Black & Decker - Cordless Drill FSD142K-2 Firestorm - Fine Woodworking Tool Review
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Cordless Drill FSD142K-2 Firestorm

Black & Decker - Cordless Drill FSD142K-2 Firestorm

Black & Decker has replaced this 14.4v drill-driver with model No. FS1402D, with promised upgrades.

$90 (As of 10/25/2005)

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Editor's Review: 14.4v Cordless Drills

by Roland Johnson

review date: October 25, 2005

Falling into the less-than-$100 category, this drill has a  transmission assembly that is mostly plastic, but metal is used for selected components. The battery takes three hours to charge, while most cordless drill batteries charge in only one. Double-sleeve chucks can be difficult to tighten, but the chucks on this model are large enough to get your hands around. However, the chucks slipped while boring into both hardwood and softwood samples.  Finally,  the Quick Connect bit system created problems with runout. (Note that Black & Decker has replaced this 14.4v drill-driver with model no. FS1402D, with promised upgrades.)

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Editor Test Results:

Runout 0.022 in.
Ergonomics Grip: Good
Tool Balance Good
Endurance on a Single Charge 4.75 Holes with Forstner Bit
Torque Good (235 in.-lbs.)
Transmission Plastic and Metal
Chuck Quality Good

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Black & Decker
Manufacturer's Web Site
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-544-6986
Chuck Type/Materials Two-Piece Sleeve, Metal and Plastic
Clutch Settings N/A
Chuck Capacity N/A
Speed 0-800 rpm
Volts 14.4v
Corded/Cordless Cordless
Recharge Time Three hours
Battery Type N/A

A quality drill that is built to last. Recharge time on battery could be better, but with extra battery isn't a problem. I own the previous 14.4 volt model and the new upgrades are impressive. I would recommend this drill to any one looking for a quality drill under 100 bucks!

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