Hitachi DV18DL 18V Li-Ion Hammer Drill

My Rating for the Hitachi DV18DL is 4.75 Stars

Hitachi DV18DL 18V Li-Ion Hammer DrillReview Summary: Other than a low percussion rate per minute, the Hitachi DV18DL 18V Li-Ion Hammer Drill is great in every area including warranty.


Detailed Review of the Hitachi DV18DL 18 volt cordless hammer drill

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Blows per Minute (BPM) Grade: Below Average

The Hitachi DV18DL has a top BPM of 21,000 bpm. The average top BPM of 18 volt cordless hammer drills is 27,525 bpm. The higher the BPM of a cordless hammer drill the faster the hole will be created in materials such as concrete. If you need more percussions per minute you may wish to check out the DeWalt DCD775KL. It delivers 29,000 bpm. You can read the complete review of the DeWalt DCD775KL 18V Li-Ion Hammer Drill here.

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Power Grade: Excellent

The Hitachi DV18DL has a power rating of 540 in/lbs. The average power rating of 18 volt cordless hammer drills is 480 in/lbs. The power of a cordless hammer 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: Good

The Hitachi DV18DL has a top speed of 1800 rpm. Higher speeds help you drill holes quicker and cleaner. The average speed of 18 volt cordless hammer drills is around 1700 rpm.

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Battery Run Time: Excellent

The battery run time is 3.0 amp hours. The average for 18 volt cordless hammer drills is 3.0 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: Good

The Hitachi DV18DL comes with 2 Lithium Ion batteries. Most newer cordless hammer 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: Good

The Hitachi DV18DL 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: $200-300

Prices may have changed since this review was done. Always check the most recent and best price for the Hitachi DV18DL cordless hammer drill from multiple stores.

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Tool Weight: Average

The Hitachi DV18DL weighs 4.9 lbs. The average 18V cordless hammer 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. If you prefer a lighter tool, the Makita BHP452HW weighs only 3.6 lbs and you can read more about it on my detailed review of the Makita BHP452HW 18V Percussion Drill.

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Hitachi DV18DL Cordless Hammer Drill Strengths

  1. Excellent torque and good speed
  2. Excellent battery run time
  3. Ten year warranty
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Hitachi DV18DL Cordless Hammer Drill Weaknesses

  1. Below average blows per minute
  2. Higher price range

Some other features of the Hitachi DV18DL include:

  • 1/2-inch single-sleeve ratcheting chuck
  • LED work light
  • Ten-year limited warranty

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Reviewed by Jon Sevenson on 5/10/12.

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