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Black & Decker LD120VA Review 

By  Enda McLarnon

Welcome to our review of the Black & Decker LD120VA  20 Volt MAX cordless drill/driver kit. This model is very popular with thousands of online buyers and has maintained an extremely high buyer satisfaction rating over a very long period of time. It is certainly worth your consideration if you are on the market for a cordless drill/driver at an affordable price point.

This LD120VA model uses a 20V Lithium-ion battery which is powerful It offers the user a long run time, and properly holds its charge for a long period of time.

Overall online buyers, and there are over 30,000 online buyer reviews, have given this drill kit an overall buyer satisfaction rate of 94%. In a competitive market that is an excellent rating, and you are getting good value for money with this Black & Decker kit.

Let's have a look at the main features of this popular drill/driver from Black and Decker.

Black & Decker LD120VA Quick Summary

94% buyer satisfaction based on 30,000+ online buyer reviews

This drill/driver forms part of the Black & Decker 20V Max System, which means you can buy other tools from this brand and use the same battery that comes with this drill/driver - that makes the other branded tools cheaper to buy

It comes with one battery and a charger so good to go when it arrives in the post

It is light in weight but has a 24 position clutch so a good range in terms of torque

This drill has been designed for for drilling and screwdriving through wood, metal, and plastic. (not masonry)

It comes with a few useful accessories that include drill bits and screwdriving bits.

Main Features Explained

Size & Weight

This drill/driver measures 8.9 by 4 by 7.8 inches and weighs 4.7 pounds, so that in our opinion is a good working size. It is strong enough to get the job done without being heavy so could be used over a good period of time without making your arms ache The rubber grip on the handle also helps with comfort.

What can it be used for?

The biggest downside is it can't be used as a hammer drill so not any good for drilling through masonry. As mentioned it is a drill for going through plastic, wood and light metal. It can also be used for driving in screws.

Many buyers said that they have used this in areas that are tight in space. Some of the reviewers said they used this to put up shelving, build cabinets and work under sink units.

Battery Power

This is what makes or breaks any good cordless tool. As we mentioned earlier, this LD120VA model uses a 20V battery. What we particularly like about this one, is that if you charge it up, and don't use it right away, it will actually hold its charge for up to 500 days. (Over 15 months) and that is impressive

That means, if you are not using it all the time, it will be ready to go, when you do need it. 20 Volt batteries are quickly becoming the new standard, and all new batteries are Lithium Ion which means they charge faster and hold that charge a great deal longer.

If you have been used to the older NiCad batteries, you will notice an amazing change when you start using Li-Ion batteries.

Drill/driver Power

We know that the battery is good. The power from this can produce different speeds from 0-750 rpm which in turn gives you control. That is important when it comes to the different uses of this product.

Some screws you just want to push in quickly, and others will need more delicate handling, to stop the screw heads from stripping.

There is a 24-position clutch that helps put you in control, when it comes to applying the correct torque. You can get up to 300 inches per pound of torque with this one, which is excellent.

Chuck Size

This drill/driver has a 3/8" chuck and there is some storage for a few different heads. That is handy as you don't have to search around for the right size bit.

Online Buyer Ratings and Reviews

94%
Buyer Satisfaction

Based on 30,000+ online buyer reviews

Pros

  • 80% of buyers leave a 5 star review 
  • Buyers clearly liked the price and many stated it was great value for money when compared to other options
  • They also liked the light weight and the fact that it was compact, as that allowed them to get into difficult places
  • Buyers understood for the most part that at this price you don't get a fully featured drill, but you got enough to do all the basic jobs.
  • Buyers said that this one had adequate torque, and would allow them to do tasks such as drilling 3" screws into decking
  • Buyers also appreciated that this kit came with a battery and charger, but recommended buying an additional battery especially if you were taking on a bigger job

Cons

  • 2% of all buyers leave a poor review 
  • Most of the complaints were that they received a faulty drill or a kit with some pieces missing
  • A few buyers said the power on this drill was poor

Black & Decker LD120VA Our Opinion

94% buyer satisfaction based on 30,000+ online buyer reviews

In our opinion this is not a drill/driver that a contractor would use

It is however ideal for people who want a drill/driver and some useful accessories to use around the home for basic drilling and driving functions

It is extremely good value for money and that explains the large number of online buyers

You should also take note of the very high rating at 94% which means buyers really liked using the drill/driver

So in summary, a value packed offer that allows you to do a wide range of jobs around the home and yard without breaking the bank.

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

Enda McLarnon

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