Hitachi DV18DBL Review

Hitachi DV18DBL

Hitachi DV18DBL Hitachi
DV18DBL

18V Li-Ion Brushless
Hammer Drill Driver
1/2" Chuck
Price Level: $$$
Torque

654

Max In-Lbs
Speed

1800

Max RPM
Weight

4.8

Lbs w Batt
Battery

3

Ah Capacity
Warranty

Life

Year

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor



KEY STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES
POWER The DV18DBL is 40% more powerful than average and ranks in the top 20% of 18V-class drills for torque and power. It generates 186 in-lbs more maximum torque than the average 468 in-lbs drill in its class.
SPEED This Hitachi cordless drill is 14% faster than average and ranks in the top 20% of 18V-class drills for maximum RPM. It can run at speeds that achieve 216 RPM more than the average 1584 RPM drill in its class.
WEIGHT It weighs about average and would be considered standard weight when compared to other 18V-class drills. The average cordless drill in this voltage class weighs about 4.7 lbs.  
BATTERY This Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) battery has a 37% higher than average run-time with an amp hour (Ah) rating that ranks in the top 20% of 18V-class drills. It has 0.8 Ah more capacity than the average 2.2 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 DV18DBL Cordless Drill


PERFORMANCE RATINGS
Power 654 in-lbs - The DV18DBL is 40% more powerful than average and ranks in the top 20% of 18V-class drills for torque and power. It generates 186 in-lbs more maximum torque than the average 468 in-lbs drill in its class.
Speed
Settings
8 Settings 0-400 / 0-1,800 RPM - Above average number of no-load speed settings that provides greater versatility in matching the correct speed range to the task. The standard for most drills is a 2-speed High and Low.
Max
Speed
1800 RPM - This Hitachi cordless drill is 14% faster than average and ranks in the top 20% of 18V-class drills for maximum RPM. It can run at speeds that achieve 216 RPM more than the average 1584 RPM drill in its class.
Clutch 22 Settings - The Hitachi DV18DBL 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
136 P/W - The Hitachi DV18DBL has an 36% higher than average power-to-weight ratio and ranks in the top 20% of efficiently designed 18V-class drills. The P/W ratio is 36 higher than the 100 average ratio for this class drill.
Hammer 0-6,000 / 0-21,000 IPM - Generates a hammer impact rate that's 23% lower than average and ranks in the bottom 20% of hammer drills for IPM. It delivers 6000 less impacts per minute (IPM) than the average 27000 IPM drill.  


DURABILITY RATINGS
Gear
Case
Non-Metal Parts - Some of the Hitachi DV18DBL 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 All-Metal - Drills are commonly dropped-off ladders onto concrete and the chuck often bears the brunt of the impact. An all-metal chuck with metal sleeve helps prevent damage and costly repairs.
Motor Brushless - Brushless motor technology provides more efficient running with lower friction and generally lasts longer than brushed motors. Never have to worry about replacing the brushes.
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) 330067 Slide - 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 3 Ah - This Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) battery has a 37% higher than average run-time with an amp hour (Ah) rating that ranks in the top 20% of 18V-class drills. It has 0.8 Ah more capacity than the average 2.2 Ah battery in this class.
Charge
Time
45 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 DV18DBL that's charged and ready to go. Makes it easy to swap-out batteries during the job with minimal down-time.


CONVENIENCE RATINGS
Weight 4.8 lbs Tool Plus Battery - It weighs about average and would be considered standard weight when compared to other 18V-class drills. The average cordless drill in this voltage class weighs about 4.7 lbs.  
Length 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
One-Hand Bit Change - This single-sleeve chuck has auto spindle lock. The drill bit can be changed with only one hand by simply spinning the chuck open to release the bit, and counter-spinning it to tighten.
LED
Light
Integrated LED Light - The Hitachi DV18DBL 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
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
Side Handle Included - Higher torque levels can cause injury if a bit suddenly binds or the drill slips. A side handle is essential to handle more powerful drills and provides additional 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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