It certainly does not seem like multi-headed tool systems are going away anytime soon with several major consumer tool brands adopting them. The Black and Decker will be the first we know of that makes it available to multiple power sources of 12V, 20V and AC. Getting into these kits with the basic drill/driver is very cheap with $39 for AC, $49 for 12V and $69 for 18V kits. For customers looking to add functionality of a router, impact, sander, saw or multitool, at only $29-39 an attachment add-on, this system will be very attractive in the checkout line of the box store.
These multi-headed tool systems seem to be pretty functional for occasional DIY use. It will be interesting to see if one of the pro tool brands tries to come out with a more heavy duty multi-headed tool at some point. For more information on the Matrix tool system check out the full Black and Decker Press release below.
TOWSON, Md. – Today, Black & Decker® launches the new MATRIX™ Quick Connect System™ tool, an innovative modular tool system built around three different base power units and changeable attachments to drill, cut, sand, and more. The patented MATRIX modular tool system offers performance and value in a simple and practical way for power tool users to grow their toolbox at their own pace. With this system, users can access some of the industry’s most popular types of tools which were traditionally limited to professionals while offering savings up to 42% versus purchasing bare tools separately.
“We focused on offering a tool system that offers users both the value of large combination kits and the flexibility to choose the tools they need to get their projects done.” said Matt Nestorick, product manager for consumer power tools at Black & Decker. “We also spent a lot of time focused on tool performance to provide users with the tools they need to complete their DIY activities.”
The MATRIX modular tool system is offered in 12V MAX*, 20V MAX* and 4.0 Amp AC base power units each of which will be sold with the drill/driver attachment. This tool system was designed for performance and compactness. The cordless models also each offer a lightweight lithium-ion battery which holds a charge up to 18 months. In addition to the drill/driver attachment that comes with the base power unit, this system has 6 attachments available for purchase separately:
Impact Driver Attachment
• Up to 1,300 in-lbs of torque** for tough fastening applications
Oscillating Multi-Tool Attachment
• Up to 18,500 OPM (oscillations per minute)** for precision and performance when sanding, cutting, scraping, grinding, or paint removal
• Tool-free release that allows users to quickly change between accessories
• Up to 2,800 SPM (strokes per minute)** for fast straight cutting or detailed curve cutting in wood, metal and plastic
Detail Sander Attachment
• Compact tool for access into tight spaces
• Up to 9,000 RPM (revolutions per minute)**– ideal for use on decorative edging projects, small woodworking projects and more
Trim Saw Attachment
• Up to 3,400 RPM (revolutions per minute)** for use on plywood, paneling and fence boards
The new Black & Decker MATRIX™ 12V MAX* and 20V MAX* base units each with drill/driver attachment will be available in October 2012 for $49.99 and $69.99, respectively, and the 4.0 Amp AC base unit with drill/driver attachment will be available in January 2013 for $39.99. The retail cost for each of the six attachment heads will range from $29-$39. The MATRIX™ modular tool system will be available for purchase at The Home Depot, Lowe’s, Wal-mart, Amazon and blackanddecker.com.