Black & Decker SC1400 Cordless Super Compact Drill with Lithium-Ion Technology

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Black & Decker SC1400 14.4-Volt Cordless Super Compact Drill with Lithium-Ion Technology

Black & Decker SC1400 description

Tired of that battery-powered drill being dead when you need it most? Here's an alternative. Surprisingly powerful and stunningly lightweight, Black & Decker's SC1400 18-Volt Cordless drill kit features the best energy-to-weight ratio and longest-lasting charge available. A very forgiving power drill for those who hate cords but forget to recharge, this tool is powered by a lithium-ion battery that holds a charge up to 18 months longer than nickel-cadmium tools.

A state-of-charge indicator tells you how much battery power is left so you know when it's time for a recharge. And, a fixed, internal battery lets you just drop the whole tool into the included charging base, rather than detaching the battery from the tool and then attaching it to the charger, a procedure that sometimes takes longer than just drilling the darn hole.

And, for even less downtime, the tool's single sleeve all-metal chuck means easier and faster bit swaps. Designed for tough drilling and driving applications, the tool packs 200 percent more power than traditional 18-volt drills. It's also 40 percent smaller and 30 percent lighter for easier handling, even in tight quarters. The purchase is covered by a manufacturer 2-year warranty. --Brian Olson

What's in the Box: cordless drill/driver, charging base, 16 bits (8 driving tips and 8 drill bits).  

Black & Decker SC1400 specifications

Black & Decker
Lightweight and compact for easy handling, even in hard-to-reach areas
Internal 14.4-volt Lithium-ion battery provides 200 percent more power than other 18-volt drills
Innovative charge indicator makes it clear when it's time to recharge
Weighs 5.2 ounces (shipped); 2-year warranty
Includes charging base, eight screwdriving bits, and eight drill bits
Black & Decker
5.2 pounds
Package Height
4.4 inches
Package Width
10.9 inches
Package Length
13.2 inches
Package Weight
5.2 pounds

Black & Decker SC1400 reviews

Great Drill for Home
Excellent price for performance. Well made , light, and reliable. Good torque and usage between charges. An excellent product for a better than average homeowner.
Great drill for the price!
I am very impressed with the sc1400. I had been eying the Makita 18v li-ion drive for quite a while now, but just did not want to fork out $200+ for something I would rarely use. I was browsing the tool department at home depot, as I always do when I am there, and saw a nice compact cordless drill I hadn't seen before. I instantly knew this was the drill for me with what seemed to be plenty of power and light weight and less than 1/2 the price the Makita at $90. No regrets here.
Barely enough power to drill a small hole in soft wood. Don't even think about trying to drive a screw with this drill. I gave it to my daughter because I'm sure she can't hurt anything with it.
Is this the lowest priced lithium ion drill?
This is not a review but a question for customers who has done some research on this item. My Skil drill's two NiCd batteries just died and I am looking for a replacement. For those who had bought this drill, I wonder if this is the lowest priced lithium ion drill on the market...
Backs up it's promise
This drill delivers what it promises. It is fairly light for the power...not especially tiny though...closer to a normal sized drill. It is a good value. A great drill to keep handy for all the chores.

In fact, because it is so capable, you might find yourself rarely reaching for your larger drills.

One negative point. The battery isn't user serviceable. That means that eventually you will have to toss a perfectly good drill when the battery dies. If it is like my other Lithium Ion tools, that shouldn't be a concern for at least half a dozen years....maybe a decade.
Black & Decker SC1400 Cordless Lithium Drill
Purchased for a gift for son-in-law. He really likes it because it is light weight and really powerful. My husband has one too and agrees. It's alot easier to use because it weights less than regular drills.
Good beginner drill
I have many high quality cordless drills. I bought this one for the around the house basic stuff and for the wife to use. It is small, lightweight, 14.4v drill that has a non-removable battery so battery servicing will be difficult. The charge cradle works well to keep the battery topped up and the Li Ion cell has no memory effect! It seems quite powerful for its size and is easy to operate. The major downside is the lack of enough clutch settings, which can make precise driving of fasteners difficult at times. Apart from that, it would make a good basic drill as an intro into the Lithium Ion drill type.
A convient and powerful tool
It is powerful and compact. It comes very handy to do chores around the house.
Jumps out of gear.
I thought the drill was great when I bought it last winter.
It was light weight and the battery lasted a long time.
But, I tried to drive a couple of screws into my deck this spring and the drill kept jumping out of gear. I had to mail it in for warranty (which cost me another $10)
I am very pleased with this drill driver. It is relatively light weight and yet fairly powerful. I especially like the feature that allows one to see whether or not the battery is charged.
Not bad for a lithum ion drill driver
I also purchased it at Loews after reading the previous reviewers tip. Yes, $40. The only drawback on this drill is that it does not have a replaceable battery, but with Lithum ion battery I don't expect it to fail anytime soon like NiCad. With a two year warranty, I think that is fine. It has two speed settings which is easy to set. Also a push thru button if you want the drill to go reverse direction. The weight is not bad, feels balanced and the charging stand is pretty decent for sitting the drill in. You also get drill bits and screw bits (slot and philips) that you can stand up on a slot on the charger in the back. I like the power and is perfect for home owner usage. There is also on top of the drill a power indicator which you can push and see how much power is left in your drill via 3 green lights. So far so good. No other complaints. I like it and is a step above the old versapak screwdriver that I still use and have. So for me, its a great combination.
Got mine on sale
I just got one for $40 at Loew's, it was on sale. I got it for a spare and the price was right. Normally priced was $79.99
There is one thing I did notice that the other reviewer said:

There is not a "soft start low, low, variable speed" feature. The drill starts off at a higher "RPM" speed then expected. So you may think the drill is defective, but that's what is does. Overall it's a sharp looking drill, compact, and well balanced to hold. I would give it a 5 start rating, but because what I just wrote, 4 1/2.
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