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 SDS Plus  

Hammer Drill

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Thank you for purchasing this Triton tool. This manual contains information necessary for safe and effective operation of this product.  

This product has unique features and, even if you are familiar with similar products, it is necessary to read this manual carefully to ensure 

you fully understand the instructions. Ensure all users of the tool read and fully understand this manual.

Description of Symbols  

Technical Abbreviations Key

Wear hearing protection 
Wear eye protection
Wear breathing protection
Wear head protection

Wear hand protection

Read instruction manual 


Charger: Class II construction  
(double insulated for additional protection)

Indoors use only (battery and battery charger)

DO NOT incinerate batteries!

Toxic fumes or gases!

Environmental Protection   

Waste electrical products and batteries, including 
Li-Ion batteries, should not be disposed of with 
household waste. Please recycle where facilities 
exist. Check with your local authority or retailer for 
recycling advice.

Conforms to relevant legislation and safety standards.



~, AC

Alternating current

A, mA

Ampere, milli-Amp



No load speed









, DC

Direct current

W, kW

Watt, kilowatt

/min or min


Operations per minute


Amp hours (battery capacity)

dB (A)

Decibel sound level (A weighted)



Metres per second squared (vibration magnitude)

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No load speed:




SDS Plus

Impact rate:


Impact energy:


Safety clutch  

(operates at or below): 


Max drilling capacity:

- Masonry

Ø 20mm

- Wood  

Ø 20mm*

- Steel 

Ø 10mm*

Dimensions (L x W x H): 

340 x 75 x 190mm


2.1kg (including battery)

*Requires additional purchase of conventional chuck adaptor


Cell type:



18V, DC 


1.5Ah (XT15AHB), 2.0Ah 
(XT2AHB), 3.0Ah (XT3AHB)  
& 4.0Ah (XT4AHB)

Charging times (XT35C charger):

3-5hrs (1.5Ah & 2.0Ah),  
5-7hrs (3.0Ah & 4.0Ah)

• Batteries supplied will vary depending on pack configuration

Battery Charger PSU

Model No:


Input power:                                             

230-240V~ 50/60Hz, 13W

Output power:    

22.7V DC, 380mA

Protection class:

Length of power cord:


Battery Charger

Input Voltage:

22.7V DC

Output power:

14.4-18V DC

Battery Compatibility:

XT 18V

As part of our ongoing product development, specifications of Triton 
products may alter without notice.

Sound and vibration information

Sound Pressure L




Sound Power L




Uncertainty K:


Weighted vibration a


 (main handle):



 (auxiliary handle):





Uncertainty K:



The sound intensity level for the operator may exceed 85dB(A) and sound 
protection measures are necessary.



 Always wear ear protection where the sound level exceeds 85dB(A) 

and limit the time of exposure if necessary. If sound levels are uncomfortable, 
even with ear protection, stop using the tool immediately and check the ear 
protection is correctly fitted and provides the correct level of sound attenuation 
for the level of sound produced by your tool.


User exposure to tool vibration can result in loss of sense of touch, 

numbness, tingling and reduced ability to grip. Long term exposure can lead to 
a chronic condition. If necessary, limit the length of time exposed to vibration 
and use anti-vibration gloves. Do not operate the tool with hands below a 
normal comfortable temperature, as vibration will have a greater effect. Use 
the figures provided in the specification relating to vibration to calculate the 
duration and frequency of operating the tool. 
Sound and vibration levels in the specification are determined according to 
EN60745 or similar international standards. The figures represent normal use 
for the tool in normal working conditions. A poorly maintained, incorrectly 
assembled, or misused tool, may produce increased levels of noise and 


 provides information on sound and vibration 

levels in the workplace that may be useful to domestic users who use tools for 
long periods of time.

General Safety 

WARNING Read all safety warnings and all instructions. 

Failure to follow 

the warnings and instructions may result in electric shock, fire and/or serious 


WARNING: This appliance is not intended for use by persons (including 

children) with reduced, physical or mental capabilities or lack of 

experience or knowledge unless they have been given supervision or 

instruction concerning use of the appliance by a person responsible for 

their safety. 

Children must be supervised to ensure that they do not play with 

the appliance.
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 


b)   Do not operate power tools in explosive atmospheres, such as in the 

presence of flammable liquids, gases or dust.

 Power tools create sparks 

which may ignite the 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 


Unmodified plugs and matching outlets will reduce risk of electric 


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.


When used in Australia or New Zealand, it is recommended that this tool is 

ALWAYS supplied via Residual Current Device (RCD) with a rated residual 

current of 30mA or less.

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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 influence of drugs, alcohol or medication. 

A moment of 

inattention while operating power tools may result in serious personal 


b)   Use personal protective equipment. Always wear eye protection. 

Protective equipment such as dust mask, non-skid safety shoes, hard hat, 

or hearing protection used for appropriate conditions will reduce personal 


c)   Prevent unintentional starting. Ensure the switch is in the off-position 

before connecting to power source and/or battery pack, picking up or 

carrying the tool. 

Carrying power tools with your finger on the switch or 

energising power tools that have the switch on invites accidents.

d)   Remove any adjusting key or wrench before turning the power tool 


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. 


enables better control of the power tool in unexpected situations.

f)   Dress properly. Do not wear loose clothing or jewellery. Keep your 

hair, clothing and gloves away from moving parts. 

Loose clothes, 

jewellery 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. 

Use of dust collection can reduce dust-related hazards.

4)  Power tool use and care

a)   Do not force the power tool. Use the correct power tool for your 


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 the battery pack 

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. Check for misalignment or binding of moving 

parts, breakage of parts and any other condition that may affect the 

power tool’s 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 different from 

those intended could result in a hazardous situation.

5) Battery tool use and care

a)  Recharge only with the charger specified by the manufacturer. 

charger that is suitable for one type of battery pack may create a risk of 

fire when used with another battery pack.

b)   Use power tools only with specifically designated battery packs. 


of any other battery packs may create a risk of injury and fire.

c)   When 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 


Shorting the battery terminals together may cause burns or a fire.

d)   Under abusive conditions, liquid may be ejected from the battery; 

avoid contact. If contact occurs, flush with water. If liquid contacts 

eyes, additionally seek medical help.

 Liquid ejected from the battery 

may cause irritation or burns.

6) Service

a)  Have your power tool serviced by a qualified repair person using only 

identical replacement parts. 

This will ensure that the safety of the power 

tool is maintained.

Additional Safety for SDS Plus Drills 



Wear ear protectors when impact drilling. 

Exposure to noise can cause 

hearing loss.

•  Use auxiliary handle(s), if supplied with the tool. 

Loss of control can 

cause personal injury.

•  Hold power tool by insulated gripping surfaces, when performing an 

operation where the cutting accessory may contact hidden wiring 

or its own cord. 

Cutting accessory contacting a “live” wire may make 

exposed metal parts of the power tool “live” and could give the operator an 

electric shock

•  If the replacement of the supply cord is necessary, this has to be done 

by the manufacturer or his agent in order to avoid a safety hazard.

•  It is strongly recommended that the tool always be supplied via a 

residual current device with a rated residual current of 30 mA or less.

IMPORTANT: If you suspect or discover asbestos is present in any area 

you are working seek professional advice immediately. 

Removal of 

asbestos should be carried out by a licensed contractor.  Contact the HSE 

in the UK (www.hse.gov.uk) or your national health and safety authority in 

your country for further information about dealing with asbestos.  European 

Directive 2009/148/EC provides additional information related to exposure to 

asbestos at work.


•  It is imperative to follow all national safety regulations concerning the 

type of work being undertaken

•  Do not allow anyone under the age of 18 years to use this tool. 


that operators are qualified and familiar with the operating and safety 


•  Masonry drilling or chiselling can create sharp particles that will 

impact the operator. 

Wear impact-resistant safety glasses and protective 

clothing, including safety boots

•  Core drills should only be used with SDS drills featuring a safety 

clutch to prevent jamming which could cause an injury to the 


•  If the safety clutch operates during use, quickly release the trigger 

and remove the core drill or bit from the masonry surface being 


Do not continue work until the cause of the safety clutch operating 

is understood

•  Do not operate SDS drills whilst up a ladder or in any location where 

there is a risk of falling. 

SDS drills are heavy and produce strong vibration 

and high torque in use

•  Wear suitable protective anti-vibration gloves that are non-fabric 

or coated fabric to prevent loose strands of material catching in the 

rotating drill bit. 

Discard gloves immediately if material is visibly frayed 

•  Drilling can produce large volumes of dust and debris that may be 


Wear respiratory protection suitable for the work being undertaken. 

A minimum rating of FFP2 is recommended

•  SDS drills produce high volumes of noise and suitable ear protection 

must be worn at all times while operating the tool

•  SDS drills produce a very high level of vibration when operating in 

hammer or chisel mode. 

Frequent breaks are advised

•  Only use SDS Chisels or Points with SDS drills that can disengage 

rotary drilling mode

•  Use metal and voltage detectors to locate concealed electric, water or 

gas lines. 

Avoid touching live components or conductors

•  Extension cable reels used with this tool must be completely 

unwound. Minimum conductor cross section: 1.25mm2

•  Extension reels used outside should be designed for outdoor use and 

should feature water-protected sockets and correct cable insulation

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•  When using an SDS drill outdoors, an RCD device must be used either 

by connecting to a socket which incorporates an RCD, or through use 

of an inline RCD

•  Ensure that the chisel or drill bit is securely fixed in the chuck before 

operating the tool.

 Insecure drill bits can be ejected from the machine, 

causing a hazard

•  Ensure lighting is adequate
•  Use both hands when operating this tool
•  Do not place pressure on the tool. 

To do so could shorten its service life

•  Drill bits become hot during operation. 

Allow to cool prior to handling

•  If you are interrupted when operating the drill, complete the process 

and switch off before diverting your attention elsewhere

•  Always disconnect the SDS drill from the electric supply before 

changing a chisel or drill bit

•  Examine the SDS chuck regularly for signs of wear or damage.


damaged parts repaired by a qualified service centre

•  Always wait until the drill has come to a complete stop before placing 

it down

•  On completion of the work, disconnect the tool from the power source 

and remove the chisel/bit from the machine

•  Periodically check all nuts, bolts and other fixings and tighten where 


•  Visibly check the tool after use, especially the power cable, which can 

be damaged by sharp masonry

•  Always fit the dust guard to the bit in use to prevent damage from 

debris entering the SDS chuck 

•  If operating the tool causes discomfort in any way, stop immediately 

and review your method of use

Additional Safety for Battery-

Operated Drills


-  Use auxiliary handle(s), if supplied with the tool. 

Loss of control can 

cause personal injury.

-  Hold power tools 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 give the operator an electric shock. 

a)  DO NOT allow anyone under the age of 18 years to use this tool. 


that operators are qualified and familiar with the operating and safety 


b)  Battery chargers are for indoors use only. 

Ensure that the power supply 

and charger are protected against moisture at all times.

c)  When using the drill, use safety equipment including safety glasses 

or shield, ear defenders, and protective clothing including safety 


Wear respiratory protection suitable for the work being undertaken. 

A minimum rating of FFP2 is recommended. If operating the tool causes 

discomfort in any way, stop immediately and review your method of use.

d)  Use metal and voltage detectors to locate concealed electric, water or 

gas lines.

 Avoid touching live components or conductors.

e)  Ensure that the lighting is adequate.
f)  Ensure that the drill bit is securely fixed in the chuck. 

Insecure drill bits 

can be ejected from the machine causing a hazard.

g)  Ensure that the drill bit is not in contact with the workpiece prior to 

starting up the tool.

h)  Before drilling, check that there is sufficient clearance for the drill bit 

under the workpiece.

i)  DO NOT excert pressure on to the tool.

 To do so would shorten its service 


j)  Drill bits get hot during operation, allow to cool prior to handling 


k)  NEVER use your hands to remove sawdust, chips or waste close by 

the bit.

l)  If you are interrupted when operating the drill, complete the process 

and switch off before looking up.

m)  Where possible, use clamps or a vice to hold your work.
n)  Examine the chuck regularly for signs of wear or damage. 


damaged parts repaired by a qualified service centre.

o)  ALWAYS wait until the drill has come to a complete stop before 

putting it down.

p)  Periodically check all nuts, bolts and other fixings and tighten where 


Battery Safety 


: Li-Ion batteries, if incorrectly used, stored or charged are a    

  fire, burn and explosion hazard.

•  Keep the battery out of reach of children
•  ONLY charge Li-Ion batteries using the charger provided or designed 

specifically for your product

•  ONLY use Li-Ion batteries provided with a product or specifically designed 

to be compatible

•  Allow batteries to cool for 15 minutes after charging or heavy use. Failure 

to follow these instructions may cause overheating or fire

•  When not in use batteries should be stored at room temperature 

(approximately 20˚C)

•  Ensure that battery contacts cannot accidentally short in storage. Keep 

batteries clean; foreign objects or dirt may cause a short. Keep away from 
other metal objects, for example, paperclips, coins, keys, nails and screws

•  Under abusive conditions, liquid may be ejected from the battery. This 

liquid may cause skin irritation or burns. Avoid contact.  If contact 
accidentally occurs, flush with water. If liquid contacts eyes, seek medical 

•  DO NOT open, disassemble, crush, heat above 60°C or incinerate. Do not 

dispose of in fire or similar

Battery Charger Safety 

Use the battery charger correctly

•  Refer to the section of this manual relating to use of the battery charger 

before attempting to charge the battery.

•  Do not attempt to use the charger with any batteries other than those 

supplied. Keep your battery charger clean; foreign objects or dirt may 
cause a short or block air vents. Failure to follow these instructions may 
cause overheating or fire

•  If the supply cord is damaged, it must be replaced by the manufacturer, its 

service agent or similarly qualified persons in order to avoid a hazard

•  Examine the battery charger regularly for damage, especially the cord, plug 

and enclosure. If the battery charger is damaged, it must not be used until 
it has been repaired

•  Children should be supervised to ensure that they do not play with the 



: DO NOT attempt to recharge non-rechargeable batteries.

Battery and charger safety features 

The battery and charger are fitted with a number of safety features which may 
be triggered during charging or operation:
•  Over-charge protection: Charger automatically switches off when 

the battery has reached full charge capacity, protecting the internal 
components of the battery

•  Over-discharge protection: Prevents the battery from discharging beyond 

the recommended lowest safety voltage

•  Over-heat protection: Sensor switches off if the battery becomes too 

hot during operation. This can happen if the tool is overloaded or being 
used for extended periods of time. Up to 30 minutes cooling time may be 
required depending on the ambient temperature

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•  Overload protection: Battery temporarily stops if it is overloaded or the 

maximum current draw is exceeded, protecting the internal components. 
The battery will resume normal operation when the current draw returns to 
a normal safe level. This may take a few seconds

•  Short circuit protection: The battery will stop working immediately if a short 

circuit occurs, this prevents damage to the battery or tool

Product Familiarisation

1.  Auxiliary Handle
2.  Mode Selector
3.  Mode Selector Release
4.  Gear Switch
5.  Motor Vents
6.  Insulated Handle
7.  Forward/Reverse Switch
8. Trigger
9.  Battery Charge Indicator 
10. Battery Slot
11. Battery
12. Battery Release
13. Auxiliary Handle Mounting
14. Chuck Collar
15. Chuck
16. Depth Stop
17. Charger PSU
18. PSU DC plug
19. Red LED 
20. Battery Charger
21. Charger DC Socket
22. Green LED

Accessories (not shown):

•  4pce SDS Plus accessory kit


This manual may be supplied with different package configurations 

including bare tools and supplied accessories may vary.

Intended Use

Portable light-duty battery-powered drill optimally designed for drilling 
masonry. Also capable of drilling wood and metal with the optional purchase of 
a standard chuck with SDS Plus connector. 

Unpacking Your Tool

•   Carefully unpack and inspect your new tool. Familiarise yourself with all its 

features and functions

•  Ensure that all parts of the tool are present and in good condition. If any 

parts are missing or damaged, have such parts replaced before attempting 
to use this tool

Before Use  

Removing a battery

•  To remove the Battery (11) from the tool, press the Battery Release (12), 

then slide the Battery out of the Battery Slot (10)


 DO NOT try to remove the Battery without pressing the Battery 

Release button. The tool or Battery could be damaged.

Fitting a battery

1.  To fit a charged battery, slide it on to the Battery Slot (10) of the tool until it 

clicks and locks into position


 Make sure the Battery and tool are lined up correctly. If the Battery does 

not slide into the tool easily, don’t force it. Instead, slide the Battery out of the 
tool again, check the top of Battery and the tool battery slot are clean and 
undamaged and that the contacts are not bent.

Setting up the battery charger

1.  Insert the PSU DC Plug (18) into the Charger DC Socket (21)
2.  If fitted, remove any existing battery from the Battery Charger (20)
3.  Insert the Charger PSU (17) into a suitable mains socket


 The Green LED (22) on the Battery Charger will flash to indicate that the 

charger is ready to charge the battery.


 Use this charger ONLY to charge the supplied battery or additional 

purchased batteries that are specifically designed for this tool.


The charger is designed for indoor use only, and MUST NOT be 

used in damp or wet conditions.

Charging the battery


Failure to follow the correct procedure when charging batteries will 

result in permanent damage.
1.  Slide the Battery Charger (20) onto a fully or partially discharged Battery 


 Make sure the Battery and Battery Charger are lined up correctly. If the 

Battery does not slide on to the Battery Charger easily, don’t force it. Instead, 
remove the Battery, check the top of Battery and the Battery Charger slot are 
clean and undamaged and that the contacts are not bent.
2.  Once charging commences, the Red LED (19) will illuminate
3.  When the Battery is fully charged, the Green LED (22) will be illuminated

Battery Charge Level: 

The Battery has a built-in Battery Charge Indicator (9) 

(Fig. I).  Pressing on the button to the right will indicate the charge level. The 
right LED indicates a high charge level and the left a low charge level that will 
mean the battery pack will require charging soon. 


When a low charge level is indicated, the tool may stop operating 

while in use. In some instances this may be dangerous. Always ensure the 
battery pack has a good charge level.


: It is highly recommended to only use 3.0Ah and 4.0Ah batteries (XT3AHB 

& XT4AHB) with this tool due to the high current motor and safety issues with 
the battery fully discharging in use stopping the tool operating.

Notes about battery charging:

•  The battery should be charged at ambient temperatures between 10 and 

40°C (ideally around 20°C)

•  After charging, allow 15 minutes for the battery to cool before use
•  Ensure that the charger is disconnected from the mains supply after use, 

and is stored correctly

•  DO NOT leave batteries on charge for extended periods and NEVER store 

batteries on charge 

•  The Battery Charger monitors battery temperature and voltage while 

charging. Remove the Battery once charging has been completed to 
maximise charge cycles of the battery and not waste power

•  Batteries can become faulty over time, individual cells in the battery can 

fail and the battery could short. The charger will not charge faulty batteries. 
Use another battery, if possible, to check correct functionality of the 
charger and purchase a replacement battery if a faulty battery is indicated

•  DO NOT store lithium-ion battery packs in a discharged state long term. 

This can damage the lithium-ion cells. For long-term storage, store 
batteries in a high charge state disconnected from the power tool

•  The capacity of batteries will reduce over time. After 100 charge cycles, 

the battery’s operation time and the maximum torque performance of the 
driver will slightly reduce. This decline will continue until the battery has 
minimal capacity after 500 charge cycles. This is normal and not a fault 
with the battery pack

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Side handle

•  The Auxiliary Handle (1) should always be used when drilling
•  The Auxiliary Handle angle can be adjusted to best suit the work to be 


•  To adjust the Auxiliary Handle:
1.  Rotate the grip anti-clockwise. This will loosen the handle assembly
2.  Move the side handle to the required position
3.  Secure in position by rotating the grip clockwise

Depth stop

1.  Rotate the grip anti-clockwise. This will loosen the handle assembly
2.  Move the Depth Stop (16) to the required position
3.  Secure in position by rotating the grip clockwise

Operating the chuck

•  This drill has a chuck designed for SDS Plus drill bits
•   The SDS Plus system allows bits to be inserted with a simple push-fit 


•  Always grease the tail end of SDS bits. Bits should be freshly greased and 

free from dirt and dust before use

•  To insert a drill bit:
1.  Pull back the Chuck Collar (14) and hold
2.  Insert SDS Plus drill bit fully into the Chuck (15). Use a twisting motion to 

line up the grooves in the accessory

3.  Release the Chuck Collar 
4.  The bit should now be locked into the machine. Check by pulling the bit; if 

the bit can be removed, repeat the above procedure until secure

•  To remove a bit from the Chuck, pull the Chuck Collar back, and pull firmly 

on the drill bit


Never fit any attachment with a maximum speed lower than the no 

load speed of the machine

Hammer selection

•  The drill can be used in either hammer drill mode (for masonry work), 

or conventional rotary drill mode (for wood, metal, plastics etc) with the 
purchase of a standard chuck to SDS Plus adaptor

•  To select hammer drilling mode, depress the Mode Selector Release (3) on 

the Mode Selector (2) and align the Mode Selector with the 

•  To select rotary drilling mode, depress the button on the Mode Selector 

Release on the Mode Selector and align the Mode Selector with the   

•  Do not attempt to move the Mode Selector whilst the drill is running

Operating Instructions


Put on all safety equipment required before you operate this drill

Trigger switch

•  Always hold the drill firmly using both hands
•  To start the drill, squeeze the Trigger (8)
•  To stop the drill, release the Trigger

Selecting forward or reverse rotation

•  The direction of the drill can be changed using the Forward/Reverse  

Switch (7) 

•  To run the drill in a clockwise direction, position the Forward/Reverse 

Switch on the left, adjacent to the forward symbol 

•  To run the drill in an anti-clockwise direction, position the Forward/Reverse 

Switch on the right, adjacent to the reverse symbol

•  Do not attempt to move the Forward/Reverse Switch whilst the drill is 


•  Do not attempt to run the drill with the Forward/Reverse Switch in mid 


Speed Control

•  The speed of the drill is controlled by the pressure applied to the Trigger 

(8). The further the Trigger is depressed the higher the speed

Gear selection

•  Select gear 1 on the Gear Switch (4) for the low speed, high torque gear. 

Suitable for low speed drilling and driving screws and fasteners

•  Select gear 2 on the Gear Switch for the high speed, low torque gear.  

Suitable only for high speed drilling


ALWAYS read the documentation provided with drill bits and accessories 

for the recommended or maximum speed setting and use the most appropriate 
gear. See ‘Specification’ for the maximum no load speed of each gear.

Drilling concrete

•  Using hammer drill mode, apply pressure to the rear of the drill, in line 

with the drill bit

•  For efficient drilling, it is advisable to use TCT (tungsten carbide tipped) drill 

bits. Ensure that drill bit size is within the maximum capacity of the drill 
(see ‘Specification’)

•  Do not apply too much pressure if debris blocks the drill hole. Run the drill 

slowly, and remove the bit from the hole. Repeat until hole is cleared


The following instructions relate to functions of the drill only 

available with the additional purchase of a standard chuck adaptor or bit holder 

Using chuck adaptor

1.  Insert standard chuck adaptor into Chuck (15)
2.  Use rotary drill mode only
3.  Fit drill bit into chuck and tighten securely
4.  Make sure the drill bit runs centrally before use. If not, re-fit bit

Drilling wood

•  Ensure that drill bits are suitable for wood, and are within the maximum 

capacity of this drill (see ‘Specification’)

Drilling metal

•  To ensure accuracy, mark the intended hole position using a hammer and 

centre punch

•  Ensure that drill bits are suitable for the grade of metal being drilled, and 

are within the maximum capacity of the drill (see ‘Specification’)

•  To ensure efficient cutting, and prolong drill bit life, use a suitable lubricant 

or cutting fluid

Screwdriver use

1.  Fit a ¼" bit to SDS Plus adaptor into the Chuck (15)
2.  Select gear 1 using the Gear Switch (4)
3.  Rotate the Mode Selector (2) to  Drill  


This drill is not optimally configured for driving screws and 

should only be used for driving screws partially into or out of material to speed 
up operation.  
•  Drive screws into material until the screw head is no less than 10mm 

above the material or the drill slows due to resistance. Ensure the tool 
motor and gearing is not under excessive strain

•  Remove screws by first unscrewing by hand until only light resistance to 

turning is felt then fully remove  with the drill


•  Applying excess pressure does not result in faster or more efficient drilling. 

If the pressure applied to the drill has a noticeable effect on the speed 
of the drill then reduce the pressure. Overloading the drill will reduce its 
service life

•  As the drill bit penetrates the material being drilled, it may ‘catch’ or ‘snag’. 

This can cause the machine to suddenly ‘kick’, to prevent any possibility 
of injury always hold the drill securely, use the side handle, and use sharp 
drill bits

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Possible cause


Red LED (17) does not illuminate and battery not 

Battery not correctly inserted

Clean battery socket of charger

Charger not powered

Recheck mains connection

Battery pack has low capacity

Battery not being fully charged

Charge the Battery until the Battery Charge 
Indicator (9)  shows a full charge

Battery pack has been charged over 100 times 
and capacity has started to reduce

This is normal for battery packs. Contact your 
Triton dealer to purchase a replacement battery 

While core drilling, the core drill has locked/
jammed in the material 

Excessive pressure on tool at the point of 
breakthrough in the material

Reduce pressure before breakthrough

Hammer mode is on

Ensure hammer mode is off to prevent damage to 
cutting teeth and reduce possibility of jamming

Core drill is not suitable for drill

Ensure the core drill max speed and diameter are 
compatible with the drill

Large build-up of debris inside core drill while 

Regularly empty this build-up of debris to ensure 
safe operation

Drill is uncomfortable to use due to vibration

Tool is being used for too long

Take frequent breaks and read the sections in this 
manual regarding vibration

Tool will not start

Trigger switch faulty

Contact an authorised service centre

Faulty motor

Contact an authorised service centre

Slow rotation speed

Tool is overheating

Switch off the tool and let it cool down to room 
temperature. Inspect and clean the ventilation 

Internal moving parts excessively worn

Contact an authorised service centre

Drilling performance poor with masonry

Hammer mode not selected

Enable hammer mode

Drill bit tip worn or damaged

Replace SDS Plus drill bit

Very dense material

Drilling speed will be slow in such material.  
A smaller pilot drill can be drilled first to speed up 
the drilling process

Bits not fitting easily into SDS Plus Chuck (11)

Debris and dirt getting into chuck

Clean out chuck by facing downwards and 
vacuuming while operating the chuck as if to 
insert bits. 

•  Always ensure that material is secure. If appropriate use a vice or clamp to 

hold the work, always keep two hands on the drill


•  A range of accessories, including additional batteries, SDS Plus drill bits 

and adaptors are available from your Triton dealer. Spare parts can be 
purchased from your Triton dealer or online at www.toolsparesonline.com



 Remove battery from the tool before cleaning and maintenance 



•  Keep your machine clean at all times. Dirt and dust will cause internal parts 

to wear quickly, and shorten the machine’s service life. Clean the body of 
your machine with a soft brush, or dry cloth. If available, use clean, dry, 
compressed air to blow through the ventilation holes


•  Store this tool and its accessories after use in its case, in a dry, secure 

place out of the reach of children


Always adhere to national regulations when disposing of power tools that are 
no longer functional and are not viable for repair.
•  Do not dispose of power tools, batteries or other waste electrical and 

electronic equipment (WEEE), with household waste

•  Contact your local waste disposal authority for information on the correct 

way to dispose of power tools and batteries

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To register your guarantee visit our web site at   
www.tritontools.com* and enter your details.
Your details will be included on our mailing list (unless indicated  
otherwise) for information on future releases. Details provided will not  
be made available to any third party.

Purchase Record

Date of Purchase:       ___ / ___ / ____
Model:    XT18SDSHD 
Serial Number:


(located on tool housing)

Retain your receipt as proof of purchase 


Triton Precision Power Tools guarantees to the purchaser of this 

product that if any part proves to be defective due to faulty materials or 

workmanship within 3 YEARS  from the date of original purchase,  

Triton will repair, or at its discretion replace, the faulty part free of 


This guarantee does not apply to commercial use nor does it extend to 

normal wear and tear or damage as a result of accident, abuse or misuse.

* Register online within 30 days.

Terms & conditions apply.

This does not affect your statutory rights 

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Our goods come with guarantees that cannot be excluded under the Australian 
Consumer Law. You are entitled to a replacement or refund for a major failure 
and for compensation for any other reasonably foreseeable loss or damage. 
You are also entitled to have the goods repaired or replaced if the goods fail to 
be of acceptable quality and the failure does not amount to a major failure.
This product is covered by a 36 month warranty.
This warranty will not apply:
(i)   where this product has been subjected to misuse, abuse, accident or want  
  of care;
(ii)  where this product has been used for a purpose for which it was not  
  designed or is not suited;
(iii) where the service of this product has been undertaken by a non-authorised  
  person or company or if non-approved parts have been used;
(iv) where this product has been used for industrial purposes.
Should service become necessary during the warranty period, the purchaser 
should contact an Authorised Service Centre or White International. In order to 
obtain warranty service, the purchaser must present the store receipt showing 
the name of the retailer and the date of purchase.

The period of the warranty begins from the original date of purchase, 
notwithstanding any subsequent repair or parts replacement.
Purchaser shall be responsible for all transport charges to and from the 
Authorised Service Centre.
Damage in transit is not covered by this warranty. The purchaser should 
remove from the product any liquids (if applicable) before sending the tool for 
service or repair. The tool should be packed securely to prevent damage.

Warranty exclusions 

Wear parts or service related parts required when performing normal and 
regular maintenance of this product are not covered by warranty unless it is 
found to be defective by an Authorised Service Centre. These include, but are 
not limited to: Blades
Distributed in Australia by White International.
PO Box 304 Milperra LPO, NSW Australia, 2214
Ph:1800 251 338
The White International Policy is one of continuous improvement and the 
company reserves the right to alter designs, colours and specifications without 

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