Hitachi DS18DSAL 18V Cordless Drill

My Rating for the Hitachi DS18DSAL is 4 StarsHitachi DS18DSAL 18 volt cordless drill

Review Summary: A good quality compact and light weight drill from Hitachi. It comes with a flashlight and belt hook too.

Detailed Review of the Hitachi DS18DSAL 18 volt cordless drill

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Power Grade: Above Average

The Hitachi DS18DSAL has a power rating of 460 in/lbs. The average power rating of 18 volt cordless drills is 450 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.

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Speed: Average

The Hitachi DS18DSAL has a top speed of 1500 rpm. Higher speeds help you drill holes quicker and cleaner. The average speed of 18 volt cordless drills is around 1525 rpm. If you are interested in a cordless drill with more speed for drilling clean holes, check out the DeWalt DC720KA. It has a top speed of 1700 rpm. You can learn more by reading my complete review of the DeWalt DC720KA 18 Volt Cordless Drill.

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Battery Run Time: Below Average

The battery run time is 1.5 amp hours. The average for 18 volt cordless drills is 1.6 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 DS18DSAL 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 DS18DSAL comes with a 40 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: $100-200

Prices may have changed since this review was done. Always check the most recent and best price for the Hitachi DS18DSAL cordless drill from multiple stores.

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Tool Weight: Very Light

The Hitachi DS18DSAL weighs 3.5 lbs. The average 18V cordless drill weighs about 4.0 lbs. Tool weight comes into play when you use it for extended periods of time or you hold it in awkward positions.


Hitachi DS18DSAL Cordless Drill Strengths

  1. Light weight and compact size
  2. Good power and speed for its weight
  3. Lithium-ion batteries
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Hitachi DS18DSAL Cordless Drill Weaknesses

  1. Tool case is oversized for extra flashlight
  2. No tool bit holder

Some other features of the Hitachi DS18DSAL include:

  • Flashlight included
  • Belt hook
  • 1/2” ratcheting chuck

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Reviewed by Jon Sevenson on 11/21/2011.

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