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18V Brushless Lithium Ion Technology- Now Available from Hitachi Power Tools!

March 14, 2012

Hitachi Power Tools today announced the launch of its new line of 18V Brushless Motor Lithium Ion cordless products. Kicking off the series is an 18V Lithium Ion Brushless Driver Drill (3.0Ah) - the DS18DBL- available now with more tools launching this Spring and later in 2012. Hitachi’s Brushless technology is delivered via a micro-processor chip that manages the tool’s motor, resulting in up to 50% longer run time between charges, increased power, and extended durability with essentially no maintenance. Hitachi’s signature ergonomic design for the DS18DBL tool body makes it extremely well-balanced and comfortable for extended use. Covered by Hitachi’s Lifetime Lithium Ion tool warranty and 2-year Lithium Ion battery warranty, the DS18DBL stands alone against other professional drills on the market today.

Hitachi’s DS18DBL 18V Lithium Ion Brushless Driver Drill is the first in a series of 18-Volt Lithium Ion Brushless tools that will also include a hammer drill, impact driver (available Spring 2012) and impact wrench (available late 2012) with more on the horizon. Powered by a 3.0Ah Lithium Ion slide type battery for fade free power, less weight and 3x the total battery life of traditional Ni-Cd batteries, Hitachi was able to optimize the design of the tool. Since the new slide type Lithium Ion battery pack eliminates the vertical battery cell chamber, it permits the handle to be ergonomically designed, resulting in improved comfort and greater control. 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.

The DS18DBL Brushless Driver Drill delivers professional grade power with an impressive 593 in-lbs of turning torque. Its ½” ratcheting keyless chuck is all metal for maximum durability, all the while allowing for quick and simple bit replacements with secure holding power. The 22-stage clutch delivers 22 torque settings and a drill setting, controlled by a single aluminum clutch ring. Unique to the DS18DBL is an electronic speed control switch: with the simple push of a button, the user can select from 4 different speeds.  Coupled with the two-step gearing feature, this allows for eight different speed / power calibrations providing the user with the ability to finely set the driver drill depending on the application. In “low” mode, the tool can achieve 0–200/300/350 or 400 RPM. In “high” mode the drill outputs 0-1000/1300/1500 or 1800 RPM. A metal belt hook can be adjusted to the right or left side of the tool based on the user’s preference. Compact at 8.1” in length and lightweight at just 4.4 lbs, the DS18DBL reduces fatigue in extended or overhead use applications.

The battery charger (UC18YRSL) that accompanies this Brushless drill will power 14.4V and 18V lithium ion slide type batteries in about 45 minutes or less. The technology in the charger provides the Lithium Ion battery with overload and over-discharge protection so it won’t overheat or lose power- lending to the battery’s longer overall life.

The DS18DBL Lithium Ion Brushless driver drill is covered by Hitachi’s Lifetime Lithium Ion Tool warranty and 2-Year Lithium Ion battery warranty for even more value and peace of mind. It comes with two 3.0Ah Lithium Ion Slide Type batteries, a quick charger, side handle, carrying case and Phillips driver bit. With three more 18V Brushless tools coming soon and more in development, Hitachi’s line of Brushless tools is one of the most expansive on the market today.

Traditional Motor Technology vs. Hitachi Brushless Technology

In traditional cordless tools- carbon brushes contact the motor to complete the circuit and power the tool. With Brushless- a microprocessor controls the current flow through the motor.

In traditional cordless, the brushes wear and occasionally need maintenance for replacement. With Brushless - there are no carbon brushes, thus preventing maintenance and unexpected downtime.

With traditional cordless, the mechanical contact of the brushes on the motor cause electrical loss and frictional resistance, as well as heat build-up and contact wear- all of which rob the motor of performance and decrease durability. With Brushless - minimal heat is produced and motor wear is decreased due to lack of mechanical contact on the motor. This vastly improves electrical efficiency and power transfer.

With traditional cordless, a mechanical contact trigger system must be used to control the increased and decreased flow of electricity to the motor, which causes further electrical loss and wear. With Brushless, an optical trigger switch is used to communicate with the micro-processor, providing a more responsive variable speed actuation and wear-resistant trigger assembly.

The overall result with Hitachi’s Brushless technology is that the battery can last up to 50% longer per charge meaning more work completed and less downtime. The tool is virtually maintenance free and is more responsive, efficient and powerful during use. Micro-processor technology additionally allows for a “smart” tool meaning it is capable of advanced speed digital settings for ultimate precision and control based on the application. The benefits of Hitachi Brushless technology can be summed up in one statement- Intelligently Powerful.

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. For more information on Hitachi Power Tools, please visit

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / 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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