight feel when using it I feel as though the thing was designed especially for me. You would think that the fact it is smaller and lighter than other drills would indicate that it is not up to the toughest of jobs but I can assure you this little drill is hard wearing an a tough little thing. I am so impressed with it and I think that it is well deserving of a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and a exceptionally high recommendation. I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you Many thanks for taking the time to read.
Corded: no / Black & Decker EPC18CA Cordless Drill Driver 18V /