The word is out that the WORX Ai Drill is packing intelligence with its combination of features, the BitLock, SafeDrive, and PulseAssist.
The Ai Drill has three drive modes including drill, SafeDrive and PulseAssist, which are activated by touch sensitive keypads on the top of the drill.
BitLock is a key feature of the WORX Ai Drill. Load a drill or driver bit into the chuck, and its motorized jaws not only tightens but self-centers the bit, and it is done with 30 percent more torque than hand tightening. The motorized jaws also run in reverse to release the bit when it’s time to swap bits or for storage. To engage BitLock, turn and hold the collar ring until the jaws of the chuck have tightened or loosened the bit.
Most cordless drills have clutch settings. The user selects the setting based on the material in which they’re drilling holes or driving screws. The WORX Ai Drill has no clutch settings. It relies on internal electronics to drill holes, drive and remove screws, regardless of the work material.
When SafeDrive is selected, it delivers the right amount of torque necessary to drive the screw and then backs off once the screw head is flush with the surface.
With PulseAssist, the Ai Drill applies enough bit rotation to drive the screw snug to the surface without overtightening or stripping the screw head. This feature also works in reverse to back out stubborn screws without damaging the screw head.
The 3.1 pound (with battery) WORX Ai Drill is powered by a 20V MAX 1.5 Ah battery. The battery is compatible with other WORX 20V MAX batteries used in WORX DIY and lawn and garden tools. It’s also part of WORX 20V PowerShare program. The MAX battery recharges to full capacity in approximately 5 hours. The drill has a low battery capacity indicator. When the battery power runs low, the LED light flashes.
The single-speed (0-800, no-load) drill has a 3/8-inch chuck. It’s capable of handling a variety of drilling and driving jobs with 180-inches per pound of torque. An integrated LED light illuminates the work area and is activated by pressing the trigger. Its drilling capacity is 1-inch in wood and 3/8-inch in mild steel.
The Ai Drill includes one 20V MAX battery, 5 hour charger, and a double-ended bit. The drill is covered by the WORX 3 year warranty.
The WORX Ai Drill (WX178L) is available online.