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Hitachi DS18DSAL
 
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$69.99 - $270.99
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Summary: This 18-volt Hitachi in the general use drill/drivers category has a 1/2-inch chuck and offers two speed ranges with 22 clutch settings. It is sold with 2 Li-ion batteries. It has a lifetime warranty.
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Type: General use drill/drivers
About - Hitachi DS18DSAL

Speed: Speed of drilling and driving screws.

Power: Denotes the twisting force for tightening and loosening.

Run time: Reflects how much work the drill can perform per battery charge, as measured on a dynamometer.

Handling: Denotes the ease of handling and controling the drill during operation.

Noise: The dBa level at ear level, indicating whether or not ear protection should be used during prolonged operation.

About This Brand

Hitachi cordless drills are geared to the contractor market and are available in multiple sizes, weights, and voltages. Hitachi cordless drills are widely available online, in hardware stores, and at Lowe’s.

Features & Specs - Hitachi DS18DSAL
info Battery type Li-ion
info Battery recharge time (min.) 40
info Speed ranges 2
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User Reviews - Hitachi DS18DSAL
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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
 
2.0
I had to take it back!
1/28/2014
Pros
Good Grip
Powerful
Cons
Short Battery Life
Best Uses
Home Repair
Comment:
I was a little worried about buying this after reading the negative reviews, but it was the top rated drill! I bought it anyway and it came in a kit with 2 batteries, a charger, and a light. <br /><br />Right out of the box, one of the batteries was completely dead and unchargeable! I thought about exchanging it for another one. However, with all the negative comments on the batteries and stories of horrible customer service, I took it back and got the DeWalt DCD780C2WW 20v Lithium Ion kit instead.<br /><br />So far, everything is working great on the DeWalt! It's too bad that the Hitachi batteries don't allow the drill to live up to the top CR rating!
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
Dead Batteries
1/19/2014
Pros
Easy To Use
Good Grip
Good Safety Features
Powerful
Cons
Short Battery Life
Best Uses
Home Repair
Comment:
I was very pleased with this drill when first bought and was using regularly. It sat for a couple of months with limited use, one battery on the drill and one in the charger, and both are useless. I have owned a lot of drills and never had this problem. Will not waste the money on new batteries as I expect the same issues.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
Short battery life; Quickly overheats
12/20/2013
Pros
Good Grip
Light Weight And Sturdy
Light Weight Sturdy
Powerful
Cons
High Battery Rplcmnt Cost
Life Warranty Is Not True
Not Worth For Price Paid
Overheats In 10 Mins
Poor Customer Support
Short Battery Life
Best Uses
None
Comment:
I bought this drill based on its Lifetime warranty and the 2-yr warranty on the batteries. This drill feels solid and well made. It is powerful but it overheats quickly and one can not accomplish any tasks timely. Batteries are bad.... had better luck with cheap Black & Decker drills at less than $35. The 2-yr battery warranty is a joke as you will have to shell $30-$40 per battery on shipping expenses. I also read that if you go ahead and pay for the shipping of a replacement battery, the replacement is not new, but refurbished and its life expectancy is much worse. Customer Service are not to help you if issues are brought up and will blame the customer for any problems - they totally discounted my overheating complaint and did not offer a replacement.<br /><br />All in all, within 5 months I've paid dearly for this drill as after 10-15 hours of intermittent use I can no longer use it. It has truly been a waste of money!<br /><br />There is no doubt this drill is a quality product in regards to its comfortable/sturdy grip and very powerful output. But its short battery life and high battery replacement cost are such important factors to stay away. Also, because of Hitachi's Customer Service decisions and bad experience I will never buy anything from this company. <br /><br />If I were to do this again (buy a new drill), I would use it immediately after buying for a major project so that before the 30-day return policy expires I can determine whether it will be for keeps or return.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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