Master Mechanic Drill-Driver debuts

True Value has introduced the Master Mechanic 18V Drill-Driver, which company officials tout as a “great tool for aviation enthusiasts.”

Since the first cordless drill arrived, there have been numerous transformations. What’s evolved are drill-drivers that feature better ergonomics, compact size, lighter weight, more power and lower cost, say company officials, noting these characteristics “fit the new Master Mechanic 18V Drill-Driver to a T.”

This drill-driver features a two-speed gearbox (0-350; 0-1400 rpm), 24-position clutch to drill and drive screws in a variety of materials, and electric brake. It’s powered by the latest generation of 18V Mabuchi NiCd motors that deliver 40% more torque (350 in. lbs.) and a wider speed range (up to 1400 rpm) than previous NiCd models.

Another feature is the drill-driver’s durable all-metal, 3/8”, single-sleeve chuck. The drill’s auto-spindle lock enables one-handed tightening and loosening of bits for fast bit changes.

The drill is equipped with convenience features such as an LED work light, top-mounted horizontal/vertical levels, plus a soft-grip overmold handle and two, onboard screwdriver bits.

Two 1.5 Ah NiCd batteries are included in the kit, as well as a one-hour diagnostic charger that beeps when the charge cycle is completed. To prevent overcharging, the charger features an automatic shutoff. Also, the charger flashes if a fault has been detected. Master Mechanic provides a toll-free technical support service line (866-FIX-TOOL) for questions, diagnosis and replacement parts.

The Master Mechanic 18V Drill-Driver (#134453, $69.99) includes a nylon carrying tote for storage and transport. It’s available at True Value Hardware Stores nationwide and at




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