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HiKOKI DS18DBSL Cordless Driver Drill

HiKOKI DS18DBSL Cordless Driver Drill fig 1


Read all safety warnings, instructions, illustrations and specifi cations provided with this power tool.
Failure to follow all instructions listed below may result in electric shock, fi re and/or serious injury.

Save all warnings and instructions for future reference.
The term “power tool” in the warnings refers to your mains-operated (corded) power tool or battery-operated (cordless) power tool.

  1. Work area safety
    a) Keep work area clean and well lit. Cluttered or dark areas invite accidents.
    b) Do not operate power tools in explosive atmospheres, such as in the presence of fl flammable liquids, gases or dust. Power tools create sparks that may ignite dust or fumes.
    c) Keep children and bystanders away while operating a power tool. Distractions can cause you to lose control.
  2. Electrical safety
    a) Power tool plugs must match the outlet. Never modify the plug in any way. Do not use any adapter plugs with earthed (grounded) power tools.
    Unmodifi ed plugs and matching outlets will reduce risk of electric shock.
    b) Avoid body contact with earthed or grounded surfaces, such as pipes, radiators, ranges and refrigerators. There is an increased risk of electric shock if your body is earthed or grounded.
    c) Do not expose power tools to rain or wet conditions. Water entering a power tool will increase the risk of electric shock.
    d) Do not abuse the cord. Never use the cord for carrying, pulling or unplugging the power tool. Keep cord away from heat, oil, sharp edges or moving parts. Damaged or entangled cords increase the risk of electric shock.
    e) When operating a power tool outdoors, use an extension cord suitable for outdoor use. Use of a cord suitable for outdoor use reduces the risk of electric shock.
    f) If operating a power tool in a damp location is unavoidable, use a residual current device (RCD) protected supply. Use of an RCD reduces the risk of electric shock.
  3. Personal safety
    a) Stay alert, watch what you are doing and use common sense when operating a power tool. Do not use a power tool while you are tired or under the infl uence of drugs, alcohol or medication. A moment of inattention while operating power tools may result in serious personal injury.
    b) Use personal protective equipment. Always wear eye protection. Protective equipment such as a dust mask, non-skid safety shoes, hard hat or hearing protection used for appropriate conditions will reduce personal injuries.
    c) Prevent unintentional starting. Ensure the switch is in the off -position before connecting to a power source and/or battery pack, picking up or carrying the tool. Carrying power tools with your fi nger on the switch or energizing power tools that have the switch on invites accidents.
    d) Remove any adjusting key or wrench before turning the power tool on. A wrench or a key left attached to a rotating part of the power tool may result in personal injury.
    e) Do not overreach. Keep proper footing and balance at all times. This enables better control of the power tool in unexpected situations.
    f) Dress properly. Do not wear loose clothing or jewelry. Keep your hair and clothing away from moving parts. Loose clothes, jewelry, or long hair can be caught in moving parts.
    g) If devices are provided for the connection of dust extraction and collection facilities, ensure these are connected and properly used. The use of dust collection can reduce dust-related hazards.
    h) Do not let familiarity gained from frequent use of tools allow you to become complacent and ignore tool safety principles. A careless action can cause severe injury within a fraction of a second.
  4. Power tool use and care
    a) Do not force the power tool. Use the correct power tool for your application. The correct power tool will do the job better and safer at the rate for which it was designed.
    b) Do not use the power tool if the switch does not turn it on and off . Any power tool that cannot be controlled with the switch is dangerous and must be repaired.
    c) Disconnect the plug from the power source and/or remove the battery pack, if detachable, from the power tool before making any adjustments, changing accessories, or storing power tools. Such preventive safety measures reduce the risk of starting the power tool accidentally.
    d) Store idle power tools out of the reach of children and do not allow persons unfamiliar with the power tool or these instructions to operate the power tool. Power tools are dangerous in the hands of untrained users.
    e) Maintain power tools and accessories. Check for misalignment or binding of moving parts, breakage of parts and any other condition that may aff ect the power toolʼs operation. If damaged, have the power tool repaired before use. Many accidents are caused by poorly maintained power tools.
    f) Keep cutting tools sharp and clean.
    Properly maintained cutting tools with sharp cutting edges are less likely to bind and are easier to control.
    g) Use the power tool, accessories and tool bits, etc. in accordance with these instructions, taking into account the working conditions and the work to be performed. Use of the power tool for operations diff erent from those intended could result in a hazardous situation.
    h) Keep handles and grasping surfaces dry, clean, and free from oil and grease. Slippery handles and grasping surfaces do not allow for safe handling and control of the tool in unexpected situations.
  5. Battery tool use and care
    a) Recharge only with the charger specifi ed by the manufacturer.
    A charger that is suitable for one type of battery pack may create a risk of fi re when used with another battery pack.
    b) Use power tools only with specifically designated battery packs.
    Use of any other battery packs may create a risk of injury and fi re.
    c) when the battery pack is not in use, keep it away from other metal objects, like paper clips, coins, keys, nails, screws, or other small metal objects, that can make a connection from one terminal to another.
    Shorting the battery terminals together may cause burns or a fi re.
    d) Under abusive conditions, liquid may be ejected from the battery; avoid contact. If contact accidentally occurs, flush with water. If liquid contacts eyes, additionally seek medical help. Liquid ejected from the battery may cause irritation or burns.
    e) Do not use a battery pack or tool that is damaged or modifi ed.
    Damaged or modifi ed batteries may exhibit unpredictable behavior resulting in fi re, explosion, or risk of injury.
    f) Do not expose a battery pack or tool to fi re or excessive temperature.
    Exposure to fi re or temperature above 130°C may cause an explosion.
    g) Follow all charging instructions and do not charge the battery pack or tool outside the temperature range specifi ed in the instructions. Charging improperly or at temperatures outside the specifi ed range may damage the battery and increase the risk of fi re.
  6. Service
    a) Have your power tool serviced by a qualifi ed repair person using only identical replacement parts. This will ensure that the safety of the power tool is maintained.
    b) Never service damaged battery packs. Service of battery packs should only be performed by the manufacturer or authorized service providers.

Keep children and infi rm persons away. When not in use, tools should be stored out of reach of children and infi rm persons.


Safety instructions for all operations
a) Wear ear protectors when impact drilling. Exposure to noise can cause hearing loss.
b) Hold the power tool by insulated gripping surfaces, when performing an operation where the cutting accessory may contact hidden wiring.
Cutting accessory contacting a “live” wire may make exposed metal parts of the power tool “live” and could give the operator an electric shock.

Safety instructions when using long drill bits

a) Never operate at higher speed than the maximum speed rating of the drill bit.
At higher speeds, the bit is likely to bend if allowed to rotate freely without contacting the workpiece, resulting in personal injury.
b) Always start drilling at low speed and with the bit tip in contact with the workpiece.
At higher speeds, the bit is likely to bend if allowed to rotate freely without contacting the workpiece, resulting in personal injury.
c) Apply pressure only in direct line with the bit and do not apply excessive pressure.
Bits can bend causing breakage or loss of control, resulting in personal injury.


  1. Make sure that the area to be drilled is absolutely free of any hidden obstructions including electrical wiring, water, or gas pipes. Drilling into the aforementioned may result in electric shock or short circuit, gas leak or other hazards that can cause serious accidents or injuries.
  2. Make sure to securely hold the tool during operation. Failure to do so can result in accidents or injuries (Fig. 13).
  3. Secure the workpiece. A workpiece clamped with clamping devices or in a vice is held more secure than by hand.
  4. Setting up and checking the work environment. Check if the work environment is suitable by following the precaution.
  5. Do not allow foreign matter to enter the hole for connecting the rechargeable battery.
  6. Never disassemble the rechargeable battery and charger.
  7. Never short-circuit the rechargeable battery. Shortcircuiting the battery will cause a great electric current and overheat. It results in burn or damage to the battery.
  8. Do not dispose of the battery in fi re. If the battery is burnt, it may explode.
  9. Bring the battery to the shop from which it was purchased as soon as the post-charging battery life becomes too short for practical use. Do not dispose of the exhausted battery.
  10. Do not insert object into the air ventilation slots of the charger. Inserting metal objects or infl ammables into the charger air ventilation slots will result in electrical shock hazard or damaged charger.
  11. When mounting a bit into the keyless chuck, tighten the sleeve adequately. If the sleeve is not tight, the bit may slip or fall out, causing injury.
  12. When changing the rotational speed with the shift knob, confi rm that the switch is off . Changing the speed while the motor is rotating will damage the gears.
  13. The clutch dial cannot be set between the numerals “1, 4, 7 … 22” or the dots, and do not use with the clutch dial numeral between “22” and the line at the middle of the drill mark. Doing so may cause damage.
  14. Always use this unit with clockwise rotation, when using it as impact drill.
  15. Resting the unit after continuous work.
  16. The power tool is equipped with a temperature protection circuit to protect the motor. Continuous work may cause the temperature of the unit to rise, activating the temperature protection circuit and automatically stopping operation. If this happens, allow the power tool to cool before resuming use.
  17. The motor may stop in the event the tool is overloaded. If this should occur, release the tool’s switch and eliminate the cause of the overload.
  18. The motor rotation may be locked to cease while the unit is used as a drill. While operating the driver-drill, take care not to lock the motor.
  19. The use of the battery in a cold condition (below 0 degrees Centigrade) can sometimes result in weakened tightening torque and a reduced amount of work. This, however, is a temporary phenomenon and returns to normal when the battery warms up.
  20. Install securely the hook. Unless the hook is securely installed, it may cause an injury while using.
  21. Do not look directly into the light. Such actions could result in eye injury. Wipe off any dirt or grime attached to the lens of the LED light with a soft cloth, being careful not to scratch the lens. Scratches on the lens of the LED light can result in decreased brightness.
  22. Always use the tool and battery at temperatures between – 5°C and 40°C.
  23. Always charge the battery at an ambient temperature of 0–40°C.


To extend the lifetime, the lithium-ion battery equips with the protection function to stop the output.
In the cases of 1 to 3 described below, when using this product, even if you are pulling the switch, the motor may stop. This is not the trouble but the result of the protection function.

  1. When the battery power remaining runs out, the motor stops. In such a case, charge it up immediately.
  2. If the tool is overloaded, the motor may stop. In this case, release the switch of tool and eliminate causes of overloading. After that, you can use it again.
  3. If the battery is overheated under overload work, the battery power may stop. In this case, stop using the battery and let the battery cool. After that, you can use it again.

Furthermore, please heed the following warning and caution.


In order to prevent any battery leakage, heat generation, smoke emission, explosion and ignition beforehand, please be sure to heed the following precautions.

  1. Make sure that swarf and dust do not collect on the battery.
    1. During work make sure that swarf and dust do not fall on the battery.
    2. Make sure that any swarf and dust falling on the power tool during work do not collect on the battery.
    3. Do not store an unused battery in a location exposed to swarf and dust.
    4. Before storing a battery, remove any swarf and dust that may adhere to it and do not store it together with metal parts (screws, nails, etc.).
  2. Do not pierce battery with a sharp object such as a nail, strike with a hammer, step on, throw or subject the battery to severe physical shock.
  3. Do not use an apparently damaged or deformed battery.
  4. Do not use the battery in reverse polarity.
  5. Do not connect directly to electrical outlets or car cigarette lighter sockets.
  6. Do not use the battery for a purpose other than that specifi ed.
  7. If the battery charging fails to complete even when a specifi ed recharging time has elapsed, immediately stop further recharging.
  8. Do not put or subject the battery to high temperatures or high pressure such as into a microwave oven, dryer, or high-pressure container.
  9. Keep away from fi re immediately when leakage or foul odor are detected.
  10. Do not use in a location where strong static electricity generates.
  11. If there is battery leakage, foul odor, heat generated, discolored or deformed, or in any way appears abnormal during use, recharging or storage, immediately remove it from the equipment or battery charger, and stop use.
  12. Do not immerse the battery or allow any fl uids to fl ow inside. Conductive liquid ingress, such as water, can cause damage resulting in fi re or explosion. Store your battery in a cool, dry place, away from combustible and fl flammable items. Corrosive gas atmospheres must be avoided.
  1. If liquid leaking from the battery gets into your eyes, do not rub your eyes and wash them well with fresh clean water such as tap water and contact a doctor immediately. If left untreated, the liquid may cause eye problems.
  2. If liquid leaks onto your skin or clothes, wash well with clean water such as tap water immediately.
    There is a possibility that this can cause skin irritation.
  3. If you find rust, foul odor, overheating, discolor, deformation, and/or other irregularities when using the battery for the fi rst time, do not use and return it to your supplier or vendor.

If a conductive foreign matter enters the terminal of the lithium-ion battery, the battery may be shorted, causing fi re. When storing the lithium-ion battery, obey surely the rules of the following contents.

  • Do not place conductive debris, nail, and wires such as iron wire and copper wire in the storage case.
  • To prevent shorting from occurring, load the battery in the tool or insert securely the battery cover for storing until the ventilator is not seen.


When transporting a lithium-ion battery, please observe the following precautions.
Notify the transporting company that a package contains a lithium-ion battery, inform the company of its power output and follow the instructions of the transportation company when arranging transport.

  • Lithium-ion batteries that exceed a power output of 100 Wh are considered to be in the freight classifi cation of Dangerous Goods and will require special application procedures.

For transportation abroad, you must comply with international law and the rules and regulations of the destination country.HiKOKI DS18DBSL Cordless Driver Drill fig 2 NAMES OF PARTS

  1. Rechargeable battery
  2. Screw
  3. Latch
  4. Hook
  5. Handle
  6. Groove
  7. Pilot lamp
  8. Trigger switch
  9. Drill mark
  10. Remaining battery indicator lamp
  11. clutch dia
  12. Display panel
  13. Triangle mark
  14. Sleeve
  15. Hammer mark
  16. Push-button
  17. Shift knob


WARNING: The following show symbols used for the machine. Be sure that you understand their meaning before use.HiKOKI DS18DBSL Cordless Driver Drill fig 3HiKOKI DS18DBSL Cordless Driver Drill fig 4

* Depending on attached battery. The heaviest weight is measured with BSL36B18 (sold separately).


In addition to the main unit (1 unit), the package contains the accessories listed on page 191.
Standard accessories are subject to change without notice.



  • Driving and removing of machine screws, wood screws, tapping screws, etc.
  • Drilling of various metals
  • Drilling of various woods


  • Drilling of brick and concrete block, etc.
  • Driving and removing of machine screws, wood screws, tapping screws, etc.
  • Drilling of various metals
  • Drilling of various woods


The specifications of this machine are listed in the Table on page 191.
Due to HiKOKI’s continuing program of research and development, the specifications herein are subject to change without prior notice.


Before using the power tool, charge the battery as follows.

  1. Connect the charger’s power cord to the receptacle. When connecting the plug of the charger to a receptacle, the pilot lamp will blink in red (At 1- second intervals).
    CAUTION Do not use the electrical cord is damaged. Has it been repaired immediately?
  2. Insert the battery into the charger. Firmly insert the battery into the charger as shown in Fig. 2.
  3. Charging When inserting a battery in the charger, charging will commence and the pilot lamp will light continuously in red. When the battery becomes fully recharged, the pilot lamp will blink in red. (At 1-second intervals) (See Table 1)
    1. Pilot lamp indication The indications of the pilot lamp will be as shown in Table 1, according to the condition of the charger or the rechargeable batteryHiKOKI DS18DBSL Cordless Driver Drill fig 5
    2. Regarding the temperatures and charging time of the battery. The temperatures and charging time will become as shown in Table 2HiKOKI DS18DBSL Cordless Driver Drill fig 6
      NOTE The recharging time may vary according to the ambient temperature and power source voltage.
      CAUTION When the battery charger has been continuously used, the battery charger will be heated, thus constituting the cause of the failures. Once the charging has been completed, give 15 minutes rest until the next charging.
  4. Disconnect the charger’s power cord from the receptacle.
  5. Hold the charger firmly and pull out the battery.
    NOTE Be sure to pull out the battery from the charger after use, and then keep it.
    1. CAUTION If the battery is charged while it is heated because it has been left for a long time in a location subject to direct sunlight or because the battery has just been used, the pilot lamp of the charger lights for 1 second, does not light for 0.5 seconds (off for 0.5 seconds). In such a case, first let the battery cool, then start charging.
    2. When the pilot lamp flickers (at 0.2-second intervals), check for and take out any foreign objects in the charger’s battery connector. If there are no foreign objects, it is probable that the battery or charger is malfunctioning. Take it to your authorized Service Center.
    3. Since the built-in microcomputer takes about 3 seconds to confirm that the battery being charged with the charger is taken out, wait for a minimum of 3 seconds before reinserting it to continue charging. If the battery is reinserted within 3 seconds, the battery may not be properly charged.


Action Figure Page
Removing and inserting the battery 1 192
Charging 2 192
Tightening torque adjustment 3 192
Selecting the drill position 4 192
Selecting the impact position 5 192
Change rotation speed 6 192
Removing and mounting the hook 7 193
Remaining battery indicator 8 193
How to use the LED light 9 193
Mounting the bit 10 193
Reversing the rotational direction 11 194
Switch operation 12 194
Selecting accessories 195


This product features functions that are designed to protect the tool itself as well as the battery. While the switch is pulled, if any of the safeguard functions are triggered during operation, the LED light will blink as described in Table 3. When any of the safeguard functions are triggered,
immediately remove your fi nger from the switch and follow the instructions described under corrective action.

Safeguard Function LED Light Display Corrective Action

Overburden Protection

On 0.1 second/off 0.1 second   If the operating with the shift knob set on HIGH, adjust to LOW and continue operation. Remove the cause of the overburdening.
Temperature Protection On 0.5 second/off 0.5 second Allow the tool and battery to thoroughly cool.


  1. Inspecting the tool
    Since use of as dull tool will degrade effi ciency and cause possible motor malfunction, sharpen or replace the tool as soon as abrasion is noted.
  2. Inspecting the mounting screws
    Regularly inspect all mounting screws and ensure that they are properly tightened. Should any of the screws be loose, retighten them immediately. Failure to do so could result in serious hazard.
  3. Maintenance of the motor
    The motor unit winding is the very “heart” of the power tool. Exercise due care to ensure the winding does not become damaged and/or wet with oil or water.
  4. Cleaning on the outside
    When the power tool is stained, wipe with a soft dry cloth or a cloth moistened with soapy water. Do not use chloric solvents, gasoline or paint thinner, for they melt plastics.
  5. Storage
    Store the power tool and battery in a place in which the temperature is less than 40°C and out of reach of children.

Storing lithium-ion batteries.
Make sure the lithium-ion batteries have been fully charged before storing them.
Prolonged storage (3 months or more) of batteries with a low charge may result in performance deterioration, significantly reducing battery usage time or rendering the batteries incapable of holding a charge. However, significantly reduced battery usage time may be recovered by repeatedly charging and using the batteries two to five times. If the battery usage time is extremely short despite repeated charging and use, consider the batteries dead
and purchase new batteries.

In the operation and maintenance of power tools, the safety regulations and standards prescribed in each country must be observed.

Important notice on the batteries for the HiKOKI cordless power tools
Please always use one of our designated genuine batteries. We cannot guarantee the safety and performance of our cordless power tool when used with batteries other than those designated by us, or when the battery is disassembled and modifi ed (such as disassembly and replacement of cells or other internal parts).


We guarantee HiKOKI Power Tools in accordance with statutory/country specifi c regulation. This guarantee does not cover defects or damage due to misuse, abuse, or normal wear and tear. In case of complaint, please send the Power Tool, undismantled, with the GUARANTEE CERTIFICATE found at the end of this Handling instruction, to a HiKOKI Authorized Service Center.

Information concerning airborne noise and vibration
The measured values were determined according to EN62841 and declared in accordance with ISO 4871.

  • Measured A-weighted sound power level:
    86.5 dB (A) (DS18DBSL)
    96.5 dB (A) (DV18DBSL)
  • Measured A-weighted sound pressure level:
    75.5 dB (A) (DS18DBSL)
    85.5 dB (A) (DV18DBSL)
  • Uncertainty K: 5 dB (A).
  • Wear hearing protection.
  • Vibration total values (triax vector sum) determined according to EN62841.
  • Drilling into metal:
    Vibration emission value ah, D < 2.5 m/s2
  • Uncertainty K = 1.5 m/s2 (DS18DBSL, DV18DBSL)
  • Impact drilling into concrete:
    Vibration emission value ah, ID = 9.1 m/s2 (DV18DBSL)
    Uncertainty K = 1.5 m/s2 (DV18DBSL)

The declared vibration total value and the declared noise emission value have been measured in accordance with a standard test method and may be used for comparing one tool with another.
They may also be used in a preliminary assessment of exposure.


  • The vibration and noise emission during actual use of the power tool can diff er from the declared total value depending on the ways in which the tool is used especially what kind of workpiece is processed; and
  • Identify safety measures to protect the operator that are based on an estimation of exposure in the actual conditions of use (taking account of all parts of the operating cycle such as the times when the tool is switched off and when it is running idle in addition to the trigger time).

NOTE: Due to HiKOKI’s continuing program of research and development, the specifi cations herein are subject to change without prior notice.


Use the inspections in the table below if the tool does not operate normally. If this does not remedy the problem, consult your dealer or the HiKOKI Authorized Service Center.

Symptom Possible cause Remedy
Tool doesn’t run No remaining battery power Charge the battery.
Battery isn’t securely attached. Push in the battery until a click is heard.
Tool suddenly stopped Tool was overburdened Remove the cause of the overburdening.
Battery or tool overheated Allow the tool and battery to thoroughly cool.
Tool bits

-can’t be attached

-fall off

The shape of the attachment portion doesn’t match The chucking diameter of the keyless chuck is 1.5 mm to 13 mm. Use a bit that falls within the stated range.
The lock of the keyless chuck is worn Contact a HiKOKI Authorized Service Center and arrange to have the old keyless chuck replaced with a new one.
Switch can’t be pulled Forward/reverse selector button is positioned halfway Press the button firmly into position for the desired direction of rotation.
Screw head slips or comes loose. Bit number doesn’t match with the screw size Install a suitable bit.
The bit is worn Replace with a new bit.
Holes can’t be smoothly drilled. The drill is worn Replace with a new drill.
Rotation speed isn’t appropriate Adjust the rotation speed (HIGH/LOW) to match the material to be drilled.
The drill is rotating in reverse Switch to forward rotation.
The pilot lamp is rapidly flickers red, and battery charging doesn’t begin. The battery is not inserted all the way. Insert the battery firmly.
There is foreign matter in the battery terminal or where the battery is attached. Remove the foreign matter.
The pilot lamp blinks red, and battery charging doesn’t begin. The battery is not inserted all the way. Insert the battery firmly.
The battery is overheated. If left alone, the battery will automatically begin charging if its temperature decreases, but this may reduce battery life. It is recommended that the battery be cooled in a well-ventilated location away from direct sunlight before charging it.
Battery usage time is short even though the battery is fully charged. The battery’s life is depleted. Replace the battery with a new one.
The battery takes a long time to charge. The temperature of the battery, the charger, or the surrounding environment is extremely low. Charge the battery indoors or in another warmer environment.
The charger’s vents are blocked, causing its internal components to overheat. Avoid blocking the vents.
The cooling fan is not running. Contact a HiKOKI Authorized Service Center for repairs.


Documents / Resources

HiKOKI DS18DBSL Cordless Driver Drill [pdf] Instructions
DS18DBSL, DV18DBSL, DS18DBSL Cordless Driver Drill, Cordless Driver Drill, Driver Drill, Drill

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