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General Use (typically 12 volts)
Hitachi DS18DSAL Cordless Drill

This model is no longer available or might have limited distribution.

DS18DSAL
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.
Description
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.

Ratings Scorecard

Test Results

Speed

Speed

How fast the drill can drill holes and drive screws

 /  5
Power

Power

Represents the amount of work produced by the drill from max RPM to stall. This is accomplished by increasing the applied torque on the dynamometer at a constant rate for a constant time period.

 /  5
Run time

Run time

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

 /  5
Charge time

Charge time

How long it takes to fully recharge a discharged battery. Most drill batteries can be recharged in 30 to 60 minutes with the worst taking 6 hours.

 /  5
Handling

Handling

Based on the drill's weight and balance, along with the effort needed to position the head.

 /  5
Noise at ear

Noise at ear

Denotes sound pressure, measured in decibels.

 /  5
Weight

Weight

Includes the drill and battery pack, to the nearest tenth of a pound.

 /  5
Volts

Volts

As specified for the battery pack the cordless drill uses.

 /  5

About

The Hitachi DS18DSAL is part of the Cordless Drills & Impact Drivers test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Cordless Drills models like the DS18DSAL are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Speed How fast the drill can drill holes and drive screws

Power Represents the amount of work produced by the drill from max RPM to stall. This is accomplished by increasing the applied torque on the dynamometer at a constant rate for a constant time period.

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

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