My Ryobi cordless drill went out a few weeks ago and I was shopping
for a new one. I used Consumer Reports and they said that the Hitachi
DS18DMR cordless drill was the best one out there. So, I went to
Lowe's and picked one up over the weekend.
I have not opened it yet, but was wondering if I should or if I should
return it. I've heard mixed reviews....more better than worse
though. My main concern is that the DS18DMR at Lowe's has a Ni-Cad
battery while the Consumer Reports review had a NiMH battery. I read
somewhere that the 'big box' stores have to keep the prices down so
they sell cheaper versions of the product. The Ni-Cd batteries are
cheaper so that is why they sell it at Lowe's.
But my problem is that Lowe's is the only place I could find the
drill. So, I was wondering...should I keep the DS18DMR with the Ni-
Cd's or return the drill and look for a NiMH battery one...or just
look for a different drill all-together.
Thanks in advanced...
The 2.0 mAh batteries are pretty marginal for a tool of that size. If you
only use it a few minutes here and there, it should be OK, but if you are a
heavy user, I'd go to something better, like a Panasonic.
If you check out replacement cells at http://www.primecell.com/pctools.htm
you will see that the upgrade cost difference from the ni-cad to NMH is $24
I'd return it for two reasons:
!. It is underpowered or under capacity for hte money
2. Hitachi tools are ugly with the new color scheme
Thanks for the suggestions. I too, felt like it was kind of costly.
I don't mind spending that much, but I want to make sure that I'm
going to get my money's worth out of it.
Also, I agree... It is rather..ummmm....ugly. Not that I care about
how tools look...but I could really do with something simple and not
all crazy looking.
Arghhh... OK, I just got back from Home Depot and saw a Makita.
In your humble opinion, which drill would you choose? The Hitachi
DS18DMR *or* the Makita BDF452HW?
The Makita is lighter, has a smaller battery, but it's a Li-Ion....
Both are the same price; 200 bucks. That's really what I'd like to
Thanks again for all the help!
Li-ion will hold a charge for 6 months,while NiCd or NiMH lose charge
daily. You can put your Li-ion drill away for months and use it right away
without having to recharge the packs.
Also,Li-ion cells mean fewer cells for a given voltage,and thus a lighter
pack or greater total energy content.Replacement will be more
expensive,until Li-ion costs come down.
Makita has a good reputation,so does Hitachi.
Well...thank you for all the great information. I know it's only a
drill...but it is 200 bucks and I would like to get something
I think that I might return the Hitachi and keep the Makita. The
reason....well, the Makita is a lot lighter and has the Li-Ion battery
that takes 15 minutes to charge. The salesperson at Lowe's said it
took 30 minutes for the Hitachi to charge....but I don't know how much
I trust him on that one. And besides, I'm a little irked that Lowe's
didn't carry the 3amp Hitachi and in order to save money, they used
the 1.5 or 2.0 one.
Thank you all for all of your help!!!!!
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