Half a world away and my first power tool was also a Black & Decker corded drill. 2-speed with a 1/2in chuck. I thought it was the dogs doo-dahs (BTW, that means "great") - until I dropped it on its' T-handle and it broke. Took 8 weeks to get it repaired.
Oddly none of my early power tools survived. It was the second generation when I was buying industrial quality stuff, mainly German-made, too, which all seemed to go on for 20 or 30 years (Elu power planer still in working order after 31 years, Bosch SDS+ in regular use for 20+ years, several 25 to 30 year old Elu routers, erc)
Last edited by Phil P; 12-02-2011 at 04:19 AM.