Hitachi KC18DDL 18-Volt Li-Ion Impact Driver and Drill Combo Kit
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- 3 amp/Hr Batteries
- Adjustable Belt hook with LED Light
- 30 Day money back guarantee and 5 Year Warranty
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This kit includes the Hitachi DS18DL drill and the WH18DL impact wrenchalong with 2- 18-volt Li-Ion batteries that have 3 times the life and half the weight of Ni-Cad Batteries. The DS18DL drill delivers a very impressive 560-inch-pounds of torque while the WH18DL offers a class leading 1,330-inch-pounds This kit includes a universal charger that can charge Hitachi Ni-Cad and Li-Ion Batteries from 7.2- up to 18-volt s.
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Then used the power drill with an auger attachment to pre-drill my 16 inch wide by 16 inches deep holes in the ground for my deck footing piers. Drill did not die. Just backed out of tree roots and then kept going. Started at 7am and the power drill battery died on me at 6:30pm. Switched to the impact drills battery and kept digging holes. Charged the dead battery, but by quitin time (8:15pm) didn't need to change the 2nd battery.
This is exactly the type of performance that I wanted. Though I'm by electricity, I did not want to hassle with corded tools (other then my handy chopsaw). Got the circular saw and reciprocating saw coming enroute through Fed Ex tomorrow. After the rain passes by Wed of this week, I should be able to test the way the batteries last with the circular saw/sawzall. Got some 6 X 6 posts, 2X10X12 & 2X4's to rip.
Judging by how the batteries performed with drilling the holes for the piers, I'm expecting them to allow for quite a number of rips. I think I'm getting my monies worth ouot of the drills, that's for sure.
IT WAS VERY IMPRESSIVE HOW EASY THE IMPACT DRILL DROVE IN THE LAG SCREWS. EASY.
The 3 inch deck screws went into the treated lumber like it was slicing through butter. REALLY.
The battery life is AWESOME. I wanted the Makita tools. After reading up on Hitachi and now having used them, I don't regret passing on the higher priced Makita tools.
At the time I purchased this, the Makita was around $300 (+/- a few bucks) and the Hitachi was $284. The Milwaukee was $199. I chose the Hitachi for the increase in torque over the others.
I've used the Makita at work and I like it as well. Both the Hitachi and the Makita have led lights to help out in dark corners. The Hitachi has an orange color and the Makita has a bluish white color. The Makita turns on automatically when you depress the trigger and stays on a few seconds after you release it. The Hitachi has a small button you use to enable the light on or off. I don't recall reading that the Milwaukee had a light, it may, but I'm not sure.
Any cons with the Hitachi? A few, just enough that I didn't give 5 stars. These are just "picky" problems and take nothing away from the abilities of this drill.
One... it weighs a bit less than the Makita and feels "slightly" less durable. The Makita has a bit more rugged feel to it.
Two... the charger takes longer than the 15 minute charger for the Makita. I've not timed it exactly, but it's between 1/2 hr to 45 min to recharge.
Three... This is just a bit of a nuisense, but according to Hitachi's description page, it's a drill protection thing. When the drill needs recharged, it flat out stops. I'd finish driving one screw and the time it takes to place another screw on the bit and pull the trigger... it won't run. This can be a buggar depending on what you're doing.
Four... I'd prefer a hard case instead of a bag, but that's just me.
I would definitely recommend this combo kit. I'm a carpenter and it does whatever I throw at it. Also, on Hitachi's description page it let's you know that there is a 10 year warranty on the drivers and a 2 year on the batteries.
We went out to buy Rigid because of a friend's recommendation on his purchase of a drill and impact combo but soon found out that though it's on Rigid's web site that combo is -no longer available-??? Rigid is now sold exclusively through Home Depot and they have no interest in anything that won't sell in massive quantities. It was a VERY irritating experience finding that out.
The Hitachi kit arrived in 2 days, just what we ordered. Both Drill and Impact Driver have incredible power, start at VERY low speeds, speed up easily, and stop on a dime. With the two included batteries and charger as long as you start with a full battery and the other in the charger it's virtually impossible to run out of power. Also we really like the canvas bag rather than a molded plastic case that the snap closures break too soon on and are almost guaranteed not to hold some accessory that you decide to try to carry in it.
These tools are a bit more expensive (and heavier due to the 3AH batteries) than the homeowner models but the added power in the motors and the longer run time from the batteries far more than make up for it.
Bottom line - after a month or so - it was a great choice.