Hitachi MultiVolt tools are coming this September with a focus on improving cordless tool power on their new 36V system. To understand the direction Hitachi is taking, it’s helpful to understand their philosophy on the cordless tool side.
It’s all about portability first and being able to cut the cord second. 18V gets you the portability with a little cord cutting. Hitachi MultiVolt tools take aim at cutting the cord on a much larger number of tools.
However, sometimes the job demands more runtime than a battery can give you. For those times, Hitachi MultiVolt tools can also take advantage of an AC adapter that works on any of the tools, not just a small selection.
Check out more details on the Hitachi MultiVolt battery here.
Editor’s Note: As of October 17th, 2018, Hitachi is operating under the name Metabo HPT. This doesn’t affect any of their products and you can read more about the impact here.
Hitachi MultiVolt Tools
- Hammer Drill (DV36DA)
- Triple Hammer Impact Driver (WH36DBQ4)
- 7-1/4” Circular Saw (C3607DAQ4)
- Reciprocating Saw (CR36DAQ4)
- 1/2” and 3/4” Impact Wrenches (WR36DBQ4 and WR36DAQ4)
- 4”/5” Angle Grinders (Paddle Switch: G3612DBQ6, Slide Switch: G3612DAQ6)
- 10” Dual Bevel Sliding Miter Saw (C3610DRA)
- 7-1/4″ Dual Bevel Sliding Miter Saw (Launch date and model number TBA)
- 1-9/16” SDS-Max Rotary Hammer (DH36DMAQ2)
- 10” Table Saw (coming 2nd quarter 2019)
- 36V MultiVolt AC Adapter (ET36A)
- MultiVolt 18V/36V Battery (144 watt-hours, 4.0 Ah or 8.0 Ah, depending on tool voltage)
The impact driver will stick with the Triple Hammer design. This takes the standard two-hammer design and adds a third. The result is an extra impact on every rotation of the mechanism and faster driving.
The reciprocating saw adds orbital action the new 18V model leaves off. They stick with 3 speed modes plus auto in addition to the extra power. In some early testing, it has surprisingly fast cutting speeds.
Mechanics have plenty of reason to look forward to the impact wrenches. The 1/2” model has of 1218 foot-pounds of nut busting torque to go with 775 foot-pounds of fastening torque. The 3/4″ model takes it up a bit more with 1328 foot-pounds of nut-busting and 812 foot-pounds of fastening torque.
Check out Shop Tool Reviews’ high-torque impact wrench shootout!
The two grinders in the works are essentially identical models in different styles. One will have a lock-on side switch while the other sports a paddle switch. Some early hands-on testing reveals that you can lean on these pretty hard without binding them up.
The exciting thing about the table saw is that it’s planned as a 10” model that uses the new C10RJ as a foundation. The negative is that it’s an April 2019 target launch date rather than September with the rest.
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