January 09, 2017

Hitachi DS18DSAL 18V Cordless Drill Review

Hitachi DS18DSAL Review

You should consider getting the Hitachi DS18DSAL 18-Volt Lithium Ion Compact Pro Driver Drill, if you have a lot of driving and drilling to do. This drill is designed and best for the heavy-usage homeowner and the medium usage contractor. It’s got speed and power approaching a pro-level tool, and it’s small and light.

The included flashlight is handy if you’re working alone in low-light places. The fact that the user can replace the carbon brushes themselves is a bonus. Sure, it’s not like other big contractor brand, but for the price it’s a really great drill. It’s really tough and has a ton of great features, making it a great choice.

Let's take a closer look.

hitachi cordless drill 18v review

This drill has compact and lightweight design. It weighs just about 3.5 pounds, means that fatigue is kept well under control when being used. This drill uses a half-inch keyless chuck which allow you to securely fasten bits to the drill by hand. The drill has an on-board LED that help you illuminates the workspace.

This drill comes with two 18 Volt Lithium Ion batteries, which are well known across the industry for being lightweight, long-lived and powerful. You only have to wait 40 minutes for a full charge. Unfortunately, the drill does not include a battery gauge, or charge indicator, to show you how much charge is left on the battery.

Hitachi 18V Drill review

The Hitachi DS18DSAL 18-Volt 1/2-inch Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill/Driver combines speed with power, as it is capable of reaching 1,800 RPMs and can produce a maximum 460 inch-pounds of turning force. It offers 22 torque settings and 2 speeds. This allows you to find the best combination for different jobs and materials.

So here is our short review of Hitachi DS18DSAL 18-Volt Drill/Driver:

The Plus (+):
  • Compact and lightweight design
  • Two Strong Lithium-ion batteries
  • 22-drive clutch settings to provide you with superb torque control and excellent precision
  • LED work light
  • Battery charger circuitry, to prevent overheating and power loss through the mechanism of battery charger circuitry.
  • Dual speed settings to let you select the appropriate speed that gets individual tasks executed superbly
  • Covered by Hitachi’s 10-year Lithium-ion tool warranty as well as two-year Lithium-ion battery warranty
  • Includes Flashlight and carrying case

The Minus (-):
  • The battery doesn’t match all other Hitachi tools
  • The external flashlight is not LED
  • No battery meter/charge indicator

Overall, the Hitachi DS18DSAL is one of the best cordless drills we reviewed. It puts a ton of professional level features into a mid-priced drill that is within reach of non-professional wallets. The drill can reach up to 1,800 RPMs, which is impressive, and can punch 460 inch-pounds of turning force. Featuring pro-level features in a compact, lightweight and affordable design, this is a drill that won’t let you down.

Hitachi DS18DSAL 18V Drill/Driver Specifications
Item Weight
12.2 pounds
Product Dimensions
7.7 x 3 x 9 inches
18.30in. x 16.50in. x 4.50in.
Driver drill
Power Source
18 volts
Special Features
Included Components
Two 18V 1.5Ah Lithium Ion Slide Batteries, 18V Compact Pro Flashlight, Quick Charger, 2-Sided #2 Phillips Bit, Carrying Case
Warranty Description
This product is guaranteed by Hitachi’s industry-leading warranty to be free from defect in materials and workmanship for a period of five years from the original purchase date.
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