Harbor Freight Chicago Electric 18 Volt Hammer Drill Review

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Unbiased review of the Chicago Electric 18V 1/2″ hammer drill from Harbor Freight. Check out as I put it to the test. Has 1/2″ ratcheting chuck, LED light, electric brake, 225 in lbs max torque, hammer drill mode, side handle and rechargeable 18v nicad battery
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Comments

Rez says:

He does a great job at explaining the product. I hope harbor freight is sending him some new tools to review.

Chris K says:

Great review Javier! Sounds like a decent DIY drill!

LA CAJA DE HERRAMIENTAS WALTER ALVAREZ says:

Excelente Javier! Saludos

Geauxherd says:

Is the charge wall mountable?

K.P. Thornton says:

Nice review, Quick and to the point.

boomhower jinx says:

I’m thinking about buying these, still don’t know though.

Cody Robertson says:

Congrats on 700 hundred + subribers

fm00078 says:

Just BOUGHT ONE (non-hammer) – MY REVIEW… (read it all please)
IT SUCKS!
Sure it does what this video shows BUT the battery simply SUCKS!
I did one aluminum storm door install yesterday.
Remove old Alum door. 28 screws total, latch plates inc.
Installed new door. 26 screws total, latch plates inc.
All screws were #6 3/4″ and 1″ long going into SOFT wood.
* * * Total drill use on 1 battery, about 15 minutes. THAT SUCKS! * * *
I had to change out the battery 7/8 thru this simple and UNstrenuous job.
____ CONCLUSION:
If your still interested in this drill, BE SURE you buy 2 or 3 spare batteries.
ONE just ain’t enough. TWO barely makes it.
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I’m returning it.
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B Plus says:

Very thorough review. thumbs

thisn00b again says:

how much is the kit?

Rick Malarky says:

Thanks for the very professionally done review. I am going to purchase some type of rechargeable drill/driver this weekend, as my old craftsman plug in died, and my old 8 volt is too weak.

phil henderson says:

NEWS FLASH PEOPLE, FIRST OFF THERE’S NOT A DRILL OUT HERE THAT IS PERFECT SO GET OVER IT. AND SECOND, IS FREAKIN  COMMON SENSE IT’S NOT WHAT YOU DO IS HOW YOU DO IT. AND I HAPPEN TO LIKE THIS HAMMER DRILL AND OTHER NAME BRAND CARDLESS DRILLS  AS WELL. IF YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR DOING YOU CAN GET THE JOB DONE POINT BLANK. SMH.

Real Tool Reviews says:

Wow….that is some surprising performance out of a extremely low-priced tool…..definitely a good option for homeowners who dont have the need for a high-use tool around the house.  Nice job!

Mike Z says:

Nice review Javier!!

MrKalon52 says:

Harbor freight is great for people who don’t use their tools to make a living.

regopit44 says:

Not bad for a HF. nice review

Harleydude says:

would love to see harbor freight, or chicago electric come out with lithium batteries and chargers ….like Ryobi did

Harleydude says:

hey buddy, you did a very good, honest and accurate review on this drill.  There is a review out here on youtube stating that this drill stands up to the “big brands”…which we know this is furthest from the truth.  Keep up the good work!.

DarkRaptor99 says:

If some one was looking for a Diy set I think I would steer them towards Ryobi I know its a few dollars more, but they have more homeowner friendly tools, and they have Lithium ion battery packs. I know they have the same amp hour ratings but the self discharge nicad has makes it annoying for a Diy person they go to use the tool and they need to spend some time recharging the battery pack.

RandomTask2008 says:

Javier, you should work for Harbor Freight, you do a better job than Pat that does their videos.

Tools In Action says:

TOOOOOL  crazyyyyyyyyy

Cody Robertson says:

If the tool doesn’t have the name Makita on the side of it then it won’t smoke.

TheBlackKnight says:

Seems like Harbor freight tools have gotten better over the years.

I remember their tools were basically a one time use kinda tool.

jfs1988 says:

What are the compatible drill bits? Can any brand be used?

Ian Ide says:

Chicago Electric are decent enough for very light use. I am a bit surprised that it got the lag bolt in but you saw how much it struggled; you don’t want to do this very often. There have been a couple times in my life where I absolutely HAD to have a tool to finish a job and I was low on cash. I have purchased Chicago Electric just to complete the work that I was doing, but I killed the tools. They do not stand up to hard use at all. Great review by the way, for a DIY’r that doesn’t want to spend much, I would recommend Ryobi from Home Depot though, they stand up to constant use much better.

Brien says:

Good Job J-Dog!

Love2boat92 says:

I’m surprised to see a ratcheting chuck.

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