Hitachi DB10DL 10.8 Volt Lithium Ion Micro Driver Drill
Hitachi just kicked off their Micro Series, a new line of small Lithium-Ion tools, with a 10.8 Volt Micro Driver. It looks like it's very similar to Milwaukees 12-Volt Sub-Compact Driver, Skil's little 7.2 Volt Power Driver (look for a review soon), and especially Bosch's Litheon Pocket Driver, but there are a couple features that set it apart from the pack.
First, the design is similar to a regular-sized cordless in that the battery sits like a shoe at the end of the handle. To the user, this translates into the tool's ability to stand up on its own. This may sound insignificant, but if you've got your hands full with your knee propping this up and your shoulder holding up that, anything that makes grabbing the tool easier is a welcome thing.
Secondly, the Hitachi has a light that illuminates the work area. The Milwaukee Driver has a light also, but this one is unlike any drill light we've seen. Instead of being a small LED that pinpoints at the end of the bit, this one circles the entire chuck, lighting up the whole work space without shadows.
But other than those two things, the Hitachi and the Bosch tools are almost identical. The weight, speed, and other specs are all the same; 1.8 lbs, 400 rpm, 80 something in/lbs of torque, 1/4" quick change chuck, and a whole lot of clutch settings. The Hitachi does beat out the Bosch on length, being over a 1/2" shorter at 5-11/16.
With it being so similar to the Bosch, it really comes down to personal preference. A Ford and Chevy thing. The Hitachi sells for around $135, the Bosch goes for about $110. The Milwaukee, which is a bit heavier and a bit stronger sells for $125. The Skil is $70
This looks like a solid little tool and we're curious to see what else Hitachi has in store for their Micro Series.
Bosch 10.8-Volt Driver at Amazon.com
Milwaukee 12-Volt Driver at Amazon.com
Skil 7.2-Volt Power Driver at Amazon.com
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at March 4, 2008 5:20 AM