New HiKoki/Metabo HPT 10.8V/12V Max cordless power tools are set to hit the market, with the launch including a drill/driver, hammer drill, and impact driver.
Particularly noteworthy is that the lineup is centered around a new Li-ion battery form factor, which will be available in 1.5Ah, 2.5Ah, and 4.0Ah sizes.
Featured on the HiKoki website, the new 10.8V tools are said to be super easy to work with, versatile and compact with the shortest length in their class.
All three of the new tools are built with brushless motors. In addition to being compact and long-running, the impact driver has 3 tightening modes – low power, high power, and a mode for self-drilling screws.
Also significant is that the new battery packs feature built-in battery fuel gauges, with 4 LED indicator lights. That’s certainly a welcome feature.
HiKoki boasts that their charger delivers class-leading charging speed, with the 1.5Ah battery fully charged in around 22 minutes.
- DS12DD Drill/Driver, DV12DD Hammer Drill/Driver
- 10mm (3/8″) chuck
- 38 Nm max torque (~336 in-lbs)
- 0-440/0-1700 RPM
- Drill weighs 1.1 kg (~2.43 lbs), 149 mm (5.87″) length
- Hammer drill weighs 1.2 kg (~2.65 lbs), 162 mm (6.38″) length
- WH12DD Impact Driver
- 1/4″ hex chuck
- 135 Nm max torque (~1195 in-lbs)
- 0-3200 RPM (max), 0-1300 RPM on low
- 0-4000 IPM (max), 0-2500 IPM on low
- 134 mm (~5.28″) length
- Weighs 1.1 kg (~2.43 lbs)
There’s no word yet as to whether these new HiKoki tools will be released in the USA under Metabo HPT branding.
The new drills and impact driver look competitively designed and spec’ed, and I welcome the addition of a new 12V-class brushless motor cordless power tool platform.
The addition of an on-board battery fuel gauge is a great modernization, and something I hope comes to their 18V battery packs too.
But will there be more tools, such as saws, LED lights, or other compact cordless power tools? Will the tools be launched in the USA? Time will tell.
Lastly, I have found that I favor “HiKoki” over “Metabo HPT.”