When it comes to power tools, there’s no way anyone can ignore the sheer power and performance of Black & Decker’s line of products. Taking a look at their wide selection of cordless drill/driver, it’s easy to see that their products are able to uphold the good name of value associated with the brand. Black & Decker produces cordless drill/drivers, among other exceptional power tools, for usage in a wide variety of applications.
Comparing LDX120C vs LD120VA
The LDX120C is a lightweight, compact tool that offers sufficient power for work in tight spaces, whereas the LD120VA is a more heavy-duty drill/driver for tackling most common household and professional-level tasks. They both offer tremendous value for the different applications they’re used for, but there’s some overlap between the two that we feel needs to be addressed. In this article, we’re going to focus on two popular drill/driver produced by this American power tools manufacturer and see how they compare.
Black & Decker LDX120C
First of all, let’s take a look at the popular Black & Decker LDX120C Cordless Drill/Driver. This hand power tool is designed for use in the household setting, but it also comes with professional-grade features you’d want in a cordless drill. One of the most prominent features is the rechargeable battery that recharges in no time – something that is not very common in household power tools. The 20V Li-Ion battery can hold onto charges for long periods of time, making it a DIY hobbyist’s dream.
This drill/driver has 11 unique positions for applications on different materials. This unit can work with wood, plastic, and even metal with no hiccups. In addition, the variable speed control allows users to countersink screws while preventing surface damage, leading to flush and professional results each time.
As we mentioned earlier, the LDX120C has a great battery. It’s adept at holding onto charges for much longer than other comparable drill/drivers and charges much quicker than your average drill. The Li-Ion battery is designed to reserve power between drillings. Extended battery life means less time wasted on waiting for battery recharges, improving productivity.
This drill/driver is lightweight – only 3.4 lbs including the battery – but packs a powerful punch. The comfortable rubber handle is designed to reduce slipping, even while working in tight spaces at awkward angles. The unit hardly experiences any vibrations while in use.
For applications on more delicate materials, you’ll want to adjust the tool to run at its slowest speed. This variable speed control means you won’t strip the wood slabs or metal sheets with accidental high-speed drilling. Although professionals might not need this specific feature, anyone who is not as comfortable around power drills might find it a nifty addition.
The main problem with this unit is its chuck. The tightness of the chuck around bits isn’t that great, meaning that you might accidentally send bits flying around your workshop while operating at the fastest speed. A wobbling bit is common with this unit, so you’ll need to dedicate time to shutting off the drill and tightening the chuck before resuming work.
Black & Decker LD120VA
Now, let’s check out the more heavy-duty cordless drill/driver model by Black & Decker. If you’re looking for a reasonably priced, yet powerful 20V cordless drill, then you might as well stop and consider the Black & Decker LD120VA. This drill/driver kit comes with 30 accessories, including drill and screwing bits, nut drivers, and magnetic bit holders for tackling a majority of different applications in one purchase.
Its small size does not make it any less powerful; it’s a small, relatively lightweight unit (4.15 lbs with battery) which provides easy usage in small spaces (approximately 8.9 inches from front to end). The intense 20V motor in compact shell offers a lot of drilling power (up to 750 RPM). This device is mainly designed for professional workers and experienced users who can handle high-speed drilling, even on delicate materials and surfaces.
Great on Many Surfaces
The LD120VA also features 10 grasp settings with a 3/8-inch chuck, making it an extremely flexible tool for drilling and driving tasks. The combination of the chuck size and 20V motor makes this power tool model works beautifully on wood, plastic, and even metal materials.
Another neat feature integrated into this cordless driver/drill is the LED lighting which illuminates the area directly in front of the drill bit. Although this is common in most cordless drills and drivers, you’ll be glad that Black & Decker preinstalled these lights so you can use this top-quality tool in tight, dark spaces.
This drill/driver is powered by an efficient 20V MAX battery that delivers extreme force and features rapid charging capability. When not in use, detach the batteries and place them in the charging dock to provide juice for drilling tasks in the future.
Also some Minor Issues
However, similar to the previous Black & Decker cordless drill/driver discussed earlier, the chuck on the LD120VA is also weak and can hardly grasp onto the bits. Although this unit comes with 30 accessories, you might end up losing a majority of them when performing drilling or driving tasks since they’ll go flying out of the chuck.
Another flaw in the design of this model is that the battery which is inserted under the base of the unit can often become detached from the drill, effectively shutting down operations until reinserted. Another issue is with the “power” of this drill. Although it performs excellently on softwood, it can be extremely tough to work on denser materials.
Differences Between both Models
The only problem that customers might have with Black+Decker power tool products is selecting which tool to go with. Looking at two of the company’s high-rated drill/drivers – the Black+Decker LDX120C and Black+Decker LD120VA – choosing one might be a problem. Luckily, having either one of them will help tremendously in finishing home projects and even work in professional settings. The LDX120C is a lightweight model which is suited better for overhead tasks, whereas the LD120VA delivers greater power. In this article, we’re going to focus on how these two drill/driver models compare.
Design and Weight
When it comes to the LDX120C and the LD120VA, there’s a lot of overlap in features. In terms of design and weight, this is also pretty much true. The LDX120C measures 8.5 inches from nose to end. On the other hand, the LD120VA is smaller in size – 7.75 inches from nose to end. In terms of the power tools’ lengths, despite their marginal difference, there’s no space the LD120VA can work where the LDX120C has trouble reaching. These models aren’t exactly the most compact cordless drill/drivers out there, but they’re able to drive screws in cramped spaces and corners.
In terms of weight, there’s also only a slight difference. The LDX120C weighs in at only 3.4 pounds while the LD120VA is 4.15 pounds. Whichever you choose, you’ll have no trouble doing overhead work.
Torque and Speed
The most notable differences between the two drill/driver models are how much torque and speed you get. The LDX120C is better suited for home projects so it doesn’t provide as much power as the LDX120C model. The former drill/driver can deliver up to 115 inch-pounds of torque and up to 650 RPM, whereas the LD120VA clocks in at 300 inch-pounds and up to 750 RPM. Greater torque and speed mean greater flexibility, making that the latter model more time-efficient at driving screws. However, you’re basically shaving seconds off of driving each screw, so the time saved is insignificant unless you’re working on an extremely tight schedule.
The LDX120C comes with a variable speed controller and 11 clutch settings, while the LD120VA comes with 24 clutch settings. Professional users don’t exactly need a variable speed controller for setting a max speed cap. A mixture of the appropriate clutch setting and experience in handling the touch-sensitive trigger is enough to sufficiently control speed and torque. The LDX120C is obviously built for more amateur construction workers or DIY newbies.
Both of these models utilize the same type of 20V rechargeable Li-Ion battery. An LCS20 battery charger comes with the purchase of either drill/driver. The battery can be used for up to 18 months with gradual energy capacity as time goes on. However, when handled and recharged with care, some customers have found their batteries lasting up to 24 months before needing replacement.
From an empty battery, it only takes one hour before reaching full capacity. However, a single charge only provides up to 30 minutes of power until it needs to refuel. Customers should consider purchasing additional 20V Li-Ion batteries for their unit if they wish to minimize lost time due to battery recharging.
Regarding the lifespan of the batteries, although Black & Decker boasts up to 18 months of usability with each rechargeable battery, some customers found their batteries inability to take in a charge after only less than a year of use. Of course, there are several factors that can affect a battery’s power, including how well the unit is handled, but it’s still important to take note of how some batteries can’t live up to the manufacturer’s expectations.
When purchasing the LDX120C, you’ll only get a single double-sided bit (Phillips and flathead). With this model, you’ll need to purchase additional bits unless you already own some 3/8-inch ones.
The LD120VA comes with 30 bits to work with. The bits that come with this kit include screw driving bits, nut drivers, and drill bits. Although it’s not the greatest assortment of bits, this kit offers greater versatility for various applications straight out of the box.
Unfortunately, neither of these models comes with an extended bar or hex shaft for working in awkwardly-shaped spaces.
Both of these Black+Decker models feature keyless 3/8-inch chucks. Considering the relatively small chuck size, we determined that these cordless drill/drivers aren’t exactly built for heavy-duty tasks since they only utilize 3/8-inch bits, whereas more professional-grade drill varieties use ½-inch bits.
Another thing about the chucks of these two driver/drills is that many customers have complained about their inability to hold onto bits for extended periods of use. Some users experienced loose bits after limited use and constantly need to retighten the chuck before continuing work. In the most extreme and rare cases, the chuck’s lack of grasping power allows the bit to go flying across the room while operating the drills at their fastest speed.
Although both models work great for their respective target markets, the problem of wobbly bits can be a let-down, especially since these power tools were produced by the world-renown company Black & Decker. We hope that in the future, the company invests a little bit more on research and development and creates top-notch cordless drills, free of weak chucks and battery detachment issues.
Considering the LDX120CA and LD120VA cordless drill/drivers by Black+Decker, there’s virtually no reason to doubt the build and performance of each of these units. There are some minor and significant differences between the two models, but it’s the maximum power behind each tool that really makes them stand out. The LD120VA, in general, offers much more power in a smaller unit, whereas the LDX120CA has just the right specs for finishing DIY projects and even some of the lightest professional job site tasks.
Overall, the Black+Decker LD120VA has greater value compared to the Black+Decker LDX120CA. The kit includes 30 accessories, including nut drivers, screw driving bits, and drill bits. The LD120VA come with a simple double-sided bit for basic tasks. If you go with this model, you’ll end up having to purchase additional 3/8-inch bits in order to tackle a larger assortment of tasks.