Ever since Hitachi became Halo fans, I’ve had a hard time finding anything interesting on their new products page. Sure, there’s lots of good stuff there. It just all looks exactly the same — except this one driver, which seems to have slept through the green party.
I’m not kidding. You’re reading about this driver because it’s brown-ish.
Besides the color, this seems like a pretty decent li-ion powered 14.4V driver. It comes with two 1.5Ah batteries, spins to a no-load speed of 0-400 or 0-1,200 RPM, has a 22-stage clutch, and produces 274 in/lbs of torque — quite reasonable for a driver of this size.
Sadly, the “soft, non-slip elastomer grip” retains the same futuristic-toy styling that’s a turn-off for so many professionals. Why? It’s hard to say. These drivers feel quite good in your hand, and they’re comfortable to use. I suppose we’re just all so used to manufacturers using this kind of heavy design direction to cover faults that even when they slap it on a perfectly good driver, we’re suspicious.
At any rate, we haven’t been able to find street pricing for these yet, though we’ve heard that some Lowe’s stores are stocking them in small quantities. One thing’s for sure: they’ll be easy to spot, like a brown spot on an otherwise-fresh green bell pepper.
14.4V 1.5Ah Li-Ion Driver Drill [Hitachi]