Ok, this is actually somewhat improved from the version I bought at Wal-Mart 3 years ago, back then they were even more pathetically under-powered, nonetheless, this is still a product to avoid. In the first place, Black & Decker makes one of the least compelling cordless drills out there. Its the only major brand that doesn't offer 1 hour charging, it doesn't take 1/2" bits either, and its got below average torque. But wait, it gets worse: what I just described is actually the higher end and more expensive FS18 the typical B&D 18V NiCad drill. The B&D drills Wal-Mart sells are cheaper, slower, much less powerful versions. The FS18 is kind of disappointing at 400-1300RPM and 266 lb" max torque to go along with the 3 hour charge cycle and 3/8" chuck. The current Wal-Mart drill, listed right on this site at 0-750rpm and 115 lb" max torque is about the weakest 18V cordless drill made! Moreover, most people are probably going to simply walk into the store, see decent looking 18V drill from a fairly reputable brand at a very low price, and buy themselves a piece of junk without ever knowing what they gave up to get that low price. This is exactly what I did in 2010. Back then Wal-Mart's 18V B&D put out just 66 lb" of max torque, and between the pathetic lack of power, short battery life, and long recharge cycle, it disappointed me every single time I used it. My advice is to spend $100 and get a Ryobi P205 kit instead, as it will literally do more work than 2 of these (its got nearly 3x the torque and nearly twice the max RPM incidentally aside from industry standard 1hr charging and a 1/2" chuck) If I were really broke I'd get a refurbished Ryobi ($30-$40 if you look around). Heck even the 12 volt Chicago Electric cordless drill is a better product than this. Given what happened to me the last time I bought a B&D from Wal-Mart, I won't look here again for a power tool, but if I HAD to buy a cordless drill from them again, I'd spring for the Stanley Fatmax Cordless Hammer Drill ($79.99 as of this review) at least on paper that one looks like a good product.
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