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CDD 12 FX Cordless Drill

Festool - CDD 12 FX Cordless Drill

This D-handle cordless drill from Festool makes up for its relatively low voltage with its compact design and useful variety of chucks

$395.00 (As of 5/1/2003)

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Editor's Review: A New Angle on Drills

review date: May 1, 2003

The CDD 12 FX (sounds like a science-fiction flick) comes in a kit with a 1/2-in. chuck, two rechargeable batteries, a charger, a hard-plastic stackable case, a bit holder that snaps onto the bottom of the drill's handle, and your choice of one of two specialized chucks. The battery on the CDD 12 FX is unusual: It's L-shaped and mounts in front of the handle rather than at the drill's base.

If the battery is only unusual, the available chucks are unique. The standard keyless chuck detaches with a quick pull of a spring-loaded plastic ring. Removing the chuck reduces the drill's length by 2 in., exposing a finely machined stem that doubles as a standard hex-bit driver.

The exposed stem and hex driver accepts two additional snap-on keyless chucks: a right-angle and an eccentric (or off-center) driver attachment. The right-angle attachment allows drilling around corners or in tight areas. The eccentric chuck offsets the drill's driver, a cool feature when drilling right into a corner.

The CDD 12 FX is not inexpensive. The drill (including the standard 1/2-in. chuck and one of the extra chucks) costs $395. Add $70 for a third chuck.

Editor Test Results:

Overall Rating N/A
Runout N/A
Ergonomics/Balance N/A
Endurance on a Single Charge N/A
Torque N/A
Chuck/Transmission Quality N/A

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Festool
Manufacturer's Web Site www.festoolusa.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 888-337-8600
Weight 4 lb.
Dimensions 8-1/2 in. long
Chuck Type Keyless
Clutch Settings N/A
Chuck Capacity 1/2 in.
Speed N/A
Volts 12
Recharge Time N/A
Battery Type N/A
Accessories One of two specialized chucks included

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