The Metabo HPT 18V Compact Hammer Drill: Don’t Be Fooled by Its Size
In our quest to find the finest cordless drills on the market, the Metabo HPT 18V Compact Hammer Drill surpassed our expectations. While compact, this drill checks all the necessary performance boxes, leaving us curious as to how it compares to other models.
- No-load speed: 0-550/2000 RPM
- Maximum Torque: 620 in-lbs.
- Influence rate: 0-8250/30000
- Chuck Capacity: 1/2 in.
- Motor Type: Brushless
The Metabo HPT compact impact drill may be small, but it packs a punch. Its brushless motor is capable of generating up to 620 inch-pounds of torque and 2,000 RPM, with a maximum bump rate of 30,000 BPM. This tool also features anti-kickback control and Metabo HPT’s reaction force control, which detects overload and stops rotation.
Despite its compact size, this rotary hammer holds its ground. We tested it with large spade bits, 2-inch hole saws, and a 3/8-inch concrete drill, and it tackled them all effortlessly. Driving 3 1/2″ deck screws and similar fasteners was a breeze, though it did struggle with our 3″ assortment screws.
This drill grants you the power needed for both residential and commercial projects. We even tried a 2 9/16-inch self-feeding drill for roughing, but the brushless motor showed no signs of slowing down. However, if heavy-duty applications are a regular occurrence, we recommend upgrading to the Metabo HPT 36V hammer drill, which offers even more high-end features.
- Model: Metabo HPT DV18DEX
- Power supply: Metabo HPT 18V battery
- Clutch settings: 22+2
- Weight: 2.6 lbs (bare), 3.5 lbs (with 2.0Ah battery)
- Length: 6.25 inches
All in all, we love the compact design and weight of this drill. It measures just 6.25 inches and weighs 3.5 pounds (including the battery). This makes it much more maneuverable in tight spaces compared to a full-size Metabo HPT hammer drill. The grip is overmolded with smooth, contoured rubber, providing a secure hold as you work.
Additional Features That Make a Difference
- LED work light
- Double-sided belt hook
- 2-speed gearbox
This compact hammer drill kit offers fantastic value for your money. It’s priced at $179 and includes two 2.0Ah batteries, a single-port charger, and a soft carrying case. Metabo HPT provides a lifetime tool warranty, a 2-year battery warranty, and a 1-year charger warranty.
The Bottom Line: A Compact Drill You Can Rely On
Undoubtedly, the Metabo HPT 18V Compact Hammer Drill is one of the most impressive compact drills we’ve ever tested. It delivers exceptional performance and versatility, catering to both professionals and DIY enthusiasts. While it may not be the tiniest or fastest in its class, it certainly packs a powerful punch.