Review of Black & Decker 18V - HPD 18AK-2 - High Performance Drill with 10 Accessories
Black & Decker's top-of-the-range cordless 18 volt drill is a sheer pleasure to use. It's compact and lightweight, yet powerful, and it's got everything you need to drill virtually anything, anywhere and at any time. Because it comes packed in a convenient case, it's easy to carry around, together with a spare battery, charger, ten drill bits and two double-ended bit tips.
The drill is fitted with a useful collar that you use to set the torque for various screw-driving and drilling applications. This is because large screws and harder materials (like steel) need a higher torque setting than small screws and softer materials. There's no guesswork though, because the collar features easy-to-decipher symbols that are suitable for different applications. All you have to do is set the collar to the symbol that corresponds with the drilling application you are going to use.
You also need to set the collar to the correct setting when using the drill as a screwdriver. If you aren't sure, all you do is to set it to the lowest torque setting. Then tighten the first screw. If the clutch ratchets before you've finished screwing, all you have to do is increase the collar setting and then finish tightening the screw. It's that easy.
Apart from being able to increase and decrease the torque, this long lasting tool may be used for high speed drilling applications using both small and large diameter drill bits, for drilling wood, masonry, plastic and metal. It can also be used to hammer-drill into concrete. We have also used it to drill into rubber tyres.
This drill has a 100 percent metal chuck with a spindle lock that enables you to tighten screwdrivers and bits very quickly. The batteries are spring loaded which makes them easy to put in and take out.
While this isn't really a professional tool, it is well priced towards the bottom end of similar products, but more expensive than the so-called throw-away versions. It's ideal for DIY projects and even some quite heavy-duty work.
We've used it to construct a carport, and to drill holes in a metal bench we bolted together rather than welding it. We also used it to build equestrian cross country jumps out of tyres, plastic pipes and even huge logs, out in the field where no extension cable would ever reach. With two long lasting batteries, work was never interrupted. While not everybody will have this particular use for a drill, what it proves is that you really can use it anywhere.
And remember that Black & Decker has a recycling policy worldwide. When the drill eventually wears out or you don't want it any more, just drop it off with any authorized service or repair agent. The same applies to the batteries.