January 8, 2009

Hitachi Expands 12V Li-Ion Line with Reciprocating Saw, Right-Angle Impact Driver, and Flashlight

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With all of the big tool companies releasing 12-volt tools with the speed and frequency of machine gun fire, we were wondering when Hitachi would start really blowing out their own line of micro tools. Looks like we don't have to wait any longer because joining their current Driver Drill and Impact Driver are a new mini-reciprocating saw, a flashlight, and a right-angle impact driver.

To quote the press release:

CR10DL Micro Reciprocating Saw Designed with a 1-1/2" stroke length, this micro reciprocating saw is ideal for quickly and conveniently cutting wood, metal and plastics. Weighing only 2.6 lbs, it is easy to use in overhead applications or in tight areas where a conventional corded reciprocating saw will not fit. It even can be used for light landscaping applications where branches and limbs need trimming.

Delivering a no-load speed of 0-2,700 SPMs for plenty of power, this tool also accepts standard reciprocating saw blades for ultimate flexibility. Cutting capacities include 2" wood, 1-3/4" pipe and 5/32" steel plate. The CR10DL also comes with a reciprocating saw blade and an injection molded carrying case.

WH10DCL Micro Right Angle Impact Driver
Designed with 265 in/lbs of turning torque, this micro right angle impact driver is the perfect tool to handle a wide range of applications that require drilling, driving and fastening. The angled low profile head allows the tool to fit into hard to reach areas where other tools simply cannot be used. Weighing only 2.2 lbs and delivering an impressive no-load speed of 0-2,100 RPMs and 0-3,400 BPMs, this tool proves invaluable to keep on hand for its compact size and weight. The WH10DCL also comes with a Phillips bit and an injection molded carrying case.

UB10DL Micro Flashlight
Designed with a 180° adjustable head that can be pivoted into 8-positions, this flashlight is the ideal companion on any project. The bright light produced offers a continuous operating time of approximately 4-5 hours on a single charge. Its convenient size and the fact that the tool can sit
upright on the battery, unlike other competitive models, makes it simple to use and keep on hand for whenever extra visibility is required. The UB10DL is sold separately without batteries or a charger and is compatible with the 1.5Ah lithium ion batteries used in the Hitachi micro series.
It is also available with batteries and charger as part of the Micro combo kits.

To us, the real highlight here is the right angle impact driver, which is something entirely new to the market. We can think of about 1,000 places where something of that size and functionality could come in handy.

They are also releasing a couple new combo kits:

KC10DAL 3-Piece Micro Combo Kit (Driver Drill, Impact Driver, Flashlight) This 3-piece micro combo kit combines the DB10DL 10.8V micro driver drill (released in February of 2008 - see information above) and CR10DL 10.8V micro reciprocating saw (see information above) with the UB10DL 10.8V flashlight, two (2) 1.5Ah lithium ion batteries, 40-minute charger, (2) reciprocating saw blades and a convenient canvas carrying bag for ultimate convenience.

KC10DBL 3-Piece Micro Combo Kit (Driver Drill, Reciprocating Saw, Flashlight)
This 3-piece micro combo kit combines the DB10DL 10.8V micro driver drill (released in February of 2008 - see information above) and CR10DL 10.8V micro reciprocating saw (see information above) with the UB10DL 10.8V flashlight, two (2) 1.5Ah lithium ion batteries, 40-minute charger, (2) reciprocating saw blades and a convenient canvas carrying bag for ultimate convenience.

It doesn't look like these are available just yet, but when they are, we anticipate them being at Amazon.com.

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