We 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.
|Specs||18v Class Average|
|Style||Standard Cordless Drill|
|Max Torque||550 in-lbs||490 in-lbs|
|Max Speed||1600 RPM||1600 RPM|
|Chuck Type||Keyless, Ratcheting|
|Charge Rating||2.0Ah||1.8 Ah|
|Charge Time||30 min||45 min|
|Warranty||10 year tool, 2 year battery||2 years|