Hitachi DS18DVF3 Drill Review

Hitachi has been building the powerful DS18DVF3 since 2005.  Even though it’s technically been replaced by the DS18DSAL, the DS18DVF3 is still being built as a lower cost option to the new version.

For Hitachi, it’s an old standby that is the perfect addition to your toolbox if you’re a light to medium usage homeowner.  What does that mean exactly?  Well, you’ll just have to continue reading to find out!

Please note: Although I am reviewing this bestselling drill, I have no experience using it. Instead, I summarize all of the helpful reviews of this drill from the web, in a level-headed, unbiased manner. My goal is to do the hard research work for you, so you don’t have to. Visit the about page to learn more!

The Review

The Good:

  • Powerful 18v drill that can power through just about anything.
  • Weighs less than professional level drills, so it’s a good companion to one.
  • 2 tool set includes drill, flashlight and 2 batteries.
  • 1/2″ chuck can hold large bits and hole saws.

The Bad:

  • Battery life is only about 1 hour under hand usage, so this isn’t a professional model.
  • You can’t drop it.

The Hitachi DS18DVF3 is a quality drill that sits right in the middle of the product range.  It sure isn’t the most durable thing out there, and it also isn’t cheap!  The reviews on this drill are really a mixed bag, but overall our conclusion is that this drill is provides more value than the $100 cost.  Just don’t expect a full-on professional drill, and you’ll be okay!

Overall Rating 

3 / 5 stars      
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Ease Of Use and Feel:

This drill is everything you’d like in a red sports car.  It’s fast, reasonably weighted and powerful.  It completes the job well, and has a comfortable grip.  Overall, this is a very middle-of-the-road drill.

It’s no Ferrari, but it sure isn’t a Yugo either!

Another feature that many reviews commented on was the chuck.  While the drill does have a 1/2 chuck, it is plastic, and not the world’s best.  If you push the chuck hard, you’ll find that it loosens bits and they may fall out.  This keeps it from being a professional drill, and that’s alright!

Just don’t be like me and drop a spinning hole saw on an extension cord.  Sparks fly when you do that!


Hitachi DS18DVF3The bad news about this drill is that you really can’t drop it!  Multiple users complained of breaking the plastic outer casing from falls as short as 4 feet onto a hard surface such as concrete.

This is the unfortunate mess in the middle of a great product.  Everyone who doesn’t drop this drill loves it.

So, don’t drop it, and if you do work that may result in you dropping it, you probably should buy a more pro-grade drill!  One reviewer even said that they called Hitachi for a warranty replacement and were told “not to drop it”, and their drill wasn’t replaced.

I get that there is a difference between manufacturing defect and abuse, but that pushes the line!

Special Features:

The Hitachi DS18DVF3 features a comfortable belt clip, and the included incandescent work light is very helpful too.  Other than these basics, this green monster really is just stripped down to the basics.  It’s missing my favorite feature – there’s no on-board work light on the drill’s head, but that doesn’t stop it from being a good drill.

Just don’t expect it to be a more expensive drill than it is!

Target User:

The best user for this drill is a homeowner or handyman.

The DS18DVF3 may not be the most powerful drill in the world, nor is it the most durable.  But, for the $100 it costs, it still provides amazing value and is totally worth buying if you don’t abuse it!


  • Model: DS18DVF3
  • Brand: Hitachi
  • Type: Cordless Pistol Grip Drill
  • Voltage: 18v
  • Battery Type: Ni-Cad
  • Chuck Size: 1/2 Keyless
  • Speed: 1200 RPM
  • Worklight: No on-board worklight
  • Weight: 4.4 lbs
  • Warranty: 5 Year Warranty
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Final Thoughts:

The Hitachi DS18DVF3 is a really great drill, and definitely is a great value for the $100.  It’s not a full-on professional drill, but it’s not a consumer drill either.  That’s why it can be conflicting to review, because it sits in the middle ground and is very ‘pro-sumer’.  If it fits your needs for a drill, it’s perfect.

If not, move up to the newer DS18DSAL or down to a drill like the Genesis GCD18BK.  There is a perfect drill out there for you!

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