Updated 15 Dec 2016

Hitachi

Lithium Ion 13mm DS18DJL

Snapshot: The Hitachi Lithium Ion 13mm DS18DJL cordless drill/driver has 2 gear ranges and comes with 2 batteries. How well does it drill?

Lithium Ion 13mm DS18DJL
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$299

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Test results

Overall score
72
Ease of use
?/10
Performance
?/10
Battery life
?/10
Torque
?/10
Drilling
?/10

Good points

  • Very good drilling performance.
  • Good torque.
  • OK battery life.
  • Easy to use.
  • Fast recharge time.
  • Comes with two 1.5Ah-capacity batteries.
  • Has 22 torque settings.
  • Has a 13mm chuck size.
  • Has 2 gear ranges.

But

  • Included batteries have only just OK endurance, so you'll need both charged for bigger jobs.

How we test

Overall scores includes:

Performance (70%)
Ease of use (30%)

Performance is equally weighted between the following three tests:

Battery life (/10): We drill a 10-12 x 25mm cabinet screw into MDF, screw it back out, then rinse and repeat. On average, the drills in our test drove 332 screws before giving up the ghost, with the top model managing 642. The cordless screwdrivers drove just over 100 on average into pre-made holes in MDF.

Torque (/10): We drive heavy-duty 14g, 10 x 75mm timber screws into three sheets of MDF. If a drill drives the screw head flush with the MDF with no slowing down it’s awarded 10/10 for torque; penalties apply if it slows down or is unable to drive the screw flush.

Speed drilling (/10): We time how quickly we can drill 10 holes with a 13mm spade bit through 45mm spotted gum.

Ease of use (/10): Ease of use for drills is highly subjective, so we employ a panel featuring one right-handed man with large hands, another man with large hands but left-handed, and a right-handed woman with smaller hands. Our ease-of-use scores are equally-weighted between the panellists’ assessment of weight, balance and handle/control ergonomics.

Assembly (/10): Assessed for cordless screwdrivers only and refers to their performance (speed) when drilling screws into pre-made holes, for example when assembling flat-pack furniture.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$299
Type
Cordless drill/driver

More test results (/10)

Assembly
-

Specifications

Battery voltage (V)
18
Motor
Brushed
Battery capacity (Ah)
1.5
Recharge time (min)
40
Weight (kg)
1.7
Gear ranges
2
Max claimed torque
Not stated
Torque settings
22
Maximum speeds
450, 1250
Chuck size (mm)
13

Features

Batteries supplied
2
LED light
Yes
Driver-bit storage
No
Carry case
Belt clip

More Info

Notes

-

Availability
-