My editor asked me to do a review of some new Hitachi kit that came across his desk and so whilst I had it in the workshop I did this video review.
I have been using Hitachi cordless kit since 1987 and have 3 quite reasonable machines although the NiCads are getting tired. This new 18 volt 4.0 Ah Lithium Ion range has an amazing amount of power. Hitachi are now standardising their battery fittings to be a slide on arrangement. This will ensure interchangeability across the brand for the same voltage battery.
They reckon batteries should go on for 1500 plus charging cycles which, even for a busy tradesman, means 6 or more years service. Their charger seems quite clever as it has a fan that blows air through the battery whilst it is on charge and, of course, there are thermal sensors to be on the safe side. Sensors in the batteries protect them from overloads and overheating.
The set consists of a Combi Drill (DV18DSDL) and an Impact Driver (WH18DSAL) and comes with a charger and 2 batteries. There is an offer enabling you to get a third battery free if you do the proof of purchase thing and send in a sticker before some date in November. Like Festool they offer a free extended warranty of 3 years provided that you register the purchase early on. This covers the batteries as well.
I reckon my machines have at least another year left in them so I will not be buying just yet but the kit sounds good value. In the UK expect to pay no more than £360 including VAT.
I enjoyed doing the review - I have been offered $20k for my screw block artwork but I am hanging on for a better offer!
Here is the link...