Metabo HPT DS18DBFL2 Drill 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 Tool Space may receive compensation through eligible purchases from our links. We are independently owned and purchase all the materials we review. We test every product and rate them based off performance/value. Thanks for valuing our content and reviews.
Available on Amazon and Lowes
What We Like
- 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!).
What We Don't Like
- Kit only comes with 1 battery.
- Slightly heavier feel than expected.
- Left/Right toggle feels slightly loose.
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.
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
Tool Space Recommendation
We recommend this tool to the following skill levels.