Hitachi Power Tools offers a new 18v driver drill, delivering 400 in.-lbs. of torque, with 22 torque settings, two speeds and a drill mode. After testing, Team FIN rated it on a scale of 1 to 5.
When drilling .-by-3-in. lags into a post, the Hitachi lacked some torque but did a sufficient job. Team FIN was impressed by its quiet operation. The driver drill is well-balanced, fairly compact and weighs just 3.7 lbs. An LED light points upward from the base and avoids casting shadows. Its forward-reverse switch is easy to operate, and a half-inch keyless chuck simplifies bit replacements. The batteries are equipped with overload and over-discharge protection to prevent overheating, and the batteries charge in about 39 minutes.
While the Hitachi has all you need in a driver drill, it does not have any extra features such as a battery power indicator, belt clip or bit holder. Rated: 3.8
The Hitachi driver drill (DS18DGL) costs $129 and includes two 1.3Ah lithium ion slide-type batteries, a quick charger, carrying case and a double-sided Phillips driver bit. For more about Hitachi, visit hitachipowertools.com.
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