Mini-Review

The Metabo HPT DS18DBFL2 is a stout piece of equipment. It will be a core tool for anyone who buys one. Solid power and function in all our testing. Only comes with 1 battery so you have to factor in buying an extra to compare to some of the other drills we’ve reviewed. Nice compact design and good fit/finish.

The DS18DBFL2 is a 1/2″ Brushless Driver/Drill. It features 22 clutch settings plus drill mode. The Metabo has 620 in.lbs. for max torque and a max a RPM of 1,800. The drill has an optical trigger for responsive power, a battery level indicator, and low mounted LED light.

Pros:

  • Brushless motor which will produce longer runtimes and extends the life of the motor.
  • Comfortable and balanced design.
  • Base mounted LED.
  • Battery level indicator.
  • Speeds are labeled High and Low on the drill (Love it!).

Cons:

  • Kit only comes with 1 battery.
  • Slightly heavier feel than expected.
  • Left/Right toggle feels slightly loose.

Recomended for: DIY, Handyman, and Contractor.

First Impressions

The “new” all black look for this drill is a nice departure from the tried and true Hitachi’ green and black. The drill feels a little top heavy out of the box without the battery but is nicely balanced once the battery is locked on. The grip and trigger are extremely comfortable to hold. The front of the grip is rubberized with the palm being smoothed out plastic that feels great. The trigger is very precise and responsive; the difference is quite noticeable when comparing side by side with similar drills.

So, what’s in the box?

  • The DS18DBFL2 comes with one 18v Li-ion battery, a charger, and the drill.

Specifications

  • 1/2″ Drill/Driver
  • 18v battery with 1.5 Ah
  • Max RPM of 1,800
  • Brushless motor
  • 22 chuck settings plus a drill setting
  • Length of 6.9″ (front to back)
  • 3.5lbs with battery attached
  • Max torque of 620 in.lbs.
  • Base mounted LED light
  • Onboard battery level indicator

Review

The reputation of Hitachi/Metabo HPT has been very strong for many years and this drill does not dissappoint. The DS18DBFL2 is strong contender for your consideration. It has a very balanced and powerful feel. This drill handled every test we ran and didn’t hesitate to perform. We really enjoyed this drill but did have a small concern about the drill direction switch. It is completely functional right now but if it loosens up anymore, I don’t think it would stay in the correction position. The only other drawback of this drill depends on which kit you select. The base kit only comes with one battery and no carry bag so make sure you use the link to get the two battery combo. It will save you money in the long run and every kit should come with two batteries.

Recommended for: DIY, Handyman, and Contractor

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