Hitachi WH18DFL Review
Hitachi WH18DFL Strengths & Weaknesses:
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|Design|| ||Acceptable Design - While this driver has one or more design features that received a C rating, it can still be a good choice if that area is not critical to your particular needs.|
|Power|| ||Below Average Power - Delivers up to 1150 in-lbs of torque, about 18% less than the class average. Power can sometimes be traded for weight or cost.|
|Speed|| ||Below Average Speed - Generates up to 2500 RPM, about 2% slower than the average impact driver. The Hitachi WH18DFL ranks in the bottom 45% of its class for speed.|
|Weight||√||Light-Weight - Weighs only 3.3 lbs, about 9% lighter than the average impact driver. Ranks in the top 15% of its class for being light-weight.|
|Battery|| ||Below Average Run-Time - Battery endurance is adequate for many work applications, but is 32% less than the class average. Uses Li-ion batteries with a charge rating of 1.5 Ah.|
|Impact|| ||Below Average Impact Rate - Generates 3000 IPM of maximum impact blows, about 4% less than the average impact driver.|
|User Reviews||√||Highly Satisfied Users - Rated 4.4 of 5 stars by 8 users. Most owners are very satisfied with the performance and value of this impact driver and would recommend it to others.|
|Power Ratio|| ||Below Average Power Ratio - Power-to-Weight ratio is 9% below average and ranks in the bottom 20% of its class. P/W is a good indicator of driver efficiency.|
|Gearbox|| ||Nylon Gears - Transmission includes at least some nylon gears that may need replacing after years of extended use. A nylon gearbox helps reduce driver weight.|
|Motor Brushes|| ||No External Access - The motor brushes can only be accessed internally by taking the driver apart. While not a common problem, external access makes the replacement job much easier.|
|Warranty||√||Longer Warranty - Backed by Hitachi's limited 10-year warranty. This provides extra protection against potential design defects or premature part failure.|
|Charger||√||Quick Charge - The Hitachi WH18DFL includes a battery charger that will recharge a battery in only 30 minutes. Long charge times are a common complaint with some drivers.|
|Belt Hook||√||Belt Hook - Handy feature that allows you to temporarily hang the driver from your belt or a ladder while you're performing other tasks.|
|Work Light||√||Work Light - Contains an integrated LED work light that illuminates your work area and allows you to clearly see your driving position and progress.|
|Fuel Gauge|| ||No Fuel Gauge - Does not come equipped with a handy battery charge indicator that allows you to glance at your driver and check the battery life while you're working.|
Hitachi WH18DFL User Reviews Highlights
Hitachi WH18DFL Specifications & Features:
- Lightweight, works great, saved me from stripping a lot of screws.
- Light weight and powerful. Can't say enough good things about it.
- This is an excellent product for the price. I drilled about 400 pieces of 2x4 studs to create arch designs for stucco and it performed with ease.
- Nice impact driver. Good battery life. Has more torque than my Bosch 36v Litheon drill.
- So far I have been able to drive 4" lag screws into 6x6 pine as a test. It goes through like butter, if you're not careful you can drive the heads all the way through the timber.
|Size & Weight|| |
|Max Torque:||1150 in-lbs|
|Max Power:|| |
|Impact Rate:||0-3000 BPM|
|No-Load Speed:||0-2500 RPM|
|Motor, Gearbox, & Clutch|| |
|Speed Capability:||1-speed (2-steps)|
|External Motor Brush Access:||No|
|Battery & Charger|| |
|Charge Rating:||1.5 Ah|
|Charging Time:||30 min|
|Additional Features|| |
|Warranty:||10 Year Limited|
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