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Hitachi Drill and Impact Driver Kit

New Hitachi Drill and Impact Driver Kits Available

New brushed Hitachi drill and impact driver kits just hit the market and seem to be generally well-received by end users. For some reason, there hasn’t been a whole lot said about these new Hitachi drill/driver kits. We’re not really sure why, but there’s no information on Hitachi’s website about these yet. Still, they’ve shown up in […]

2014 Pro Tool Innovation Awards

2014 Pro Tool Innovation Awards – Pneumatic Tools

Pneumatic tools… tools that are powered by air. Ever since I got my first air rifle, I’ve been amazed at just how much power compressed air can deliver. Dominated by nailers this year, here’s a look at the best pneumatic tools that the year has to offer for the 2014 Pro Tool Innovation Awards. Winner […]

Review8.4(out of 10)

Hitachi KC18DBFL Brushless 18V Lithium Ion Kit

Hitachi KC18DBFL 18V Lithium Ion Brushless Hammer Drill & Impact Driver Combo Kit (3.0 aH) Review Hitachi’s KC18DBFL kit has bundled together the WH18DBFL Cordless Impact Driver and the DV18DBFL Cordless Hammer Drill with a pair of 3.0 amp hour batteries into a solid combo.  When I first received this kit I was excited to […]

Hitachi DS18DGL

Hitachi DS18DGL 18 Volt Drill/Driver Preview

The new Hitachi DS18DGL 18 volt cordless drill/driver has hit the market. Now featuring the slide-style battery, Hitachi has improved run time with the ability to maximize the design using this style. The 1.3 amp hour slim pack helps keep the weight down while the 18 volts still delivers fade-free power. the batteries go through […]

Tool Shootouts

18V Cordless Hammer Drill Round-up

For me, the cordless hammer drill is arguably one of the most well-used tools in my arsenal. Anyone who uses these tools knows they have tons of torque, and the selectable transmission gears, variable speed motors and various drilling modes make them extremely versatile. In fact, you can drill and/or drive fasteners into nearly any […]

Hitachi H41MB SDS-Max demo hammer

Hitachi H41MB SDS-max Demolition Hammer Review

It’s always fun to get a new tool and put it into the hands of somebody who really knows how to use it. Last month we got to toss a Bosch SDS-Max demo hammer to our friend Tata, who works at Tiger Concrete and Screed (TCS), a concrete company based in Lakeland, Florida. Tata works […]

Hitachi DS18DBL 18V Li-ion Brushless Driver Drill Preview

Hitachi DS18DBL 18V Li-ion Brushless Driver Drill Preview

Following up on Milwaukee Tool’s FUEL Brushless technology announcement, Hitachi Power Tools, just announced a new line of 18V Brushless Motor Lithium-ion cordless tools. The first new tool to be released is the DS18DBL 18V Lithium-ion Brushless Driver Drill. Why brushless? Well, besides the fact that it appears to be a new trend, Hitachi claims that their brushless technology, which they first delivered in their 14.4V WH14DBL, manages the tool’s motor and delivers up to 50% longer run time between charges. It should also increase power and extend durability since there is essentially no maintenance on the tool. Hitachi’s DS18DBL 18V Lithium Ion Brushless Driver Drill delivers 593 in-lbs of turning torque. That’s not quite up to what we’ve measured on Milwaukee’s new 18V Brushless FUEL drill, but it’s certainly respectable. Hitachi also added an electronic speed control switch to the DS18DBL. That means that you can push a button and select from 4 different speeds. It’s likely overkill for most, but professionals may appreciate the delicate options for control.

Hitachi DV18DBL Brushless Hammer Drill Preview

Hitachi DV18DBL Brushless Hammer Drill Preview

First it was Milwaukee’s Brushless FUEL Drills, then Makita got into the game. Hitachi Power Tools wasn’t far behind that (and really, the orders get confusing, but let’s just congratulate all of the manufacturers for innovating here). Now, the company is announcing new additions to its line of 18V Brushless tools. In particular, they are adding a new DV18DBL Brushless Hammer Drill. The new DV18DBL ramps up the power from the DS18DBL, which had 593 in-lbs of torque, to an impressive 654 in-lbs of turning torque. It comes with a 1/2″ ratcheting keyless all-metal chuck which feature carbide inserts for secure bit retention. This is a great addition for a tool designed to hammer into concrete. The clutch is designed to actually deliver 22 different torque settings, plus a hammer setting and drill mode for maximum torque. The tool is a compact 8.1″ in length, which is about a 1/10″ shorter than Milwaukee’s new Hammer Drill. It’s also fairly lightweight for a hammer drill at 4.8 lbs. The DV18DBL is sold as a kit and comes with two 3.0Ah Lithium-ion Slide Type batteries, a quick charger, side handle, carrying case and double sided Phillips driver bit.

Hitachi Power Tools Announces Lifetime HXP Lithium-Ion Tool Warranty

Hitachi Power Tools Announces Lifetime HXP Lithium-Ion Tool Warranty

Lithium-ion technology is changing the face of the power tool industry one battery at a time. There are many advantages to Lithium-ion batteries – the chiefest of which may be their extended life. Now, Hitachi Power Tools (NYSE:HIT) seems to be taking up the technological advantage and putting it all on the line. Today, the […]

Hitachi Prototypes 10-year Lithium-ion Battery

Hitachi 10-year Lithium-ion Battery Prototype

Hitachi announced this week that it had developed a prototype of a rechargeable lithium-ion battery cell that will double the typical useful life of the technology to more than 10 years. While Hitachi said the new technology will be aimed first at industrial batteries for electric vehicles and wind farms, these advancements are certain to […]