Hands on With the Hitachi DV18DSL 18V Combi Drill

We, understandably, focus a lot on Bosch, DeWalt and Makita power tools. We'll be honest; we sell lots of them.

Hitachi DV18DSL 18V Combi DrillSo it's refreshing to spend some time using other brands of power tools, as we've been doing recently with Metabo and now Hitachi.

And we haven't been disappointed, in fact, we've been downright impressed (as we should be!) at how well these brands have performed.

This time around we're going hands-on with Hitachi's 18v combi drill offering, the DV18 DSL 18v.

First impressions? It's green. It's compact. It's ergonomic. And it's deceptively powerful.

It's the little things you notice about this combi drill.

First off it looks like it might feel somewhat...lacking in substance when in the hand. But that couldn't be further from the truth.

In reality it weighs 1.8kg and it carries a sense of balance, thanks, I'm sure, to the its up-to-13mm metal chuck.

The grip, finished in a soft, rubbery, tactile cover, is slim, but in proportion to the relatively short 207mm head length. In other words, you're not going to get grip fatigue any time soon.

Hitachi DV18DSL 18V Combi DrillThe kit comes with 2 18v lithium-ion batteries that, as you'd expect, slide onto the base of the handle, allowing you to stand the combi drill upright on your workbench between drilling/driving sessions. The batteries are fed by Hitachi's UC18YRSL charger, which is going to fan-cool the batteries while they charge. This will, as we've seen with other power tools, help extend the life of the battery.

A little bit different from other combi drills is the Hitachi DV18DSL's job light. These days your drill/driver/combi drill isn't up to scratch if it isn't shedding its LED light onto your job piece.

Hitachi DV18DSL 18V Combi DrillHowever the LED job light on the DV18 DSL doesn't come on automatically when you press the variable speed trigger. Instead you need to manually push a button down on the battery pack to activate it.

While this may seem like Hitachi have missed a trick, in reality it means that the LED light is only going to be drawing battery power when you want it to.

We think this is a great idea.

You'll also be able to monitor battery life via a little light on the battery pack.

In other areas, the DV18DSL gives you what you'd expect from a high-end 18v cordless combi drill:

  • 45Nm max. torque
  • 22 torque settings
  • 0-5600/19600 min impact rate
  • belt clip
  • carry handle
  • variable speed

So, it's compact, it's green and it's powerful. It's the Hitachi DV18DSL 18V Combi Drill

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