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Black+Decker still innovating after 100 years - join the legacy and enter the ultimate Black+Decker DIY Guru search now

One-Hundred and six years after its inception Black+Decker are still innovating and creating world firsts, over the years they patented the first portable electric drill, then the first cordless electric drill, the first electric hammer, the first electric hedge trimmer, the first Dustbuster, the first Workmate and even the first drill head to remove core samples from the Moon on the Apollo 15.


 

Join the legacy of innovation

Enter the second Black+Decker DIY Guru Search, in collaboration with Grand Designs Live now and base your project around the “Responsible Living” theme of the show. The DIY aficionado who submits the most innovative and inspiring DIY project, made using Black+Decker, Stanley or DEWALT tools will win an amazing hamper worth R12, 000. In addition, this DIY master will be given the opportunity to present their project at Grand Designs Live at The Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg between 20 and 22 May 2016. There will be a fortnightly Black+Decker prize for the best entry and these semi-finalists will qualify for the grand prize. The final closing date for DIY project submissions is Friday 13 May 2016.

How to enter:

1) Use power tools to enhance your home, upcycle an object, or create something unique that reflects the Responsible Living theme. Take pics along the way!

2) Post your pictures to our Facebook page, using the hashtag #BlackDeckerDIY

3) Email your pictures to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

4) If this is simply all too complicated and time consuming, but you would still very much like to stand a chance to win a Black+Decker hamper worth R4000, simply post a selfie with a family heirloom Black+Decker, Stanley, or DEWALT tool and a caption explaining its heritage on our Facebook page, using the hashtag #BlackDeckerHeritage. Winners for the #BlackDeckerHeritage selfie competition to be announced on the 13th May 2016

5) For more information, go to www.granddesignslive.co.za

 

Black+Decker from 1980 to 2016

In 1984, Black+Decker acquired General Electric’s small household appliance business. In 1984 Black+Decker became the official supplier of power tools for the refurbishment of the Statue of Liberty. In 1985 the patented Piranha carbide tooth circular saw blade revolutionised performance in the power tool accessories segment. In 1988 the Univolt Universal Voltage Charging System was launched as the world’s first global battery charger, able to charge a wide variety of different voltage battery packs.

In 1992 the DEWALT brand diversified and became the platform for a full range of high-performance industrial tools, immediately becoming successful in the professional marketplace. In the same year the original pistol grip and trigger switch portable electric drill assembled in 1916 was presented to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC to display. In 1994 Black+Decker launched their VersaPak cordless power tool range and the phenomenally successful SnakeLight flexible flashlight. Also in 1994 DEWALT launched a revolutionary system of more than 30 new cordless tools including the 5 3/8” cordless saw and the 14.4-volt cordless drill/driver, the most powerful cordless tool at that time. In 1998 the tool that changed DIY sanding forever, the ergonomic Black+Decker Mouse Sander, inspired by the design of a computer mouse was patented.

In 2009 Black+Decker launched their Smart Select Tool range which was intelligently automated, the range included the all-in-one Ready Wrench and the versatile FlexVac.In 2012 Black+Decker brought the GyroDriver to market, the first every motion sensing screwdriver able to quickly drive screws in tight areas. More recently Black+Decker patented the Multievo multi-tool system. The Black+Decker Multievo MT218 Multievo will be launched in South Africa at Grand Designs Live and is the ideal multi-tool offering you patented ability to convert into different tools when combined with different accessories. It features a tool free head change mechanism and can be converted from a drill driver into a jigsaw, sander, impact driver, hammer drill, oscillating tool, trim/reciprocating saw, router, scissor, hedge trimmer or inflator. It allows one to complete the majority of home DIY needs with one power tool by simply changing the attachment.

 

As the headline sponsor of Grand Designs Live, Black+Decker will keep visitors entertained at the show with a celebrity line-up and expert advice in quality presentations at the DIY Theatre. Interactive workshops will be on offer to those who want to immerse themselves in DIY experiences. There is also fun to be had with the home appliance range and in the Black+Decker Kitchen Theatre space. Other ranges, including Stanley and DEWALT which are part of the Stanley Black&Decker offering, will also be on display and expert consultants will be available.

There will be some show-stopper offers available on select Black+Decker products at Grand Designs Live as well as massive discounts on certain new tools if you bring in your old Black+Decker tool to qualify for an exclusive tool exchange show offer (terms and conditions apply).

For more information visit: www.granddesignslive.co.za  and www.blackanddecker.co.za

 


Join the BLACK+DECKER innovation legacy - enter the ultimate Black+Decker DIY Guru search now

Black+Decker was launched in 1910 and soon patented an invention for the first every portable electric drill, later they patented the first electric hammer. They continued producing innovative user driven products through WWII, right into the space age and are still innovating today.

  

Become part of the heritage of innovation

Enter the second Black+Decker DIY Guru Search, in collaboration with Grand Designs Live now and base your project around the “Responsible Living” theme of the show. The DIY aficionado who submits the most innovative and inspiring DIY project, made using Black+Decker, Stanley or DEWALT tools will win an amazing hamper worth R12, 000. In addition, this DIY master will be given the opportunity to present their project at Grand Designs Live at The Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg between 20 and 22 May 2016. There will be a fortnightly Black+Decker prize for the best entry and these semi-finalists will qualify for the grand prize. The final closing date for DIY project submissions is Friday 13 May 2016.

How to enter:

1) Use power tools to enhance your home, upcycle an object, or create something unique that reflects the Responsible Living theme. Take pics along the way!

2) Post your pictures to our Facebook page, using the hashtag #BlackDeckerDIY

3) Email your pictures to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

4) If this is simply all too complicated and time consuming, but you would still very much like to stand a chance to win a Black+Decker hamper worth R4000, simply post a selfie with a family heirloom Black+Decker, Stanley, or DEWALT tool and a caption explaining its heritage on our Facebook page, using the hashtag #BlackDeckerHeritage. Winners for the #BlackDeckerHeritage selfie competition to be announced on the 13th May 2016

5) For more information, go to www.granddesignslive.co.za

 

Black+Decker from 1940 to 1980

In 1941 when America joined the War Black+Decker redirected manufacturing capabilities to the war effort for the Allies winning a number of awards for excellence in wartime production, and still producing consumer power tools with in legislated limits. A trend emerged where production lines workers on aircrafts and tanks were taking home the Black+Decker portable drills for their home DIY projects. 

  

Black+Decker hooked on to this trend and in 1946 introduced the first portable electric drill for consumers, a true market breakthrough.  Soon after they launched a line of affordable and lightweight Home Utility drills and accessories, having manufactured 1 million ¼ inch Home Utility drills by 1951, thus starting the DIY revolution. In 1949 Hollywood actor Alan Ladd became their first celebrity spokesperson. The DIY revolution gained popularity throughout the 1950’s which saw the introduction of Black+Decker hand-held finishing sanders and jigsaws. In 1957 Black+Decker entered the garden and lawn market with the first consumer electric edge and hedge trimmers.

  

In 1960 the company acquired DEWALT which was known for its radial arm saws and other stationary equipment. The main focus of Black+Decker in the 1960’s was, however, into what would be the next major breakthrough in power tools, cordless technology. In 1961 Black+Decker introduced the first ever cordless electric rechargeable drill charged by nickel-cadmium cells and later in 1962 the first cordless electric rechargeable hedge trimmer. In 1963 Black+Decker developed a cordless minimum-torque reaction space tool for NASA astronauts to use under weightless flight conditions on Project Gemini. In 1965 the company participated in New York’s World Fair with a House of Good Taste exhibit where three model homes were fitted with Black+Decker tool shops. By the end of the 1960’s Black+Decker had expanded its global presence into South Africa, the UK, Australia, Belgium, Brazil and Belgium.

  

In 1970 the Black+Decker Museum of Progress which chronicles the development of portable power tools was opened and is still open today. In 1971 The Apollo Lunar Surface Drill, with a power head built by Black+Decker successfully removed core samples from the moon during NASA’s Apollo 15 mission, it later saw duty on Apollo 16 and 17 missions too. In 1973 the legendary Black+Decker portable Workmate workbench and vise was introduced and won an award of excellence in the UK. In 1979 the first ever Black+Decker hand held vacuum, the Dustbuster was launched marking the first of its household cleaning products.

As the headline sponsor of Grand Designs Live, Black+Decker will keep visitors entertained at the show with a celebrity line-up and expert advice in quality presentations at the DIY Theatre. Interactive workshops will be on offer to those who want to immerse themselves in DIY experiences. There is also fun to be had with the home appliance range and in the Black+Decker Kitchen Theatre space. Other ranges, including Stanley and DEWALT which are part of the Stanley Black&Decker offering, will also be on display and expert consultants will be available.

There will be some show-stopper offers available on select Black+Decker products at Grand Designs Live as well as massive discounts on certain new tools if you bring in your old Black+Decker tool to qualify for an exclusive tool exchange show offer (terms and conditions apply).

For more information visit: www.granddesignslive.co.za  and www.blackanddecker.co.za



In search of South Africa’s ultimate Black+Decker DIY Guru once again
Black+Decker has a heritage of 106 years and the innovation began at the initiation of the small company and continues to this day as it has grown to become a global giant, yet is still a much loved household name.

 

Become part of the heritage of innovation

Enter the second Black+Decker DIY Guru Search, in collaboration with Grand Designs Live now and base your project around the “Responsible Living” theme of the show. The DIY aficionado who submits the most innovative and inspiring DIY project, made using Black+Decker, Stanley or DEWALT tools will win an amazing hamper worth R12, 000. In addition, this DIY master will be given the opportunity to present their project at Grand Designs Live at The Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg between 20 and 22 May 2016. There will be a fortnightly Black+Decker prize for the best entry and these semi-finalists will qualify for the grand prize. The final closing date for DIY project submissions is Friday 13 May 2016.

How to enter:

1) Use power tools to enhance your home, upcycle an object, or create something unique that reflects the Responsible Living theme. Take pics along the way!

2) Post your pictures to our Facebook page, using the hashtag #BlackDeckerDIY

3) Email your pictures to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

4) If this is simply all too complicated and time consuming, but you would still very much like to stand a chance to win a Black+Decker hamper worth R4000, simply post a selfie with a family heirloom Black+Decker, Stanley, or DEWALT tool and a caption explaining its heritage on our Facebook page, using the hashtag #BlackDeckerHeritage. Winners for the #BlackDeckerHeritage selfie competition to be announced on the 13th May 2016

5) For more information, go to www.granddesignslive.co.za

Black+Decker from 1910 to 1940

Black+Decker was launched by two passionate young entrepreneurs who had a dream in 1910, S. Duncan Black and Alonzo G. Decker invested $1200 to open a small machine shop ‘The Black+Decker Manufacturing Co.’ in Maryland, Baltimore USA. They made machines for inventors amongst other customers and some of their earliest products included machines for making milk bottle caps and for candy dipping. Their dream and vision was to design and make their own products for the industrial machine market. 

They set their sights on making a power drill that was lighter and easier to use, at the time they had a another contract  making parts for Colt automatic and came up with the idea of using a pistol grip and a trigger switch, this revolutionised the power tool industry. By 1917 they had patented the first portable electric drill and had moved their shop to a 1200 square foot manufacturing plant in Towson, north of Baltimore in Maryland. In the same year they invented the Lectroflator, a portable electric air compressor, to inflate tyres at a time when tires were very heavy, had frequent blowouts and petrol stations did not provide free air.

 

The company grew rapidly and by 1920 its annual sales exceeded $1 million and they opened a new 20 000 square foot plant. In the 1920’s they launched the BB Special Drill, the first power drill suitable for consumer use, and embarked upon a mass marketing drive converting school busses into rolling classrooms, to demonstrate what their tools could do. They also expanded into other countries including Canada, England, Russia, Australia and Japan and were listed on the Baltimore Stock Exchange.  In 1928 Black+Decker acquired its first aeroplane and flying showroom, this six-seater Travel Air Monoplane was customised and used to demonstrate the latest power tools used to recondition aircraft engines. In 1929 Black+Decker took their first step into the household appliance market with their Cinderella washing machine.

They weathered the Great Depression of the 1930’s with respect and discipline, when faced with the reality of having to lay off a great many employees, Alonzo G. Decker Jr. who had only recently been employed full-time was told that in order to honour the other employees he would have to be the first to be struck off the payroll (he later re-joined Black+Decker and went on to become the CEO, President and Chairman of the Board). In 1936 Black+Decker listed on the New York Stock exchange.

As the headline sponsor of Grand Designs Live, Black+Decker will keep visitors entertained at the show with a celebrity line-up and expert advice in quality presentations at the DIY Theatre. Interactive workshops will be on offer to those who want to immerse themselves in DIY experiences. There is also fun to be had with the home appliance range and in the Black+Decker Kitchen Theatre space. Other ranges, including Stanley and DEWALT which are part of the Stanley Black&Decker offering, will also be on display and expert consultants will be available.

There will be some show-stopper offers available on select Black+Decker products at Grand Designs Live as well as massive discounts on certain new tools if you bring in your old Black+Decker tool to qualify for an exclusive tool exchange show offer (terms and conditions apply).

For more information visit: www.granddesignslive.co.za  and www.blackanddecker.co.za

 


 

In search of South Africa’s ultimate Black+Decker DIY Guru once again

Entries for the second Black+Decker DIY Guru Search, in collaboration with Grand Designs Live, are now open. As the headline sponsor of Grand Designs Live this year, Black+Decker encourages the uptake of DIY in line with the show’s theme of Responsible Living. Prospective DIY Gurus are encouraged to fashion their projects for this year’s competition around this theme.

Having a beautiful, functional and comfortable home improves one’s quality of life. In the current climate of increasing economic pressure ‘doing-it- yourself’ becomes a great way to make your house into a home and a solution for a productive and financially sound way to spend leisure time. This DIY trend is fast gaining traction both locally and globally.

The DIY aficionado who submits the most innovative and inspiring DIY project, made using Black+Decker, Stanley or DEWALT tools will win an amazing hamper worth R12,000. In addition, this DIY master will be given the opportunity to present their project at Grand Designs Live at The Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg between 20 and 22 May 2016. There will be a fortnightly Black+Decker prize for the best entry and these semi-finalists will qualify for the grand prize. The final closing date for DIY project submissions is Friday 13 May 2016.

How to enter:

1) Use power tools to enhance your home, upcycle an object, or create something unique that reflects the Responsible Living theme. Take pics along the way!

2) Post your pictures to our Facebook page, using the hashtag #BlackDeckerDIY

3) Email your pictures to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

4) If this is simply all too complicated and time consuming, but you would still very much like to stand a chance to win a Black+Decker hamper worth R4000 to get your DIY career kick started, simply post a selfie with a family heirloom Black+Decker, Stanley, or DEWALT tool and a caption explaining its heritage on our Facebook page, using the hashtag #BlackDeckerHeritage. Winners for the #BlackDeckerHeritage selfie competition to be announced on the 13th May 2016

5) For more information, go to www.granddesignslive.co.za

 

Grand Designs Live is a leading contemporary home, design and garden show, which now brings stylish yet accessible home renovation and design solutions to South African consumers each year. This exciting lifestyle show, which originated in the UK, is based on the hugely successful TV series on BBC Lifestyle, presented by design guru Kevin McCloud.

The Black+Decker brand was first launched in 1910 and is known throughout history for its innovative engineering and for introducing many world firsts into the market. Some heirloom Black+Decker tools will be exhibited at the show.

Black+Decker tools and household appliances contribute towards living in a responsible manner, saving money with DIY projects which are a creative way to spend leisure time or saving time cleaning up or preparing meals. Some of these household tools even provide innovative solutions to save water.

“Providing the inspiration for people to transform the place where they live into a ‘home’, Black+Decker creates powerfully simple, high quality products that enable owners to get the task done more quickly and efficiently, giving them the pride to enjoy their home, and more time to spend with their family. People coming to the show are in for some fantastic surprises, we intend to fully live up to Black+Decker’s reputation as an innovator and to create an interactive and experiential journey with the brand,” says Mayan Desai, Trade Marketing Manager of Stanley Black & Decker Southern Africa.

As the headline sponsor of Grand Designs Live Black+Decker will keep visitors entertained with a celebrity line-up and expert advice in quality presentations at the DIY Theatre. Interactive workshops will be on offer to those who want to immerse themselves in DIY experiences. There is also fun to be had with the home appliance range and in the Black+Decker Kitchen Theatre space. Other ranges, including Stanley and DEWALT which are part of the Stanley Black&Decker offering, will also be on display and expert consultants will be available.

There will be some show-stopper offers available on select Black+Decker products at Grand Designs Live as well as massive discounts on certain new tools if you bring in your old Black+Decker tool to qualify for an exclusive tool exchange show offer (terms and conditions apply).

“There will be a myriad of exciting areas, exhibits and experiences to participate in at the seventh Grand Designs Live in South Africa, offering a different experience to other home shows. Grand Designs Live has revolutionised South African consumer exhibitions, with the most loved, innovative and inspiring home, décor and garden show now attracting an expected 25,000 people and over 250 leading exhibitors,” says Sandra Barrow, Consumer Events Manager of Media10 South Africa.

For more information visit: www.granddesignslive.co.za and www.blackanddecker.co.za