dealshitachi 10.8v micro drill/driver (new) for $79.99…

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10.8 volts? Seriously? That is so 2000-ish. We-need-more-power!

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Would be good as a secondary drill, but are probably better off with the impact driver. There are other bare tools you could get to go with the 10.8V battery. The little reciprocating saw looks like fun, and a flashlight is good to have. It's a nice compact drill, but for $10 more you can get the updated 12V version from Amazon.

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Kirk to Scotty .. " I need more power !!"

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The contractor I work for uses a lot of hitachi tools. They hold up well and can take a beating, but in my experience the batteries have an above-average failure rate. Yeah we beat hell out of them but we've had significantly more issues with the hitachi batteries than others.

If you're just looking for a nice set of cordless tools, Lowes frequently has a set of 18v Porter Cable tools on sale for around $120-130, and forthat price you get a drill, reciprocating saw, flashlight and circular saw, as well as two batteries and a charger. I have that set and it's treated me very well.

So if you only need a drill and plan on it taking an above average amount of abuse, get the hitachi, otherwise there are some good alternatives out there that might serve you better.

Here is a link to the set i have: http://www.lowes.com/pd_36099-79992-PC418C-2_0__?productId=1244431&Ntt=porter+cable&pl=1&currentURL=&facetInfo=

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@biggsavage The contractor grade Hitachi tools(usually the white body ones) are way different than their consumer grade tools. I personally like them but have no experience with this one specifically. Best cordless drill I ever had was a Hitachi I got from Costco.

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@biggsavage: Thanks for the advice. I'm in the market and will check out the Porter Cable set...

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these are okay, but at 10.8 it's really behind the curve. for only 20-40 more you should invest in a more powerful 18v system.

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One of the pictures show a battery in the drill, and another one next to it, implying you get a spare battery. Trouble is, the "In the box:" part of the description is blank.

Do you get a 2nd battery?

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When comparing cordless tools you should look at more than just the voltage. This drill weighs less than 2Lbs, the porter cable drill above weighs at least 3 times as much (24Lbs for the whole set, I think 6 for the drill is conservative). This drill is also considerably smaller, if you're going to use it a lot that may be important.

Also the kit linked above uses Nicad batteries, while this drill is Li-ion; that probably accounts for much of the weight/size difference. Li-ion batteries also hold their charge much better if it's not going to be sitting in the charger all the time.

So it's not terribly powerful, and it's expensive, but if you're going to use it a lot it may be worth the extra money.

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@drgandalf: Yes. Per the specs you receive:

Hitachi 10.8V Micro Drill/Driver
Bit Set
2 Lithium Ion Batteries
Battery Charger
Hard Storage Case

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My mom and dad each both have one of these. It's perfect for around the house work and normal lighter things that don't take a ton of power. It feels nice in the hand, is light weight and compact, and is more powerful than you think a smaller 10.8v drill would be. You can't beat a lifetime warranty either.

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@gmwhit: I think they must have filled in the specs after I commented that they were missing.

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Just to be clear and compare apples to apples, this one comes with lithium ion batteries the right link for the drill/flashlight 18V would be ($139):

http://www.amazon.com/Hitachi-DS18DSAL-18-Volt-2-Inch-Driver/dp/B001N2NTEI/ref=sr_1_1?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1343672114&sr=1-1&keywords=hitachi+drill+lithium

You cannot compare Ni cad to lithium ion...

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for a small driver this is pretty decent- assuming it has a good motor.

firstly - with lithium, the 10.8 is pretty much the lowest voltage you'll see. It has 6x 3.6v cells inside (standard lithium 18650's) wired in 2 banks of 3 each (each bank in series, then parallel to the other bank) - anyways the point of this is that 18650's will often see 4v fresh off a charge, and keep that for a good meaty chunk of their early use. the battery will settle in to about 3.7v for the remaining 80% of it's usable life, and when it drops to 10.7 or below, it'll shut off completely (lithium won't get slower and slower until it dies - it's delivery most of it's peak voltage the whole time. This is by design, as fully discharging a lithium pack can have disastrous results the next time you try and charge it (ever get a puffed cell phone battery? it's like that but at much higher voltages)

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Driver/Drill - huge difference and worth its value