Magazine article USA TODAY

Now Here's the Drill

Magazine article USA TODAY

Now Here's the Drill

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* With the possible exception of a hammer, it seems no one is using good-old-fashioned hand tools anymore. Once electricity became introduced to the equation, manual labor got a lot easier, the sole problem being that the job had to be undertaken near an outlet, or extension cords wound up underfoot as they were strunq out to the worksite. Battery-operated tools were the next logical step, but heavy-duty batteries were, by definition, heavy, and devices that took smaller ones lacked sufficient power for many tasks.

Most of these drawbacks have been solved with the advent of alkaline and other "muscular" batteries that provide power without excess weight. A prime example is the 6-Volt Cordless Alkaline Drill/Driver from Black & Decker, Inc., Towson, Md. Compact, but versatile, with a shortened barrel that lets you work closer to the hole or screw for greater control, the tool is loaded with two-dozen accessories, including 3/16" and 1/16" drill bits, slotted and Phillips screwdriver heads, 1" screws with plastic anchors, and even the four AA alkaline batteries that make if work. …

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