Hitachi KC18DBL 4-Tool Lithium-Ion Combo Kit
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- Soft-sided carrying case included
- 1-year warranty
- 1 Year
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Hitachi's new KC18DBL 4-piece Li-Ion Combination Kit Includes the DV18DL Hammer Drill, CR18DL Reciporcating Saw, C18DL Circular Saw and the 5 Position Florescent Lantern. The DV18DL Hammer Dril has an outstanding 570 in/lbs. of torque and a very sensitive variable speed trigger for ease of use. The CR18DL Recip Saw offers a Heavy Duty Tool-Less Blade change and the C18DL Circular Saw has a left mounted blade. All of these tools are easily maintained with externally accessible brushes. Hitachi's Li-Ion Batteries are backwords compataible with Ni-Cad and NiMH batteries and the charger that comes with this kit can also charge all 3 types of batteries (Li-Ion, Ni-Cad and NiMH). Li-Ion Batteries are good for up to 2,000 charge cycles, weigh 40-Percent less and run 25-Percent longer per charge.
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Hitachi uses a liberal amount of soft touch rubber in their tools. It's not too soft or compliant, but on all tools I'm able to shift hand position without fear of losing grip. The softer rubber is also very easy on the hands, especially without gloves. The design helps reduce weight and along with the LI-Ion batteries, these tools are very manageable.
Hammer Drill - DV18DL - I'm impressed with the power of this drill. Also the four speed ranges of this drill allows me to select the optimal range for the work. The torque adjustment is simple, and combined with the keyless chuck, the whole front end is very well built and sturdy. It has a nice LED light that can be adjusted to shine on the work and also serves as a belt clip. I had a Ryobi cordless drill and this one is a quantum leap over what I used to have.
Circular Saw - C18DL - I test ran this on some fir 2x4s. Very nice weight on this, not too heavy. I'm used to big heavy saws so this was really nice to use. It's only a 6-1/2" blade, which is a good size I suppose for cordless saws, and I really didn't have any trouble working with it. I ran it through the wood, ripped a bit, and also tried plunge cuts. The saw never bogged down or hesitated. It comes with a really nice blade. Features I enjoy are the soft rubber stability grip and the blade lock. It also comes with a light that shines in front of the blade, which in the pacific northwest is nice since winter days aren't really that light. Great tool.
Reciprocating Saw - CR18DL - I gave this the most work. I cut through some wet wood and cut up an old bush that I needed to fit into the yard bin. Performance was again excellent. The saw never hesitated even in the 3" green trunk of the bush. The keyless blade system is excellent. I ran the saw both very stable (stabilized on the wood surface) and with the blade floating and the tree (and saw) vibrating like crazy. The blade did not shake loose or damage. The front boot is also from a thick, but soft rubber so I always felt in control of the cut. The speed control is really nice and you can have a soft touch control. Another great tool.
Light - A nice flourescent light. The cool thing with the light is the handle and hanging system. The light can be stood on end for the floor or hung from the ceiling. Gives off a fair amount of light. This light will definately be nice when working under the house.
Accessories - The kit comes with two batteries and a charger. The charger has a cooling fan that comes on autmatically when charging the battery. The kit also comes with a heavy duty bag that can hold all the tools, charger, and my own accessories blades and bits, with room to spare. It has a lot of pockets inside the bag as well.
The 2 saws are PHENOMENAL TOO, i never thought i would like a cordless circular saw, but i have been redoing some sub floors lately and that thing has no problem ripping 3/4 inch plywood all day long. the sawzall is just a sturdy, cuts through ANYTHING!!!! Even the lantern that comes with the kit is handy, never thought i would say that, but it does the job i need it to do.
The batteries are strong when they get weak it will just shut off, saving the electric motors of all the tools, GREAT FEATURE, instead of most typical tools just lags its way down till it has nothing left, thats hard on the brushes and will burn a motor up quick. quick charger that works like a champ too, a bit noisy cause of the cooling fan that is built in but keeps you in business. Only wish for all the stuff u get would like to have 1 more battery added.
The bag for all the tools is a good one as well, and this comes from a guy who loves to have hard cases for his cordless tools, but has pleanty of room for all your tools and the charger too.
BUY THIS KIT, ITS WORTH IT!!!!!
I have had about 10 cordless drills in the past 15 years and recently upgraded to this Hitachi 9 pc kit.
Most recently I had a Dewalt 18v 4pc that was about 5 years old. even though my Dewalt tools were in OK shape the 4 batteries were pretty much dead and had been "revived" a few times. I looked at replacing the batteries but between spending $250 for a new charger and pair of batteries or just replacing the whole kit it made sense to get new tools (my drill needed repair as well).
My initial impression is mixed I chose the Hitachi set over the Dewalt mainly due to cost and the Lithium Ion batteries, not to mention that they have a 10 year warranty on their tools.
The batteries on the Hitachi kit were definitely lighter than dewalt's. seemed like they were almost 1/3rd the weight but their plastic shell does seem to be cheaper quality then dewalt's and the clip mechanism also seems not as sturdy (hopefully though they will last longer).
I was very disappointed with the Hitachi lantern. The description states it has both LED's and a fluorescent lamp what it doesn't state is that there is ONLY 1 LED. Now com-on what can you do with 1 LED? the fluorescent bulb isn't that great compared to Dewalts gooseneck lamp this thing is nothing more than a childs toy.
Looking at the Drill itself, it's a nice solidly made tool. The design is a bit funky as it has a mix of plastic and rubber pieces its very comparable to the Dewalt 18v unit. Hitachi does fall WAY short on the silly belt clip / LED light that is attached to the lower left side of the tool. First off the LED is YELLOW another "come-on what are you thinking?" as it should be a white bulb also noteworthy is that it seems to be powered by its own battery. I have not taken the light apart to determine its power source but my guess is a couple of flat watch type batts and well that makes it worthless as well one of those marketing add ons that really does not need to be there.
The Sawzall, jigsaw grinder and SDS drill are all high quality once again the funky combination of plastic and rubber. I DID however really like the rubber surround that covered the front of the sawzall it makes the tool very comfortable to use.
My Favorite piece here so far is the one that I thought would be used the least. The 1/4" impact driver is great for driving screws I have even used a socket adapter into it and used it when working on my lawn equipment. Weight wise its about the same as my older Makita 14.4v unit but has alot more power is much smaller and drives long screws and bolts 500% better than a non impact driver.
My least favorite tool here is the "blower" I do alot of woodworking and thought it would be nice to have it handy to to blow off sawdust. I figured I'd have it handy and would be quicker than having to find the blower attachment for my air compressor. The unit works ok but its one of those tools that if you are in your shop and you have an air compressor 15 feet away its no big deal and add no value to your combo.
so what do I miss?
Not much if anything at all the tools are very comparable to my old Dewalt kit as mentioned the batteries and the charger appear to be cheaper plastic but that's nothing major and should not be a deal breaker.
I do plan on buying the matching impact wrench a few extra batteries and the real flashlight (since the florescent lantern is a joke) here in a few months.
I do however want to point out that I wish Hitachi made a right angle drill as one does come with Dewalt's larger 18v kits.
Deal wise I bought mine from tyler tool they were running free shipping and a 10% off coupon so the setup cost me $782.10
Followup on 1/2" hammer drill. Was using a 2" hole saw to drill through 2 2x4's drill did not make it through without overheating. I should state the drill was not the first to stop the battery went into protect mode as I swapped the battery out for the one in the light. The lamp did not turn back on for about 3 minutes untill the battery cooled. Even with the second battery in the drill I had to stop for 15 minutes to let it cool down because it kept shutting down. I allowed the drill and batteries to rest for about 15 to 20 minutes but still was unable to continue as the drill was still hot and shut down after a few seconds.
I finally got tired of screwing around and went to the garage for my Milwaukee 1/2" corded hammer drill and that hole that took 3+ minutes with the cordless took 15 seconds to finish.
If your a homeowner this setup will work for you BUT if you are a pro and depend on the capabilities of your tools MOVE ON!
My final thought? Damn I wish I wasn't cheap and had spent the extra $200 on the dewalt set!
Quality Jacobs Metal single sleeve chuck. Makes it easy to tighten down on a bit.
2 Speed Gear Box-Allowing you to switch between low and high depending on your application. It also has a cool feature that allows you to use as a screwdriver so you don't damage the screwhead. I haven't seen that on any other drill.
21 position clutch-while I find any more than about 6 too many having additional positions might be helpful.
Light-Again not a must have kind of nice when working in situations where there isn't much light.
Belt Hook-I find myself clipping it to the side of my bucket when working in places where I don't need my full tool box. The drill is a little heavy to attach to my belt but having the hook is nice nonetheless.
Overall the drill feels very comfortable and not bulky heavy luck other drills in the same class that I looked at. The weight is distributed nicely throughout the tool so using the drill doesn't wear out my arm. The 18v is great as well and has plenty of power for any job.
The Recip Saw
Easily the best feeling recip saw I have used or tried. It is compact enough to fit within studs or under the sink for cutting pipe. The boot is made of rubber and feels very tacky which is nice when my hands are sweating. The blades are easy to change as it has a toolless blade change.
Again, a great feeling tool. The last cordless one I owned had a small blade so having the 6 1/2" is much better. This allows me to use it to cut most pieces of wood as I rarely use the entire depth of my 7 1/4" saw.
Light-nice but again not a huge deal. For those of us with poor eyes it helps to have the additional light so nice to have.
Front Handle-Rubber and easy to hold. Very nice addition!
Blade Lock-Makes changing blades easy!
Nice light with hook. I can hang it any or leave it flat on the ground. While this really isn't a tool good luck finding a combo kit without it. I like using the light especially under the sink!
Charger-Charges batteries fast and has a fan on it to keep it cool.
Overall I am very happy with the kit. The bag it comes in is great and when I am doing jobs I can carry other tools in it. For instance recently when putting in ceiling fans I was able to put the romex I needed, fasteners and other supplies needed. I never had to go back down the ladder and get anything!
Probably my biggest draw to Hitachi tools is the comfort. They are all so well balanced and comfortable to hold. For a long time, I was partial to Dewalt, which has its own merits, but the Hitachi is easier on the hand when working a long day with the drill. The chuck also seems to be very well made, comparable to the Dewalts I have used over the years.
The belt clip is little more than a marketing tool. It's just awkward to hang a drill from your belt. If you want the drill at your side, a tool belt with a drill holder is the way to go, as it will be positioned much more conveniently. The light on the belt clip was a pleasant surprise though. At first it seemed worthless, but once I tried it in the dark, I was glad it was there.
I haven't put the saws through anything more than light duty work, so I can't comment on their limits. Cordless saws are good to have when you need them, but you'll be happier with a corded saw every time for continuous or heavy duty work.
This kit gets 5 stars for the overall value. You'll be hard pressed to find more for your money.
Update: After another year of use, the kit is still running strong. My initial review did not give the circular saw the credit it deserved. I assumed that it was a cordless circular saw and would not be able to handle anything more than light duty work. Well, I was hoping to justify the purchase of the latest and greatest corded circular saw, so I put my cordless to the test. I used the saw exclusively for my oak plywood cuts in building a cabinet for the garage. After many cuts and positioning and repositioning my guides many times, I cut a corner to make the job go faster. I doubled up the 3/4" oak plywood I was cutting and really thought I could bog the saw down. To my surprise, the saw didn't bog down at all. I'm as pleased as ever with my Hitachi cordless tool purchase.