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Tool Tuesday – Hitachi Cordless Driver Drill Review
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Hitachi DB3DL2 Lithium-Ion 3.6-Volt Cordless Screw Driver with Charger, Case and Rechargeable Batteries
Exceptionally good value and well made driver.
I had been using Black and Decker cordless drivers for years and wanted better quality batteries and power. The Hitachi is well made and comes with two batteries. I liked it enough that I purchased a second one for my daughter to keep at her townhouse. While the reviews for this are overwhelmingly positive, I was surprised at those that stated battery life was limited. I have three batteries. They all last for days with constant use and weeks for normal household use. The torque selector saves the screws. The light is well placed for working in those dark areas without the need to try and squeeze a flashlight in. I would say that I would buy this again or a DeWalt. These are far superior to the ones made by Black and Decker (I disagree with a negative reviewer). Now, if I am doing a lot of heavy duty work, I will use my Milwaukee M12 drivers or an 18volt Rigid.
OUTSTANDING Little Power Driver
Before getting into the review, I need to comment that I am a stickler about my tools. I tend to find one brand that has a great reputation, works well for me and proves reliable, and then I usually stick with that brand. Over the past 20 years, I’ve been particularly pleased with both my Porter Cable and Bosch acquisitions and have centered my tool acquisitions around these fine brands.
Best electric screwdriver I have ever owned
This is my third one! Two for work and one for home. I use these 8 hours a day dismantling electronics. Occasionally use them to drill holes. They have an LED light, and the torque is great up to the last few seconds of battery life. The only issue is after five years, the first one I bought switch has failed. My local Hitachi service center had it for 6 months and they could never get the right parts. (Or so they say. I think they were just incompetent). So I shipped it to the factory and they send me a fee replacement.
This is my 2nd Hitachi power driver….same one. I had my 1st one for over 3 years , which I totally rely on for work as a PC tech. The forward / reverse switch started getting sticky. I will be sending it in under its life time warranty for repair (a big plus). The new model apprantly is a little thicker with a grip and almost an inch longer….the switch feels better…comes with a brighter LED light…and overall its more quieter / smoother. There’s a lot of torque…too much even @ the lowest setting (1) for my personal use most of the time. I also use it for personal home jobs…which has the potential for heavy duty functions. The battery life is good….and uses the same type. It only takes 30 minute for full charge. Great tool!
This is my go to driver when ever I need one. I have had several of these over the years and always end up getting another. I have never had one break, I have had them disappear! I have found they will torque a screw head right off if your not careful. Battery life is excellent also! I really like the fact it comes with two batteries and a stand-alone charger. Makes life so much simpler!
Light duty, excellent stick driver.
I have no idea why more people don’t buy Hitachi tools. I have bought two recently, one of them being this stick driver, and they are quality tools. This excels at its application: modest torque, for light duty–putting in electrical boxes, assembling furniture, cleaning out my ears… I recently had the gyroscopic one from DeWalt, and it was better on torque, pretty intuitive to get used to, but shortly after obtaining it it became quirky, inaccurate inits response to motion, including not responding at all. I ended up spiking it like a football, but not in celebration. There was no victory dance after, just a shame trudge. I’m kind of glad Hitachi aren’t one of the major competitors, as it may be why their tools are less expensive and better. I get the feeling that some of the bigger tool manufacturers, such as the one that makes the yellow tools, are being influenced more by shareholder meetings and less by the desire to make an excellent product. In other words their stuff is starting to suck. I also purchased Hitachi’s lithium ion nail gun and it straight up smokes the competition. I’ve owned the DeWalt version, the NiCad, which lasted almost a decade, from when battery operated nailers were still struggling to gain the confidence of pneumatic users. I’ve used the new version, and it holds its own still. I love the ease of the nail jam clearing mechanism. But I don’t like jamming nails. The Senco was great for the 3 months it lasted, and became a doorstop after a weak and canned apology from the manufacturer. Never buying their tools again, period. My tools are starting to turn green. Hitachi convert in the making.
I have used this driver only a few times but I like it. It is very light and has enough power for the light jobs I do with it. They mitigated the inside pinch problem w/ some soft rubber. The 2 batteries are a plus and last a long time. I wish the handle would lock into position but it not a big deal that it doesn’t. The clutches work well. I would recommend and buy again. I like that the light can be turned on w/ a separate switch instead of being trigger activated.
Best tool for low torque applications
Best cordless screwdriver for the money!
Great Tool and Service
I bought the Hitachi DB3DL2 to replace an (expensive!) Milwaukee power screwdriver that I loved, and was still perfectly good, except batteries for it were no longer available. Zero stars for Milwaukee.