|Review by Kjuly||posted 02-06-2010 07:01 PM||6118 views||0 times favorited||22 comments|
- Hitachi DS10DFL 12-Volt Peak Li-Ion 2 Speed Drill/Driver
- Brand: Hitachi | Category: Drill-Drivers
My old Delta cordless drill, drilled it’s last hole after four plus years of service. It was a 14 volt drill that served me well. The drill is in decent shape but the batteries would not hold a charge long enough to drive a 2? drywall screw. To replace the two batteries would cost over $75.00. I do not want to put that kind of money in to batteries with the life of the drill motor uncertain. Time to go shopping for a new cordless drill.
First, lets look at what I need in a drill and how it will be used. I build custom cabinets and furniture so most of my work is accomplished in the shop. The fewer cords under foot the better so a cordless works well. Many times I use two drills, a corded one for drilling holes and the cordless to drive the screw. I do the installations myself, so a long battery life is important, as is a quick charge, but the most critical features are the weight and overall size. I prefer a smaller drill for working in tight spaces and one that is on the lighter side to reduce fatigue.
I chose the Hitachi DS 10Fl, that I found on Amazon http://bit.ly/aqDWCs for $99.00 and free shipping. It weighted in at 2.2 pounds which had me concerned that it would lack enough power to drive larger screws. The advertisement read Hitachi DS10DFL 12-Volt Peak Li-Ion 2 Speed Drill/Driver but it has a 10.8 volt Lithium-ion battery. I don’t know what they mean by “12 volt peak” and really don’t care.
After installing a complete set of kitchen cabinets, including installing door hinges and drawer slides, I can say that this little drill really packs a punch.
It has plenty of power and the 40 minute (or less) charger meant there was no waiting for a fresh battery. The clutch worked as advertised and the keyless chuck held the bit firmly. The forward/reverse switch is in an excellent location, located just above the trigger. One can easily change direction using your thumb or forefinger, allowing for a convenient one handed operation. This function was used frequently when installing drawer slides and adjusting door hinges.
A couple of notable items:
The LED light located between the trigger and forward/reverse switch is a good idea but it is positioned so that the chuck casts a shadow on the drill point rendering the light useless.
The high/low switch is located on the top of the drill. It is in a convenient location but I found the sliding switch a little stiffer than it should be. Maybe it will loosen with use.
I found this drill to be a good value and the two year guarantee on the batteries an added bonus.
-- Keith, Charlotte, MI www.julyswoodworks.com