The Black & Decker 18V Cordless Hammer Drill has a 490 in. lbs. professional grade motor to take on the toughest applications. The hammer action allows users to drill into brick, masonry, and concrete. The 1/2″ all metal hammer chuck provides greater durability when drilling. Bit changes are quicker and easier with the single sleeve chuck. It has a 32 position position clutch with micro-adjust torque for drilling masonry and driving a wide range of screw sizes. The two position gear box provides high torque driving and control for high speed drilling.
If you are looking for a highly affordable hammer drill, then Black & Decker FSX18HD will get your attention. Priced under $50, this drill is an absolute bargain. It has more than enough power to take care of jobs around the house, plus you have the hammer action that can be used for masonry, concrete, and brick.
Despite being so inexpensive, it’s still a well made drill. It can drill into wood and steel without any problems. Also, it’s a good addition to your drill collection if you already own some Black & Decker batteries, as they can be used for any drill in their 18V line. I think most people would be surprised even at the durability of this drill.
If you are looking for a heavy duty 18V cordless drill for contractor use, then this is not for you. It will not hold up very long under tough conditions daily. The power output is sufficient, but not anything special when compared to other 18V drills. It will overheat quickly when pushed hard.
The price is rather cheap for a cordless drill, so keep in mind that you get what you pay for. I will say though that this drill out performs it’s price. It also doesn’t come with any batteries or charger, so this will be added to the cost if you don’t already own them.
If you need a heavy-duty drill under $50, this is the one for you. It can handle just about any type of work around the house, while giving you something extra with the hammer drill.
I had an 18v Firestorm drill from a combo kit. I tried using it to drill into solid concrete walls in a condo. After about 15 minutes of hard work I was only in about a half inch. I then purchased this hammer drill which used the same batteries. Bingo. Took about one minute to drill over one inch with the very same drill bit. Don’t know if I’ll ever purchase a regular drill again since there is always a need to drill into concrete or concrete block. – E. Roman
As the previous reviewer stated, Black and Decker tools are usually said to be low quality. As an employee at a hardware store, I get to test out all kinds of tools. This FSX18HD drill is a high quality tool that is comparable to other high-end 18v tools. I own many of the 18v series by B&D. – Scott