This week Hitachi announced their entry into the hotly-contested lithium-ion-powered micro driver market, the DB10DL. Driven by removable 10.8V batteries, it’ll deliver 88 in-lbs of torque — just a little more than that claimed by the ever popular Bosch PS20. Of course, we don’t yet know the speed at which Hitachi measured, but our guess is that they produce similar output.
Hitachi also claims it’ll drive 130 three-inch wood screws on a single charge. And its 21-setting clutch (plus full-tilt-boogie setting) should offer a wide range of accuracy in driving finish screws. The DB10DL will ship in kit form with two 1.6Ah batteries, a Phillips bit, and a 7-piece magnetic driver set — and, of course, the now-classic Hitachi Halo plasma pistol styling. We’ll update you on pricing and details as we know more.