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I trust Black and Decker products, especially power tools, as my father has always used them. I have owned this model of black and decker power drill for a long time. It only comes out for the occasional DIY project but it has not shown any signs of reducing in capacity or deteriorating a all. This is probably in part because the case is so incredible. It is very thick, hard, strong plastic. It is very useful because it as a handle so can e carried easily, along with all the other bits you inevitably need for those DIY jobs.
The drill itself is quite heavy but not oo easy to lift up to use hat height. It is merely heavy in terms of being solid and well-made. The handle is large enough to be able to get a comfortable grip and due to the design and material, it does not slip or become sweaty.
This drill has two speeds for use on different types of material.
It is cordless so you need to ensure the battery is charged up. The fact tat it is cordless is definitely a bonus, as it makes DIY a lot easier when there are not hundreds of wires everywhere.
This has lasted really well and is incredibly easy to use. I would highly recommend it.
I have put shelves up, TV's to a solid brick wall and blinds to a steel lintel and this drill has chewed them all up and spit them out. I can't recommend it enough. I am really happy with it and for £100 can't praise it enough.
I paid around £100 for my drill and haven't looked back. It does what it needs to do and it does it easily!
I was a little worried about this drill being a cordless one as in the past I have heard stories about them not being powerful and the batteries draining really quickly. That isn't the case with this drill. It does what it is meant to do and that's make holes! It doesn't have any trouble getting through any material I have put it up against including a steel lintel.
I tend to charge both batteries then use one until it runs out, then swap while that was in charging. This way both batteries get used and charged regularly and you can drill for longer. Coming with two batteries is a massive bonus.
+++What's in the box+++
You get the drill, two batteries and the instruction manual. You will need to go out and purchase drill bits separately but I would always recommend a good drill bit set, they're worth their weight in gold.
I brought a good set of drill bits at the same time and manage to get through everything whether it is plaster, brick or steel without too much hassle.
If you are going to be buying a good drill like this, then it is worth spending extra on the drill bits to get the most out of it.
I enjoy a bit of DIY, putting up a few shelves, maybe a flat pack or two, or maybe even making something out of nothing, although I draw the line at making a bed, so when it comes to having the right tool for the right job I always try to do my best. Maybe that's why I have amassed so many tools over my time, with some tools doing the same sort of job but with a little difference, such as power or ability.
One particular type of tool that I like to always have at hand is an electric drill as they always come in handy one way or another. The only thing that most electric drills have, which restrict them in a way, is the old fashioned mains cable, which tends to get snagged or is always a few feet short of where you actually need them, no matter how many extension leads you have connected together.
That is why I tend to buy what is called cordless drills which, as the name suggests, are power drills that don't need an electric supply as they have their own power supply which comes in the form of a battery pack. These sort of drills really do come in handy as they are not only very useful things they are also very mobile indeed, getting you to jobs that a mains power drill won't even get near.
But when it comes to choosing a battery powered drill you have ot ask yourself a few questions, such as what brand? How much power you need? How much you want to pay? And more. So, if you're anything like me, you'll answer all those questions in such a way that you end up with more than one cordless drill, maybe even a dozen or so, (yes, I have several of these cordless drills, some good, some bad and some ugly...).
One particular battery operated drill that I have had for a while is from a well known brand called Black and Decker, with this tool being the Black & Decker EPC128BK 12volt drill.
Firstly though, I have to say that this 12volt drill has a few cousins, so to speak. Some with more power, like the 14.4volt and the 18volt, whilst others have a slightly less power such as the 7 volt, which is more a screw driver than a drill.
But it is this 12volt drill that I am going to tell you about today, even though I own two of it's more powerful cousins, (the 14.4 volt and the 18volt... I did say I have a few power tools..)
* Let me tell you what this 12volt drill looks like...
The drill is the usual colour for Black and Decker, that being orange with a few splashes of black. It is a good size, about the size that a 12volt drill should be, being 355mm by 300mm by 110mm, weighing in at about 3.5kg.
Right at the front there is the keyless chuck, which is loosened and tightened by holding the front part with one hand, grabbing the rear section with the other hand, then twisting your hands in different directions. This loosened or tightens the chuck, depending on which way you turn it.
Then, behind the chuck, there are the 24 torque settings which are controlled with a twist of the plastic ring that is encircled by the numbers 1 - 24 and a little image of a drill bit.
The chuck and torque setting section is connected to the rest of the drill by what looks like a flimsy rod of metal, but this rod is as strong as an ox really and can take some stick. It is the way that the chuck is connected to the rest of the drill that allows for the hammer action as the chuck can 'bounce' back and forth, giving a bit of a kick when you're drilling away.
On the top there is a slider switch which, when pulled back, revealing the number '1', gives you the 'normal' drill motion, which doubles as a screwdriver and can be used together with the torque settings. Then, when slide forwards, revealing the number '2' logo, is for the hammer which is used for thumping through harder surfaces such as concrete, rock and rubble.
It has a black trigger on the top/front section of the orange handle, with a black directional button just above this trigger section. The handle itself has a few sections of semi-rubberise panels which gives a better gripping sensation, these panels are placed in exactly the right place, no matter how big or small a persons hand is.
At the bottom, below the handle, there is the battery section, which is where the battery is clicked into. On the top of this section there is a little clip that holds a screwdriver bit, which does come with this drill.
* Is there anything special about this drill..?
This depends on what you mean by special. This drill is like most other cordless drills, having torque settings, 24 in all for this one, with a 10mm chuckless key... no, that's not right, it's keyless chuck.
It gives a kick of 0 - 1400rpm unload speed, which lessens depending on what you're drilling through.
One thing that is a little special about this drill, and the others of the same name, is that inside drills casing there is a fan device that keeps the motor nice and cool whilst it's spinning about doing its stuff, giving the motor more of a chance of lasting longer than other drills.
* What about the power then..?
It's pretty powerful considering that it is a mere 12 volt model. For example , it can bust through up to 10mm of masonry or steel and can handle 25mm of wood without snagging at all, (this does depend on the quality of the drill bit that you're using as well as a blunt bit will just heat up and break before it gets through that wad of lurpak).
The power for this comes from the power pack, or battery, which in this case is from the 12 volt battery that slots into the bottom of this drill underneath the handle.
This battery, or batteries in this case, do weigh a bit, almost as much as the drill itself, and, due to the way that it is designed, it slides easily into the bottom of the drill and locks into place.
To take it off you simply press the orange button on the back and slide the entire battery forwards, releasing it from its housing.
It does come with a second battery which comes in handy as you can have one on charge whilst using the other, then charging them over when you need to, thus extending the time you spend screwing and drilling.
The battery charges in 3 hours, giving you enough power for simple screwing and drilling jobs, but it you intend to use it for longer periods or tougher jobs then you may have to give it a good 6 hour charge.
The torque settings give you more control over this drill when in 'screwdriver' mode as it stops you piercing to far through what ever you're working on.
This torque works in such a way as to stop the chuck from spinning when it reaches the pressure set by the torque settings, all you hear then is a constant clicking noise.
If you're screw needs to go in further then just knock up the torque setting by another number and press the trigger again. If it clicks again and your screw is where you want it you then know your torque setting for the rest of your screws, thus, eliminating the hassles of splitting your work.
If the screw-head still sticks out just turn the torque settings another number up and press the trigger... just repeat this until the screw is sat where you want it.
* Does anything else come with this drill..?
Yes, it comes with a spare battery, which means that you have two batteries in total, a two headed screwdriver bit, cross head with the other end being a flat head. There's also a charger that looks like a plastic box with a wire sticking out of it. All this comes in a plastic case that has a few sections inside it for each component to sit in.
I seem to collect drills these days and seem to have a few of these Black and Decker models. Fortunately they are of different powers. But they are all as reliable as each other.
This one has the power I need when it comes to such jobs as Ikea construction, (other flat pack specialist shops are available), drilling into brick work when putting up shelves, slicing through concrete and even more delicate work such as carefully breaking through tiles without breaking the tile itself, (which is not as easy as it looks). And this drill does the lot without too much effort at all.
As for actual use. Well, this is quite a comfortable experience and as it doesn't weigh that much it is easy to handle what ever position you've got it in. the grip is made in such a way so that it feels solid in the hand, which it does, with the semi soft material and the trigger position being just in the right place.
There there's the reverse/forwards, button which can either be flicked with your trigger hands thumb or trigger finger, or with your other hand, depending on if your other hands isn't holding a small screw in an awkward place.
It works excellent as a power driver, with the torque settings giving a lot of options which help protect the things you may be working on, so you don't drill to hard into a soft piece of work. In fact, the torque setting really do help when it comes to those jobs that need hundreds of screws being pushed into something at just the right pressure. Torque is good.
The hammer drill mode works a treat as well, helping 'hammer' the masonry drill bit into the hardness of the brick in order to get that shelf put up. It does vibrate a bit when in hammer mode but that's to be expected really as all hammer drills are the same. However, it's not a horrid vibration, not enough to make you want to throw down the drill and give up all hope of getting the job done.
To give the motor as much ventilation as possible there are a few little 'slices' on the back end, either side of the motor housing above the trigger handle. Which work well enough doing there job but I have found that they can get clogged up if you place this in such things as a muddy surface, as I have done a few times when working in the garden. But the 'slices' are easy to clean out, especially when the mud has dried as it just blows out when the drill is used again.
I do have to say that it does tend to use the power a lot more when drilling through denser material, bricks, concrete and the like, so the battery does drain quicker than I hope it would, but it can still get the job done. Plus, as there's a spare battery that comes in this package, I can have one on charge and one in use, giving me almost double the drilling time, in a manner of speaking.
There are a couple of downsides, which surrounds the battery. This is the fact that there is absolutely no way of telling how much power there is in the battery at any time. There is no battery level indicator on the drill itself and when the battery is in the charger there is no light or anything to let you know when the battery is full.
This leaves you with the good old trial and error method when it comes to battery charging, guessing the time that it is left on charge for and, with the power of the chuck spinning, how much power if left in the battery.
* So how much would a person have to pay for this Black and Decker cordless drill..?
This drill sells for between £60 and £80 and can be found in most DIY shops, both online and on the high street.
For that price you get the drill, a second battery, a charger, a single driver bit and a nice, lightweight yet strong plastic case to keep it all in.
* Is it worth the money..?
I'd have to say yes here as I have had absolutely no trouble with this drill at all, and I have used it many times since a got it.
It offers a good amount of power in the right place without any bells and whistles that aren't really needed.
© Blissman70 2013
Ideal for light to medium DiY tasks around the home the Black & Decker EPC128BK Cordless 12v Hammer Drill features two gears: high speed for drilling into wood and steel and low speed for controlled driving. Twenty-four torque settings ensure that screws aren't over tightened. The hammer action means that it's just as happy drilling through masonry while a fast charge time of three hours and two batteries mean that it should always be ready for action.