"Was looking for a replacement for my faithful old combi (dropped from a ladder) and it was a toss up between this and the other Hitachi Li-Ion version at the same price, but the three batteries swung it and I have to say I'm very happy thus far, everything arrived quickly, I had two batteries charged in an hour and this really is a punchy little beastie (in fact I managed to strip out a screw head being a little over enthusiastic). Too early to tell about long term performance or reliablity but with a 3 year gaurentee and for the price this is currently the best deal out there..."
"Comes with a decent case which also holds the charger and three batteries. I used the click and collect service which worked well and picked up the drill within minutes. Instructions are fairly comprehensive and although the English is a little awkward in places they were easy enough to understand. Batteries charged rapidly although there is a warning not to charge more than two consecutively, presumably because the charger gets quite warm. The drill worked really well on the first few jobs I used it on, mostly the hammer function. Haven't had it long enough to check reliability but it seems well made. At the price offered it represents great value for money."
"Have owned several Hitachi products including 2 similar drills. One of those was nicked (kind of a positive review, I suppose) the other lasted more than 5 years of continuous work, till batteries died (replacement more than new drill- bad point - but common to all manufacturers). If this one does half as well, I'll be very happy. Feels good so far! Hitachi generally seem to be one of the best, most reliable of makes."
"I switched back to hitachi as I find that other main players were not as reliable as promised . Having used my hitachi electric drill over 26 years now and still performing it far outlasted anything Makita or DeWalt could deliver. Only matched by my Atlas Copco SDS drill for reliability and My Hilti Sds. Don't be seduced by expensive alternatives whereby you are paying for the name brand only. Trust in Hitachi.The three battery option should be standard on all drill/drivers for us tradesmen."
"After using this drill for 3 years now, I have nothing but praise, it has never let me down on any material. I use it almost every day. Granted that it uses a lot of power when on full torque, but no tradesman would use it that way all the time, and with 3 batteries not a problem."
"I rate myself as a serious DIYer not a Tradesman. This Drill was adequate for my needs but if you are a Tradesman I would suggest that you spend a bit more and get yourself the Lithium Ion Battery model to ensure you don't run out of Battery power. If your going to be driving serious sized screws for an eight hour day you need to guarantee power if you want to earn money. No Power equals No Work equals No Pay!!!
That said it keeps me going on my DIY projects for a day due to the benefit of having three batteries. Previously I have brought cheaper drills that don't have the build quality"
"Bought this drill on the Screwfix £99.99 offer, used it to build a kitchen, and haven't regretted it for a moment.
The Hitachi is joyously light, compact and powerful compared with my old drill. The batteries - THREE of them - last a lot longer than some people here are suggesting, or at least mine have done so far. Time will tell.
I particularly like how well the keyless chuck grips the bit without having to draw blood when tightening the collar.
"this drill is top notch, had one for around 3 years, one of the original batteries was starting to burn out, bought this one when it was on offer mainly for the spare batteries. it has never struggled with anything i have used it for nor has the original one."
"I purchased the Hitachi DV18DVC2/JD 18V 1.2Ah Ni-Cd Cordless Combi Drill to replace my old cordless drills. The reason for the Hitachi is because it came with two spare batteries which meant that I did not have to worry about stopping to recharge the battery or pay out for a spare battery. The drill itself works very well as both a drill and screw driver. I am glad I opted for this model."
"Too early yet to comment on reliability (although you forced me to tick a box - so I ticked 3), however, been using it for a few weeks now and very impressed with the way it handles. It's fairly compact so gets close to most work-pieces. It's weighty so stable in your hand. Very wide range of preset torques so enables good control to drive screws flush into wood, Hammer action is good. Easy to interchange drill bits, It comes with 3 batteries - and you need them. They charge up quickly which is just as well because there's not a lot of life in them. Alarming at first, but once you set up your charger, with 3 batteries there's always one ready as one dies. Glad I bought this and not my old make!"
"But concerned over battery life. As a DIY'er I expect longevity from my tool purchases. I have concern over the length of time that the batteries will last. I bought a similar model some time ago but the batteries are now useless. I have noted that this new drill which I bought this week (4-6-2014) was manufactured in 2012, will the batteries last. My main reason for buying the drill was to get new batteries as at £44 each I got 3 for £90. The reliability is for the drill not the batteries, the only thing I have found against the drill is that it won't penetrate Welsh stone."