Hitachi DS18DMR, cordless drill/driver, 1/2-inch keyless chuck, 18V NiMH

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Hitachi DS18DMR 18-Volt Ni-MH 1/2-Inch Cordless Drill/Driver Kit
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Hitachi DS18DMR description

The DS18DMR is Hitachi’s new 18-Volt cordless driver drill. The new cordless driver drill are designed to address and exceed the needs of professionals. Hitachi builds serious products for serious users. This philosophy was incorporated into the development of the DS18DMR cordless driver drill,” said Erik Gruber, Manager of Marketing, Hitachi Power Tools. “We included features that maximize lifespan and power as well as enhance the overall experience of use.”

The Hitachi DS18DMR incorporate the most advanced features available for professionals.

The DS18DMR is Hitachi’s 18-Volt cordless drill that delivers 550 in/lbs of torque. It comes with two high-capacity 3.0Ah batteries that ensure longer run time between charges. We were pleasantly surprised at how fast the battery charges—-just about half an hour. This model offer 2-speed transmissions that feature no-load RPMs of 0-400/1600. This drill are most compact and lightweight electric cordless drill in class. The DS18DMR cordless drill can be ease used in tight or overhead spaces.

The Hitachi DS18DMR drill has a two-piece rare-earth magnet motor which is guarantees reliable power. Cordless tool life is greatly extended with replaceable armatures and externally accessible carbon brushes. Carbon brushes is really easy to get to when it comes time to change. The drill are developed with heavy duty, industrial grade Rohm chuck that improve durability and reduce bit slippage. The 22-stage ratcheting slip-clutch adjusts smoothly for all kinds of drilling and precision driving jobs. The DS18DMR feature Hitachi’s patented 5-position belt hook with an integrated LED work light to illuminate dark workspaces. New aggressive, ergonomic design, coupled with a non-slip rubber grip, provides more control, comfort and safety.

Our summary: The Hitachi DS18DMR cordless drill is well designed and very powerful.


Hitachi DS18DMR specifications

18-volt Ni-MH 1/2-inch cordless drill/driver kit; 5-position belt hook and integrated work light
550 inch-pounds of torque; 22-stage ratcheting slip-clutch for high torque or precision driving
Lightweight plastic body; durable 2-piece rare-earth magnet motor; carbon brush; non-slip grip
Includes charger, case, 2 batteries, quick-charger side handle, driver bit
7 pounds; 1-year warranty
4 inches
16 inches
24 inches
20 pounds
Package Height
4.6 inches
Package Width
16.3 inches
Package Length
18 inches
Package Weight
17 pounds

Hitachi DS18DMR reviews

I had high hopes for this drill. As an avid DIY'er, I need tools I can depend on. Although the Hitachi has a nice grip and fairly good power, the batteries are really weeny. I finally got so disgusted after changing the batteries after only an hour of work that I sent it back. My 12 V Makita, which I ran into the ground, was much more efficient. Wouldn't buy again.
Two of these drills BROKE on me
I bought this drill to replace my 14.4v Porter Cable hammerdrill whose batteries finally died. The Hitachi is noticeably heavier and doesn't seem to work that much harder. It has plenty of torque, and the little belt hook/ task light is surprisingly useful. I use cordless drills every day for work (home repairs) and after only four months, the transmission stripped and another(? - forgot which) interior part broke. The repair shop ordered the correct parts (it took four weeks to get from Hitachi!) and the NEXT DAY those same parts broke again! I called Hitachi and demanded a new drill which they sent promptly. The new one hasn't broken yet, but now the torque setting ring is not going into Drill mode - let alone HammerDrill mode - it just stays at Torque setting 22. Also, the batteries don't hold charges any better than expected. Choose another drill! (PS: I recently used a friend's Makita 18v LiIon drill and it was incredibly light weight, although didn't feel as torque-y as the Hitachi, and it's task light wasn't as well designed, but I could heft this thing around all day, AND they said it was totally affordable.)
Plenty of power
This Drill/Driver Kit has a lot of power and is ergonomically designed. The only thing wrong with it is that it is very heavy. It is well balanced but is best suited for the professional. It is very heavy and tires your wrist in a very short time.
Excellent Drill
I purchased this Hitachi Heavy Duty Drill because I wanted a high quality and powerfull cordless drill. Consumers report highly recommended this drill and they are correct. It really has the power and torque to drive in those 4 inch long wood screws. I would definitely buy it again. It is somewhat heavy (weight) due to its heavy duty rating.
Consumer Reports
Consumer Reports gave it a best buy. So I bought it. It is pretty reliable. It comes with two batteries. Has adjustable torque and enough power for me.
Good to the first DROP!!!
I've had this drill since last christmas and have used it 8 or ten times around the house.
Today I was installing some new windows and the drill fell from the window sill to the hardwood floor maybe 3 or 4 feet. The drill, that I was counting on to finish my days work BROKE IN TWO.

This is in no way acceptable and anyone doing commercial work and relies on their tools needs to steer clear of Hitachi....Man, what a pain. I had to call my wife to bring me my 10 year old Panasonic to finish the job and it still works like a champ!!

I've got to call Hitachi to see if they will fix this drill made out of good besides that!! LOL
Previously owned couple of Panasonic cordless drills and was very satisfied with their performance except when time to replace the batteries (about the weakest thing about these drills were the batteries and not the power/performance). Decided to purchase this Hitachi drill because of the good product reviews. In my opinion, the Hitachi drill is a better overall product value. Impressed with the power, speed, and brake stop of this drill. In fact, this drill stops drilling rotation so fast that drill bits became loose from the housing on several ocassions. You'll need to ensure that the drill bit housing is really turned tight against the drill bit. Like the sturdy carrying case, which is relatively large width and length wise, but slim in terms of depth (like a briefcase). Time will tell about the Hitachi batteries, however. From what I have experienced to date, I'd buy another Hitachi drill if I was in the market for a drill, and maybe any other Hitachi cordless tool product.
Hitachi Drill
The Hitachi drill works wonderfully and having two batteries is quite the convenience to keep on working.
Hitachi DS18DMR......Power to Spare
This is the 1st cordless drill/driver that I've owned though I've used them on several occassions. So far, this is the best I've seen. The quick charge battery is a major plus if you need to use the drill for an extended period of time. Though almost 6 lbs, I found the handle quite comfortable and well balanced compared to some of the lighter models I've used. Lots of torque and lots of power for the toughest jobs.
Hitachi DS18DMR
This drill is excellent. It has plenty of power and the battery lasts a long time. I bought a Bosch with BlueCore 1 year before and the batteries aren't nearly as good. All in all I'm very happy with this drill. Good buy, and thank you Amazon. Robert

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