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April 23, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


Manufacturer: Black and Decker

Our Black and Decker tool reviews test to one purpose. We want to know which tools can help Pros and serious DIYers save money. When you don’t need a premium tool, often a basic product will do the trick. Unfortunately, Black and Decker often falls short when the going gets tough. Still, our aim is to understand which of their tools can hold up when called upon to perform common tasks. Black and Decker also has a great habit of bringing technologies to market before they migrate to the company’s other brands. A great example is the Black and Decker Gyro screwdriver. These Black and Decker tools preceded the DeWalt 8V Max gyroscopic screwdriver. Black and Decker Tool Reviews for Serious DIYers So while you may not think Black and Decker is pro-quality…well, it’s not. At least, it’s not typically pro-quality. But some Black and Decker tools exceed expectations. Those are the tools we get excited about.

Review8.0(out of 10)

Black and Decker Battery Lawn Mower Review CM2060C

60V Black and Decker Battery Lawn Mower Shows Significant Improvement Over 40V Predecessor When we tested 24 different mower models to see how the gas and battery-powered sectors of the market currently stand, we looked at a landscape that covers commercial durability and power all the way to DIY capability and affordability. Perennially popular as […]

Black and Decker 20V Drill BCD702C1 Review

Black and Decker 20V Drill Does the Job for Less than Two Jacksons The Black and Decker 20V Drill has racked up some serious sales over the years, and though we’re aware that it doesn’t find its niche in the Pro market, we feel like there is a place for drills that market themselves to […]

Black and Decker Impact Driver

Black and Decker Impact Driver Kit BDC120C Review

Black and Decker Impact Driver Offers Homeowners an Affordable Driving Solution Say you’ve got some projects around the house that call for strong, reliable fastening, but you’re not trying to break the bank accomplishing that task. The Black and Decker impact driver provides a nice balance of performance and price for homeowners that want a […]

Review6.3(out of 10)
black and decker 40V chainsaw

Black and Decker 40V Chainsaw Review

I love cutting down large trees with chainsaws. There’s something about the experience of setting your notch, driving through the back of the trunk, and then standing back and watching something God took 50 years to grow slowly crash to the ground. But while that’s fun, the truth is, most people use chainsaws to cut […]

Black and Decker 4V Max Lithium Pivot Screwdriver

Black and Decker 4V Max Lithium Pivot Screwdriver

Black and Decker 4V Max Lithium Pivot Screwdriver Finds Niche with Homeowners We all need one. You know, that cordless screwdriver for small jobs around the house. Tightening cabinet hardware, replacing light switch plates, drilling a pilot hole to slap an anchor in drywall for hanging the latest family photo… The Black and Decker 4V […]

Are Impact Rated Bits Worth the Money?

When I was working on the premier issue of Pro Tool Reviews magazine back in March, my team drove over 7500 screws in order to test the battery life and driving capacity of various 18V cordless impact drivers. That’s a lot of screws. During the course of that article, we found that one manufacturer’s impact […]

Black & Decker 4V Max Gyro Cordless Screwdriver Review

Black & Decker Gyro 4V Max Cordless Screwdriver Review

It’s rare that I see a tool that catches me off guard and presents something truly “new” or innovative. With the Black & Decker Gyro, innovation is at its core. The question is whether or not the new gyroscopic features are helpful or a hindrance. One thing is for certain, however, you’ll get more “play” time with this tool in terms of its effects as a party favor of attention-grabber than you will from any other powered screwdriver. And you can really use it thanks to some solid and simple thinking on the part of Black & Decker’s engineers.

Craftsman Bolt-on 20V Max System Drill-Driver Preview

Craftsman Bolt-on 20V Max System Drill-Driver Preview

In general, we’re not one for multi-use power tools for professional use. For one, with few exceptions, dedicated tools just always seem to do the job better. For those who need some tools for occasional use, however, we’ve never been opposed to a product that is flexible and may save you some money by combining […]

Black & Decker MATRIX Quick Connect System Preview

Black & Decker MATRIX Quick Connect System Preview

In an effort to make their tools more adaptable to the different needs of consumers, Black & Decker launched its new MATRIX Quick Connect System tool. While this isn’t something we think we’ll be seeing on the jobsite anytime soon, it’s good to pay attention since Black & Decker, Porter-Cable and DeWalt are so closely interconnected through Stanley Black & Decker. So what is the MATRIX? (sorry, I couldn’t resist) It’s a new type of modular tool system that goes even farther than similar systems like Festool’s TI system with its FastFix Interchangeable Chucks.

Black & Decker 7301 Circular Saw

Black & Decker 7301 Circular Saw Circa 1971

We got a chance recently to put our hands on a classic, a Black & Decker 7301 1HP circular saw. This rugged circular saw was purchased back in 1971 and has been running ever since. It has a cast aluminum body and a stamped steel shoe. It was purchased alongside a Black & Decker drill for $19.99 for the pair (in 2011 dollars that’s about $120!) On top of that, when you purchased two Black & Decker tools you got a third tool for a penny more (my dad picked up a Rockwell 4420 (96) Type 2 1/3rd sheet Finishing Sander.) Three heavy duty tools for that price, at that time wasn’t bad. And it was a REALLY good deal considering two of the three are still in operation!