Discount: Black & Decker GCO12SFB 12-Volt Ni-Cad 3/8-Inch Cordless Drill/Driver with Storage Bag and Stud Sensor

Black & Decker GCO12SFB 12-Volt Ni-Cad 3/8-Inch Cordless Drill/Driver with Storage Bag and Stud Sensor

Black & Decker GCO12SFB 12-Volt Ni-Cad 3/8-Inch Cordless Drill/Driver with Storage Bag and Stud Sensor
24-POSITION CLUTCH PREVENT SCREWS FROM STRIPPINGSLIDE PACK BATTERY FOR EASY INSTALLATION & REMOVAL OF THE BATTERYKEYLESS CHUCKSOFT GRIPS PROVIDE ADDITIONAL COMFORTINCLUDES 12V BATTERY PACK DC PLUG CHARGER STORAGE BAG & STUD SENSOR THAT DETECTS STUDS THROUGH WALLS UP TO 3/4″ THICKUPC : 885911078177Shipping Dimensions : 13.40in X 9.60in X 3.80inEstimated Shipping Weight : 4.85

  • Keyless chuck for quick and easy bit changes
  • 24-position clutch for fewer stripped screws
  • Ample power and variable speed/reversing trigger for optimal control in a variety of materials
  • Stud Finder detects studs through walls up to 3/4-inch thick
  • Lightweight and compact size allows you to drill holes and drive screws with ease.

List Price: $ 81.56

Price: $ 40.84

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Question by Drew: What is the best cordless drill to buy for the money?
I’m just starting out in the carpentry trade and before now have never bought a power tool before. What is the best drill for the price and what do you look for when buying one? I.e volts, battery types

Thanks, Drew

Best answer:

Answer by Paul in San Diego
Start here: http://www.cordless-drill-reviews.com/

It’s an excellent site that looks at drills in 4 user categories and judges them in 5 basic performance categories.

But, you’ll want to have a larger chuck size (1/2 in instead of 3/8) for more versatility, as well as a lithium ion battery instead of NiCd (better discharge characteristics and no battery discharge “memory”), and higher operating voltages (18-24 V for commercial use).

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  1. Brett
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A decent drill for quick things around the house, October 17, 2013
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    This review is from: Black & Decker GCO12SFB 12-Volt Ni-Cad 3/8-Inch Cordless Drill/Driver with Storage Bag and Stud Sensor (Tools & Home Improvement)

    Does the job for small jobs. I wouldn’t recommend it for raising a barn but for putting up some shelves or some simple repairs this has served me quite well. Comes with a stud finder…cool. The bag is handy.

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  2. Chris
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Lasted about 2 years., September 14, 2013
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    This review is from: Black & Decker GCO12SFB 12-Volt Ni-Cad 3/8-Inch Cordless Drill/Driver with Storage Bag and Stud Sensor (Tools & Home Improvement)

    My wife bought this drill locally when we got a new house 2 years ago, so it saw a lot of use initially when I had to install all of our blinds/curtains and other misc things to hang around the house. It was sufficient for all of that. It was lacking in power for some jobs like when I had to drill through our metal sink with a 1″ hole bit to install a switch for a garbage disposal. For that it was barely powerful enough to get through the metal without stopping the motor, so I had to use light pressure and let it eat through the metal slowly to get through it. Same thing when I had to drill a 1″ hole through the back of a desk, it bogged down on the thick/hard wood a lot.

    So I’m not sure I would recommend this for anything except for normal drywall drilling and screwing things in/out of walls. The battery completely died and won’t hold a charge at all anymore after 2 years either. So I upgraded to B&D’s newer 20v Li-ion drill (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005NNF0YU/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i01?ie=UTF8&psc=1) since I already had some of their other 20v tools and their battery packs are interchangeable. I just now ordered it, so I can’t comment for a comparison yet. You’re definitely getting what you pay for here though.

    Oh, and the stud finder is absolutely useless. I can put it against pretty much anything and it says there’s a stud there. I recommend getting a mechanical/magnetic one instead.

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  3. Ken

    Been happy with my 12v NiCd DeWalt for over a decade, so I’d be fine upgrading within the same brand when I next need to, and I’d probably go for 18v. Keep in mind that more voltage correlates with not only more power but also with more weight.

    Although I like DeWalt, the Bosch 37618-01 might qualify as better value for the money actually.

    Batteries: I prefer Li-Ion in general because I like to put my spare on the charger without worrying how much charge it might have. NiCd’s have that memory effect where you’re only supposed to charge it after it’s fully discharged. Li-Ion batteries also are lighter, which offsets some of the added weight of a 18v drill.

    You can explore factors such as cordless drill Type, Cost, Weight, Battery Type/Voltage/Current, Speed Ranges, Clutch Settings, etc to help decide between Bosch, DeWalt, Hitachi, Makita, and Milwaukee cordless drills here:

    http://www.howtodecide.com/cordless-drill/

  4. classicsat

    DeWalt is what the professionals use. In most cases you will want 18V, preferably Li-ion. If you are going to be driving lot of screws, get am impact driver as well. A set with all you need should cost $ 200 to $ 250.

    I have a Porter Cable 18V drill/ impact driver/flashlight/charger/2x18V Li-Ion battery set (made by the same parent company as DeWalt;Delta Group), and am satisfied with it.

    Most major brands, such as Muilwaukee, Ryobi, Hitachi, Bosch, and Makita should be the same.

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