Hitachi WH18DSDL Review

Hitachi WH18DSDL


If you are still boring screws, bolts, or drill bits with a ratchet or a drill, it is time to change and get aboard. The Hitachi WH18DSDL 18-Volt Cordless Lithium-Ion Impact Driver is one of the most powerful cordless impact drivers on the market due to a variety of unique features that it boasts:

  • Motors with power of up to 188 ft-lbs torque
  • ¼” hex chuck for easy and quick impact bit replacement
  • Two-step switch allowing its user to alternate burst and power-saving modes
  • Bright LEDs making the tool perfect even on dark working conditions
  • Impressive warranty coverage for the tool and its battery

The two-speed switch is one of the unique features of the Hitachi WH18DSDL. Depending on what working torque you need, the device can offer alternatives. The two-piece, industrial grade motor, in its most powerful setting, can crank up to 1,300 lbs of power. That power is enough to drill, bore, or unscrew even the largest screws into woods or into concretes. Its saving mode on the other hand is less powerful. But the saving mode’s power is enough to bury or drive a 3” screw on a wood. The saving-mode also makes the battery life last longer. The device also boasts a ratcheting mechanism that prevents torque vibrations from transferring to your wrist. It is a nice feature especially for longer jobs. (List -Top Selling 18v Cordless Drills)

Its battery is very tough. The two 18V 3.0 Ah batteries last longer, and its weight is never an issue. On an average working torque, the batteries can last up to 8 hours. When the batteries are at their lowest voltage, the device automatically shuts off. This safety feature prolongs the durability and the life of the battery, as constantly charging an empty battery will shorten its life. The batteries also charge fast. A 30-minute charge is enough to cover a few hours of work. The batteries are also not device-specific. Another good thing about the device’s battery is that it is cross-compatible with other slide-type Hitachi 18V batteries.

The device also has a battery indicator lamp with a battery indicator switch. The indicator lamp has two dots; two illuminated dots means the battery is at its fullest; one illuminated dot means the battery’s power is at half; and no dots illuminated means the power is nearly empty.

The device also has a mini-flashlight. The built-in LED comes with a switch and offers a wide 4-inch illumination. Perfect for working in dark areas. Also, as one of its battery-saving feature, the LED light automatically turns itself off after 15 seconds. The device also has another set of LEDs at its bottom. These LEDs change into orange color when device operation commences.

Another good feature of the Hitachi WH18DSDL is its non-sliding grip. The size of its grip is perfect even for people with average-sized hands. The device also boasts carbon brushes that are easily accessible. This makes the device easy to service and maintain.

The device comes with two 18V batteries along with its charger. It also comes with a carrying case for the device’s neat and orderly storage. The device is also covered with Hitachi’s Lifetime Lithium Ion tool warranty and a two-year Lithium Ion battery warranty. (Also Read: Lithium ion Drills Buying Guide)

With no power loss, the Hitachi WH18DSDL 18-Volt Cordless Lithium-Ion Impact Driver can drive bolts and screws of different length.


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