Hitachi DV 18DBXL 18v Cordless Drill Review

Roger finally gets his hands on Hitachi’s DV18DBXL, but was it worth the wait? Find out in this bench test.

Hitachi DV18DBXL/JX 18v Brushless Combi Drill inc 2x 6.0Ah Batteries, Charger and Carry Case

Introducing the new Hitachi 6.0Ah Lithium-Ion range. The DV18DBXL Combi Drill with highly efficient brushless motor – get more done. Includes 2x 6.0Ah lithium-ion batteries, fast charger (38 mins) and carry case.


Combi drill with brushless motor technology
All new 6.0Ah Li-Ion batteries with multifunction protection circuit
Class leading hard torque of 136Nm
New fast charger with 38 minute charge time
Reactive Force Control (RFC) kickback control safety feature
Compact body at only 204mm long
High-performance Röhm chuck with spindle lock
22 stage torque setting
New robust aluminium gear case
Low battery indicator
Built-in LED work light
Packed in Hitachi stackable carry case

Voltage: 18v
Battery Capacity: 6.0Ah Lithium-Ion
Charge Time: 38 mins
No-load Speed Low: 0-500/min
No-load Speed High: 2100/min
Impact Rate: 0-31500/min
Max Torque (hard): 136Nm
Max Drilling Capacity in Brick: 16mm
Max Drilling Capacity in Wood: 76mm
Max Drilling Capacity in Metal: 13mm
Overall Length: 204mm
Weight inc Battery: 2.5kg

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Blake Collingwood says:

Dewalt dcd996 all day everyday

cheveresalvi says:

Thanks for the review Roger keep them up !

Collin DeSota says:

try doing the Ryobi brushless hammer drill. the ryobi is incledible. it has loads of power.

rory lobban says:

Hey roger. As much as it pains me to say if you want to grow the channel in the current YouTube climate you need to be using click bait titles.

cassiya100 says:

Roger.. Maaaaaate why didn’t you mention the 136nm of torque? this is by far the most powerful cordless drill on the market. and it has a cut off feature that won’t allow you to break your wrist if the bit gets caught.

cassiya100 says:

What I found out about this drill is that you have to allow it to do the work for you.. The safety feature is there to protect you.
Let the bit spin and cut, don’t force it till it jams. The idea is to cut not rip..Just like my Dad taught me to use a hand saw, nice long stroke with just enough pressure to cut the wood., too much pressure the the blade will jam. . Same with the Hitachi brushless circular saw it don;t kick back because of the safety feature cut out when the blade gets jammed.
A good example is my younger brother, he always manage to stall the blade on my 240v mitre saw. I told him a 100 times, let the blade do the cutting, stop bringing the blade down so fast. I guess he won’t learn till he get a flying piece of wood in his face.

Richard Wood says:

what about the Ryobi drills?

Simon Couldry says:

I’ve had one of these for the last few months and it’s been pretty amazing. Has handled everything I’ve thrown at it, so much so that a diehard Makita fan has switched! Someone said it couldn’t keep up with the Milwaukee fuel… that’s not been my experience.

Tin Man says:

Owned it for a year. Flawless. Ergonomics makes all my Milwaukee fanboy mates jealous. Charger kicks arse. Quality LG brown cells in batteries which have given me no grief and they get run down 2/3 times a day , every day. Rohm chuck is quality but has about 1 mm runout now. Just a bit bigger than competition but well balanced nonetheless. Wish they’d do a quality compact drill with high speed and torque.

Ryan Howell says:

great review Roger.
would really like to see you test and give your opinion on Hilti.

for me since I’ve started using my Hilti drill and impact it’s blown everything else I’ve used out of the water.

MrUniman69 says:

Good review.

De Walter says:

close to 20k subs isnt that bad i think even the bigger usa tool channels dont have more as 50k,i like the way you do the job, serious and honest tools and DIYs reviews!

covington race says:

always good reviews.

PB says:

I always found the Hitachi drills heavier than its rivals.

plotiras says:

so your honest opinion at this price range should we buy the tool do you think it worth the money or go to a more simple dv18dsdl in hitachi or another brand ??

Ashton lowe says:

a workmate has this drill its a good solid performer but cant keep up in high speed with the fuel and makita

Elie Nehme says:

hi does it has impact driver option?

Plenchie says:

any website to purchase this monster from?

Dudley Ajax says:

thanks for the review.had a few Hitachi’s in the past and everyone suffered with battery failure after a short period and torque selector becoming stuck

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