The 18 volt cordless drill is the powerful workhorse in the cordless drill category. This tool can do the big jobs like making big holes deep into hard wood. It makes big jobs like installing decks faster and easier. The extra voltage in the cordless drill allows the motor to deliver more speed and torque. The 18 volt cordless drills are the right tool for the big do-it-yourself job. But what is the best 18 volt cordless drill?
Most Important Features
I recently reviewed several 18 volt cordless drills. The most important features of an 18 volt cordless drill is the torque and speed. Of course you want the best drill with the most features for the least amount of money. 18 volt cordless drills are also heavier because of the extra battery power and so weight could be a factor in deciding which tool to buy.
My Favorite 18 Volt Cordless Drill
My favorite 18 volt cordless drill is the Bosch DDS180-02. You can read my complete review of the Bosch DDS180-02 18 Volt Li-Ion Cordless Drill here. This is a very well made powerful cordless drill from Bosch. Just picking up the drill and you can feel the power and the quality which is evident in most Bosch power tools. It has 600 inch pounds of torque which is well above the 450 inch pounds average for 18 volt drills. It also has a very high speed of 1700 rpm which is much higher than the average of 1525 rpm. It is lighter than average and comes with a fast charger and lithium ion batteries. It is in the upper price range, usually between $200 and $300.
My next favorite 18 volt cordless drill is the Hitachi DS18DSAL. The Hitachi DS18DSAL 18 volt Cordless Drill is another well-built drill from this manufacturer. I really love their 14 volt cordless drill, the Hitachi DS14DL. Besides being well-made the Hitachi DS18DSAL 18V Cordless Drill has 460 inch pounds of torque and a top speed of 1500 RPMs. This drill is also very light and compact for how much power it offers. You can read my complete review of the Hitachi DS18DSAL 18 volt Cordless Drill here.
Another good choice in this category is the DeWalt DC720KA. I do not like the older NiCad batteries however they offer a much longer run time than most lithium ion batteries in the 18 volt class. This drill is a powerful workhorse however it is hard to compare the DeWalt cordless drill with other cordless drills because of the way it rates its power. Most other cordless drills rate their power in torque which is a measurement of inch pounds. DeWalt has changed to rating their drills in unit Watts out. I do not know why they did this because you cannot compare the drills. It is like comparing apples and oranges. I do know however, that this is a powerful drill from my own experience. Because the batteries are not lithium-ion you can usually find this drill for less money than my other two favorite drills. You can find more about the price in my complete review of the DeWalt DC720KA 18 Volt Cordless Drill here.
These are my favorite 18 volt cordless drills. They have the power, speed and quality that I want in such a tool. So if you have a big do-it-yourself project and you want the best and most powerful drill for the job, you won't go wrong with any of the three drills above.