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Lowe’s is offering Hitachi’s 18V 1/2″ cordless drill/driver kit for $100 right now as part of their Father’s Day sales — about $40-$60 cheaper than we’ve seen it elsewhere.  Its two-speed transmission yeilds zero-load speeds of 0-400 or 0-1,200 RPM, and it features a 22-setting clutch, a soft rubber grip, and a keyless chuck.  Hitachi claims a maximum torque of 400 in-lbs.

Hitachi DS18DVF3 18V Cordless Drill/Driver Kit [Lowe’s]
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9 Responses to Dealmonger: Hitachi 18V 1/2″ Cordless Drill For $100

  1. Steve Thompson says:

    I have this one as a part of their combo kit and, while I know some don’t exactly like it’s “rad” design, I like using it just fine. It just got me through a big kitchen remodel and is still going strong (my last Craftsman 14v was destroyed by the remodel I did in my last home). I know everyone will have an opinion (as y’all pointed out in the podcast) but I like this one just fine. The only annoying thing is that the battery is hard to remove. It sticks a bit unless you pull at the right angle. Annoying – but not the end of the world.

  2. Stuey says:

    I picked this up a while ago, and after using it for quite a bit, I’m pretty satisfied.

    What I like most is that it’s quite a bit more compact than my craftsman drill was. I have to agree with Steve about the battery sticking a bit, but it’s not a big deal.

    This is a great price for a great drill.

  3. David says:

    I have this drill – I think, there were two that looked very much alike when I bought mine as part of a set. Really I wanted the other one, which had what looked like a better chuck. Still, I have been very satisfied with this drill. One feature I would never have looked for, but really like is the bit holder on the front by the battery. Good place to stow that robertson head I need every now and again.

  4. Brau says:

    I would never buy any Hitachi tools simply because of the way they look – like a toy or a running shoe! If I had one given to me and could not take it back, I’d paint it.

  5. Stuey says:

    David – I know what you mean about the chuck. I believe that their professional line of tools have a metal chuck (I’ve seen these at Lowes), but this tool has a plastic chuck. I don’t like the chuck all that much because there’s too much friction so it takes longer to tighten and loosen, but once it’s tight it doesn’t slip at all.

  6. Paul says:

    I have this exact tool and have lost the back up battery and charger. HMM where did I put it…do you know where I can get a replacement or do I just buy another drill?

  7. jon d says:

    I am HVAC installer and use this hitachi drill everyday. It has lasted me 2 years through heavy drilling into sheetmetal, drywall, studs and many other tough tasks. Will never buy another dewalt again

  8. Ryan says:

    I have this drill and use it everyday at work. mine has the 2.0 aH batteries though. 1 1/2 years old so far and I use with with auger bits and 3 5/8 hole saw all the time. Hopefully I can make it last longer than jon d’s 😉

  9. Ryan says:

    Also, I like haveing the only hitachi on a job site full of dewalts, no one ever “accidentally” grabs my batteries or drill.

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