July 23, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros

Metabo HPT 18V Cordless Sub-Compact Drill Driver

Metabo HPT Features 12V Size on an 18V Platform

The Metabo HPT DS18DDX 18V Sub-Compact Drill offers a powerful and compact solution for working in tighter spaces. Now, Metabo HPT lets users have a 12V-sized tool while staying on the popular 18V battery platform.

Key Metabo HPT Sub-Compact Drill Features

We really like the size of the Metabo HPT Sub-compact drill. At 6.2″ long and 2.7 lbs. with the kitted battery, it can fit easily into small spaces without causing you inordinate fatigue. It may not be the shortest drill, but the tool has a very small diameter which lightens the load considerably.

Metabo HPT DS18DDX sub-compact drill

What’s more, this helpful sub-compact size doesn’t force you onto a 12V battery platform. Instead, you get to use Metabo HPT 18V batteries, so you can upgrade to bigger and other tools when you need more features or power. Not having to run double-duty on battery platforms and chargers has its advantages.

In terms of concrete numbers, the Metabo HPT Sub-Compact Drill features a brushless motor that provides 1,700 RPM and 485 in-lbs of torque.

Metabo HPT DS18DDX vs Compact

ModelDS18DDX Sub-Compact DrillDS18DBFL2QBM Compact DrillDS18DBFL2Q4M Drill
Chuck Size1/2″1/2″1/2″
Speed1,700 RPM1,800 RPM1,800 RPM
Torque485 in-lbs.620 in-lbs.620 in-lbs.
Weight (w/ 1.5Ah battery)2.7 lbs.3.5 lbs.3.5 lbs.
Wood Capacity1-7/16″2″2″
Metal Capacity1/2″1/2″1/2″
Price$129 (kit)$129 (kit)$119 (bare)

Compared to Metabo HPT’s last compact 18V model, the DS18DBFL2QB, we can see that this sub-compact model does offer some substantial weight and size reductions. This model is around 10% shorter and 23% lighter than the already pretty size-conscious Black Series compact drill.

Of course, you sacrifice some speed and power with the drop in weight and size. The DS18DDX maxes out at 100 less rpm with 135 less in-lbs. of torque. This won’t affect you much in terms of your metal drilling capacity. But, with softwood, you’ll lose just over half an inch of practical drilling capacity.

Other Features

  • Keyless 1/2″ chuck
  • 20 clutch positions
  • Ergonomic, center-balance design
  • LED work light


While the power and size of the Metabo HPT Sub-Compact Drill certainly have their merits, we also really appreciate the kit price. It comes with two 1.5Ah batteries, a charger, a #2 Phillips head bit, and a hard case. All this retails for $129.

Metabo HPT DS18DDX sub-compact drill and impact driver

Or, you can pick up a combo kit, which includes the WH18DDX Sub-Compact Drill as well. It comes with two batteries, a charger, and a case. This package will run you $179.

The DS18DDX comes with Metabo HPT’s warranty system. The tool body comes with a lifetime warranty, while the batteries are warrantied for 2-years, and the charger for one year.

Metabo HPT Sub-Compact Drill Specs

  • Model: Metabo HPT DS18DDX
  • Voltage: 18V
  • Motor: Brushless
  • Torque: 485 in-lbs.
  • No-Load Speed: 0-1,700 RPM
  • Clutch Settings: 20+1
  • Chuck Type: 1/2″ keyless ratcheting
  • LED Light: Yes
  • Belt Hook: Yes
  • Length: 6.2 in.
  • Weight: 1.9 lbs. (bare tool); 2.7 lbs (with 1.5 Ah battery)
  • Warranty: Lifetime warranty on tool body, 2-year warranty on battery, 1-year warranty on charger
  • Kit Price: $129

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