Hitachi DV18DVC 18V Hammer Drill

My Rating for the Hitachi DV18DVC is 3 Stars

Review Summary: The Hitachi DV18DVC 18V Hammer Drill has older battery technology but does light work and has a 5 year warranty.

Hitachi DV18DVC 18V Hammer DrillDetailed Review of the Hitachi DV18DVC 18 volt cordless hammer drill

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Blows per Minute (BPM) Grade: Below Average

The Hitachi DV18DVC 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 hammering for thicker concrete drilling you may need the DeWalt DC725KA. It has 29,000 BPM. You can read my review of the DeWalt DC725KA 18V Hammer Drill here.

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Power Grade: Below Average

The Hitachi DV18DVC has a power rating of 380 in/lbs. The average power rating of 18 volt cordless hammer drills is 480 in/lbs. If you are looking for more power look at my review of the Makita BHP452HW. It has 450 in/lbs of torque.  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 DV18DVC 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 1.4 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.

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Battery type and quantity: Below Average

The Hitachi DV18DVC comes with 2 Ni-Cd 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 DV18DVC 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 DV18DVC cordless hammer drill from multiple stores.

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Tool Weight: Above Average

The Hitachi DV18DVC weighs 5.1 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 DV18DVC Cordless Hammer Drill Strengths

  1. Fast charger
  2. 22 stage slip clutch
  3. Five-year limited warranty
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Hitachi DV18DVC Cordless Hammer Drill Weaknesses

  1. No LED work light
  2. Older battery technology

Some other features of the Hitachi DV18DVC include:

  • 1/2-inch single-sleeve ratcheting chuck
  • Tool Case
  • Five-year limited warranty

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Reviewed by Jon Sevenson on 5/24/12.

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