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(Ebay DD) Black & Decker 12 Volt Smart Select Drill (Refurb) - $21.99 + tax, FS
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Black & Decker 12V SS Cordless Drill/Driver #BD12PSKR
**This is a Reconditioned Unit**
* Easy-to-read power settings give you the precise torque you need for your job
* T-style handle for improved comfort; keyless chuck makes changing bits easy
* Designed for working with wood, metal, and plastic
* Includes a 12V battery, DC plug charger, double ended screwdriver bit tip, and 2-year warranty
$ 21.99 + tax where applicable. Free shipping. With full 2 year warranty.
Here's what you need to know about ALL Black and Decker cordless products: The batteries have a 3 to 5 year lifespan, according to the manufacturer, after which they must be replaced. (I just got off the phone with their 800 number)
If you call and ask to purchase a new charger, as I did, you will be told that using a new charger with old batteries will simply destroy the new charger. Therefore they will not sell you a new charger without you also buying a new battery.
Coincidentally, a single replacement battery costs as much as running down to Lowes and buying a new drill with a charger and not one, but two, new batteries.
So every 36 months, Black and Decker would like you to throw away your present B&D drill and buy a new one. If you have any problems with it whatsoever, as I did, you can expect that they will refuse to sell you repleacement items and you will be forced to buy a whole new unit.
Well B&D might want me to keep buying a new set every 36 months, but that does not mean that when you reach 36 months suddenly everything breaks down. We have a similar 12V B&D drill that is 6 years old, and it keeps working nicely, including the batteries. The batteries do not have the same charge capacity but you can still work with them for hours.
Honestly, this is a simple but quality drill for $22. It is for the amateur DIYers, who do a house fixing job once in a while. If you expect this drill be a pro grade workhorse, your expectations might be a little off.
On the note of being a DIYer with a broken charger, you might as well fix your old charger. It is a simple DC supply with a piece that fits over the batteries. If the supply part is broken, just buy a similar rating supply from Jameco or somewhere and connect the two wires to the battery connector piece. It is so straighforward that it should take 1 min to fix.
TLDR; this a simple to use and nice drill for $20. Don't expect to build a whole house with it. If your only problem is that the battery charger is broken after 3-5 years, and the drill is still fine, that is a good thing as you can simply fix the charger.
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