I gаve this onlу four stаrs аs it is keу-less аnd I hаve some trouble keeping the drill bits from loosening up. If I tighten up аs much аs possible for me, I hаve the opposite problem of getting it loose аgаin to chаnge the bit.
I hаve аn electric Seаrs drill with the sаme issue, so most of the time I use the keу-locking chuck. I don't hаve much strength in mу wrists, so this shouldn't be а problem for most men. Аs hаs been stаted in mаnу other comments аbout this drill, it is not а heаvу-dutу workhorse аnd it cаn't replаce the electric drills for extreme serious drilling, but, it is verу light weight аnd for most projects, it is verу hаndу. I hаve а Kаwаsаki, thаt I bought for а terrific price аnd hаs а lot more feаtures, including two bаtteries, of which one died, аnd trуing to replаce it is not possible for some strаnge reаson, so I choose this B & D. It is much smаller аnd lighter аnd no feаtures, except а light which is of some use if уou just bаrelу touch the trigger. I found thаt it does а greаt job when it comes to using it for а screw-driver, especiаllу when I аm on а lаdder. I miss mу mаgnet, extrа drill bits аnd level on the Kаwаsаki, but аt Lowes, I found а wrist-strаp thаt hаs mаgnets on it, which helps with keeping smаll drill-bits with me when I need to mаke pilot holes while I аm up on а lаdder. This drill will be greаt for mаnу jobs, whether it is а smаll hobbу project for the Moms аnd teens, to the Dаds thаt doesn't wаnt to hаve the hаssle of electric cords, especiаllу when he hаs to work in wet conditions. If I wаs уounger or heаlthier, I would hаve looked into а drill with more feаtures, but, I аlreаdу hаve two electrics аnd the Kаwаsаki, so this is greаt for me аs I don't expect to be doing too much in building or repаiring аnу time soon. I hаve used it to bore holes in doors, one wooden, one metаl, plus drilling in metаl аnd with some efffort, I didn't hаve аnу problems, except for the drill-bit slipping on me, of which I stаted is becаuse I аm not thаt strong. I did buу аn extrа bаtterу аnd so fаr, even though I hаve used the drill quite а bit, I hаven't hаd to chаnge the bаtteries уet.
I think thаt most people would be hаppу with this unit аs it is smаll аnd light-weight аnd hаndу to hаve. I know thаt some cаrpenters keep two drills with them, one for drilling аnd the other for screwing, so this would be verу neаt for them.
It looks like your standard cordless drill, being about 250mm long, 65mm wide and about 230mm in height, weighing in at no more than 2kg.
It has a soft grip handle for gentler use, meaning you can hold it for longer periods without blisters or reddening of your palm.
The drill bit housing is right at the front and has what in the trade is called a key-less chuck, with this one being rather easier to handle than most key-less chuck units, if I'm honest, as I can tighten of loosen the chuck with one hand, allowing the clutch of the drill to lock in place so that the back section of the chuck does not spin around as I turn the front section of it.
Just behind the chuck there is the torque setting which are changed by simply turning the thick black ring and selecting the number that you feel gives the right torque for the job in hand.
Right on the top you'll see a black switch that can be slid forward or backwards. This is the gear shift slider that, when slid forwards gives you the higher gear, with pulling it back giving you the lower gears. This makes it a lot easier to drill through more things that may be more dense. Right on the top there is the gear select slider, from first gear to second gear, normal to hammer.
There is a little light just above the trigger that shines on the area you're drilling/screwing. Then there's the reverse/forward slide button which is just up on the handle.
On the bottom there is the battery housing, which the battery is slid and locked into place.
The specs in brief...
The battery is a 1.3Ah, 18volt lithium Ion battery for longer use between charges. It has 11 torque setting using a two gear system with a double sleeve key-less 10mm chuck
It weighs about 3kg, when the battery is in place,
Maximum thickness for drilling are....
25mm for wood, 1
7mm for masonry
10mm for metals.
It has a 3 hour charge from flat to fully charged and as the battery is Lithium Ion it holds its charge for longer in between uses.
And it all comes in a plastic case to keep all the bits and bobs in.
It's easy to use, easy to change bits, nice and light and has the stamina of a greyhound whilst giving you the power of a steroid addict in the gym...
It cost about £80, give or take, and is money well spent for the power and the fact that the battery is a Li-Ion and will outlast many other batteries for stamina.
I am using this tool to help build a large house extention, the drill is very powerfull I have set 75~ roofing screws through galvinised iron roofing on a single charge. The jigsaw is better than I expected for a cordles tool it tracks well and cuts quite rapidly, the variable speed is handy for tight areas. I even tried it on the roofing iron and destroyed the blade before the battery went flat. I have only used the sander for a small job that it handled well. The chuck is not quite as easy to tighten as some others I have used but that is only a minor problem, over all a very impressive kit for the price.
It is easy to think - I’ll save a bit of money and buy a Drill that is one of the stores own makes, but then you may well notice that when it comes to the “home brands and name brands” you only get what you pay for. Black and Decker are a very well known make of tools. People know that their tools are quality made and are made to last. The other brands may be cheaper but are they made to the same standard and of the same high quality? My partner and I went out shopping for a Drill and a Jigsaw, we went to B&Q first but we didn’t think that there was much choice so then we had a look in the Argos book. We saw that there was a Black & Decker Quattro, this is a Drill, Jigsaw, sander and screwdriver all in one. We were both instantly impressed; the price was a bit high well it isn’t too bad really at £89,99. (It is on offer at the moment I think) The Black & Decker Quattro 12v - Variable speed, cordless tool, drill, drive, sand and cut. It comes in a grey case, which is about 15 in long -15 in high and 6 ins in thickness. It has a large handle on the top, which makes carrying it around a safe and easy. It has two click on and off fasteners on the top so you can open it and close it very easally without it falling open whilst you are carrying it. It is quiet heavy, I’d say around 12 pound in weight, although I am sure a man would find it easy to carry around. (sorry should I say that) It has a 12v battery (1.5 Ah) and it cordless and re-chargable. It takes 1 hour to charge up and it has a charge indicator on it, it has a high capacity battery so you get longer running time. The Drill - The drill is easy to use not too heavy it has a variable speed for controlling drilling. It also has a 10mm “Twistlok” keyless chuck. It has a 1-second auto stop. (Instant stop brake) I found this very easy to use and manage. The Screwdriver - The screwdriver has a variable s
peed for controlled screw driving, it has a reversing and torque control on it for flush screws every time. This is really easy to use it beats using a hand screwdriver every time. The Sander - I do a lot of sanding as I am always buying old pieces of furniture and striping them down. This sander is great is shaped like a triangle so you can reach all those hard bits that usually have to be done by hand. It is ideal for detail sanding and finishing. It can access to confined areas, with the quick fix paper. The Jigsaw - The jigsaw can cut through lots of different type of materials, so far I have only used it on wood, but it did cut through it very easily and it can perform a wide variety of tasks. It has a new “Superlok” system, which makes blade changing quick and easy. It comes with a two-year guarantee If you haven’t got one - get one, you won’t be disappointed believe me
I have just invested in Black and Deckers cordless Quattro, and I have got to say its great! Not only do you get Black and Deckers usual high standard of tool making, but you get four tools in one for your money. You get a drill, screwdriver, sander and jigsaw all for the normal price of one product. I can find but one fault with this tool and that is that although it is good at carrying out small projects, the larger projects tend to require larger tools. I would recommend this multi-tool to anyone who does a moderate amount of DIY, but for serious professionals it may be better to buy individual power tools.
The Black and Decker Quattro is a great idea. You get a sander, jigsaw, screwdriver and drill all in one. It is cordless and comes a very smart looking carry case. I bought my husband one of these because he can never do all those little jobs around the house because "he hasnt got the right tools"! It is very easy to use. The seperate tool parts just click on and off the front and the batteries just click in the bottom. It feels quite heavy so I am sure that it is built to last. The main problem with this tool though is the fact that you cant use it for very long before the fully charged batteries go dead. It can handle drilling a few holes or maybe sanding a small piece of wood but thats about it. The first time I used it all I had to do was drill eight holes. I put the fully charged batteries in it and so fully armed I marched upstairs to complete my mission. Unfortuantly after the sixth hole the quattro had totally given up and I ended up using my gradads old drill that must be thirty years old! I dont think I would recommened this to anyone until Black and Decker give the batteries alot more power and life. You would be much wiser to spend your money buying all four seperate or even to borrow a neighbours!
I bought one of these when I first moved into my new flat - thinking that i'd save money getting all four tools in one handy package. I should have known better. The only thing this is useful for now is as an electric screwdriver - and at 90 pounds a bit of an expensive one at that. The jigsaw is hopeless - and lasts about 2 minutes on a full charge, the sander is also pretty useless and expensive to keep running and the sandpaper costs a fortune (luckily though the batteries usually run out before the sandpaper) and the drill has no umphhhh... In retrospect it would have been much better to fork out and buy proper tools. You pay more for a brand like Bosche but you get what you pay for - well build and tough tools that work. Black and Decker have a lot to learn.
My husband likes to small diy jobs around the house so when the black and decker quatro came on the market we thought great drill, screwdriver, sander and jigsaw all in one and its cordless all for £90. So we bought one unfortunatly!! My husbands first job he wantedto do was to cut out 3 1.5ft by 1.5ft doors for the cabinet on our aquarium, he started with the two fully charged batteries (they take 6hrs to fully charge) after using the jigsaw attachment for on 2 minutes and only half of one door cut out the batteries were dead! I could not believe it! At the ideal home show at earls court there was a Black and Decker stand so my husband approach somebody who was demonstrating the quatro abpout the problems we experienced! We were hassterly hushed off to a quiet little area where we were told that the qutro is only built to last that long because it was for the smaller jobs around the house! We were still not impressed, we were told we could purchase two more batteries and a fast charger giving us 5 minutes power but it would cost a further £85. I could not believe it after spending £90 for the Quatro i now had to spend a further £85 to be able to use it for 5 minutes! The total price worked out dearer than if we bought a sander and jigsaw, a cordless drill and electric screw driver. We have now sold our Quatro but i suggest that Anyone considering buying this product Unless you live in a wendy house Do Not Bother they are a waiste of Money!