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Hitachi DS18DSAL 18-Volt 1/2-Inch Drill/Driver

Hitachi DS18DSAL 18-Volt 1/2-Inch Drill/Driver
Lithium-Ion Cordless Compact Driver Drill with Flashlight, Carrying Case and Rechargeable BatteriesPowered by a long-lasting 1.5Ah slide battery, the Hitachi DS18DSAL 18-Volt Compact Pro Lithium Ion packs a powerful punch. Efficient and easy to handle, this variable-speed tool provides professional power in the most compact, lightweight, and ergonomically designed body currently available. For added convenience, it comes with Hitachi’s UB18DAL Lithium Ion Flashlight..caption {font-family: Verdana, Helvetica neue, Arial, serif;font-size: 10px;font-weight: bold;font-style: italic;}ul.indent {list-style: inside disc;text-indent: 20px;}table.callout {font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, serif;margin: 10px;width: 250;}td.callout3-c26 {height: 100 percent;background: url(‘’) repeat-y;border-left: 0px solid #999999;border-right: 1px solid #999999;padding: 10px;

  • Compact and lightweight at 3.3-pounds
  • 1/2-inch 18-volt driver/drill
  • Provides 460-inch-pounds of torque
  • Uses technology
  • Includes super-bright flashlight and 2 batteries
  • (2) 18V 1.5Ah Lithium Ion Slide Batteries (330139)
  • 1.5Ah Lithium Ion slide batteries
  • 1/2″” ratcheting keyless chuck
  • 18V Compact Pro Flashlight (UB18DAL)
  • 2-Sided #2 Phillips Bit (983006)
  • 22+1 clutch
  • 460 in/lbs of torque
  • Battery charger circuitry
  • Carrying Case
  • Covered by Hitachi’s Lifetime Lithium Ion Tool Warranty & 2-Year Lithium Ion battery warranty
  • DS18DSAL Tool Card
  • Download the
  • Externally accessible carbon brushes
  • Hitachi’s new Compact Pro Flashlight with 5-locking position and durable jobsite construction
  • Includes
  • LED job light
  • Metal belt hook
  • Quick Charger (UC18YGSL)
  • Rated #1 Best Buy for general use drills/drivers by a leading consumer publication- Dec 2012
  • Variable speed trigger and 2-speed motor
  • Watch the Hitachi Tool Corner video for this compact-pro driver drill
  • accepts a wide range of bits that can be changed out quickly and easily
  • for easy and economical brush changes to extend the life of the tool
  • for easy jobsite accessibility
  • for maximum control and precision during use
  • illuminates the work surface and is ideal in dark work spaces
  • improve ergonomics and balance while extending run time, delivering fade free power and weigh 40% less than standard NiCd or NiMH batteries
  • offers 22 drive settings and one drill mode for both high torque applications and precision driving
  • prevents overheating and power loss
  • to power through the toughest jobs with ease

List Price: $ 350.00

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Question by praymo: how do you repair a ryobi 18 volt battery?
I have a Ryobi rechargable battery for my power tools. It doesn’t hold a charge any more and I heard that it can actually be repaired. Does anyone know how? 10 points for best answer.

Best answer:

Answer by marvin A
you take it apart and reinsert a new battery package.

i would do this for a battery pack that was no longer available on the market but if you can just buy new then it is a lot more cost effective.

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    • Marvin Cohn "drdos43"
    • December 12, 2013
    98 of 101 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    460 lbs of Torque? ….You Bet!!!!, September 3, 2009
    Marvin Cohn “drdos43” (San Antonio, TX) –

    This review is from: Hitachi DS18DSAL 18-Volt 1/2-Inch Drill/Driver (Tools & Home Improvement)


    Update: 4/3/2013 I have been using this drill now for about 3 1/2 years (granted not every day) and on many demanding and lengthy projects such as refurbishing 2 old houses, two large decks, 1/4 mile of lattice fencing, etc., etc….. Still going strong and the batteries still hold a decent charge.


    My rating of five stars is actually a solid four stars in order to help make up for the undeserved two-star rating, which one reviewer gave.

    I did a lot of research before buying this drill. It is well balanced, easy to control, and will drive just about any screw into anything and do it for a long, long time on each battery. It is a powerhouse with more torque (460 lbs.) for the buck than any other drill in its class. I have found that, for me, two 1.5 amp-hour batteries are better than one 3.0 amp-hour battery (which is available) in that the smaller battery is much lighter; and if you are working with the drill all day long, you will appreciate not having to carry around the extra weight. The 1.5 ah battery charges in less than half an hour (not in 15 minutes as claimed), so you are always ready to go.

    However, there are a few minor cons: 1) No drill bit holder (You can install one yourself…I prefer a magnet.) 2) The kit comes with a useless flashlight, not even l.e.d. It would have been better to have added a few doo-dads to the drill, such as a level, instead of wasting the money on a flashlight. 3) No battery meter. 4) Comes with a belt holder, which is very sturdy; but I wouldn’t trust what one might hang it on to…and then there is always the possibility of drilling a hole in your leg. I removed it. 5) The case for the kit measures 16″ x 18″ x 4″ and would do justice as designer luggage or as an overnight airline carry-on …another waste; and when was the last time you lugged around (or even kept) your work drill in its case? However, it is recyclable. 6) The charging light on the bare-bones charger is recessed in the top of the charger and can only be viewed by looking down on it. The charger also has a rather cryptic light readout.

    With all these complaints, I wouldn’t trade it for any of the other 9 drills (for under $200) I tried out. Why? It outperformed every one of them.

    For the past two weeks, we have been reconstructing a small country house. I included the Hitachi and a good corded drill (just in case)in my tool kit. So far, I have yet to plug in the corded drill.

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    • Cary Secrest
    • December 12, 2013
    41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Weight and Balance, March 29, 2009
    Cary Secrest (Bethesda, MD) –

    This review is from: Hitachi DS18DSAL 18-Volt 1/2-Inch Drill/Driver (Tools & Home Improvement)

    This tool is my first foray into the world of Hitachi. What attracted me most is the feel of the grip and the way the tool doesn’t cant forward or backward very much when using it. It’s well-balanced, and the motor housing is short which is helpful in tight spaces. The design is different from most other drills. The battery doesn’t project into the handle, but instead, slides in like a sled. I do like the “press and drop” battery design of other tools, but this “press and slide” design is easy to get used to. The clutch settings do seem a bit lighter than other drills, but on the other hand, the lighter settings on the drill are very nice for doing delicate work like setting #6 pan head screws to 1/8-inch oak plywood without imbedding the pan into the plywood. I haven’t tried driving #10 screws into oak without a pilot hole. Personally, I like to drill a pilot in hardwoods so I don’t risk breaking the head off of the screw. A #10 of any length will go in hardwood just fine with a pilot hole drilled first.

    Positives: light weight, small for tight spaces, ergonomic, lithium ion batteries, ease of drill bit lock-up in the chuck, LED work light, and a very nice carrying case.

    Minus(?). My only concern is to echo a previous review…I had no idea when I bought the tool that it is the only one Hitachi makes at this time with this battery design. It is new. Though lithium ion batteries last a long time and they have no charge “memory,” at some point (1,000 charge cycles or so) they need to be replaced. It would be more comforting if the battery was universal to the product line.

    One more thing…why the flashlight? The carrying case could be made smaller without it.

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    • Steve G
    • December 12, 2013

    If you take it apart (look for little screws holding the battery case together), you’ll see that it’s just a bunch of little batteries, often spot-welded together (and the polarity can be reversed from what you’d expect). You can try replacing them with similar rechargables, but I haven’t had much luck with that. By the time the batteries are dying, the drill (or whatever) isn’t far behind. That may not always be the case, but it has been here.

    I just bought a Ridgid 18V cordless drill. Strong as hell, and guaranteed for life – including the batteries.

    • RoeB
    • December 12, 2013

    I have tried repairs but with very limited success. Would check out local flea markets, pawn shops etc. for exact replacement and go that route. Would not pay the full cost for the batteries as been there done that. Would buy a new Ridgid, Makita etc.

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