Hitachi launched a new 14.4V li-ion line this week with the announcement of a new drill/driver, hammerdrill, impact driver, and impact wrench. The best part: Hitachi says the new 14.4V li-ion batteries are backwards-compatible with their 14.4V DMR and DVF3 series tools, so if you pick up one of the new li-ion kits you’d be upgrading your other tools as well.
The new kit’s charger is Hitachi’s “universal” model, which’ll charge any Hitachi battery from 7.2V to 18V including all li-ion, NiCd, and NiMH units.
Other than that, the press release touts standard li-ion benefits such as longer runtime with a lighter battery and extended battery life.
About the new tools:
- The DS1DL Drill/Driver: 460 in-lbs of torque, 0-200/400/850/1750 RPM, MSRP $239
- The DV14DL Hammerdrill: Same as above, MSRP $259
- The WH14DL Impact Driver: 1330 in-lbs of torque, 0-2000/2600 RPM, 1/4″ hex chuck, MSRP $259
- The WR14DL Impact Wrench: 1780 in-lbs of torque, 0-2000/2600 RPM, 1/2″ square drive, MSRP $259
Look for ’em on the shelves in the next few months.