On Wed, 10 Dec 2003 02:56:51 -0500 (EST), firstname.lastname@example.org
They certainly have their faithful.
While bragging about my new cordless my brother responded with:
"Would not trade my 45 year old Black and Decker for any cordless
drill. Can't think how many boats it has built and only put in one
switch, a few sets of brushes and two chucks."
A friend of mine was an electrician - used a 1/4" B&D every day on the
job for 10 years, tossing it around, generally abusing the hell out of
it. He said it threw him into a blind rage when it finally went bad so
he smashed it on the floor...then he thought about it.....and went
right out and bought another one for $9.95.<G>
For dollars/durability they used to be the standard.
Variable or single speed? I have a B&D single speed I'll mail you if you
want it. SWMBO got me a VS model a couple Christmases ago, and I haven't
used the old one since. Lemme know if you want it. No idea how it
compares to the one you're reminiscing about, but it's black, has an orange
switch cover, and runs on electricity. :)
Michael McIntyre ---- Silvan < email@example.com>
Linux fanatic, and certified Geek; registered Linux user #243621
Here's my experience with drills, FWIW, in order of acquisition. (sp?)
1. Black & Decker single speed 3/8" corded-gift-about 30 years old, still
fine but never did use it much since I was 13 at the time.
2. Craftsman brace with Irwin expansive bit, cordless :?)-gift-about 30
years old, very nice brace, lousy bit.
3. Craftsman 3/8" vsr corded-about $30.00-bought about 1987, bearings
(sorry, bushings) went bad about 2 years later from normal homeowner use,
will never buy another corded one from them. My FIL had the same drill, went
bad the same way in about 3 years.
4. Black & Decker 7.2 volt cordless with built in batteries-gift-about
1987ish from Builders Square ( the original BORG, I was hardware manager,
ask me about that some other time)-this thing worked well for 4 or 5 years,
FIL had same drill, same time, same experience.
5. Dewalt DW100 (I think) corded 3/8" vsr-about $40.00-bought when the
Craftsman puked about 1989-this thing is great, powerful, bright yellow (I
can find it when I pick up my stuff outside when it gets dark, I left the
black Craftsman out one night), very nice chuck (needs a key, the DW106 has
a keyless, I think, it wasn't available when I got mine, now I'm glad it
wasn't, the keyless chucks I've seen are not as heavy duty)
6. Panasonic 9.6v 1/2" 2 speed vsr cordless with one battery, 15 minute
charger, nice hard case-about $165.00-1993-I replaced the keyed chuck with a
keyless 3/8 one for convience (only one in the store I was in at the time
that would fit)-very, very high quality piece of equipment, I still use it a
lot, but the batteries don't hold the charge very long anymore.
7. Craftsman 18v 3/8" 2 speed vsr cordless in a kit with a cordless circ.
saw with two batteries, in an enormous, awkward hard case that has no spot
for keeping a set of bits or driver attachments-$140.00-about 5 months ago.
I should have taken this back, they're very handy tools but the drill is not
going to last like the Panasonic. I can hold the Panasonic still under full
throttle with no effect to the tool, when I did this to the Craftsman, the
thing started to smoke out of the vents. I did this only to find out how
torquey it was. Lots of torque, but...
My verdict: DeWalt for a corded drill for home owner use. Not a Craftsman
for a cordless, but I think my twist test will cause the same effect in most
other less expensive cordless drills, no conclusion here.
Thank you for your time,
Yeah, I had one of those (mine was the VSR flavor). The one with the
detachable cord? I used to love it because taking the cord off meant it
fit into my toolbox. Back from the days when B&D still made quality
It got swiped a couple of years ago. Really annoyed me. Not so much
because it was any great monetary value (I replaced it for $30), but
because it was one of the first tools I ever owned and I'd had it for
most of my life. It was part of my history, I guess. Somewhere out
there is some guy from a contactor's gang who's got it now. If you're
reading this, I hope you're enjoying it.
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