18 Volt Cordless Combo Kit Head to Head
Hitachi 18 Volt Lithium Ion [Purchased Separately] Combo Tool Kit
No Model # – $497
Lifetime Lithium Ion Tool Warranty, 5-Year Limited Warranty (Flash light)
Hitachi offers a wide range of professional grade tools to contractors and commercial construction professionals. In the cordless realm Hitachi has been offering contractor grade tools with premium, but affordable options, like brushless motors, and nice to have high end features. Their lithium ion tools deliver professional grade power and run time, in a job-site ready package, at an affordable price.
The Hitachi tools evaluated for the kit included a drill/driver, impact driver, circular saw, recip, and flash light
- DS18DSDL Drill/Driver – Adjusts from 90° to 45°, weighs 4.6 pounds, 22-position clutch, LED light, 814 in-lbs. of torque and up to 1600 RPM.
- WH18DSAL Impact Driver – No-load speed up to 2,600 RPM & a 3,200 BPM impact rate, 1280 in/lbs of driving torque, quick change 1/4″ hex chuck.
- C18DSL Circular Saw – 6 1⁄2 inch blade diameter, 50 Degree bevel capacity, Depth of cut @ 45 degrees = 1.56 inches, Depth of Cut @ 90 degrees = 2 1⁄4 inches.
- CR18DSLP4 Reciprocating Saw – No-load speed of 2,100-SPM with a 1-1/8-Inch stroke length. Tool less blade change and reversible blade insert, indicator light warns when the run time is low.
- UB18DAL Flash Light – Low-power setting uses 14.4-volts, the more powerful setting uses 18-volts, outdated use of incandescent bulb, swivel head.
This kit is a good fit for the serious Do-It-Yourself homeowner or a contractor starting their career on a budget. We found it to have decent power and runtime but ultimately our testing found these tools to be best suited for medium duty tasks. Although Hitachi does offer some premium features in some of their models, many cost cutting choices are obvious in their tools as well, but these choices are enthusiastically reflected in the price.
These tools are bare bones, rugged, and affordable. The WH18DSAL Impact Driver is light and powerful, the saws, theC18DSL and CR18DSLP4, in this make shift kit are not the top of the line but certainly perform well enough for the professional job-site. The batteries are only 3.0 Ah but charge in 45 minutes. Hitachi is currently no longer offering combination kits greater than two tools, but because of Hitachi’s aggressive affordability, even purchasing these tools separately the grand total is under $500.
Overall we give this kit a 3.5 out of 5 stars for an affordable, professional grade set of tools. The lack of available kits, and therefore intentional storage options, at this time, coupled with medium duty tools, keeps the overall score down. These Hitachi tools can definitely score higher with a comprehensive kit, including storage, and upgrading some tools/features like the outdated incandescent bulb flashlight. Hitachi does offer a very good warranty program with a Limited Lifetime Warranty on each of the tools we tested except the light.
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