Hitachi DS14DL 14 Volt Lithium Cordless drill

My Rating for the Hitachi DS14DL is 5 StarsHitachi DS14DL 14 volt cordless drill

Review Summary: The Hitachi DS14DL is a fast, powerful and light weight cordless drill.  It ranks at the top in just about every important cordless drill category.


Detailed Review of the Hitachi DS14DL 14 volt cordless drill

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Power Grade: Excellent

The Hitachi DS14DL has a power rating of 460 in/lbs. The average power rating of 14 volt cordless drills is 315 in/lbs. The power of a cordless drill is measured by torque (inch-pounds). Torque is the measurement of the twisting force the drill applies when started. Power in DeWalt cordless drills is measured in unit watts out(uwo) which measures torque at different drill speeds.

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Speed: Excellent

The Hitachi DS14DL has a top speed of 1750 rpm. Higher speeds help you drill holes quicker and cleaner. The average speed of 14 volt cordless drills is around 1385 rpm.

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Battery Run Time: Excellent

The battery run time is 3.0 amp hours. The average for 14 volt cordless drills is 2.0 amp hours. The ampere-hour rating (Ah) gives you an idea of how long your battery will last between charges. A 3Ah will last 3 times longer than a 1Ah battery.

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Battery type and quantity: Very Good

The Hitachi DS14DL comes with 2 Lithium Ion batteries. Most newer cordless drills have 2 Lithium batteries included. Lithium are lighter , can hold a charge longer, and are more environmentally friendly than older NiCd batteries. The DeWalt DCD920KX is a similar drill that I reviewed and has the older style NiCd batteries.

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Charger: Good

The Hitachi DS14DL comes with a 45 Minutes charger. The best chargers offer less than 1 hour charging and a maintenance mode that can extend the life of the battery.

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Price Range: $100-200

The Hitachi DS14DL is at the upper end of this price range. Prices may have changed since this review was done. To check the most recent and best price for the Hitachi DS14DL cordless drill from multiple stores.

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Tool Weight: Lighter

The Hitachi DS14DL weighs 4.4 lbs. The average 14V cordless drill weighs about 4.8 lbs. Tool weight comes into play when you use it for extended periods of time or you hold it in awkward positions.

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Hitachi DS14DL Cordless Drill Strengths

  1. Good power and speed
  2. Quick battery charging and long run time
  3. Light weight and compact size
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Hitachi DS14DL Cordless Drill Weaknesses

  1. Higher end of the price range
  2. None

Some other features of the Hitachi DS14DL include:

  • Side Handle
  • 1/2” ratcheting chuck
  • 5-position belt hook

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Reviewed by Jon Sevenson on 11/19/2011.

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