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Select Cordless Tools Rated “Best Buy” by a Leading Consumer Publication

November 20, 2012

Hitachi Power Tools is pleased to highlight that the following Lithium Ion cordless drills have been rated Best Buy by a leading consumer publication in the December 2012 issue: DS18DSAL, WH18DSAL & DS14DSFL.

Hitachi’s DS18DSAL 18V Lithium Ion Compact Pro Driver Drill was rated #1 “Best Buy” in general use drill/drivers. This driver drill is compact at less than 7” in length and lightweight at 3.3 lbs. With impressive turning torque - 460 in/lbs, the DS18DSAL is the ideal drill driver for anyone seeking professional power in the most compact, lightweight and ergonomic tool body. The DS18DSAL delivers a no-load speed from 0-350 RPM and 0-1,500 RPM. Its ½” ratcheting keyless chuck is all metal for maximum durability, while also allowing for quick and simple bit replacements with secure holding power. The 22-stage clutch delivers 22 torque settings and a drill mode for both high torque applications and precision driving. It is balanced for proper wrist alignment, which reduces fatigue during continuous operation.

Hitachi’s WH18DSAL 18V Lithium Ion Compact Pro Impact Driver was rated “Best Buy” in the impact driver category. This impact is compact at less than 7” in length and lightweight at 3.3 lbs. Capable of 1,280 in/lbs of turning torque, the WH18DSAL tackles heavy applications like tightening and loosening carriage bolts, driving lags and sinking deck screws. The WH18DSAL delivers a no-load speed from 0-2,600RPM and an impact rate of anywhere from 0-3,200 BPM. The ¼” hex chuck saves time as bits can be changed quickly and easily by simply grabbing, pulling, inserting, and releasing the chuck. Bits are secure and won’t slip or fall out. The feel of the drill in hand reflects Hitachi’s detailed attention to balance, grip and pressure points; making this tool extremely comfortable to use.

Hitachi’s DS14DSFL14.4V Lithium Ion Driver Drill with flashlight was rated #1 “Best Buy” in light use drill/drivers. This driver drill features a sleek design and slim soft grip for both comfort and easy maneuverability. It produces 300 in/lbs of turning torque to drill and drive through materials with ease. Precision and control are achieved with mechanical 2-speed gearing and the adjustable clutch delivers 22 drive settings and a drill mode for optimal torque and speed based on the application. It comes equipped with a 3/8” keyless chuck for quick and tool-less bit changes. Additionally, the DS14DSFL comes with a flashlight that features a 5-position pivoting head so that light can be aimed as needed on the job.

Each of these impressive cordless tools are powered by long-lasting 1.5Ah Lithium Ion slide batteries that deliver professional power in the most compact, lightweight, and ergonomically designed tool bodies on the market. They are covered by Hitachi’s Lifetime Lithium Ion Tool warranty and 2-Year Lithium Ion battery warranty for even more value and peace of mind.

These tools feature responsive variable speed triggers to always reach the right speed and power for the job. Designed without the vertical cell chamber of a post-style battery, the new slide battery glides easily into place and allows for the most ergonomically shaped handles.  At half the weight of NiCd or NiMH batteries, these batteries combined with the balanced tool bodies minimize user fatigue and maximize control and accuracy. 
As with all of Hitachi’s Lithium Ion technologies, the Lithium Ion slide-type batteries receive a steady stream of power for the duration of every battery charge, from the moment the trigger is pulled until the charge cycle is exhausted.  And with up to three times the number of charge cycles of traditional batteries and accompanied by a battery charger with unique circuitry to prevent overheating or power loss, costly battery replacements are avoided. Metal belt hooks keep the tools conveniently in reach at all times and LED job lights (not featured on the DS14DSFL) illuminate the work surface for accurate bit alignment in dim environments.  

Each tool comes complete with two 1.5Ah Lithium Ion slide batteries and a quick charger - all packaged in a durable carrying cases. The DS18DSAL driver drill also comes with a 2-sided #2 Phillips driver bit. The DS14DSFL driver drill comes with a 2-sided #2 Phillips driver bit and a flashlight.


Hitachi Power Tools (Hitachi Koki USA, Ltd) offers an extensive line of professional grade power tools and accessories for woodworking, metalworking, drilling and fastening, concrete drilling and cutting, outdoor power equipment products as well as a complete line of pneumatic nailers, staplers, compressors and collated fasteners. From headquarters in Atlanta, GA, and satellite offices in the United States and Canada, Hitachi Power Tools supports over 4000 retail locations carrying Hitachi tools and over 1000 authorized service centers. Hitachi Koki USA, Ltd. is the North American division of Hitachi Koki Japan, a subsidiary within Hitachi Ltd.

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd., (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 360,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2010 (ended March 31, 2011) consolidated revenues totaled 9,315 billion yen ($112.2 billion). Hitachi will focus more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes information and telecommunication systems, power systems, environmental, industrial and transportation systems, and social and urban systems, as well as the sophisticated materials and key devices that support them. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at

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