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Black+Decker 12V Max Drill/Driver BDCDD12C Review

If you only want to do basic tasks and want the cheapest drill possible, then the BDCDD12C is an alright option
Black+Decker 12V Max Drill/Driver BDCDD12C
Credit: Jenna Ammerman
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Price:   $40 List | $25.74 at Amazon
Pros:  Inexpensive
Cons:  Extremely underpowered, short battery life
Manufacturer:   BLACK+DECKER
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Nov 10, 2021
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  • Drilling - 35% 1
  • Driving - 35% 2
  • Battery Life - 20% 1
  • Convenience - 10% 4

Our Verdict

Right off the bat, we are relatively reticent to recommend the Black+Decker 12V Max Drill/Driver BDCDD12C. This drill is exceptionally weak and severely struggled with any of the more difficult drilling or driving tasks. Its battery life is far from impressive and it is quite sparse on features. However, it is also the cheapest drill of the entire group by a significant amount. The BDCDD12C is an ok option if you don't really plan on doing anything beyond hanging a photo, assembling some furniture, or doing anything beyond the most basic DIY home improvement project and want to spend the least amount of money possible. Otherwise, we would recommend saving and spending a bit more for a significantly better drill if you have more ambitious projects in mind for your cordless drill.

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Pros InexpensiveGreat for driving fasteners, heavy-duty, efficient use of battery lifePowerful, great battery life, fantastic integrated worklightImpressive drilling power, strong steel drilling performance, good control, great priceInexpensive, lightweight
Cons Extremely underpowered, short battery lifeHeavy, takes some force to swap batteriesExpensive, only includes a single batteryOnly includes a single batter, so-so battery life in our testsWeak, minimal features
Bottom Line If you only want to do basic tasks and want the cheapest drill possible, then the BDCDD12C is an alright optionIf you are looking for a top-tier drill to go with your existing Milwaukee batteries, this is your best betThe highest scorer in our group, this is a heavy-duty drill that can keep up with all your toughest projectsA decent drill for DIY projects that won't deplete your savingsAn okay drill for basic household tasks and assembly projects at a great price
Rating Categories Black+Decker 12V Ma... Milwaukee M18 Fuel... Kobalt 24-volt Max... Craftsman V20 1/2-I... Black+Decker 20V Ma...
Drilling (35%)
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9.0
10.0
7.0
4.0
Driving (35%)
2.0
10.0
9.0
6.0
3.0
Battery Life (20%)
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10.0
9.0
4.0
3.0
Convenience (10%)
4.0
6.0
6.0
6.0
4.0
Specs Black+Decker 12V Ma... Milwaukee M18 Fuel... Kobalt 24-volt Max... Craftsman V20 1/2-I... Black+Decker 20V Ma...
Battery Capacity (Included) 1.5 Ah Tested w/ 2 Ah 2 Ah 1.3 Ah 1.5 Ah
Battery Voltage 12V 18V 24V 20V 20V
Max Chuck 3/8" 1/2" 1/2" 1/2" 3/8"
Battery Chemistry Lithium-Ion Lithium-Ion Lithium-Ion Lithium-Ion Lithium-Ion
Drill Model Tested BDCDD12C 2803-20 KDD 524B-03 CMCD700 LDX120C
Box Model (Kit) Tested BDCDD12C Tested tool-only, no kit 672823 CMCD700C1 LDX120C
RPM 0 - 550 Low: 0 - 550
High: 0 - 2000
Low: 0 - 550
High: 0 - 2000
Low: 0 - 450
High: 0 - 1500
0 - 650
Peak Torque (manu) N/A 1,200 in-lbs 650 in-lbs 280 UWO N/A
Measured Length 7" 7" 7-3/8" 8-1/4" 7"
Measured Weight 2 pounds
3 ounces
4 pounds 1 ounce 3 pounds
15.2 oz
3 pounds 7 ounces 2 pounds
10.8 ounces
Measured Charge Time 200 minutes 25 minutes 75 minutes 58 minutes 210 minutes
Battery Indicator Location N/A Battery Battery Battery N/A
LED Location Above the battery Above the battery Above the battery Above the trigger Above the trigger
Included Belt Clip No Yes Yes No No

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


This compact drill is good for light-duty projects but that's about...
This compact drill is good for light-duty projects but that's about it.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Drilling


First off, we got to work testing and scoring the performance of the BDCDD12C when it came to drilling holes, which is responsible for 35% of its final score. We used the BDCDD12C to try and drill some holes in a steel sheet with twist drills, a piece of 2x12 with a spade bit, and into a solid door with a large hole saw. It struggled in most of these tests mightily.

This Black+Decker drilled a few holes in the steel sheet but it...
This Black+Decker drilled a few holes in the steel sheet but it wasn't happy about it.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

This power tool gave an almost pitiful performance with the 5" hole saw. It only made it about 1" in depth before overheating and struggled the entire time.

This 12-volt drill definitely lacks the power for a hole saw of this...
This 12-volt drill definitely lacks the power for a hole saw of this size.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

It didn't do any better with the 1" spade bit. It struggled terribly throughout and couldn't really drill a single hole with it. The BDCDD12C got almost too hot to touch and we definitely wouldn't recommend using this drill for tasks like this if you want to prolong the longevity of this tool.

We had to abandon the 1" spade bit and downgrade to a 1/2" twist...
We had to abandon the 1" spade bit and downgrade to a 1/2" twist drill.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Par for the course, the BDCDD12C also had an exceptionally difficult time drilling through the 16 gauge sheet of steel with both the ¼" and the ½" drill bit. It did eventually make it through with the smaller drill but did struggle quite a bit. It stalled out with the larger bit, only making it about halfway through. It also took about four times as long as the other drills just to make it halfway in the time it took them to drill all the way through.

This drill didn't do much better in our driving tests.
This drill didn't do much better in our driving tests.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Driving


The BDCDD12C did a tiny bit better in our driving test, though not by much. This category is also responsible for 35% of the total score and is based on the BDCDD12C's performance at driving in standard screws and a giant lag screw.

The BDCDD12C did manage to drive in the 3" long, #9 screws that we used to their full depth, even setting the countersunk head flush in the dimensional boards. It wasn't very easy for this drill and it protested the entire time but it could effectively complete this task.

We were able to set the countersunk heads with the BDCDD12C but it...
We were able to set the countersunk heads with the BDCDD12C but it wasn't happy about it.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The same couldn't be said for the 5" long lag screw. We drilled the correct size pilot hole but the BDCDD12C couldn't drive the screw deeper than 2.5", stalling out and unable to drive it any further.

This Black+Decker drill did well below average in our battery tests...
This Black+Decker drill did well below average in our battery tests and takes a long time to recharge.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Battery Life


The performance of the BDCDD12C dropped in this next test with poor results in our battery life and charge time tests. Altogether, these battery assessments account for 20% of the total score. We tested this model with a 1.5 Ah battery.

Our battery life test consists of using each drill to alternate between drilling three holes with 1" spade bits and driving in 16 screws — both into 2x12 boards — awarding points proportional to the number of cycles completed. However, the BDCDD12C can't really use the 1" spade bit, so we downgraded it to a ½" twist drill. Even so, this drill only made it through two sets of this before dying — pretty much the worst out of the entire group.

This drill also takes absolutely forever to charge its 1.5 Ah battery with the included charger — around 200 minutes.

The BDCDD12C is lightweight and compact.
The BDCDD12C is lightweight and compact.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Convenience


The BDCDD12C did a bit better in our convenience metric, which is responsible for the residual tenth of its final score. However, this drill still did below average compared to the rest of the group when it came to its features and functions.

The drill is exceptionally light, weighing just over two pounds, but it is relatively sparse when it comes to convenient features. It only has a single operating speed and lacks a belt clip. The chuck also can't open as large as the other drills, maxing out at ⅜".

It does have a built-in work light but it isn't particularly bright and doesn't stay on unless you are holding the trigger.

The integrated light on this B+D drill isn't the best.
The integrated light on this B+D drill isn't the best.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The battery can be a bit of a hassle to install or remove, with the locking mechanism requiring a bit of force to engage or disengage. It also lacks a battery charge level indicator.

Value


The performance on this drill is well below average, and it is not a product we consider to be a good value. It is only a good option if you want to spend the absolute bare minimum.

Conclusion


Finishing at the back of the group overall, we don't necessarily recommend the Black+Decker 12V Max Drill/Driver BDCDD12C for most people. It's weak and struggles with the vast majority of drilling and driving tasks, with unimpressive battery life. However, this lightweight drill can handle the occasional light-duty task without issue and is one of the cheapest options you can get, making it a good choice for someone who cares about spending the least amount of money possible and isn't going to expect too much.

David Wise and Austin Palmer

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