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New Hitachi Drill and Impact Driver Kits Available

Hitachi Drill and Impact Driver Kit

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 stores, and we’re going to share what we know with you!


Hitachi KC10DFL2 12 Volt Drill and Impact Driver Kit

  •  Tools: 12 V Drill Driver (DS10DFL2), 12 V Impact Driver (WH10DFL2), 12 V Light
  • Included Accessories: Soft carry case, (2) 1.3 AH Li-ion batteries, 25 minute charger , double ended Phillip’s bit
  • Warranty: Limited Lifetime
  • Price: $149 retail, $139 online

Hitachi DS10DFL2 12V Drill Driver Specs

  • Power Source: 12V lithium-ion battery pack
  • Max Speed: 1300 RPM
  • Max Torque: 300 inch pounds
  • Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Chuck Size: 3/8″
  • Clutch Settings: 21 + 1

Hitachi WH10DFL2 12V Impact Driver Specs

  • Power Source: 12V lithium-ion battery pack
  • Max Speed: 2700 RPM
  • Max Torque: 955 inch pounds
  • Max Impacts: 3200 BPM
  • Chuck: 1.4″ Hex
  • Weight: 2.2 pounds

We’ve done extensive impact driver comparison testing, and this Hitachi drill and impact driver kit specs out in the middle of the pack in terms of speed and power and is priced at the upper end of the range for brushed 12V kits. In spite of its average performance specs and smaller battery capacity than most, user reviews have generally been very positive. This may be due to ergonomic considerations in the design. Hitachi’s lifetime tool warranty certainly can’t hurt sales though.


Hitachi KC18DGL 18 Volt Drill and Impact Driver Kit

  • Tools: 18V Drill Driver (DS18DGL), 18V Impact Driver (WH18DGL)
  • Included Accessories: Soft carry case, 1.3 AH battery, 2.5 AH battery, charger, double ended Phillip’s bit
  • Warranty: Limited Lifetime
  • Price: $179 retail and online

Hitachi DS18DGL 18V V Drill Driver Specs

Hitachi Drill and Impact Driver Kit

  • Power Source: 18V Li-ion battery pack
  • Max Speed: 1250 RPM
  •  Max Torque: 400 inch pounds
  • Chuck Size: 1/2″
  • Clutch Settings: 22 + 1
  • Weight: 3.7 pounds

Hitachi WH18DGL 18V Impact Driver Specs

  • Power Source: 18V Li-ion battery pack
  • Max Speed: 2400 RPM
  • Max Torque: 1280 inch pounds
  • Max Impacts: 3200 BPM
  • Chuck: 1/4″ Hex
  • Weight: 3.1 pounds

Similar to the 12V kit, the new 18V Hitachi Drill and Impact Driver kit has average performance specs and is running below average on battery run time (amp hours) compared to others. It also runs on the high end of this price point for 18V brushed kits. Also like the 12V kit, it is enjoying favorable reviews from users. Seeing the kind of feedback that Hitachi is receiving from end users in despite average performance and a slight premium on price makes me wonder what we’d see from them if they really put some muscle behind developing their cordless line. Clearly what they’ve got must be good if they’re guaranteeing it for life.

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