The Black and Decker 1/2 inch drill/driver is powerful and compact which easily handles the toughest applications. Drilling larger holes and fasteners in wood, metal and plastic is made easy with the 7.0 Amp motor and compact design. The all metal keyed chuck allows for durability and better bit retention while the variable speed trigger aids in controlled drilling and driving. The mid handle design along with comfort grips provides the ultimate in comfort and control.
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89%of customersrecommend this product17 of 19reviews
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89%of customersrecommend this product17 of 19reviews
This is a good product with adequate torque with one big flaw. The supporting handle has the tendency to loose its grip on the drill when working on an application that requires high torque. This results in only one hand supporting the drill/driver. If the hand is not strong enough, the drill/driver will swing back and may sprain the wrist.
If the job does not require high torque, this is a good drill. All other parts are of good quality.
I have to give the Black and decker electric drills their due. This drill is very powerful, and has a lot of low end torque .. That torque helps to get those stubborn screws in pressure treated wood or any other treated stubborn wood.
This is a rock-solid economical drill/driver. It's keyed 1/2" chuck is superior to clutch-lock style chucks. It is easily reversable and it's variable speed trigger is spot-on practical.....it has gearing which produces high torque at 800 RPMs......I easily drilled a 1/2" hole into 6" of concrete basement floor with no stall or lug-down. There is no hassle with uncharged batteries..just plug it in.
I bought this because it was cheaper than either buying replacement batteries for my cordless drill or buying a new cordless drill. It really is a good tool but it can not replace the utility and versatility of a cordless drill. It is an excellant drill for sure but you can not drive screws with it. I ultimately will have to buy new batteries or a new cordless drill. I use it regularly and it is an excellant performer and a good value.
For only $40, this was a great buy. I've been slowly working on a water equipment shed (and will be doing a few other small outbuilding projects after this one) but only had a cordless drill that would typically die within 3 hours of working on the shed... and that included a lot of time measuring and cutting; I'd estimate it would put in about 50 2 1/2" screws (including pre-drilling) before having to be charged again (and I don't have a spare battery).
After wasting time, I decided I was going to get a corded one. I'm not a crazy heavy user or a contractor, so a cheap one that was decently reviewed would be fine. I found the B&D DR560 and was shocked at the price, since I was expecting to pay something closer to $100.
The build quality seems pretty good; the handle is just a clamping plastic one, but it works. Some parts of the drill feel like they could have been made out of metal of some sort and improved the overall build quality... but for $40, it's great.
The power is good, too. Drilling and driving goes way faster with this than with the cordless.
The variable speed trigger is not quite as fluid as my cordless... but it works fine; I am not doing fine drill work, I'm just drilling holes and putting screws in them, and for that it is more than adequate.
Having the 1/2" shank will likely come in handy at some point, especially if I have to use some larger paddle bits.
Overall, I would totally recommend this drill for anyone that isn't going to be using it every day for the next year; for me, who will probably use it maybe 15 days out of a year but will probably end up trying to cram multiple hours of use on a single Saturday, it seems like a great buy.
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Review 10 for 1/2 in. Drill/Driver
Buy cheap...get cheap
PostedNovember 1, 2012
No, I do not recommend this product.
Save yourself a trip back to HD and buy a quality name brand right off the bat. I needed to drill a bunch of holes with a 4" holesaw for a project I'm working on. My experience below
Went to HD to buy B&D DR550, because HD onine said it was in store. When I got there all they had was the B&D DR560 which was the one that said was online only. No problem they are pretty much the same anyways. So right off the bat drilling my first hole the arm that you clamp to the drill kept slipping off. The clamp was all the way closed, anymore and it would strip. So I ended up taking it off. Halfway through the second hole the bit stopped spinning. Took the drill off the hole and it spun, but if you held the chuck even with the slightest resistance - it would not move. Gear problem I assume.
I ended up returning it all within 1.5 hours of buying it. Bought the $119 Milwaukee Magnum. Solid drill and got all 16 4" holes done with ease. Also made of metal componants including the clamp, unlike the B&D which was mostly plastic.
You get a ton of tool for less money with this Black and Decker. BUT.....there is a major design flaw which has me returning this drill. The directional button on the drill is poorly located and too easy to simply touch with the side of your finger that you use for the trigger. What ends up happening is it partially engages which is the equivalent of putting it into neutral.... I tried and tried to be patient with this, but it has done it from day one. I have alread replaced it with the "R" brand for twice the price. I do have to say that the replacement is really engineered well and the gearings are fantastic. Runs smoothly, where the B&D was a little rough. I would say if you are only going to use the B&D rarely and not handling it for hours on end, this could still be a good value. There is always the chance that I received one with a weak switch mechanism. When you buy yours, get it out of the box at the store and see if the switch has a solid engagement and not the equivalent of a hair trigger...
I needed something with a little more OOMPH than my cordless drill to drill holes through stainless steel, & this drill did the trick. Variable speed, 1/2" chuck - this bad boy has plenty of OOMPH, so get OOMPHing.
Pros: Durable, Powerful, Easy to Use, Good Size & Weight
I use to own a Dewalt VSR hammer drill until a friend broke it being an idiot. After that I picked up this drill from B&D and it certainly has not let me down. It isn't made as well as the other hammer drills I've owned, however for the price I kind of expected that.
I've used it from fastening deck screws, to drilling studs and duroc, to mixing mud for tile and drywall. It won't let you down, atleast not right away. But my guess is it won't hold up over time as well as some of the others out there. If you can spend about $30 more bucks, I'd go with a Dewalt, but if you can't, this should suffice.