MetaboHPT puts on a clinic on how to win a drill shootout. Its compact drill's balance of competitive speed in high and class-leading soft torque in low expand what we can expect performance in this class. In the midst of all that, it keeps its weight and size in check, doesn't overlook anything major on its feature set, and comes in at an attractive price. When we strip away the subjective and look solely at the objective data, the Metabo HPT DS18DBFL2 is the most complete cordless drill in its class.

We recently tested more than 50 drills of various shapes, sizes, and power ratings in our recent Best Drill Head to Head Review. The Metabo HPT DS18DBFL2 compact drill entered the 18V competition along with its hammer drill counterpart. Rebranding or not, this Metabo HPT 18V cordless compact drill showed up to our shootout with a point to prove. Not only did it muscle its way to the top of our torque tests, but it also showed us how to balance performance and value.

MetaboHPT puts on a clinic on how to win a drill shootout. Its compact drill’s balance of competitive speed in high and class-leading soft torque in low expand what we can expect performance in this class. In the midst of all that, it keeps its weight and size in check, doesn’t overlook anything major on its feature set, and comes in at an attractive price. When we strip away the subjective and look solely at the objective data, the Metabo HPT DS18DBFL2 is the most complete cordless drill in its class.

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Editor’s Note: With the exception of concrete testing, the Metabo HPT compact drill’s characteristics are the same as the hammer drill. They’re foundationally the same tool with a hammer mechanism added for the hammer drill.

The Metabo HPT DS18DBFL2’s feature set might be the weakest part of this drill’s game. It has the features it needs to get the job done, but it won’t wow you with smart tracking or controls. It won’t blow you away with any special modes or reactive torque control (so watch out for your wrists).

What the Metabo HPT has going for it is a 2-speed brushless motor and an all-metal, keyless, ratcheting chuck. It has 22+1 clutch settings and includes an LED light and a metal belt hook.



While the feature set is fairly mundane, it avoids any major pitfalls and doesn’t lack anything critical.

The Metabo HPT DS18DBFL2 puts out some serious torque for a compact drill. Where the second place finisher put a pretty good gap on the group with 220 in-lbs, this one cranked out 312 in-lbs.

Between the last place finisher to the second place finisher, we see a spread of 98 in-lbs to 220 in-lbs with Metabo HPT acting like it should be in the next class up. But did they spend too much energy on torque and neglect speed?

The speed tests were a good deal more balanced for the Compact class. With a 3/4″ Bosch Daredevil High-Speed Auger Bit, the Metabo HPT 18v cordless compact drill finished in fourth place, averaging 1342 RPM. That’s 80% of the no-load speed we tested and a pretty solid efficiency rating.

Next, we looked at the drill’s low-speed performance with a 1-1/2″ Milwaukee SwitchBlade Self-Feed Bit. The Metabo HPT DS18DBFL2 finished in a somewhat disappointing twelfth place with 357 RPM. However, its efficiency pushed up to 92%.

The no-load speed results confirm what we see in the torque results—Metabo HPT goes with a bigger low-speed gear to get more torque at the expense of some speed. There’s still more than enough to get the job done and you can use a bigger range of bits with this model than others.

Flipping over the Metabo HPT 18V cordless compact hammer drill, its concrete drilling speed is in the middle of the pack with a 1/4″ Bosch Daredevil Multipurpose Bit. It took 7.92 seconds to drive 3″ deep with slower models taking up to 9.48 seconds. DeWalt’s DCD797 (5.92 seconds) runs away with this class, leaving second place Masterforce at 7.18 seconds.

At 3.68 lbs with its 3.0Ah compact battery, the Metabo HPT DS18DBFL2 is in the heavier half of the group with a comfortable gap back to the heaviest (4.21 lbs).

If you’re looking at the Metabo HPT DV18DBFL2 hammer drill, there aren’t a lot of changes. It’s slight longer at  7.2″ and just 0.11 lbs heavier.

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MetaboHPT puts on a clinic on how to win a drill shootout. Its compact drill’s balance of competitive speed in high and class-leading soft torque in low expand what we can expect performance in this class. In the midst of all that, it keeps its weight and size in check, doesn’t overlook anything major on its feature set, and comes in at an attractive price. When we strip away the subjective and look solely at the objective data, the Metabo HPT DS18DBFL2 is the most complete cordless drill in its class.

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