Black & Decker 12V Cordless Drill Review

By Todd Fratzel on Product Reviews

Smart Select Technology

Black & Decker 12V SmartSelect Technology Cordless DrillBlack & Decker has a new line of cordless tools that use the SmartSelect Technology. Black & Decker is helping take the guess work out of setting the proper drill speed for optimum performance. This is an especially useful feature for many DIY home improvement folks and homeowners.

SmartSelect Technology Features:

  • Select the application and the drill adjusts to optimal power and speed
  • 2 Speed Gear Box with variable speed trigger for high torque screwdriving and high speed drilling applications
  • High torque motors delivers 150 in/lbs
  • Slide pack battery is easy to remove and install.
  • Keyless chuck for quick and easy bit changes

Easy Operation

Black & Decker Smart Select Technology turnAs I said SmartSelect Technology helps take the guess work out of selecting proper drill speed. Depending on the type of screw you’re fastening or the type of material that you’re drilling decides how fast and with what torque you need. So Black & Decker made it really simple.

Just above the chuck is an annotated twist switch that allows you to quickly and easily adjust both the speed and torque for the drill. As you see in the adjacent photo the dial switch has pictures representing different screws and/or drilling operations. Simply twist the switch to the correct drilling operation and you’re ready to go.

Overall Impression

The Black & Decker SmartSelect Technology 12V Cordless Drill is perfect for minor repairs and DIY projects around the  home. The balance of this cordless drill is really good and I was very pleased with how easy it is to use. I previously owned a 9.6V Black & Decker Cordless Drill and I was pleased with the increased power that the 12V has. Even if you own a powerful 18V cordless drill I recommend you keep a smaller 12V charged around the house. In fact, this drill will be kept in the house for small jobs where I don’t need the power of an 18V. At just over $40 this is a cordless drill at a great price point.

Where To Buy

You can buy the new Black & Decker SmartSelect Technology 12V Cordless Drill at retailers like Walmart, Sears, The Home Depot, Lowe’s and most stores that carry power tools. If you’re interested in buying it online then check out:

Be sure to check out the Black & Decker Work Smart…Get It Done Contest for a chance to win this great drill!

About the author

Todd Fratzel

I'm full time builder for a large construction company in New Hampshire. I run their design-build division that specializes in custom homes, commercial design-build projects and sub-divisions. I'm also a licensed civil and structural engineer with extensive experience in civil and structural design and home construction. My hope is that I can share my experience in the home construction, home improvement and home renovation profession with other builders and home owners. I'm also the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Tool Box Buzz. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or you'd like to inquire about advertising on this site.

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