The Hitachi Power Tools 18v driver drill offered standardperformance for Team FIN but other products on the market offerbetter convenience features

The Hitachi Power Tools 18v driver drill offered standard
performance for Team FIN, but other products on the market offer
better convenience features.

Team FIN puts new Hitachi driver drill to work

New Hitachi driver drill gets job done without a lot of frills.

Hitachi Power Tools offers a new 18v driver drill, deliver­ing 400 in.-lbs. of torque, with 22 torque settings, two speeds and a drill mode. After testing, Team FIN rated it on a scale of 1 to 5.

When drilling .-by-3-in. lags into a post, the Hitachi lacked some torque but did a sufficient job. Team FIN was impressed by its quiet operation. The driver drill is well-balanced, fairly compact and weighs just 3.7 lbs. An LED light points upward from the base and avoids casting shadows. Its forward-reverse switch is easy to operate, and a half-inch keyless chuck simpli­fies bit replacements. The batteries are equipped with overload and over-discharge protection to prevent overheating, and the batteries charge in about 39 minutes.

While the Hitachi has all you need in a driver drill, it does not have any extra features such as a battery power indicator, belt clip or bit holder. Rated: 3.8

The Hitachi driver drill (DS18DGL) costs $129 and includes two 1.3Ah lithium ion slide-type batteries, a quick charger, carrying case and a double-sided Phillips driver bit. For more about Hitachi, visit

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