Summary: I have had this drill for one year. I have used it in what might be considered light duty and what can be considered heavy duty. The drill has performed beyound my expectations. I have had no problems using it in a heavy duty situation. This is an excellent drill with great features.
Summary: Totaly awesome drilldriver. All the functions on it are very useful. I like that it has a low and high speed switch and a power selector switch which lets you lower the power used when dealing with lighter jobs to save energy. If you're looking at a drill driver that competes with Milwaukee, this is it.
Summary: This 18 volt lithium-ion hammer drill is awesome. Had to charge the battery in my Sears cordless drill 4 times doing the same work as the Hitachi, and only had to charge it just once. Also all the torque you need, but very nice torgue setting - stops at correct torque like a good torque wrench.
Summary: Charger works with 240-volt Powerful, gives a small kick when on high gear. Having the LED light independent of the trigger is very nice. Since I live in Europe I was wondering if I needed to buy a 240-volt certified charger. Taking the charger apart I saw that it contained the 250-volt fuse like the EU one does. I tried charging both batteries on a 240-volt wall inlet with no problems. You just need to buy a US-EU plug head changer.
Summary: I purchased this to replace a DeWalt that finally surrendered after a lot of abuse. First, this tool packs a wallop, very torquey and the hammer function works very well. It is also very well balanced and the batteries are light. I've never felt like the battery end was fighting me for control of the tool. The teenage mutant ninja turtle look put me off a bit, but now the tool is so grungy its not so bad.
Summary: This drill is a workhorse. I have purchased many Hitachi tools and found them to always be excellent buys and almost always the least expensive option in their class. Specifically, I own this drill, the 18DMR (not a hammer), and the impact drill from Hitachi. I have run them through the wringer over the last year and a half, dropped them, used them as hammers when one was not available - including beating on the battery - and I have never had one fail, lose juice, or...
Summary: Let's get the visual appearance out of the way first, shall we? Not everyone is going to like the high tech look of this tool (although I personally happen to love it). If you look at other Japanese power tool manufacturers such as Makita and Panasonic you'll see they are also using similar styling cues albeit in more subdued colors. It seems like Hitachi has started a trend and the others are following. So with that out of the way let's get to the important stuff.
Summary: I am a remodeler. I have had this drill for about two months, and use it all the time. I had a panasonic 15.6V before and was very happy with it, but it was time for a new drill. I switched to the Hitachi because it was Lithium-Ion, had 570 inch pounds of torque (versus 390 on the Panasonic), the Hitachi Ni-Cad version was very well rated, and I wanted to have one that I could have interchangable batteries between my drill and my Impact driver.