Hitachi D10VH Corded Power DrillIf you’re looking for a smaller-than-average, basic, mid-priced, lightweight power drill that is both easy to carry around and use for continuous drilling, you can’t go wrong with the Hitachi D10VH Corded Power Drill . It also comes with a 5 year warranty which is a feature that you don’t often see anymore. Note, however, that it comes with a 5 year home use warranty.

With a compact size of 9 3/8” and featuring a 680W 6 Amp/120v motor with a 2500RPM maximum rotational speed, it seems equipped to handle regular workshop drilling jobs, weighing in at just 3.1lbs. If you ensure your drill bits are kept extremely sharp, the drill’s power requirement is significantly minimized since it (the drill bit) will cut rapidly without draining power or torque from the drill itself. The cutting capacities of the drill are listed below, but it should be noted that these can be increased using sharp drill bits:

Steel: 3/8” (10 mm) bit diameter – twist drill bit

Wood: 1” (25 mm) bit diameter – twist/spade bit

Wood: 5/8” (16 mm) bit diameter – auger bit

By sticking mainly to wood and steel, it will help preserve the drill’s life since because the D10VH does not feature a hammer drilling action, masonry projects should be avoided.

On the unit we reviewed the 3/8” chuck did not require a key to release or tighten drill bits and while it can be argued that keyless issues don’t have the same grip level as keyed versions, quality keyless chucks are well engineered for an excellent grip as well. As long as chuck jaws are securely tightened, bits won’t slip. Of course, if you would much rather opt for a keyed chuck version, you can go ahead and buy that instead although be warned: those versions are harder to find.

The D10VH’s light and compact weight of 3.1lbs provides great ergonomics and helps to reduce fatigue especially over long drilling periods, which is of course, an important feature taking into account how many pocket holes you might want to drill. And with a forward weight bias it also means your wrists won’t be screaming after usage of more than several minutes. It’s been designed to be held easily in one hand although you can buy an optional auxiliary handle to grip it with both hands.

With a variable 0-2500RPM speed control; the dial located on the trigger face is easily adjustable either way, especially for reducing to a finer speed which is particularly useful when drilling material like metals and plastics. On the main body of the D10vH, just above the trigger is a sliding switch between forward and reverse control, which can be locked to “On” during extended drilling jobs.

Using the Hitachi D10VH Power Drill

During use, the power drill isn’t much different from other similarly designed drills although granted, it is more lightweight. That said, it is a much more powerful tool than the Kreg K3 Pocket Hole System for drilling and cutting pocket holes. During our test with forstner bits of approximately 1” in diameter, it had no issues cutting through softwood but in hardwood while it did drill a 1” diameter hole, the bits must be sharp. If they’re not, the tool will slow down but so long as you don’t force the cut, the drill can cut through with twist bits, brad point bits and spade bits. Augers can also generally be handled, but are limited to size and we would recommend going with a larger, more powerful drill. That said, the D10VH is a perfect DIY, amateur workshop tool as opposed to one for professional constructional purposes.

When it comes to down to it, the D10VH Corded Power Drill offered by Hitachi is a very good bargain. In the $55 range, you get a five year warranty and a very decently featured drill which can make most of the basic cuts. But if you’re looking for something a heavy duty, and not for light tasks around the home, you might want to opt out for a different drill.