Might as well have taken €20 and flushed it down the toilet.

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Review by 404 - Not Found posted 11-05-2013 12:46 PM 3530 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is the last nail in B&D’s coffin where I’m concerned. I saw this set in my local hardware store and thought it would be a handy thing to have in the van – you know, just in case.
I managed to bore three holes before the first drill bit snapped in half. The driver bits are good for about a dozen screws before they round off at the tip. The drill bits that don’t snap are very poor quality – it’s almost as if the tips are ground off centre, they want to wander and vibrate, the bit holder came apart too – the hex shaft just dropped out. I didn’t think much could go wrong with a little drill/driver accessory set like this. I’ll know better next time.

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#1 posted 11-05-2013 01:19 PM

nice lookn case.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#2 posted 11-05-2013 01:21 PM

B&D products have been on my definitely do not buy list for many years. Sorry about your costly experience.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#3 posted 11-05-2013 01:58 PM

FWIW Renners, ive had this kit for about 5 years now and its been worth every penny. I have snapped a few of the really small bits but at that size they give you multiples.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#4 posted 11-05-2013 07:32 PM

Black and Decker products are best found in a woman’s junk drawer because they will last forever so long as you NEVER try to use them

B & D
ANY big box brand tool

Not always but usually junk. But usually by the time you buy them and then replace them you could have bought a quality tool the first time around. We all learn this lesson sooner or later. Sorry for your experience.

-- So Much Wood - So Little Time! --

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#5 posted 11-05-2013 11:16 PM

Thanks for the Review. I’m not surprised though. Someone made the point – B&D is not for people who will use the tools every day.

Second Comment about big box brand. Kobalt Driver bits tend to snap on the gold contractor screws. The Gold finish quickchange drill bits are pretty sturdy. Example – I use the 1/8 it to predrill through concrete, metal and woods. I predrilled about 1000 holes in the past month and finally broke one when I predrilled at an angle. Kobalt makes my quick change bits of choice for predrilling.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#6 posted 11-06-2013 06:31 PM

Yeah, that stinks. I’ve been there. Unless they change for the better, I’ll never buy B&D anything ever again.

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#7 posted 11-07-2013 06:40 AM

I bought the same set two or three years ago. It stinks. I only have one small bit that has not broke and a couple of the big ones. Im going with Dewalt next time

-- "So many little time..." Psalm 23

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#8 posted 11-07-2013 12:23 PM

I have many posts about the crap B&D produces.
I quit buying ANYTHING they make 10 years ago.

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#9 posted 11-07-2013 12:37 PM

What surprises me most, and the reason for posting this review, is just how poor the quality is. I understand a little of business. I doubt very much that this is made in a Black & Decker facility, probably x thousand of units for x amount of dollars in some province of China. But what happened to quality control? It seems cynical to me that a company such as B&D – a multi national, should allow this crap onto the market.

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#10 posted 11-07-2013 02:15 PM

right on renners. It doesn’t take any more time, with todays automated equipment to produce a quality product.
Proper materials, i.e., cheap carbon steel vs. high speed steel costs penny’s more per piece, yet they continue to produce crap in order to be the “cheapest” on the shelf and in the store.
In many cases the human mindset can’t pull the trigger for a better product at a negligible higher price when the cheaper price tag they saw keeps haunting their mind and pocketbook. Then they wonder why they are frustrated with the outcome.

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#11 posted 11-07-2013 02:30 PM

yet they continue to produce crap in order to be the “cheapest” on the shelf and in the store.

As long as people keep buying the crap the crap will always be there.

Nothing to do with the quality control Renners, I think purchasing agent don’t even consider that. They look at the bottom line and as long as their selling the crap, they will keep buying the crap. JMO

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#12 posted 11-07-2013 03:02 PM

That is why I buy everything from Wurth. Their products are more expensive than others but they outlast everyone. I especially love the Zebra series of drills. Also their driver bits are so good that mine are still almost as new even after 2 years and I use them on daily basis and a lot.

As for the B&D, I said that I will never ever buy anything from them. Even Einhell is Makita when compared to them.

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#13 posted 11-07-2013 03:10 PM

I agree with you, even though it’s a low end product it should last longer than that.


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#14 posted 11-09-2013 12:05 AM

I have had nothing but bad luck with B&D power tools. If it’s a tool you won’t use often they may be alright as they don’t cost as much as top end tools. For me, I’d rather put the money into a tool that will last. In the case of the original poster, I think the tools should have lasted longer than they did. If I were him I would get an email off to B&D, they may reimburse the cost of the tools.

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#15 posted 11-09-2013 05:47 AM

I betcha wall-mark drill bits would be better.

Trubble with buying any cheap consumable is that your stock of drill bits gets polluted. Some drill bits might be high quality. sharp and reliable, but the next one you pick out might be some offshore or domestic crap. I find the pollution more frustrating that knowing that that xyz set is crap!

At least the drill bit snapped. you really know you bin taken when they bend!!

Empathy from me buddy!

Eric in Calgary

-- Real_cowtown_eric

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