News Releases

3/06/2007

Lightweight, Longer Lasting 14.4V Cordless Tools- Now Available From Hitachi

NORCROSS, GA., March 6, 2007 – Hitachi Power Tools today announced the launch of its new line of 14.4-Volt cordless products including a driver drill, hammer drill, impact driver and impact wrench. Powered by HXP batteries from Hitachi, the new lithium ion technology generates 3x the life of standard batteries. They are significantly lighter to reduce the overall weight of the tools they power. And Hitachi’s HXP lithium ion batteries are uniquely backwards compatible, meaning they will also work in 14.4V DMR and DVF3 cordless tools for even more flexibility and value across the cordless line.

Hitachi’s new HXP lithium ion batteries have a longer life- approximately 1300-1500 cycles (or # of times a user can recharge the battery) as opposed to about 500 times for recharging standard batteries. Lasting 3x longer, they do not have to be replaced as often saving the user money. Hitachi HXP batteries are 3.0Ah so they last longer between charges. And they maintain a steady charge from the moment the trigger is pulled until they need to be recharged- ensuring the user will tap the full power during use.

HXP battery technology reduces the weight by approximately a pound per tool, which improves manageability and lessens fatigue. The unique Universal charger from Hitachi will charge 7.2V up to 18V lithium ion as well as NiCd and NiMH batteries for flexibility and convenience. The proprietary technology in the Universal charger provides HXP Lithium Ion batteries with overload and discharge protection so they won’t overheat or lose power.

And most notably, Hitachi’s HXP batteries are backwards compatible so those who already own and use Hitachi 14.4V DMR or DVF3 cordless tools can invest in Hitachi Lithium Ion tools and use the HXP battery in their other Hitachi models.

Now Available:

The DS14DL14.4V Lithium-Ion Cordless Driver Drill

This tool is ideal for drilling and driving into wood, plastic, mild steel and aluminum. It offers 460 in/lbs of torque to drill and drive through tough materials. It comes with two high-capacity 3.0Ah HXP lithium Ion batteries for 3x the life at half the weight of traditional batteries. A unique two-step speed switch is located on the side of the handle and gives the user the ability to select from 4 different speed settings (0-200/400/850/1750 RPM) for ultimate control. Other features include an externally accessible carbon brush for quick and easy maintenance, replaceable armature, 2-piece rare-earth magnet motor and a 5-position belt hook with integrated LED job light for convenience. Compact at only 9.21” in length and lightweight at 4.4 lbs, the DS14DL feels like a 9.6V tool, while offering the power and performance of a 14.4V. The HXP lithium ion battery works in all 14-Volt DMR and DVF3 tools for more options. The DS14DL comes complete with two HXP batteries, quick charger, side handle, carrying case and driver bit. The suggested retail is only $239.

The DV14DL 14.4V Lithium-Ion Cordless Hammer Drill

This hammer drill is ideal for tightening and loosening fasteners, drilling into wood materials, plastic, steel, aluminum, brick and concrete block. It offers class leading 460 in/lbs of torque to hammer through the toughest jobs. It comes with two high-capacity 3.0Ah HXP lithium Ion batteries for 3x the life at half the weight of traditional batteries. A unique two-step speed switch is located on the side of the handle and gives the user the ability to select from 4 different speed settings (0-200/400/850/1750 RPM) for ultimate control. Other features include an externally accessible carbon brush for quick and easy maintenance, replaceable armature, 2-piece rare-earth magnet motor and a 5-position belt hook with integrated LED job light for convenience. Compact at only 9.84” in length and lightweight at 4.6 lbs, the DV14DL feels like a 9.6V tool, while offering the power and performance of an 14V. The HXP lithium ion battery works in all 14.4-Volt DMR and DVF3 tools for more options. The DV14DL comes complete with two HXP batteries, quick charger, side handle, carrying case and driver bit. The suggested retail is only $259.

The WH14DL14.4V Lithium-Ion Cordless Impact Driver

This impact driver is ideal for performing lightweight work such as hanging doors and installing cabinets and windows. It offers class leading 1330 in/lbs of torque. It comes with two high-capacity 3.0Ah HXP Lithium Ion batteries for 3x the life at half the weight of traditional batteries. At the heart of Hitachi’s new Lithium Ion impact driver is the industrial-grade, 2-piece motor with heavy gauge copper coils that makes it the most powerful and longest lasting. The impact driver features Hitachi’s unique two-step speed switch located on the side of the handle that gives the user the ability to select Power Mode (0-2,600 RPM), for full speed applications or Save Mode (0-2,000 RPM), for more control and less power when the application requires. The ¼”hex chuck on the new impact driver saves time. Bits are secure and won’t slip or fall out. Other features include an externally accessible carbon brush for quick and easy maintenance, replaceable armature, 2-piece magnet motor and a 5-position belt hook with integrated LED job light for convenience. Compact in length at only 6.37” and lightweight at 3.3 lbs, the Lithium Ion 14.4V Impact from Hitachi feels like a 9.6V tool, while offering the power and performance of a 14.4V. It is incredibly well-balanced; ideal for working in tight spaces or compromised positions such as on a ladder or under a deck. The suggested retail is only $259.

The WR14DL 14.4V Lithium-Ion Cordless Impact Wrench

This impact wrench is ideal for tightening carriage bolts, driving lags and sinking deck screws. It produces an incredible 1780 in/lbs of turning and tightening torque. It comes with two high-capacity 3.0Ah HXP Lithium Ion batteries for 3x the life at half the weight of traditional batteries. At the heart of Hitachi’s new Lithium Ion impact wrench is the industrial-grade, 2-piece motor with heavy gauge copper coils that makes it the most powerful and longest lasting.

The impact wrench features Hitachi’s unique two-step speed switch located on the side of the handle that gives the user the ability to select Power Mode (0-2,600 RPM), for full speed applications or Save Mode (0-2,000 RPM), for more control and less power when the application requires. The ½” square chuck on the impact wrench easily accepts all ½” sockets for convenience and flexibility. Other features include an externally accessible carbon brush for quick and easy maintenance, replaceable armature, 2-piece magnet motor and a 5-position belt hook with integrated LED job light for convenience. Compact in length at only 6.58” and lightweight at 3.3 lbs, the new Lithium Ion Impact wrench from Hitachi feels like a 9.6V tool, while offering the power and performance of a 14.4V. It is incredibly well-balanced; ideal for working in tight spaces or compromised positions and for tackling heavy projects. The suggested retail is only $259.

For more information including the full line of Hitachi products and support, please contact Hitachi Power Tools at 1-800-829-4752 or visit www.hitachipowertools.com.

HITACHI POWER TOOLS U.S.A.

Hitachi Power Tools carries an extensive line of professional grade tools and accessories for: woodworking, metalworking, concrete drilling and cutting, as well as a complete line of pneumatic nailers, staplers, compressors and collated fasteners. During the 1980s Hitachi Power Tools U.S.A. built its reputation for quality on the success of its pneumatic framing nailer and sliding compound miter saws. In 1995 Hitachi Power Tools U.S.A. was renamed Hitachi Koki U.S.A. to denote the addition of manufacturing to the United States.

From headquarters in Atlanta, GA, and satellite offices in Jefferson GA, Valencia CA and Toronto ONT, Hitachi Koki U.S.A. supports nearly 2000 retail locations carrying Hitachi tools and over 1000 authorized service centers. The field sales force and service technicians constantly provide information to engineers to refine and upgrade the product selection. Many tools in the line are designed and offered for use only in North America. With dozens of new models already in development, Hitachi Power Tools enters the 21st century continuing to offer the highest level of professional power tools available.

Contact

Abby Bradford
770.925.1774 ext 258
abbyb@hitachi-powertools.com

www.hitachipowertools.com