Metabo HPT Compact Cordless Drill Review | Black Edition
The King of the Compact Cordless Drill Class is Now the Best Value
We first tested the Metabo HPT DS18DBFL2 alongside more than 50 other drills to determine which models are the best in a variety of scenarios. The Black Edition of the Metabo HPT compact cordless drill starts with the same foundation and uses a different kit configuration with a $99 price tag. Now it’s adding “Best Value” to its list of accolades.
- Smoking hot value at $99 for the kit
- Excellent torque for a compact drill
- Brushless motor
- Comfortable handle design
- Kitted battery is only 1.5Ah
RecommendationWithout a doubt, the Metabo HPT compact cordless drill is the best compact drill available. It has the performance to give Pros plenty of versatility with a price that’s well within range of DIYers. While it might not be the most compact or the fastest in the class, it’s certainly the most capable.
Update: We originally reported that the LED battery indicator did not work properly with the 1.5Ah battery that came in the kit. After running the pack through a couple of charge cycles, it now displays correctly.
Metabo HPT Compact Cordless Drill
As a typical 2-speed drill, you change modes with a mechanical switch on top of the motor. High speed specs out with 1800 RPM in high and 400 RPM in high. With a fully charged 1.5Ah battery, we measured those speeds at 1731 and 398, respectively.
To see how the Metabo HPT compact cordless drill performs under load, we chucked up a few different bits and bored through glued layers of 3/4-inch OSB subfloor. We like this material over lumber because it’s much more consistent for baseline testing.
With a 3/4-inch Bosch Daredevil High-Speed Auger Bit, the drill maintained 1383 RPM. That’s on the higher side of the class, although DeWalt’s DCD797 dominated this test with a 1948 RPM average.
Dropping into low speed, the drill kept up a 335 RPM average using a 1 1/2-inch Milwaukee Switchblade self-feed bit. That’s on the lower side of the group. However, Metabo HPT geared their low speed lower than most drills and their efficiency using that size bit is really solid.
The Metabo HPT compact cordless drill boasts 620 in-lbs of torque. That’s significantly more than we see from most other compact models. They usually tap out by 550 in-lbs with most under that number by quite a bit.
That muscle showed as we pushed the boundaries of what we normally ask our compact drills to do. We test 1 1/2-inch self-feed bits with compact drills, but because Metabo HPT wasn’t working terribly hard, we moved to a 2 9/16-inch self-feed bit and it wasn’t enough to stall its brushless motor. It averaged 265 RPM and seemed confident boring through our glued-up OSB layers.
Even though this model doesn’t challenge for the highest speeds under load, Metabo HPT’s gearing clearly sets it up to do a larger range of work than other compact drills.
Size and Weight
With so much available power, it’s not a surprise to find that Metabo HPT isn’t the most compact in the class. It’s not anywhere near the largest, either. It joins stays in the more compact side of the group with a 6.9-inch head length. The width of the head is larger than others, though.
While it’s not as critical to getting you into tight spaces, the drill’s height is 8.1 inches. The kitted 1.5Ah battery adds another 1.1 inches.
Weight is pretty reasonable as well. Bare, the Metabo HPT compact cordless drill weighs 2.73 pounds and the compact battery brings it up to 3.54 pounds. Its weight is right at the average for the compact class.
- Brushless motor
- 22 + 1 clutch system
- Keyless chuck
- Foot-mounted LED light
- 2-LED battery indicator
The battery indicator only has 2 LEDs, meaning you’ll only see when you’re above or below 50%.
The Metabo HPT compact cordless drill absolutely crushes it in value. With a 1.5Ah battery and charger, you can pick one up for just $99. That’s outstanding for a brushless drill with the kind of performance we’re seeing.
The Bottom Line
Without a doubt, the Metabo HPT compact cordless drill is the best compact drill available. It has the performance to give Pros plenty of versatility with a price that’s well within range of DIYers. While it might not be the most compact or the fastest in the class, it’s certainly the most capable.
Metabo HPT Compact Cordless Drill Specifications
- Model: Metabo HPT DS18DBFL2QB
- Voltage: 18V Lithium-Ion
- Motor Type: Brushless
- Chuck: 1/2″ Keyless
- Torque: 620 in-lbs
- No-Load Speed: 0-400/1,800 RPM
- Clutch Settings: 22 + 1
- Length: 7-1/4 in.
- Weight: 3.5 lbs (with 18V 1.5Ah battery)
- Warranty: Lifetime warranty on tool, 2-year warranty on battery, 1-year warranty on charger
- Kit Price: $99