Black and Decker DR260B Review 2017

Black & Decker DR260B 5.2-Amp 3-8-Inch Drill DriverThe Black & Decker DR260B 5.2 amp with 3/8 inch drill/driver is compact, powerful and effortlessly handles drilling jobs in and around your house.

This power tool is corded and lightweight without the battery that makes a cordless drill awkward and heavy to manoeuver.

Although it is inexpensive and well under $50, you will find all the features and attributes you would ordinarily find with high-end expensive drills.

Black & Decker is one of the most trusted Power Tool manufacturers offering a two-year warranty on all their products including this one.

The following Black & Decker DR260B Review looks at some of its main features, specifications, pros, and cons in order for you to make an informed decision.

For those who don’t have time to read a full review, then I have done a quick guide down below.

Quick Guide & Specifications:

  • Weight – 3.8 pounds
  • Size & Dimensions – 11 x 4.3 x 11.4-inches
  • Speed – 1500 RPM’s
  • Chuck Size – 3/8-inch key less
  • Voltage – 12 Volts
  • Type – Corded Pistol Grip
  • Warranty – two-year warranty

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Detailed Review of the DR260B

Main Features:
B&D DR260B1. Although it is lightweight and compact, the drill/driver is capable of tough tasks with the powerful 5.2 amp motor.

It is sufficient for drilling holes and driving screws into most objects and materials, which include deck repairs, and more.

With variable speed settings from zero up to 1500 RPM, users have complete control and adequate power in both the reverse and forward settings.

2. Key less chuck is a great features especially when in use and in need of changing the drill bit. It makes for smooth, effortless changing.

3. It features a soft grip handle built for comfort to maintain a secure hold while you work and minimizing user fatigue significantly.

4. Bit holder, which is in fact on board storage, which is a great addition for storing a screwdriver bit when you want to make a quick change and no need to interrupt your work to hunt for another bit when you have it tucked in the bit holder attached to the drill.

5. It furthermore features a bubble level, which you would appreciate for accurate drilling jobs, which is located at the top of the drill and regardless whether the drill is turned sideways or straight, the bubble level remains constant in view.

6. A single finger trigger addition makes for easier and smooth control while drilling.

7. The drill has two buttons; one for reverse drilling or driving and the other for continues trigger hold for uninterrupted drilling.

8. Included in the drill in the drill bit holder, is a double-ended Philips head and straight head screwdriver bit, and other drill bits can be purchased separately.

Pros:

  • A corded drill with adequate 6-foot cord length.
  • Compact, but powerful enough with a 5.2 amp motor.
  • Variable speed motor with both forward and reverse action
  • Drill holes as well as fasten screws to a vast variety of materials.
  • Key less chuck
  • Users receive full operating instructions, storage bag, double-ended screw driving bit, plus the DR260B 3/8 inch drill/driver with a purchase.
  • Its design allows users to get into hard-to-reach places, and it is powerful enough for most household tasks.
  • It is safe enough for parents to allow their growing children to learn and help around the house, with the ease of use.
  • The drill never gets too hot to handle even when using for prolonged periods and drilling through tough material such as bricks.

Cons:

  • Users say the drill feels cheap, however it does the job and on the other hand, it is dirt-cheap and compares incredibly well with drills that is priced much higher.
  • The cord is not very long at six feet.
  • The drill comes in a soft carrying case while users prefer a hard case; furthermore would they have preferred the carry case to be larger as the zipper zips very snug. Not a real con, although we did say to list the cons and disadvantages of the DR260B.

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Conclusion and Verdict on This Model

This is the ideal drill for individuals who get frustrated when using a cordless drill, which always run out of battery power at the most inconvenient times. If you were looking for an innovative, small, and lightweight drill with all the basic features, you would find in more expensive drills, the Black & Decker DR260B would be more than adequate.

It is the right power tool to teach children how to use a drill, under supervision obviously, but its comfort grip and light weight, with enough power to perform basic drilling techniques easily drills through wood, drywall, brick and other jobs around the house or your workshop.

Enda McLarnon
 

Enda McLarnon is now retired and is now enjoying writing about his love of power tools. All types of these tools are now available and they make working on projects and DIY jobs around the home a great deal of fun