Hitachi WH18DSAL 18v Impact Driver

My Rating for the Hitachi WH18DSAL is 4.5 Stars

Hitachi WH18DSALReview Summary: With a Lifetime Warranty, the Hitachi WH18DSAL Cordless Impact Driver will give you years of hard service.


Detailed Review of the Hitachi WH18DSAL 18 volt cordless impact driver

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Impacts per Minute (IPM) Grade: Good

The Hitachi WH18DSAL has a top IPM of 3200 IPM. The average top IPM of 18 volt cordless impact drivers is 3016 IPM. An impact driver delivers blows in a rotational way as opposed to a hammer drill which delivers blows into the work. The higher the IPM of a cordless impact driver the faster a screw or bolt will be installed or removed.

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Power Grade: Below Average

The Hitachi WH18DSAL has a power rating of 1280 in/lbs. The average power rating of a 18 volt cordless impact driver is 1369 in/lbs. The power of a cordless impact driver 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. If more power in a cordless impact driver is what you are looking for, you may be interested in the Milwaukee 2650-22 18v Impact Driver. It has a power rating of 1400 in/lbs.

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Speed: Good

The Hitachi WH18DSAL has a top speed of 2600 rpm. Higher speeds help you drill holes quicker and cleaner. The average speed of a 18 volt cordless impact driver is around 2518 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 impact drivers 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 are looking for a cordless impact driver that will run longer between charges, check out my review of the Makita BTD141 Cordless Impact Driver. The battery run time is rated at 3.0 amp hours.

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Battery type and quantity: Good

The Hitachi WH18DSAL comes with 2 Lithium Ion batteries. Most newer cordless impact drivers 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 WH18DSAL 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 WH18DSAL cordless impact driver from multiple stores.

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Tool Weight: Lighter

The Hitachi WH18DSAL weighs 3.3 lbs. The average 18V cordless impact driver weighs about 3.7 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 WH18DSAL Cordless Impact Driver Strengths

  1. High impact rate
  2. Lighter weight
  3. Fast
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Hitachi WH18DSAL Cordless Impact Driver Weaknesses

  1. Shorter battery run time
  2. Slightly less power

Some other features of the Hitachi WH18DSAL include:

  • LED work light
  • Carrying case
  • Lifetime limited warranty
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Reviewed by Jon Sevenson on 7/12/12.

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