A recent comment in response to our Spring 2013 Best Cordless Drill post had me looking at the Hitachi DS18DSAL 18V lithium-ion cordless drill/driver kit. This kit features a compact 1/2″ drill that delivers 460 in-lbs of max torque and weighs just 3.3 lbs.
Right now the 2-battery kit is priced at $129, which seems surprisingly low to me. The kit also comes with a flashlight and hard-shell carrying case.
The drill has some notable premium features, such as a ratcheting chuck, 22+1 position clutch, and comes with not one but two 1.5Ah Li-ion battery packs. Additional features include a 2-speed gearbox (0-350, 0-1500 RPM), LED worklight, and belt hook.
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Normal pricing for this kit looks to be about $139-179.
If you don’t think you’ll need the two batteries, Milwaukee’s single-battery 18V cordless drill/driver kit is still on sale for $99, as is this Makita 18V cordless drill kit.