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Hitachi 18V Compact Drill/Driver

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
4.4
out of 5
Brand:
Hitachi
Model:
DS18DSAL
Price:
$200

Description

• Covered by Hitachi's Lifetime Lithium Ion Tool Warranty & 2-Year Lithium Ion battery warranty
• 1.5Ah Lithium Ion slide batteries improve ergonomics and balance while extending run time, delivering fade free power and weigh 40% less than standard NiCd or NiMH batteries
• Variable speed trigger and 2-speed motor for maximum control and precision
• LED job light illuminates the work surface and is ideal in dark work spaces
• Battery charger circuitry prevents overheating and power loss
• Includes Hitachi's Compact Pro Flashlight with 5-locking position
• Battery Type: Lithium Ion Slide
• Battery Ah: 1.5
• Voltage: 18
• Chuck Size: 1/2" Keyless
• Torque: 460 in/lbs
• No-Load Speed: 0-350/1,500 RPM
• Clutch Stages: 22+1
• LED Light
• Metal Belt Hook
• Length: 7.7"
• Weight: 3.3 lbs.
• Charge Time: 40 minutes

WOOD magazine review

Drill, flashlight and lifetime warranty

Review Summary

This drill provides a good value, especially when you consider the included flashlight that uses the same batteries, and its lifetime warranty on the drill (two years on the battery). The small-diameter grip fits well in even small hands and we found it the most comfortable of all the units. Although it lacks power for the biggest jobs, the clutch provides good control for seating fasteners precisely.

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

4

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

Reader Reviews

Great Drill/Driver Value (re-conditioned) or new

Review Summary

About a month prior to last Xmass, I found The re-conditioned Hitachi DS18DSAL Drill/Driver-Flashlight Kit, on sale for $85, that is almost a hundred bucks off the new price of $180. I was so impressed, I bought two of them. One for myself and one for my brother/inlaw, for Xmass. Before gift wrapping one, I put both through a test that covered everything I could think of, including the clutch settings.
To tell you the truth,I don't understand 22 clutch settings. I believe they could probaly get by with ten settings. Oh well, that is not a real inconvenents. All the other tests proved 100% to the good. This Drill/Driver has all the major features, without the bells and whisles that you don't really need. At $180, its cheaper than most other pro-duty drills. The deal I got is a no-brainer. Its small size and light weight are better than all other brands, too. I can recommend it to anybody, industrial or around the house.

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

4

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

Good Drill, Good Value

Review Summary

I've had this drill for about two years now. The drill has good balance and is lightweight, but has enough power to everyday job around the house (e.g., drilling holes for hanging shelves and pictures), but any drill should be able to handle that. The drill had been able to do everything I asked of it until I finished the basement which required boring 3/4" holes through floor joists to run wire; the drill really bogged down while trying to do this.
Previously, it had mainly been used for pre-drilling holes for assembly of outdoor furniture and the batteries never lasted very long. The "features" are standard on most cordless drills in that an LED lights up work end of drill automatically and there is a belt clip on the batteries The clutch settings are odd, but similar to other drills. They're numbered up to 22, but in actuality, it only has ten clutch settings. The clutch settings are numbered on the odd setting (i.e., 1, 3, 5,..., 19, 22) and the manual says not to set the clutch on the unnumbered settings. There are separate clutch settings for driving and drilling. All in all, this is a good all-purpose drill to have around the house, but I wouldn't plan to use it for any big projects.

Detailed Ratings

4.0
out of 5

Performance

3

Features

3

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

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