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A few weeks ago Hitachi announced a new line of “low-vibration” grinders, starting with 7″ and 9″ models, both featuring their “user vibration protection” (UVP) technology — equals a big, puffy handle.  Hitachi claims that UVP reduces “tri-axial vibration” — that’s a big, science-y term for movement in all three directions — by up to 30%.

The new grinders also include motor modifications which improve cooling, which extends tool life.  A side benefit: the mods also reduce noise by up to 60%.  Add to that extended-life carbon motor brushes, and we’d guess this should yield noticable durability.

As we’ve said before, these anti-vibe handles are designed to meet current and ever-increasing European workplace safety rules.  But if the number of companies offering anti-vibe power tools in the U.S. is any indication, we’ll see similar rules here shortly.

We’ll follow up with additional information and prices shortly as the tools become widely available.


3 Responses to Hitachi Boards The Anti-Vibe Power Tool Boat

  1. bc says:

    hitachi makes ugly tools that seem cheap.

  2. KMR says:

    I bought a Hitachi reciprocating saw a year ago after two dead Ryobis and a dead Dewalt. The Hitachi performs great and the long warantee was a selling point. What do we use them for that they die so quickly? Well part of our business is used auto parts, and since 2000 we’ve cut up about 170 British sports cars. (BTW: Dewalt Demolition blades work great at cutting up cars).

    So right now, I’m a Hitachi tool fan.

  3. l_bilyk says:

    Seems like everyone is making these anti-vibration grinders now… personally i’m just fine with my old grinders

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