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BoschVolts/Amp HoursBattery TypeMaximum TorquePublished WeightSpeed
13618-2G18/2.4nicad550 inch-pounds6.7 pounds0?450 / 0?1,500 rpm
Bosch 1318_2G
StoryID
501521
ToolNumber
1
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627640
Tester Comments
This tool was disappointing in the power department. It felt a little heavy and the grip was too fat. It has an odd onboard bit holder that only fits a magnetic bit extension. It provides some bit slots in the case.
Price
$290

Contact
Bosch
877-267-2499
www.boschtools.com
DeWaltVolts/Amp HoursBattery TypeMaximum TorquePublished WeightSpeed
DC925KA18/2.4nicadUnavailable6.5 pounds0?450 / 0?1,500 / 0?2,000 rpm
DeWalt DC925KA
StoryID
501521
ToolNumber
2
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627640
Tester Comments
This tool is a true winner. Its super power and the highest rpm of the group in all three speeds really set the pace. Plus, it was the most comfortable. It includes nice extra-long bit storage on the tool that even fits pilot bits. The case was well thought out with plenty of room for bits and accessories.
Price
$299

Contact
DeWalt Industrial Tool
800-433-9258
www.dewalt.com
FeinVolts/Amp HoursBattery TypeMaximum TorquePublished WeightSpeed
ASB1818/2.0nicad531 inch-pounds6.6 pounds0?400 / 0?1,400 rpm
Fein ASB18
StoryID
501521
ToolNumber
3
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627640
Tester Comments
This was a generally disappointing performer, with poor ergonomics and no real bells or whistles. It came with a depth-stop rod for hammerdrilling. It had mid-line results in the power test, but had an awkward feel. It lacks a bit holder on the tool and extra storage space in the case.
Price
$167

Contact
Fein Power Tools
800-441-9878
www.feinus.com
FestoolVolts/Amp HoursBattery TypeMaximum TorquePublished WeightSpeed
TDK15.6CE15.6/2.4nicad320 inch-pounds5.3 pounds0?450 / 0?1,500 rpm
Festool TDK15.6CE
StoryID
501521
ToolNumber
4
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627640
Tester Comments
One of the two non-hammerdrill tools, it seemed a bit outclassed in this test, although it is the lowest voltage and the smallest model. Unique chuck options add versatility and really set it apart, but it seems better suited for life in the shop building cabinets. Festool makes a superior tool with a great case.
Price
$408

Contact
Festool
888-337-8600
www.festoolusa.com
FirestormVolts/Amp HoursBattery TypeMaximum TorquePublished WeightSpeed
FSX18HD18/2.1nicad490 inch-pounds6.0 pounds0?400 / 0?1,600 rpm
Firestorm FSX18HD
StoryID
501521
ToolNumber
5
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627640
Tester Comments
Our crew felt this was a passable tool, but really more of a DIY model. It's sold as a tool only, but the price reflects tool, charger, and two batteries, which are available separately. We tested its higher-amp-hour batteries, but overall the tool performed at the lower end of our test. It has decent onboard bit storage.
Price
$175 (as tested)

Contact
Firestorm by Black & Decker
800-544-6986
www.firestormtools.com
HiltiVolts/Amp HoursBattery TypeMaximum TorquePublished WeightSpeed
SFH181-A 3.018/3.0NiMH690 inch-pounds6.6 pounds0?370 / 0?1,455 / 0?2,000 rpm
Hilti SFH181-A 3.0
StoryID
501521
ToolNumber
6
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627640
Tester Comments
This was a very good tool that performed near the top of the power test. Three speeds add utility. We wish there was a place to store bits on the tool, and the loose inner tray in the case causes bits to get lost easily and makes for messy storage. This is a top-quality tool, but not the best performer.
Price
$439

Contact
Hilti
800-879-8000
www.us.hilti.com
HitachiVolts/Amp HoursBattery TypeMaximum TorquePublished WeightSpeed
DV18DL18/3.0lithium-ion570 inch-pounds5.4 pounds0?400 / 0?1,800 rpm
Hitachi DV18DL
StoryID
501521
ToolNumber
7
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627640
Tester Comments
A top performer and one of the lightest and most comfortable. The tool and the charger accept LI, NiMH, and nicad batteries. It has a nice belt hook/light. It has an interesting trigger limiting switch, but we didn't find it useful. The tool has adequate onboard bit storage and a giant compartment for bits in the case.
Price
$299

Contact
Hitachi Power Tools
800-829-4752
www.hitachipowertools.com
MakitaVolts/Amp HoursBattery TypeMaximum TorquePublished WeightSpeed
BHP45118/3.0 lithium-ion560 inch-pounds4.9 pounds0?300 / 0?600 / 0?1,700 rpm
Makita BHP451
StoryID
501521
ToolNumber
8
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627640
Tester Comments
This lightweight powerhouse really shined. Its three-speed design allows high torque for heavy work. Dual headlights are handy. It has a reversible belt hook and long bit holders on the base. The case is well laid out, with a large divided storage bin built in. It also included a depth-stop rod for hammerdrilling.
Price
$299

Contact
Makita
800-462-5482
www.makita.com
MetaboVolts/Amp HoursBattery TypeMaximum TorquePublished WeightSpeed
SBP18 Plus18/2.0nicad575 inch-pounds6.7 pounds0?400 / 0?1,400 rpm
Metabo SBP18 Plus
StoryID
501521
ToolNumber
9
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627640
Tester Comments
This heavy tool was a low performer across the board. The forward/reverse switch was difficult to use one-handed. There is limited onboard bit storage and no decent place for bits in the case. The tool has a pulse feature that mimics a slow impact driver to help with stripped screw heads, but we rarely needed it.
Price
$369

Contact
Metabo
800-638-2264
www.metabousa.com
MilwaukeeVolts/Amp HoursBattery TypeMaximum TorquePublished WeightSpeed
0824-2418/2.0 lithium-ion550 inch-pounds6.2 pounds0?450 / 0?1,700 rpm
Milwaukee 0824-24
StoryID
501521
ToolNumber
10
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627640
Tester Comments
A great performer, this tool was among the best in balance and comfort, and it placed third in the power test. The tool and charger work with both LI and nicad batteries. Its reversible battery positioning feature improves balance and accessibility. The fuel gauge on the batteries is especially helpful. Long bits can be stored on board and the case has a secure, dedicated storage locker.
Price
$329

Contact
Milwaukee Electric Tool
800-729-3878
www.milwaukeetool.com
Moty-KoVolts/Amp HoursBattery TypeMaximum TorquePublished WeightSpeed
18HD18/2.0nicad400 inch-pounds6.4 pounds0?400 / 0?1,200 rpm
Moty-Ko 18HD
StoryID
501521
ToolNumber
11
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627640
Tester Comments
This is a decent tool with a few neat features, including a battery fuel gauge and a small, built-in bubble level. But it's no comfort or performance winner. Its power was unacceptably low in our test. It has nice onboard bit storage, but no available storage in the case. It comes with a depth stop rod for hammerdrilling.
Price
$249

Contact
Moty-Ko Professional Power Tools
317-322-5265
www.motyko.com
PanasonicVolts/Amp HoursBattery TypeMaximum TorquePublished WeightSpeed
EY6950GQKW18/3.5NiMH425 inch-pounds5.9 pounds75?450 / 250?1,500 rpm
Panasonic  EY6950GQKW
StoryID
501521
ToolNumber
12
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627640
Tester Comments
This was an awkward tool; it's not too heavy, but the battery made it feel out of balance. It performed in the middle of the power test, but it just didn't win raves from anyone. There's no bit storage on the tool, but there is a great shelf built into the case.
Price
$299

Contact
Panasonic
800-338-0552
www.panasonic.com
Porter-CableVolts/Amp HoursBattery TypeMaximum TorquePublished WeightSpeed
998719.2/2.4nicad470 inch-pounds6.3 pounds0?500 / 0?1,500 rpm
Porter-Cable 9987
StoryID
501521
ToolNumber
13
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627640
Tester Comments
A good tool with a good feel. It scored high marks for comfort but low marks in the power test. It comes with interchangeable grip inserts. Two bits store on the tool and the case was well thought out with a secure locker for bits and screws. We were a little disappointed that the larger 19.2-volt battery didn't deliver more in the power test, but it was capable enough for most work.
Price
$239

Contact
Porter-Cable
888-848-5175
www.porter-cable.com
RidgidVolts/Amp HoursBattery TypeMaximum TorquePublished WeightSpeed
R841150318/1.7nicad585 inch-pounds7.0 pounds0?400 / 0?1500 rpm
Rigid  R8411503
StoryID
501521
ToolNumber
14
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627640
Tester Comments
This was the heaviest tool. And though it had decent balance and power, it didn't really test well, and the chuck gave us problems. The carrying case is a duffel bag, a detail everybody loved; it provided great storage space. One bit will fit on the base of the tool itself. A decent tool with good power, but needs to lose a half a pound and gain more comfort to catch up to the competition.
Price
$249

Contact
Ridgid
www.ridgid.com
RyobiVolts/Amp HoursBattery TypeMaximum TorquePublished WeightSpeed
P20118/2.0nicad350 inch-pounds5.3 pounds0?440 / 0?1600 rpm
Ryobi P201
StoryID
501521
ToolNumber
15
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627640
Tester Comments
The other non-hammerdrill in the test, it wasn't really up to most of the challenges. Its inability to perform in the power test placed it at the low end of the competition. Overall it seemed like an inexpensive model intended for DIY use. Some features we liked included its magnetic pad for screws and bits and the fact that it's one of the lightest tools. The case has a small bit storage area.
Price
$90 (P811 kit w/light)

Contact
Ryobi
800-525-2579
www.ryobitools.com