Lithium-ion System Enables DIYers to Drill, Cut, Sand and More with a Single Base Power Unit
TOWSON, Md. (August 15, 2012) – Today, Black & Decker® (NYSE: SWK) 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 most major retailers.
˧ – based on MSRP.
With respect to 12V MAX* -*Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 12 volts. Nominal voltage is 10.8.
With respect to 20V MAX* – *Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 20 volts. Nominal voltage is 18.
** Depending on power source; specifications provided are for the 20V MAX* power unit.
About Black & Decker
Since 1910, Black & Decker has been setting the standard for innovation and design of power tools, accessories, outdoor yard care equipment, home cleaning products, automotive and lighting products, hardware and other home improvement products. The inventor of the first portable electric drill with pistol grip and trigger switch, Black & Decker has evolved from a small machine shop in Baltimore, Maryland, to a global manufacturing and marketing powerhouse with a broad line of quality products used in and around the home and for commercial applications. When users need to get work done, they trust Black & Decker for the products that will do the job efficiently and reliably. For more information on Black & Decker’s extensive line of products, visit www.blackanddecker.com or follow Black & Decker on Facebook and Twitter.
Black & Decker® (NYSE: SWK) launches the new MATRIX™ tool system, an innovative modular tool system built around three different base power units and changeable attachments to drill, cut, sand, and more. The 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.