Hitachi DS18DSAL 18-Volt 1/2-Inch Drill-Driver

PROS:

    Hitachi DS18DSAL

  • Compact, lightweight, ergonomic.
  • Professional power.
  • Variable speed trigger.
  • Handy belt clip.
  • Bonus 5-position flashlight.


CONS:

  • No “fuel gauge” on batteries – You never know when to recharge.
  • Without an on-board drill bit holder.
  • Charger light is not easily visible.

The Hitachi DS18DSAL Lithium-Ion Cordless 18-Volt Compact Driver Drill is the first in Hitachi’s Compact Professional series featuring an 18-volt Lithium-Ion slide battery. The DS18DSAL is impressively compact at 7.7-inches long and weighs 3.3-pounds. This 18-volt drill generates no-load speeds ranging from 0 to 350-RPM and 1,500-RPM. It is the ideal driver drill for anyone seeking professional power in the most compact, lightweight and ergonomic body on the market.

The Hitachi DS18DSAL Lithium-Ion Cordless 18-Volt Compact Driver Drill was rated #1 Best Buy for general use drills/drivers by a leading consumer publication (Dec 2012) and comes with a lifetime Lithium-Ion tool warranty and a 2-year Lithium-Ion battery warranty.

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Highlights:

    18-volt DS18DSAL Driver/Drill delivers 460-inches per pound of torque to power through the toughest jobs.

    The new Lithium-Ion slide battery has 3-times the life at half the weight of NiCad and NiMH batteries.

    22-plus-1 clutch offers (22) stages of drive settings to adjust the torque and (1) drill setting for ultimate control.

    External carbon brushes allow quick and easy brush changes.

    LED job light illuminates the work surface and is ideal in dark spaces.

    The 1/2-inch ratcheting keyless chuck accepts a wide range of bits.

    The 2-speed motor with variable speed trigger delivers more precision.

    Measures 7.7-inch long and weighs 3.3-pounds.

Compact Design Minimizes User Fatigue Without Sacrificing Performance

Hitachi DS18DSAL
At only 3.5 pounds, the compact frame is well-suited for overhead work.
The first in Hitachi’s compact Pro Series of cordless tools, the DS18DSALmeasures only 7.7 inches in length and weighs 3.5 pounds, making it easy to hold and use all day without stress or strain. The compact design also provides the power and performance of a pro-grade 18-volt tool, making operation as efficient and dependable as it is comfortable.

Variable Speed and 22-Stage Clutch for Versatility

Hitachi DS18DSAL
The clutch has twenty-two driving stages, allowing you control over torque and precision.
This impressive driver drill features a variable speed trigger to set speed from zero to 350 RPM or zero to 1,500 RPM so you always match the right speed to the job. Additionally, the clutch has 22 driving stages and a special mode for drilling, allowing for both high torque applications and precision driving.

First-in-its-Class Torque for Heavy-Duty Jobs

With unmatched torque in its class, the DS18DSAL powers through even the toughest jobs. 460 in./lbs. of torque gives this easy-to-handle model the necessary boost to take on hardwoods, masonry, and other heavy-duty drilling.

Belt Hook, LED Light, and 1/2-Inch Ratcheting Chuck for User-Friendly Operation

The DS18DSAL comes with a convenient metal belt hook and an LED job light to illuminate your work surface. It also features a keyless 1/2-inch ratcheting metal chuck that accepts a wide variety of bits, giving you greater flexibility. Finally, externally accessible carbon brushes allow you to easily and economically replace the brushes when they are worn, thus ensuring longer tool life.

Lightweight 1.5 Ah Lithium Ion Slide Battery for Long-Lasting Power

This driver drill is powered by a long-lasting 1.5 Ah lithium ion slide battery. Designed without the vertical chamber of a post-style battery, this battery glides easily into place and allows the DS18DSAL to have an ergonomic handle. And because this Lithium Ion battery weighs roughly half as much as a NiCd or NiMH battery, you can work longer, with better accuracy.

Steady Stream of Power for Precision and Consistency

As with all of Hitachi’s lithium ion batteries, the tool receives a steady stream of power for the duration of every battery charge, from the moment the trigger is pulled until the charge cycle is exhausted. And with up to three times the number of charge cycles of traditional batteries, you won’t have to waste money on costly replacements.

Included Lithium Ion Flashlight for Added Flexibility

Hitachi DS18DSAL
The kit comes with a flashlight, battery charger, Phillips Driver Bit and carrying case.
As a bonus, the DS18DSAL comes with Hitachi’s UB18DAL Lithium Ion Flashlight. Adjustable to five lighting positions, this flashlight stands alone while you work and can be aimed where you need illumination. A shoulder strap makes for easy, comfortable carrying, and a low-battery indicator light helps ensure that you don’t run out of power mid-use. And because the UB18DAL runs on the same 18-volt slide batteries as the driver drill, it shares the same lithium ion benefits of long battery life, lasting power per charge, and lightweight convenience.

Warranty Information

For even more value and peace of mind, each of these tools is covered by Hitachi’s 10-year lithium ion tool warranty and two-year lithium ion battery warranty.

What’s in the Box

Drill, flashlight, two 1.5 Ah lithium ion slide batteries, quick charger, dual-tipped Phillips driver bit, sturdy carrying case, manual, and warranty card.