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The LDX120C is the best selling drill that Black and Decker make and the best selling drill on Amazon.
So whats all the fuss about? Well having owned one for a few months, I can say – quite a lot!
The drill has enough power to drill 1” holes in pine and can drive screws all day long.
On top of that, it’s light compared to other cordless drills.
That’s more than enough for most people and definitely justifies its bargain price.
Update: we loved this drill so much that we included it in our guide to the 50 best gifts for DIY fans.
Summary of the Black and Decker LDX120C
If you don’t want to read the whole post, here’s a summary of the LDX120C:
- 4.5 stars on Amazon with over 3,000 reviews.
- 0-650 RPM with screwdriver and drill modes.
- Lithium battery that holds it’s charge for a year.
- Only weighs 2 pounds and 11 ounces.
- LED worklight and onboard storage.
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Want to compare the LDX120C to other drills? Check out our post about the best drills under $100.
Detailed Review of the Black and Decker LDX120C
If you’re a typical DIYer, the LDX120C is a great drill for you.
It has the precision to drive screws but still has enough power to drill 1” holes in pine.
The Black and Decker uses a variable speed trigger to control its motor, which is capable of 650 RPM. That’s going to allow you to precisely use the exact amount power you need, regardless of the job you are tackling.
The Black and Decker has 11 speed modes. 10 of them are for driving screws and the 11th mode is for drilling.
Changing speeds is quick and easy using the torque adjustment collar (there’s a big green arrow pointing at it in the image below). Just twist the collar to set the speed and you’re done.
I find that this gives me a lot of control, regardless of what I am doing. And as a result, I make less mistakes and finish projects quicker. What’s not to like about that? 🙂
Similarly, using the drills reverse mode is also easy. There’s a forward/reverse button just behind the trigger (the big green arrow below is pointing at it).
Just push it and you instantly switch from forward to reverse as needed.
I did find the forward/reverse button a little difficult to push it at first. But I’m assuming that’s because the drill was new and that the button will loosen up over time.
So you get a lot of flexibility in the speeds you can use, but what about torque?
The LDX120C delivers 115 in-lbs of torque, which is more than enough for your average DIY project.
I found that the the LDX120C could easily drill 1” holes and drive 3” screws.
The Black and Decker comes with a 3/8” chuck. This means that the drill can accept drill bits from 1/32” to 3/8”, which is a wide range.
Back in the old days, you needed a key to tighten or loosen a chuck. The problem with that was that people would lose the chuck.
That meant you couldn’t change the drill bit until you found they key or bought a new one. And that was super annoying.
So drill manufacturers fixed that by making keyless chucks. You tighten or loosen the chuck by grasping the two halves of the chuck and twisting in the opposite directions.
On some drills it can be difficult to tighten the keyless chuck as you can’t get a good grip. I’m happy to say that I’ve never had that problem with the LDX120C. Black and Decker designed the chuck with ridges on both halves of it so getting a good grip is really easy.
A 3/8” chuck is a standard size so finding drill bits at your local hardware store, or on Amazon, should be easy.
If you need a suggestion, check out this set. It comes with every bit size you could need from 1/16” to 1/2”.
I use a very similar set and there’s barely any wear on them thanks to the titanium pilot point.
The drill measures 3.69 x 10.62 x 8.5 inches. To give you an idea of what that means, here’s the LDX120C next to standard 12oz beer bottle.
As you can see, the drill is quite compact. That makes it easy to use in cramped conditions.
And the small size means that it’s easy to hold if you have smaller hands. That let’s you concentrate on what you are drilling and not worrying about holding onto the drill.
Black and Decker claim that the LDX120C weighs 3.5 pounds. But mine weighs in at just under 2 lb 11 oz.
I’m not sure how Black and Decker got their measurement. Maybe 3.5 pounds includes the charger, manual and box?
The LDX120C comes with a 1.5Ah battery and charger.
The battery uses Lithium-ion cells, which have a few great advantages.
First, Lithium-ion batteries weigh less than other battery cell technologies. That means you won’t get tired as quickly if you spend all day holding the drill.
The second benefit is that Lithium-ion batteries hold a charge for a long time. In fact, Black and Decker say that the battery will hold a charge for 12 months! 🙂
The charger is easy to use. It just locks onto battery and the battery begins to charge.
There’s an LED on the top of the charger that tells you exactly what the charger is doing. For example, if the LED is flashing green, the battery is charging. And if the LED is solid green, the battery is fully charged.
One nice feature of the charger is that the battery can be left connected to the charger indefinitely. This keeps the battery fresh and fully charged. So now more dead battery when you need the drill the most 🙂
The battery lasts for quite a while before needing a charge. But you may find yourself needing a battery that lasts longer between charges. If that’s the case, check out the 20V 2.0Ah Lithium Ion Replacement Battery.
If you’ve ever had to work somewhere that was dark and cramped, you’ll know what a pain it can be hold a drill in one hand and a torch in the other.
Black and Decker fixed this by adding a work light to the LDX120C.
The light sits just above the trigger and uses a single LED diode.
The light turns on when you gently squeeze the trigger and turns off when you release it.
My only gripe with the light is that it doesn’t completely light up the area that you are working on. That makes it a little harder to drill in completely dark conditions. But if there’s any light at all, this isn’t a problem.
A cool feature of the LDX120C is that you can store a driver bit on it.
This might not seem like a big deal but if you’ve ever misplaced your driver bit, you’ll know why I love this feature.
I use this to store the double-headed bit that came with the LDX120C so that I always know where it is when I need to drive screws.
One downside of the LDX120C is that is doesn’t come with a case.
That’s not a big deal for some people because they can just keep the drill in their toolbox.
But if you feel like you need a case, you can get a hard EVA travel case from Hermitshell.
Black and Decker has a reputation for making high quality tools and the LDX120C is no different. That’s why Black and Decker backs the LDX120C with a 2 year warranty for home use. Check out the user manual for more details.
Our verdict of the Black and Decker LDX120C
Overall, this is a great drill given it’s price. It’s powerful enough to tackle most tasks and light enough that using it will be a pleasure.
If you’re looking for a light drill that’s a bargain for under $50, the Black and Decker LDX120C is the drill for you.
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