BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX Cordless Drill / Driver, 3/8-Inch (LDX120C)

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Lithium Ion Technology and 20V MAX: Lighter, more compact, no memory, longer life

11 Position Clutch: Provides precise control for drilling into wood, metal, plastic, and all screwdriving tasks

Features integrated bit holder under drill handle that includes double ended bit

Variable Speed: Allows countersinking without damaging material

Ideal for drilling into wood, metal plastic and all screw driving tasks

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Item Weight

‎0.16 ounces

Product Dimensions

‎10.63 x 3.69 x 8.5 inches

Country of Origin


Item model number



‎1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)

Is Discontinued By Manufacturer







‎20V Drill

Power Source

‎Battery Powered


‎20 Volts


‎1500 watts

Maximum Power

‎1800 Watts


‎115 Inch Pounds

Item Package Quantity


Number Of Pieces


Number of Handles



‎650 RPM

Measurement System


Accessory Connection Type

‎3/8" Chuck


‎Certified frustration-free

Special Features

‎Light weight, LED Worklight, Always Ready

Included Components

‎1-Double-Ended Bit., 1-Lcs20 Charger, The Black & Decker Ldx120C Comes With One 20-Volt Max Lithium Drill/Driver, 1-Lbx20 20-Volt Max Lithium-Ion Battery

Batteries Included?


Batteries Required?


Battery Cell Type

‎Lithium Ion

Average Battery Life

‎1 Hours

Warranty Description

‎2 Year Warranty





Customer Reviews

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#713 in Tools & Home Improvement (See Top 100 in Tools & Home Improvement)#4 in Power Drill Drivers

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Date First Available

September 17, 2011

10 reviews for BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX Cordless Drill / Driver, 3/8-Inch (LDX120C)

  1. Will R

    I paid around 40 bucks for this through an Amazon Warehouse deal. It’s a very light drill, even with the battery. I use this at work a few times a week for securing copper cable onto spools. Yes, this drill has enough torque that it drills through 1-3 AWG cable with three inch wood screws into a wood base just fine.A lot of these demos on YouTube show people burning out the motors doing some crazy drilling. I can say that for what I use it for, it does a great job. I never experience any drag with the drill. I bought a Hermit Shell case for this, and as long as I don’t accidentally drop it, I think I am going to have this drill for a while.If people chuckle that I’m using this as a work drill, here’s why:1. I work in a place where expensive tools walk out the door in someone else’s bag all the time. If it’s stolen, I’m only out 40 bucks.2. No tool is drop-proof. None are. I’m better off dealing with a 40 dollar tool that’s been dropped vs a 200 dollar tool.3. Having to carry your tools up and down ladders, you want the lightest weight tool that you can get by with. This drill fits the bill perfectly.4. I’m not a brand slut. Most everything is made overseas nowadays. If it works for the application at hand, that’s all that matters.

  2. AttackOfTheVapors

    Don’t know why I’m reviewing this drill. I guess it’s because after reading all the other reviews prior to buying, I’m somewhat conflicted since mostly, people either seem to love or hate this drill and I’d like to get my two cents worth in. After reading about a bazillion reviews (small exaggeration) I didn’t know what to think and, I thought perhaps I could help my fellow Amazonians (is that a word?) make a buying decision based upon my own, hopefully informed opinion. While I am not an expert, I do build and sell hardwood furniture and am familiar with most of the tools that you would find in a working woodshop.I was surprised by all the negative reviews. It seems that a lot of folks are having problems with this drill; chuck failing or not holding bits properly, overheating and smoking, charging issues or battery not holding charge for very long, etc. One of the reasons I bought this drill was because I was somewhat titilated wondering if it was a worthwhile purchase or not. Since Amazon has return priviliges I figured I could examine the product thoroughly upon receipt and decide for myself if it was a good buy.I thought that this drill looked interesting. To me it looks kind of “cartoony” (there he goes again; making up words). With its bright colors and swirly lines it looks like something Roger Rabbit would use (or, if you’re in my generation; Bullwinkle). If you’ll note in the first photo below, the barrel is somewhat shorter than the average cordless drill. It is attractive; I like the look of the new flat battery packs as opposed to the older, clunky “stick-type” batteries. I noted that this drill is 20V which, you would think would make it more powerful but, in looking at the torque rating, it’s not necessarily so.Now, just to make a comment on one of the most frequent complaints in other reviews. A lot of reviewers are complaining about the bit not being held tightly in the chuck. Firstly, take a look at the the second photo below. Please note that the icon of the screw is uppermost on the barrel. This is important when chucking in a bit as it ensures maximum torque and tightness. If you have “10” or any other number at the top of the barrel, you are in a “torque setting” which is used when driving screws. This means that when you achieve a certain tension, the clutch will slip and fail to tighten the chuck further. If you hear a clicking sound when tightening the chuck around a bit, then you need to adjust the ring so the screw icon is on top. Also, note in the photo, that I am wearing leather gloves. Frequently, when hand-tightening the chuck, it will escape your grip (after all, we’re not as strong as gorillas) and spin, burning your hand. Because of this, most of us don’t exert all the pressure we’re capable of. With gloves protecting your hands, if it slips, you don’t get burned and you’re capable of tightening your grip and getting maximum holding power between the chuck/bit. The holding power of the chuck is dependent entirely upon the tightness of “YOUR” grip when inserting the bit and holding the chuck ring. I think that the majority of the complaints pertaining to this problem would be solved if the above two suggestions were followed. Nothing in the construction of the drill I received would lead me to believe that it is some kind of manufacturing deficiency.Upon unboxing this drill at a friends house his wife thought it looked “cute” and felt it would be a good addition to their kit (they frequently go to numerous flea markets throughout Texas and carry basic tools with them). Being smaller, it would take up less room in their trailer. You might have noted that I mentioned this is a good womans drill in my title blurb. The reason for this is the drill handle being smaller than a normal battery operated drill. It’s still big enough for a man but, being smaller, it will be easier for the average female to handle than most drills. It is also lighter than the average drill which, I think most women could appreciate.I decided I would test this drill for both overall power and battery life. To do this I decided upon a series of tests of what I felt were of gradually escalating difficulty. While these tests may be pertinent to my particular situation, only you can decide if they are a “fit” to your situation and expected usage of the product.Incidentally, for my tests, even though I typically use hardwood, I felt that since White Pine is the lumber that most homeowners commonly use, it would be more appropriate for my tests and, since 3/4″ stock is far and away the most common lumber that I would utilize this thickness. My results were as follows:Drill Three 1/4″ holes through 3/4″ stock with a brad point bit – AccomplishedDrill Three 1/2″ holes through 3/4″ stock with a brad point bit – AccomplishedDrive Three 3/8″ Lag Bolts through previous 1/4″ holes in 3/4″ stock – AccomplishedDrill Three 5/8″ holes through 3/4″ stock with Forstner Bit – AccomplishedDrill Three 7/8″ holes through 3/4″ stock with Spade Bit – AccomplishedAt this point, I was expecting the charge to be gone from the batteries. Using a spade bit is difficult and draining on any drill. So, I decided to up the ante; I increased the size of the spade bit to 1 3/8″ (a very large hole indeed) and the stock thickness to 2″ stock (nomimal 1 5/8″, a two by four). My intention was to continue to drill holes to the point of refusal of the battery to rotate the drill. Results as follows:Drill 1 3/8″ holes through 1 5/8 ” stock til failure – 3 1/2 holes AccomplishedNow, to be truthful, when I stopped, the battery was still rotating the chuck and bit but, it was starting to bog down. In other words, battery failure was imminent. Could I have finished the 4th hole? Yeah, probably I could have abused the tool and forced it to finish but, it didn’t have much left. Also, even though I was wearing leather gloves, I could feel a lot of heat at the barrel (after all, these tests were done with no interruptions) and it was apparent to me that to continue, I would probably smoke the motor, which made no sense to me. You can take my word for it; This drill would not have finished a 5th hole without catastrophic failure. By the way, I do not recommend using spade bits with a hand-held drill. They are particularly hard on a drill and, although I rarely use them, I only use them in my drill press. The only reason I utilized them in this testing was because I knew they would put a substantial drain on the battery. Especially using a large diameter bit like the 1 3/8″ comes very close to the definition of abusing your tools so, if you can avoid it, I suggest not subjecting your drill to loads such as this..Conclusions: I believe that this is drill that is well suited to the home handyman. Would it be a good drill for a professional that needed it for use daily? Probably not, although it might last a while. I also think a pro would want a drill with a little more torque and definitely more drilling speed. However, even though the listed torque is low, while I was drilling the largest holes with the spade bit, when it caught in the hole it had enough torque to spin my wrist around (and I’m 6’4″ and 210 lbs) so, it should be adequate for most of us. I also think that because of it’s reduced weight it would be an ideal drill for a woman and I think the manufacturers did a good job of “splitting the difference” in designing a grip that is both large enough for a big man (though just barely) and small enough to be comfortable for the average woman.Caveat: As I told you earlier, one of the reasons I got this drill was because of all the contradictory reviews (it piqued my curiousity). I think almost 20% of the reviews have some complaint about this product. If you do decide to purchase, make sure that you do test and inspect your drill closely to make sure that none of the issues mentioned in other reviews are present in your purchase. Based upon the product I received, it is apparent to me that Black & Decker is capable of making a quality product however, DO inspect yours prior to the expiration of the return window. With this caveat, I can recommend this cordless drill.I hope that this review, since it addresses issues outside of others comments, was of some help to you.

  3. Terry in SA

    Every woman needs one of these BLACK+DECKER LDX120C 20V MAX Lithium Ion Drill / Drivers and men will appreciate them, too.This is a compact, lightweight, cordless, drill that is powered by a 20V, rechargeable, battery and one is included, along with a battery charger. The batteries snap easily into the base of the drill and if you have other, Black+Decker, 20V tools, the batteries are interchangeable so it makes this drill even more attractive.This is a chuckless drill so no little chuck to keep track of. You will need drill bits as none come with it but a two headed screwdriver bit (Philips and slot head) comes with it and there is even a place to store that on the drill itself. The drill has a lock button so it’s safe for use around kids and you can adjust the torque via a marked ring around the drill bit collar.I am an older woman and an avid DIYer. I am in love with cordless tools for projects and repairs around the house as well as for lawn care. I don’t have a lot of upper arm strength so I appreciate that this drill is so lightweight but was concerned it wouldn’t be powerful enough. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that it has plenty of power for 90% of the tasks I will use it for. Things like assembling furniture, making repairs on my home, hanging cabinets or artwork, mounting a TV on the wall, etc. And the compact size is a plus when working in small spaces.This is not a tool for professionals who would be using it every day, all day. There are much more heavy duty, cordless drills that are build for that kind of use but they cost a lot more, too. This is perfect for a homeowner, though, and I am very pleased with it. Got to use it today and it was very easy to carry up a ladder as it’s small and lightweight and I love not having to deal with extension cords.This is a great gift, too. I began giving tool kits as gifts to young women and men as graduation gifts because everyone needs tools! And an inexpensive but very functional drill like this is probably going to be one of the most used tools in any tool kit. I got it on Prime Day but even the list price of ~$44 is quite reasonable since it includes a battery and a charger. NOTE: There is no case included but I have begun using large, plastic, cat litter, bins to store my tools that don’t have cases. These bins have a carry handle and stack on top of each other and have plenty of room for chargers, batteries, drill bits, etc.

  4. soflatechie

    So I needed a drill. I already had a DeWalt corded hammer drill, which is a great drill. However, it was too heavy and unwieldy for smaller projects and I wanted to start building some raised garden planters. I researched quite a bit and had previouy bought a black and Decker 12 v drill that I was pretty dissapointed in.Well let me tell you,this one is the real deal. I built the garden planter in the picture this morning. I was able to do it on one charge without ever feeling like I lacked the power to either drill pilot holes or screw into the wood. At no point did I feel like my charge was running out. At no point did I feel like my arm was getting fatigued or tired.This drill may not be good for going through concrete, but wood working projects, you can buy with confidence.

  5. Lawrence Macionski

    Actually I had the weed wacker–that used the same battery. So I know I would not be weed wacking when I was drilling.I have a $125+ Makida 5 year old drill that the batteries wore out and I ordered new cells to rebuild the pack. So I didn’t want to spend much money, as my old corded drill was over 25 years old and needed a key. That’s backup when the batteries die.So I have 2 batteries with the weed wacker plus the one that this came with and 2 chargers. I’ve been using all for over a month.. The B-D drill is not as fast RPM wise as the Makida or have 2 speed ranges. It is lighter, and has a LED light I like. So now the Makida battery packs are rebuilt. I have 2 drills. I do favor the B-D as it’s lighter, and with small bits I’ve got better control. I’m retiring that old Craftsman corded drill to under the work bench -extension cords are such a drag. Can you even buy a drill that has a cord today? Yes the low cost B-D drill is worth every penny for a homeowner, and great backup for a professional. Recommendation -BUY..

  6. Christian Moussa

    You might think this drill could not perform well when tasked with heavy duty work, but this drill will puncture through 2 4x4s and create a 6″ hole with a 3/16″ bit. Due to the light weight of the drill, you might want to ease off for a minute between drilling holes to avoid burning this thing out. No issues so far on my project, and with the battery and charger included, this thing is a steal. Battery lasted me through drilling 30 6″ holes and screwing 30 screws and showed no signs of slowing down. I only set the battery back on the charger because I ran out steam before the battery did.

  7. Timm

    Very powerful little drill. Have used this to build a large deck. I’ve driven over 2000 screws with it. Surprisingly it drove SureLOK 6″ bolts with no problem, even though my old corded drill didn’t have enough torque. It lasts over a half hour of continuous use on a single battery. It does get a little hot when using it that long. I thought for sure I would’ve burned it up by now, but it’s still working great. The only thing I would question is the torque adjustment. I’ve only used the drill setting and 10, the highest. Anything less seems to spin before the screw is flush, but perhaps that’s because I’m driving 2-1/2″ and 4″ screws, and the lower settings may be appropriate for smaller screws. Very happy with this drill.

  8. James woods forest

    I’ve owned several different brands in the past like DeWalt, this by far is very very surprisingly good. I’ve actually let this out in the rain a few times, more than a few times. It’s been out in the hot sun that’s been dropped etc and this thing keeps working. The battery life is insane. It’s strong enough for what I needed to do. I can see the truck probably going out which looks like it’s a weak point but still haven’t had a slip or anything like that. I highly recommend this tool for housework oh, it’s going to last it’s I would say for the price it’s the best, absolute and best cordless drill you can get. It’s not a piece of junk that you could find a like Walgreens where it’ll fall apart or just stopped working. This thing is built tough. Like I said it’s been out in the rain many times it’s been in the sun it’s been just sitting there getting dropped and it still works just like Norma and the battery life is insane

  9. Dr. Doctor

    I bought this drill in 2016 thinking it was just going to be for light household issues. But this tough little customer has been a great addition to my tool kit. I decided to put a review in four years later because not only was I using the drill today, but it has been such a useful and durable purchase that it deserved to have its praises sung. I have used it to assemble Ikea furniture, hang artwork and drapery rods, put up shelving, and bore holes in stumps. It is a tough little workhorse. This should be a housewarming present for anyone moving into a new home or apartment. It is invaluable, and the magnetic screwdriver bit conveniently located in the handle is very handy. Buy this tool, you won’t regret it. It is powerful, holds a charge forever (and ever, seriously), and lightweight enough my relatively petite wife can handle it with ease. Great drill for anyone who lives indoors and occasionally has the need to make repairs and improvements, which is most of us..

  10. Amazon Customer

    I don’t know if this is good enough for a professional carpenter or whether you can build a house with it single handedly. It’s probably not sufficient to drill through solid concrete.But I do know that it works well enough for your average home-owner who does occasional projects. I’ve had it about two years now, charged it twice, and used it 10-15 times. I put up shelves with it, hung curtain rods, installed cabinets, fixed chairs and tables, and other random stuff. It is great to use when you have to do something upside-down or sideways or fit in small spaces because it isn’t too bulky and doesn’t have a cord. You can hold it with one hand easily because it doesn’t weigh very much.You do need to buy a drill bit set separately. Wish they came as a package.

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