"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."
"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."
"Had my first Hitachi DV18DCL2 robbed out my van, replacing it with this was a no-brainer and extra batteries too. Its got all the guts of a corded drill, extra batteries, easy chuck, good hammer, good torque, forward/reverse, effective variable speed............. why pay more ?? (unless u wanna pose with something german)"
"I have had one of these for a lot of years. The body is good and build quality is good. It drills holes in lots of things, easy to use and copes doing doors all day, drilling and screwing, even with an auger bit. Bit hefty if you just want a screwdriver and brilliant all rounder in my opinion. I have new makita too, but still rate this, served me well for many years, BUY IT,"
"I use a combi drill every day for my job, and its always to drill 7mm into masonry, I needed to send it off for servicing so needed a combi drill to use in the mean time. Spotted this hitachi on offer, and because it came with 3 batteries decided to chance it. So far ive only used it for 2 days, but it seems to be able to cope with everything so far. The 1.2ah batteries dont last that long, but I have the charger in my van so as long as i put a battery on charge as soon as it goes flat, i can get by. The build quality isnt as good as my usual (far more expensive) drill, but for the money I wasnt expecting it to be. Over all, this drill is exceptional value. For anyone wanting a cheap and capable combi, id highly recommend it. its ideal for the DIY'er, not sure how it would stand up to the use I will give it, but once i get my other drill back, it will be only used a spare anyway."
"I am a locksmith and my drills do not get heavy long hours usage, but they get used every day in total no more than 30min per day. I bought the drill because I thought it looked like a good prospect 2 x 1.2AH batteries and a chuck that went to 13mm. I found the chuck was letting go of the drill bits as soon as they came up against any resistance in the metal it was drilling. I had to keep trying to tighten the chuck in order to drill even a 3mm hole in even 2mm aluminum. I feel that this is partly due to the slow RPM but mainly the poor quality of the chuck.. The batteries1.2AH I found lasted far far less than my Bosch 1.3AH drill Plus (not that it would affect the performance of the drill) it made a horrible whining sound when in use. I will be returning this when I next pass screwfix."
"Well I had this version when it came with a torch and three batteries
firstly ( and a minor point ) - screwfix do not sell spare bulbs for the torch
But my main concern is that after a year the batteries refused to hold charge for more than a few minutes. drill two holes or drive in more than half a dozen screws and the battery was flat The drill itself isn't very robust and is easily damaged if knocked or dropped
so without a working torch and batteries that were next to useless it went in the bin !
wouldn't recommend it even at that price. Go for a deWalt or Makita if you can. You won't regret it"