Hitachi DV18DSFL 18V Li-Ion Hammer Drill

My Rating for the Hitachi DV18DSFL is 4 Stars

Hitachi DV18DSFL 18V Li-Ion Hammer DrillReview Summary: The Hitachi DV18DSFL 18V Li-Ion Hammer Drill is not the most powerful, but its a good little tool with a lifetime warranty.

Detailed Review of the Hitachi DV18DSFL 18 volt cordless hammer drill

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Blows per Minute (BPM) Grade: Below Average

The Hitachi DV18DSFL 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 are looking at grinding through concrete quicker then you may want to look at the DeWalt DCD970KL, which has 34,000 bpm. You can read my complete review of the DeWalt DCD970KL 18V Li-ion Hammer Drill.

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Power Grade: Below Average

The Hitachi DV18DSFL has a power rating of 400 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: Below Average

The Hitachi DV18DSFL has a top speed of 1500 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: Below Average

The battery run time is 1.5 amp hours. The average for 18 volt cordless hammer drills is 2.3 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. If you tend to work on longer jobs you may wish to look at the Makita BHP454, which has a battery run time of 3.0 amp hours. You can read my detailed review of the Makita BHP454 18V Li-Ion Hammer Drill.

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Battery type and quantity: Good

The Hitachi DV18DSFL 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 DV18DSFL 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: $100-200

Prices may have changed since this review was done. Always check the most recent and best price for the Hitachi DV18DSFL cordless hammer drill from multiple stores.

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Tool Weight: Very Light

The Hitachi DV18DSFL weighs 3.7 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.

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Hitachi DV18DSFL Cordless Hammer Drill Strengths

  1. Very light weight
  2. Fast charger
  3. Lifetime limited warranty
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Hitachi DV18DSFL Cordless Hammer Drill Weaknesses

  1. Below average power and speed
  2. Less than average run time

Some other features of the Hitachi DV18DSFL include:

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

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Reviewed by Jon Sevenson on 5/29/12.

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