The Flex 24V Brushless Hammer Drill with Turbo is an exceptional addition to the world of cordless tools. Its innovative design and outstanding performance have set new standards in the industry, leaving even the biggest names in awe.
This top-tier hammer drill boasts several notable advantages, including:
- Unmatched speed on the PTR Drill test track
- Exceptional concrete drilling capabilities
- Impressive top speed of 2500 RPM and a torque of 1400 in-lbs
- Compact and ergonomic design
- Equipped with an anti-recoil sensor
- Competitive pricing at $249.99 for the kit
While the Flex 24V Brushless Hammer Drill has numerous strengths, it’s important to note a couple of minor drawbacks:
- Slightly heavier compared to other models in its class
- Not as deep as some leading brands (though it’s worth noting that it performs exceptionally well in its current capacity)
Flex has achieved remarkable performance with its brushless motors, offering a low speed of 700 RPM and an impressive high speed of 2500 RPM. Moreover, its 1/2-inch chuck coupled with 1400 inch-pounds of torque make it the best in the business.
To put its capabilities to the test, we ran the drill on the PTR Drill Test Track, subjecting it to a series of real-world tasks involving a 2×4 stud. The results were outstanding:
- 20 drywall screws
- 10 1/2-inch auger bit holes
- 10 3/4-inch spade drill holes
- 10 3/4-inch auger drill holes
- 1-inch hole saw
- 2 1/8-inch hole saw
Outperforming other leading brands, the Flex 24V Brushless Hammer Drill completed the entire test in just 1 minute and 56 seconds, making it the only drill or impact drill to achieve such impressive results in under 2 minutes.
Additionally, we wanted to see how the Flex handled a heavier workload. We put it to the test with a 2 9/16-inch self-feed drill, and it performed flawlessly. With roughing on a 2×4 stud, it excelled even without engaging the Turbo mode. However, when Turbo mode was activated, it completed the job even faster.
When it comes to concrete drilling, the Flex 24V Brushless Hammer Drill delivers extraordinary speed. With a 1/4-inch bit, it drills down 3 inches in just 3.99 seconds. Only Metabo’s 3000 RPM beast outperformed it in this particular test. In a separate trial using a 1/2-inch concrete drill bit, the Flex completed the task in 5.37 seconds, surpassing the performance of most cordless hammers on the market.
Size and Weight
Despite its outstanding performance, the Flex 24V Brushless Hammer Drill maintains a compact size, measuring only 7.1 inches from front to back. However, it must be noted that it isn’t the lightest drill in its class. The naked drill weighs 3.8 lbs, while the 2.5Ah battery adds an additional 1.3 lbs. For optimum performance, it is recommended to use the 5.0Ah battery, which brings the total weight to 5.9 lbs.
Despite its weight, the Flex 24V Brushless Hammer Drill doesn’t compromise on quality. It utilizes metal parts, providing a premium feel that stands out amongst its competitors who often rely on plastic components. The handle ergonomics are also exceptional, with a well-contoured shape and textured overmolding that offers a better grip even when hands are sweaty or oily.
Both the drill and impact drill versions of the Flex 24V Brushless Hammer Drill are equipped with a convenient side handle. This handle becomes particularly useful when working with larger bits.
To ensure user safety, a kickback protection sensor is built into the drill. If the drill encounters resistance and starts spinning uncontrollably, the motor will automatically shut off before any harm can be done.
The Turbo button, located on the foot of the drill, is another distinguishing feature. When engaged, it provides a boost of power and is indicated by a green light.
Availability and Pricing
The Flex 24V Brushless Hammer Drill can be found both at local Lowe’s stores and online. The kit includes a 2.5Ah battery, a 5.0Ah battery, and a 160W fast charger, retailing at $249.99. For those looking for the drill driver version, the kit is $20 less.
While there are no bare tool options currently available, a better-value combo is offered by pairing the aforementioned kit with a Quick Eject impact driver for $349.99.
The Bottom Line
The Flex 24V Brushless Hammer Drill has surpassed expectations and established itself as a formidable contender in the realm of cordless drills. Even in its first generation, it has set a performance benchmark that other brands now strive to match. A year after its initial launch, it continues to reign as the best performing drill in its class.
- Model: Flextronics FX1271T-2B
- No-load speed: 0 – 700 / 0 – 2500 RPM
- Maximum Torque: 1400 in-lbs
- Weight: 3.8 lbs (bare drill), 5.9 lbs (with 5.0Ah battery)
- Length: 7.1 inches
- Warranty: 5 years
- Price: $249.99 (includes 2.5Ah battery, 5.0Ah battery, and fast charger)