Hitachi Cordless Drills

 

Hitachi DS18DMR 18v Cordless DrillWe give the Hitachi DS18DMR 18v cordless drill an 7.6 overall rating. This is Hitachi’s NiCd version of an 18v tool. It is getting harder to find as the focus moves to Li-Ion batteries. The biggest positive for the DS18DMR is the performance. It puts out 550 in-lbs of torque and a max speed of 1600 RPM, both of which are above average for the 18v class. The biggest downside is its weight. At 5.5 lbs this thing can be a chore to use for long periods of time.

We recommend looking at the Hitachi DS18DL Li-Ion 18v cordless drill instead.

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Specs18v Class Average
Overall Rating7.6 
ManufacturerHitachi 
ModelDS18DMR 
StyleStandard Cordless Drill 
Voltage18 
Weight5.54.5 lbs
Max Torque550 in-lbs490 in-lbs
Max Speed1600 RPM1600 RPM
Variable Speed2-SPEED 
ReversableYes 
Chuck Size1/2″ 
Chuck TypeKeyless, Ratcheting 
Battery TypeNiCD 
Charge Rating2.0Ah1.8 Ah
Charge Time30 min45 min
Batteries Included2 
Work LightLED 
Extra HandleYes 
Fuel GuageNo 
Warranty10 year tool, 2 year battery2 years
PriceCheck Price$212.99
 

Hitachi DS18DVF3 18v Cordless DrillThe Hitachi DS18DVF3 18v cordless drill rates at a 7.5 overall rating. This NiCd model does not excel in any one area, but it is not really lacking in any either as is shown by the 4.1 out of 5 star rating on Amazon. It is reasonably lightweight and well balanced. Its power output is a little bit below average for the 18v class, but it is still reasonable for most any task. The kit also includes a flashlight which may come in handy. All this for a price of just over $100 makes it a very good value buy.

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Specs18v Class Average
Overall Rating7.5 
ManufacturerHitachi 
ModelDS18DVF3 
StyleCompact Cordless Drill 
Voltage18 
Weight4.4 lbs4.5 lbs
Max Torque400 in-lbs490 in-lbs
Max Speed1200 RPM1600 RPM
Variable Speed2-SPEED 
ReversableYes 
Chuck Size1/2″ 
Chuck TypeKeyless, Ratcheting 
Battery TypeNiCD 
Charge Rating1.4Ah1.8 Ah
Charge Time35 min45 min
Batteries Included2 
Work LightNo 
Extra HandleNo 
Fuel GuageNo 
Warranty5 years2 years
PriceCheck Price$212.99
 

Hitachi DS18DSAL 18v Cordless DrillThe Hitachi DS18DSAL 18v cordless drill is a solid compact li-ion model that we give an 8.8 overall rating. We rated this tool as our #1 best cordless drill for the money. Why do we feel this way? Well for starters it has plenty of power with 460 in-lbs of torque although it’s not quite up to par with the top models. It also is really lightweight at just 3.5 pounds. Add in a best-in-class warranty of 10 years for the tool and 2 years on the batteries. Then top that off with a flashlight as part of the kit and a price tag of around $140. That all adds up to a great value.

We highly recommend the DS18DSAL cordless drill for homeowners and DIYers. Professionals might want to look for a model with more power if job requires lots of heavy duty drilling and/or driving.

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Specs18v Class Average
Overall Rating8.8 
ManufacturerHitachi 
ModelDS18DSAL 
StyleCompact Cordless Drill 
Voltage18 
Weight3.5 lbs4.5 lbs
Max Torque460 in-lbs490 in-lbs
Max Speed1500 RPM1600 RPM
Variable Speed2-SPEED 
ReversableYes 
Chuck Size1/2″ 
Chuck TypeKeyless, Ratcheting 
Battery TypeLi-Ion 
Charge Rating1.5Ah1.8 Ah
Charge Time40 min45 min
Batteries Included2 
Work LightLED 
Extra HandleNo 
Fuel GuageNo 
Warranty10 years tool, 2 years battery2 years
PriceCheck Price$212.99
 

Hitachi DS18DL 18v Cordless DrillThe Hitachi DS18DL 18v cordless drill scores a 9.0 overall rating. That ranks it near the top of 18v high performance models you can buy. Users on Amazon also like this drill with a 4.4 out of 5 stars. The performance for this unit is superior to all but a few with 570 in-lbs of torque and a max speed of 1800 RPM. The Hitachi HXP Lithium Ion batteries are rated at 3.0 Ah for maximum length of use and recharge in 45 minutes. This brand also has a great warranty with 10 years of tool protection, although the batteries are only under warranty for 2 years.

All of these positives come at a price, however, as the DS18DL costs around $300. If you don’t mind the price tag, then we highly recommend this model.

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Specs18v Class Average
Overall Rating9.0 
ManufacturerHitachi 
ModelDS18DL 
StyleHigh Performance Cordless Drill 
Voltage18 
Weight4.6 lbs4.5 lbs
Max Torque570 in-lbs490 in-lbs
Max Speed1800 RPM1600 RPM
Variable Speed2-SPEED w/ 4 Ranges 
ReversableYes 
Chuck Size1/2″ 
Chuck TypeKeyless, Ratcheting 
Battery TypeLi-Ion 
Charge Rating3.0Ah1.8 Ah
Charge Time45 min45 min
Batteries Included2 
Work LightLED 
Extra HandleYes 
Fuel GuageNo 
Warranty10 year tool, 2 year battery2 years
PriceCheck Price$212.99

Hitachi DS18DL

Hitachi DS18DL

 

Hitachi DS14DVF3 14.4v Cordless DrillWe give the Hitachi DS14DVF3 14.4v cordless drill a 7.4 overall rating. The price is the most attractive thing about the DS14DVF3, which is why this model ranks as one of our best buys for under $100. Users rate this as a 3.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon. It features a NiCd battery system and comes with a flashlight as part of the kit.

The performance of this unit is below average. With 300 in-lbs of torque and 1200 RPM’s, it will do for odd jobs around the house, but it won’t be able to handle heavy duty drilling or driving tasks.

While this drill is not intended for professional use, we do recommend the DS14DVF3 for homeowners who need a cheap cordless drill.

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Specs14.4v Class Average
Overall Rating7.4
ManufacturerHitachi
ModelDS14DVF3
StyleCompact Cordless Drill
Voltage14.4
Weight4.0 lbs4.6 lbs
Max Torque300 in-lbs400 in-lbs
Max Speed1200 RPM1500 RPM
Variable Speed2-SPEED
ReversableYes
Chuck Size3/8″
Chuck TypeKeyless, Ratcheting
Battery TypeNiCD
Charge Rating1.4Ah2.2 Ah
Charge Time35 min60 min
Batteries Included2
Work LightNo
Extra HandleNo
Fuel GuageNo
Warranty5 years2 years
PriceCheck Price$194.10
 

Hitachi DS14DL 14.4v Cordless DrillWe give the Hitachi DS14DL 14.4v cordless drill an 8.9 overall rating. This is definitely one of the best 14.4v models you can buy. The Hitachi HXP li-ion batteries give you a full 3.0 Ah of use. It has above average torque and speed for its class. It also has a two-step speed switch which allows the user the ability to select from 4 different speed settings.

The price is a concern for the DS14DL at close to $200. Another thing to be mindful of is the chuck size of 3/8″. This is the only 14.4v drill that does not have a 1/2″ chuck size which limits the bits you can use.

We recommend this drill although there are comparable 18v cordless drills for less money.

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Specs14.4v Class Average
Overall Rating8.9
ManufacturerHitachi
ModelDS14DL
StyleStandard Cordless Drill
Voltage14.4
Weight4.4 lbs4.6 lbs
Max Torque460 in-lbs400 in-lbs
Max Speed1750 RPM1500 RPM
Variable Speed2-SPEED w/ 4 Ranges
ReversableYes
Chuck Size3/8″
Chuck TypeKeyless, Ratcheting
Battery TypeLi-Ion
Charge Rating3.0Ah2.2 Ah
Charge Time45 min60 min
Batteries Included2
Work LightLED
Extra HandleYes
Fuel GuageNo
WarrantyLifetime tool, 2 years battery2 years
PriceCheck Price$194.10

 

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