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October 22, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


Manufacturer: Hitachi

Even before Hitachi changed its name to Metabo HPT our Hitachi tool reviews covered nearly everything. From the Metabo-inspired Hitachi dust extractor to the redesigned Hitachi 18V brushless reciprocating saw, the company has been on a roll. Of particular note, the new Hitachi MultiVolt battery looks to bring with it some incredible advantages. It should improve both new and existing Hitachi tools. Well known for products like their Hitachi NR83A5 pneumatic framing nailer, the company isn’t stopping with air tools. The Hitachi cordless framing nailer broke new ground and provides pneumatic-like consistency to the job. Hitachi Tool Reviews for a New Generation of Pros There is a rich history with Hitachi, but new tools bring new questions. Our hands-on approach aims to tackle the job of telling the real story. With Hitachi starting to impress in cordless, it won’t be long before they’re known for more than just their pneumatic tools.

Review9.2(out of 10)

Hitachi Metabo HPT NR83A5 Pneumatic Framing Nailer

There are a lot of solid framing nailers on the job, but Hitachi’s have been a tradesman’s favorite for years now. Reliable, low-maintenance, and powerful, the NR83 and the NR90 models have built more trusses, windows, sub-floors, roofs, and all of other types of framing than anyone can count. Both the company and its customers have […]

Review8.7(out of 10)
Hitachi 18V Brushless 23 Gauge Pin Nailer

Hitachi Cordless Pin Nailer: 18V Brushless NP18DSAL

We spend a lot of time using powerful nailers for “big work,” like framing and roofing. But smaller nailers provide the finishing touches that show our clients the wow factor. For (almost) all intents and purposes, an 18-gauge finish or brad nailer is appropriate for trim. Today we’ve got the new Hitachi Cordless Pin Nailer, more […]

Review9.2(out of 10)
Hitachi NR90AE(S1) 3-1/2" Framing Nailer Review

Hitachi Metabo HPT NR90AE(S1) 3-1/2″ Framing Nailer Review

When we published the results of our framing nailer shootout, we got some feedback echoing our same thoughts – why didn’t Hitachi (now Metabo HPT) do better? The NR83A5 is one of the best-built framing nailers available, but after our battery of tests, it came in 10th place overall. Still, we want to know how […]

Review9.3(out of 10)
Hitachi Portable 1-Gallon Quiet Air Compressor

Hitachi 1-Gallon Air Compressor Review

It might be easy to forget about pneumatic tools as battery power attempts to eclipse all other forms. After all, isn’t it nice to be untethered from an air hose? Sure it is. But keep in mind that pneumatic tools have a few advantages over batteries. Namely, better power-to-weight ratios, lower costs, less maintenance, and […]

Review8.5(out of 10)
Hitachi Cordless Stick Vacuum Review

Hitachi Cordless Stick Vacuum Review

Not everyone needs a Table 1 compliant dust extractor or even a big wet/dry shop vacuum to tackle cleanup needs. Sometimes, lightweight and compact is much more convenient for small cleanup jobs. That’s where the new Hitachi cordless stick vacuum comes into play. It’s a small capacity vacuum that clearly has a lot of uses […]

Review8.2(out of 10)
Hitachi 18V Brushless Drill Driver DS18DBFL2 Review

Hitachi 18V Brushless Drill Driver DS18DBFL2 Review

One of the interesting parts of my job is to see how manufacturers work with new technology in power tools. Common tools get updated all the time and yesterday’s premium engineering becomes the foundation of tomorrow’s value models as the cycle continues forward. Enter the new Hitachi 18V Brushless Drill Driver. Model DS18DBFL2 clearly has a […]

Review8.3(out of 10)
Hitachi Brushless Impact Driver WH18DBFL2 Review

Hitachi Brushless Impact Driver WH18DBFL2 Review

Just this past weekend, a buddy of mine and I were discussing how much better our world is with cordless impact drivers. That led to a conversation about specific brands and about how Hitachi’s most recent generation of cordless tools has been a major improvement. Hitachi’s Triple Hammer impact driver is a breath of fresh […]

Review8.9(out of 10)
Hitachi RipMax Pro Circular Saw

Hitachi RipMax Pro Circular Saw

It can be easy to forget about corded tools given the ever-expanding world of cordless tool capabilities. Even though we might be headed toward a jobsite with no cords, we’re not there yet. Corded tools still have a place. In fact, many of the most muscular, fastest, and hardest-working tools still require you to be within a cord’s […]

Review8.7(out of 10)
Hitachi Dust Extractor Review RP350YDH

Hitachi Dust Extractor Review RP350YDH

One of the models that didn’t make our initial dust extractor shootout is the new Hitachi dust extractor. Like several other brands, it was in the works, but not here in time to make the testing deadlines. Not to worry, now that it’s here, there’s plenty to talk about – including its striking similarities to […]

Hitachi Cordless Framing Nailer Video Review

Hitachi Cordless Framing Nailer Video Review

Cordless nailers are around just about everywhere you look these days. They’re mainly on 18V battery platforms, but there are also some 12V models running around. That’s fine for finish nailers with their relatively low power requirements. But what about moving into bigger nailers like the new Hitachi cordless framing nailer? Not only are Pros […]