Summary: Drill was just over a year old when chuck failed to hold bits when in hammer mode and both batteries failed. Replacement batteries hard to find and cost more than new tool. Manufacturer refused help and no longer responds to correspondence. Not a good buy!
Summary: I bought this to replace an identical drill that was stolen some time ago. I still had the case and a battery and wanted to get the same drill so that I could keep using those. I was a little hesitant to buy a refurbished drill, but Amazon has been trustworthy so I went ahead.
Excerpt: I see the example has an 18v EB1814SL battery, this battery is no longer avilable or is not sold by Hitachi anymore. I have a drill that is useless since I can't find replacement batteries for it any longer.
Summary: I recently used my sons Hitachi hammer/drill and found it to be excellent especially for its torquing power. It not only bites into wood and countersinks but will continue on through the board and beyond.
It does the Job all the rest is just icing on the cake.
9 May 2011
Summary: I use this drill on a daily basis. It does the job. What else can I say about a drill that I have looking for. It was the right price, does the job and all the rest is just icing on the cake. I show it off to other co-workers and they are impress with the capabilities and the guarantee it holds.