Black Decker LDX172C 7.2 Volt Drill

My Rating for the Black Decker LDX172C is 3 StarsBlack Decker LDX172C

Review Summary: The Black & Decker LDX172C 7.2 Volt Drill is not the best tool in its class. It is a low priced drill for very small jobs.


Detailed Review of the Black Decker LDX172C 7.2 volt cordless drill

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Power Grade: Below Average

The Black Decker LDX172C has a power rating of 60 in/lbs. The average power rating of 7.2 volt cordless drills is 104 in/lbs. The power of a cordless drill is measured by torque (inch-pounds). Torque is the measurement of the twisting force the drill applies when started. Power in DeWalt cordless drills is measured in unit watts out(uwo) which measures torque at different drill speeds. If you are interested in a cordless drill with more power, check out the Makita 6019DWE. It has a maximum torque of 104 in/lbs. You can learn more by reading my complete review of the Makita 6019DWE 7.2 Volt Cordless Drill.

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Speed: Below Average

The Black Decker LDX172C has a top speed of 550 rpm. Higher speeds help you drill holes quicker and cleaner. The average speed of 7.2 volt cordless drills is around 796 rpm. If you are interested in a cordless drill with more speed for drilling clean holes, check out the DeWalt DC750KA. It has a top speed of 1100 rpm. You can learn more by reading my complete review of the DeWalt DC750KA 9.6-Volt Cordless Drill.

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Battery Run Time: Below Average

The battery run time is 1.0 amp hours. The average for 7.2 volt cordless drills is 1.1 amp hours. The ampere-hour rating (Ah) gives you an idea of how long your battery will last between charges. A 3Ah will last 3 times longer than a 1Ah battery.

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Battery type and quantity: Below Average

The Black Decker LDX172C comes with 1 Lithium Ion batteries. Most newer cordless drills have 2 Lithium batteries included. Lithium are lighter , can hold a charge longer, and are more environmentally friendly than older NiCd batteries.

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Charger: Average

The Black Decker LDX172C comes with a 1 hour charger. The best chargers offer less than 1 hour charging and a maintenance mode that can extend the life of the battery.

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Price Range: Under $100

Prices may have changed since this review was done. Always check the most recent and best price for the Black Decker LDX172C cordless drill from multiple stores.

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Tool Weight: Average

The Black Decker LDX172C weighs 2.7 lbs. The average 7.2V cordless drill weighs about 2.6 lbs. Tool weight comes into play when you use it for extended periods of time or you hold it in awkward positions.

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Black Decker LDX172C Cordless Drill Strengths

  1. Lithium Ion Battery
  2. Compact size
  3. Fan cooled motor
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Black Decker LDX172C Cordless Drill Weaknesses

  1. Can't replace battery
  2. Not variable speed

Some other features of the Black Decker LDX172C include:

  • Mid handle design
  • 3/8" Keyless chuck
  • 2 Year Warranty

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Reviewed by Jon Sevenson on 1/6/12.

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