Hitachi DS18DVF3 Review

Hitachi DS18DVF3

Hitachi DS18DVF3 Hitachi
DS18DVF3

18V w Flashlight
Drill Driver
1/2" Chuck
Price Level: $
Torque

400

Max In-Lbs
Speed

1200

Max RPM
Weight

4.4

Lbs w Batt
Battery

1.4

Ah Capacity
Warranty

5

Year

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor



KEY STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES
POWER The DS18DVF3 is 15% less powerful than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of 18V-class drills for torque and power. It generates 68 in-lbs less maximum torque than the average 468 in-lbs drill in its class.  
SPEED This Hitachi cordless drill is 25% slower than average and ranks in the bottom 20% of 18V-class drills for maximum RPM. It can only run at top speeds that are 384 RPM less than the average 1584 RPM drill in its class.  
WEIGHT It is 7% lighter than average and ranks in the top 40% of 18V-class drills for lower weight. It weighs 0.3 lbs less than the average 4.7 lb cordless drill in this class and should decrease operator fatigue.
BATTERY This Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) battery ranks about average for capacity and run-time with an amp-hour (Ah) rating that is considered standard for 18V-class batteries. The average battery capacity for this class is rated at 2.2 amp-hours.  
WARRANTY Hitachi's 5-year 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 DS18DVF3 Cordless Drill


PERFORMANCE RATINGS
Power 400 in-lbs - The DS18DVF3 is 15% less powerful than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of 18V-class drills for torque and power. It generates 68 in-lbs less maximum torque than the average 468 in-lbs drill in its class.  
Speed
Settings
2 Settings 0-400 / 0-1,200 RPM - Fitted with both Low and High speed settings that come standard on most cordless drills. Speed selection is an important feature to match drilling or driving RPM to each unique job.
Max
Speed
1200 RPM - This Hitachi cordless drill is 25% slower than average and ranks in the bottom 20% of 18V-class drills for maximum RPM. It can only run at top speeds that are 384 RPM less than the average 1584 RPM drill in its class.  
Clutch 22 Settings - The Hitachi DS18DVF3 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
91 P/W - The Hitachi DS18DVF3 is designed with an average power-to-weight ratio that is standard for mid-range 18V-class cordless drills. The average P/W ratio is about 100 for cordless drills in this voltage class.  
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 DS18DVF3 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 5-Year - Hitachi's 5-year 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 Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) 324365 - The oldest and original cordless drill battery that is still found on many drills, but is significantly larger and heavier than the newer high-capacity Lithium-Ion batteries.  
Capacity 1.4 Ah - This Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) battery ranks about average for capacity and run-time with an amp-hour (Ah) rating that is considered standard for 18V-class batteries. The average battery capacity for this class is rated at 2.2 amp-hours.  
Charge
Time
35 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
No Battery Fuel Gauge - Not equipped with a battery charge indicator that alerts you to remaining battery life or if the batteries are running low. Sudden battery failure during the job is a common frustration.  
Backup 2 Batteries Included - It's important to have a second back-up battery for the Hitachi DS18DVF3 that's charged and ready to go. Makes it easy to swap-out batteries during the job with minimal down-time.


CONVENIENCE RATINGS
Weight 4.4 lbs Tool Plus Battery - It is 7% lighter than average and ranks in the top 40% of 18V-class drills for lower weight. It weighs 0.3 lbs less than the average 4.7 lb cordless drill in this class and should decrease operator fatigue.
Length 7.75 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
No LED Light - The Hitachi DS18DVF3 does not have an integrated LED light that Illuminates your work area. This feature is extremely useful, but is obviously not essential if you have secondary lighting available.  
Belt
Hook
Integrated Belt Hook - Includes a belt hook or clip that allows you to temporarily hang the drill from your belt or a ladder while you're performing other job tasks. Helps prevent dropped and damaged drills.
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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