Hitachi is one of those brands that tends to be eclipsed by the bigger pro tool names, and I have never understood why. Their tools are well made, and sometimes even ahead of the curve in terms of design and innovation.
Right now at Woot, there’s a decent sale on two Hitachi 12V lithium-ion cordless tool combo kits – a right angle impact driver, and a drill plus rotary tool combo kit.
Shipping is $5 per order, and the deals are valid thru 9/19/13 unless supplies run out sooner. In case you haven’t heard of Woot before, they’re an Amazon-owned company. Customer service is great, shipping can be slow.
12V Right Angle Impact Driver
This RA impact driver is somewhat puny on paper (265 in-lbs max torque), but makes up for this by having a very low-profile head, compact size, and low weight. It comes with (2) 1.5Ah li-ion batteries, a charger, and hard case.
Buy Now(via Woot, $80) EXPIRED!
Street price: ($110 via Amazon)
12V Drill and Rotary Tool Combo
In this combo, you get a drill/driver with 22-setting clutch, 195 in-lbs max torque, and 2-speed gearbox (0-300/0-1300 RPM), as well as a rotary tool, 200pc rotary tool accessory set, and (2) li-ion batteries.
Buy Now(via Woot, $120) EXPIRED!
With this kit, it’s like you’re paying for the cordless rotary tool and accessory set and getting the drill/driver as an added bonus.
I kind of comes down to bad marketing. I never see any reviews of the tools online that often on the cordless tools. The only thing I hear good things about is the pneumatic tools they make and their Miter saws are pretty nice. They also have zero big box store presence nothing at Home Depot and they won’t splurge on getting an endcap at lowes even rockwell is willing to do that. If I would have had more information on what they made and the battery platform was well supported I might have considered them over Milwaukee.
Why would you consider them over milwaukee?
Hitachi won the #1 rated 18V lithium drill in Consumer Reports in December so they occasionally do gt soem pretty. They also have a very large line of tool in both Lowe’s and Menard’s, just not in Home Depot. They are know for having the best warranty in all lines (pneumatics, cordless, miters, etc) and typically their tools provide the best performance and value for the price. As a consumer, I appreciate they don’t waste money on excessive marketing such as the DeWalts/Milwaukees of the world and pass the savings on to me!