What's this? Based on speed, power, run and charge times, handling, and noise. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.
$49.99 - $376.81
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.
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
Battery type The type of batteries provided with the drill. All are rechargeable. The more common type is denoted NiCd, for its nickel-cadmium components. Nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries boast added energy for their weight. Lithium-ion (Li-Ion) batteries are the latest type and deliver even more power in a smaller size. Lithium-ion and NiMH batteries can be disposed of with regular refuse; NiCd must be recycled.
Battery recharge time (min.) How long it takes to completely recharge a battery after it has properly cooled down. Most of the fast chargers have a built-in temperature sensor that delays the charging cycle, when the battery is too hot from recent heavy use, to when the battery has cooled.
Battery recharge time (min.)
Speed ranges Many cordless drills have two separate speed ranges, or gear ratios; some newer models have three. The slower speed range peaks at about 400 revolutions per minute (rpm) and provides increased torque (twisting force) for driving large screws. A higher speed range that reaches about 1,500 rpm or more is well suited for rapid drilling. Lower-priced drills usually have a single speed range that tops out at approximately 600 to 800 rpm, compromising both driving and drilling performance.
Underestimated by the pros (because it is hitachi) rebuilding my 100 year old house, this tool has shined. My plumber loves drilling 3 holes though old fashioned rough cut 2x12s, on high speed with it.<br />The electrician, the job butcher, has systematically abused this drill with super long 1 bits. <br />This is absolutely the best cordless I have owned.<br /> The charger is a bit basic, and there is no way to know the charge. Also, the chuck needed a little bit of oil to free it up, after a week of abuse, but otherwise it works great.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Calgary AB
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
spend a little more and get a great tool
Easy To Use
I was helping my son-in-law who bought this tool and it was pretty bulky for deck screws from underneath. from past experience. I went and bought the little M12 Milwalkee set and then we did a head to head and the 12volt beat it. i had a Hatachi driver which was pretty good but I OWN a Milwalkee 18v set and it rocks
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Sparky 31
(9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)
Drill is a joke and so is the warranty
Not For A Proffesional
Short Battery Life
On The Store Shelf
I bought this drill back in December of 2012 thinking I was getting a great deal. In January the battery clips broke of the drill when I put the battery on after being charged. Than in February the batteries lifespan dramatically dropped by more than half. Now in March the speed adjuster dial spin when drilling holes. So I will go from drill mode to speed 15 which in turn the drills clutch will just slip. In comaparison the Hitachi gets out performed by my co-workers Milwaukee 12 volt drill. The Hitachi now can only drill about 4 one inch holes with a hole saw before the battery dies or the drill over heats. I have tried contacting Hitachi's customer service to only be ignored. Hitachi has also told a co-worker of mine who has the same problems with their drill that he caused the problems and Hitachi is not responsible. This lifetime warranty they are throwing around is a lie. They say the battery clip problem is caused by the owner when their are reviews on other sites which point out the same problem. On top of that you will be charged for shipping the drill to them and back to you which in some cases can be from 10 to 40 us dollars. I can not put into words how upset I am with this company. I will only buy Milwaukee, Makita, or Dewalt from now on.