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.
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Summary:This 12-volt Hitachi in the light use drill/drivers category has a 3/8-inch chuck and offers two speed ranges with 22 clutch settings. It is sold with 2 Li-ion batteries. It has a 5 year 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 DS10DFL
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.
Just brought this home and it was already charged and ready to go. I immediately pulled out a 3 deck screw that my 15 y.o. 18v Chicago couldn't get. The feel was amazing, the speed fast and I zipped it right back in with no problem. The light is great and to have a nice case, 2 batts and charger for this price point I have no regrets. If you want more power and weight get an 18v, but for a lightweight 12v Li that my 5 ft wife can use easily you can't go wrong. I tried the Milwaukee and the Rigid as well as the Makita with the batt in the handle and only the Makita felt as comfortable as the Hitachi. I may update after I put this unit through it's paces but for now very satisfied.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Southport, NC
A good tool
Easy To Use
In The Field
In The Workshop
A fine, light weight, reasonably priced drill (about [$] at [...].Use it around the house and yard and for extended periods with sanding wheels when doing wood turning. Have owned and still use a 30+ year old 9.2 Makita and would have bought another but the price is high and the new one was not comfortable in my hand. One comment about the [...] store in Southport NC. They bolt most of their display models down.I asked the manager why and he told me to avoid theft.Two c omments from me: I would not buy a hand tool without feeling the weight and comfort,some stores put their display tools on a wire so you can handle them.Fortunately for me a salesperson agreed with me and cut open a box and let me feel the one I did buy.