Hitachi DB10DL Review

Hitachi DB10DL

Hitachi DB10DL Hitachi
DB10DL

10.8V Li-Ion Micro
Compact Drill Driver
1/4" Chuck
Price Level: $$
Torque

88

Max In-Lbs
Speed

400

Max RPM
Weight

1.8

Lbs w Batt
Battery

1.5

Ah Capacity
Warranty

Life

Year

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor



KEY STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES
POWER The DB10DL is 52% less powerful than average and ranks in the bottom 20% of Compact-class drills for torque and power. It generates 95 in-lbs less maximum torque than the average 183 in-lbs drill in its class.  
SPEED This Hitachi cordless drill is 64% slower than average and ranks in the bottom 20% of Compact-class drills for maximum RPM. It can only run at top speeds that are 685 RPM less than the average 1085 RPM drill in its class.  
WEIGHT It is 28% lighter than average and ranks in the top 20% of Compact-class drills for lower weight. It weighs 0.7 lbs less than the average 2.5 lb cordless drill in this class and should decrease operator fatigue.
BATTERY This Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) battery has a 20% higher than average run-time with an amp hour (Ah) rating that ranks in the top 20% of Compact-class drills. It has 0.3 Ah more capacity than the average 1.25 Ah battery in this class.
WARRANTY Hitachi's lifetime limited tool warranty is significantly longer than most cordless drill manufacturers and ranks in the top 30% of cordless drills. Longer warranties can often indicate improved durability with fewer repairs.


Hitachi DB10DL Cordless Drill


PERFORMANCE RATINGS
Power 88 in-lbs - The DB10DL is 52% less powerful than average and ranks in the bottom 20% of Compact-class drills for torque and power. It generates 95 in-lbs less maximum torque than the average 183 in-lbs drill in its class.  
Speed
Settings
1 Setting 0-400 RPM - Does not include the standard low and high speed range settings that are available on most drills. Having just one setting will limit your ability to match the appropriate speed setting to a wide variety of tasks.  
Max
Speed
400 RPM - This Hitachi cordless drill is 64% slower than average and ranks in the bottom 20% of Compact-class drills for maximum RPM. It can only run at top speeds that are 685 RPM less than the average 1085 RPM drill in its class.  
Clutch 21 Settings - The Hitachi DB10DL has an above average number of clutch settings that provide a wide range of protection for almost any job. The clutch acts like a brake and helps prevent stripping screws.
Power
Ratio
49 P/W - The Hitachi DB10DL power-to-weight ratio is 42% lower than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of Compact-class drills. The P/W ratio is 35 lower than the 84 average ratio for this class drill.  
Hammer This cordless drill is not equipped with a hammer function that can deliver several thousand impacts per minute. Hammer drill drivers are usually a little heavier and costlier, but they are effective on tougher jobs such as drilling into concrete.  


DURABILITY RATINGS
Gear
Case
Non-Metal Parts - Some of the Hitachi DB10DL transmission components are made of non-metal materials that are more susceptible to failure. Gears spin at high RPMs and experience large rotational forces.  
Chuck Plastic Sleeve - Chuck sleeves made of tough plastic materials save on weight, but they are more prone to cracking than metal sleeves. It generally won't withstand repeated drops onto hard surfaces.  
Motor No Brush Access - The entire drill usually has to be taken apart in order to access the motor brushes. Motor brushes wear-out and must be replaced periodically, but repair costs can sometimes be prohibitive.  
Warranty Lifetime - Hitachi's lifetime limited tool warranty is significantly longer than most cordless drill manufacturers and ranks in the top 30% of cordless drills. Longer warranties can often indicate improved durability with fewer repairs.


BATTERY RATINGS
Type Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) 329370 HXP - Newer technology rechargeable battery that provides higher capacity and longer run-time with less weight, but are more expensive than the older NiCd and NiMH batteries.
Capacity 1.5 Ah - This Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) battery has a 20% higher than average run-time with an amp hour (Ah) rating that ranks in the top 20% of Compact-class drills. It has 0.3 Ah more capacity than the average 1.25 Ah battery in this class.
Charge
Time
40 min Hitachi Charger - Battery charge-time is quicker than average. Nice feature for those times when you don't have a charged replacement battery ready to go and you're in the middle of a job.
Fuel
Gauge
Battery Fuel Gauge - Equipped with an on-board battery charge indicator that keeps you aware of the remaining battery life. Great feature that prevents frustration - no more dead battery surprises.
Backup 2 Batteries Included - It's important to have a second back-up battery for the Hitachi DB10DL that's charged and ready to go. Makes it easy to swap-out batteries during the job with minimal down-time.


CONVENIENCE RATINGS
Weight 1.8 lbs Tool Plus Battery - It is 28% lighter than average and ranks in the top 20% of Compact-class drills for lower weight. It weighs 0.7 lbs less than the average 2.5 lb cordless drill in this class and should decrease operator fatigue.
Length 5-11/16 in - Cordless drill length is a personal preference, but shorter is generally better to help you in close quarters such as under a sink, or drilling in-between studs. Torque is harder to handle if the drill is too short though.  
Spindle
Lock
No Spindle Lock - The double-sleeve chuck requires two hands to unlock and change the bit. It is significantly more cumbersome than spindle-lock drills. Most cordless drills now have one-hand bit change.  
LED
Light
Integrated LED Light - The Hitachi DB10DL illuminates your work area and allows you to clearly see your bit position and depth while you're drilling or driving. Great feature that's now available on many cordless drills.
Belt
Hook
No Belt Hook - There is no provision to hang the drill on your belt and free-up both hands to perform other tasks. You may be able to purchase a separate belt clip that can be attached to the drill.  
Side
Handle
No Side Handle - Side handles are a great safety feature and should be considered if you plan to drive at higher torque levels. They can help prevent injury by providing increased stability and control.  
Bubble
Level
No Bubble Level - This feature is only available on a few drills and can be helpful in situations where precision holes are critical for alignment. Most projects can be performed with just visual sighting.  
Keyless Keyless Chuck - Nearly all cordless drills are now equipped with keyless chucks that can be tightened with both hands (double-sleeve) or just one hand (single-sleeve) without the use of a key.
VSR VSR - Most cordless drills are equipped with variable speed capability that can be controlled with simple trigger pressure. Reverse is usually performed with the push of a side-to-side button.


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