Milwaukee’s V4 announcement inspired reader Copsey to send in a link to Hitachi’s current 3.6V li-ion cordless screwdriver offering, pictured above. It includes many of the same features coming in the V4, including a 21 position clutch, two-speed 200/600 RPM operation, and (of course) li-ion batteries.
But in the bateries lie one of the major differences: Hitachi’s screwdriver ships with 1.5 Ah batteries as opposed to the V4’s 3.0 Ah cell. While I’d imagine the tools are quite similar from most other performance standpoints, I’d guess that the V4’ll provide a much longer runtime — maybe twice as long.
Of course, we’ll see this summer when we get the chance to pit the V4 against the Hitachi directly.
In the meantime, if you’re not concerned about the larger-cell advantages, you can have the Hitachi for around $80-$100 right now. In fact, we found it for $79 on Amazon.