Hitachi DS10DFL 12 volt Cordless Drill

My Rating for the Hitachi DS10DFL is 4.5 StarsHitachi DS10DFL

Review Summary: The Hitachi DS10DFL 12 volt Cordless Drill has a lower than average speed and power, but it is well built and has long running batteries.


Detailed Review of the Hitachi DS10DFL 12 volt cordless drill

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Power Grade: Below Average

The Hitachi DS10DFL has a power rating of 195 in/lbs. The average power rating of 12 volt cordless drills is 230 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. If you are interested in a cordless drill with more power, check out the Milwaukee 2410-22. It has a maximum torque of 250 in/lbs. You can learn more by reading my complete review of the Milwaukee 2410-22 12 volt Cordless Drill.

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Speed: Below Average

The Hitachi DS10DFL has a top speed of 1300 rpm. Higher speeds help you drill holes quicker and cleaner. The average speed of 12 volt cordless drills is around 1400 rpm. If you are interested in a cordless drill with more speed for drilling clean holes, check out the Skil 2414-02. It has a top speed of 1500 rpm. You can learn more by reading my complete review of the Skil 2414-02 12 volt Cordless Drill.

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Battery Run Time: Very Good

The battery run time is 1.5 amp hours. The average for 12 volt cordless drills is 1.3 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: Average

The Hitachi DS10DFL 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.

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Charger: Very Good

The Hitachi DS10DFL comes with a 45 Minute 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: Under $100

Prices may have changed since this review was done. Always check the most recent and best price for the Hitachi DS10DFL cordless drill from multiple stores.

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Tool Weight: Average

The Hitachi DS10DFL weighs 2.4 lbs. The average 12V cordless drill weighs about 2.4 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 DS10DFL Cordless Drill Strengths

  1. Lithium Ion Batteries
  2. Responsive variable speed trigger
  3. Lightweight
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Hitachi DS10DFL Cordless Drill Weaknesses

  1. LED light is partially blocked by chuck
  2. Slightly lower maximum speed

Some other features of the Hitachi DS10DFL include:

  • Belt Clip
  • Double-Ended Bit
  • LED work light

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Reviewed by Jon Sevenson on 12/6/11.

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