Driver Drill is powered by 1.5 Ah Li-Ion slide battery.

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Delivering 460 lb-in. torque, DS18DSAL Compact Pro Series drill features variable speed trigger with 0-350 and 0-1,500 rpm settings. Compact, 18 V tool is 7.7 in. long, weighs 3.5 lb, and includes clutch with 22 driving stages and one mode for drilling. Keyless ½ in. ratcheting metal chuck accepts wide variety of bits. Drill also features ergonomic handle, LED job light, and metal belt hook. External access to carbon brushes facilitates their replacement when worn.

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Hitachi Introduces a New 18V Driver Drill,the First in the Compact Pro Series

NORCROSS, GA - Hitachi Power Tools today announced the DS18DSAL, the first in Hitachi's Compact Pro Series of cordless tools. This impressive driver drill is powered by a long-lasting 1.5Ah Lithium Ion slide battery to deliver a class-leading 460 in/lbs of torque- the ideal tool for anyone seeking professional power in the most compact, lightweight, and ergonomically designed body on the market.

Compact at only 7.7" in length and lightweight at 3.5 lbs, the DS18DSAL is comfortable and convenient to use all day without sacrificing the power and performance of a pro-grade 18-volt tool. A variable speed trigger sets the DS18DSAL from 0 to 350RPM or 0 to 1,500RPM to always reach the right speed for the job. The clutch has twenty-two driving stages and a special mode for drilling making this the tool for both high torque applications and precision driving. With unmatched torque in its class, the DS18DSAL powers through the toughest jobs.

Designed without the vertical cell chamber of a post-style battery, the new slide battery glides easily into place and allows the DS18DSAL to have the most ergonomically shaped handle yet. At half the weight of NiCd or NiMH batteries, this battery combined with the balanced tool body minimizes user fatigue and maximizes control and accuracy. As with all of Hitachi's Lithium Ion technologies, the DS18DSAL receives a steady stream of power for the duration of every battery charge, from the moment the trigger is pulled until the charge cycle is exhausted. And with up to three times the number of charge cycles of traditional batteries, the user is saved costly replacements.

A metal belt hook keeps the driver drill conveniently in reach at all times and an LED job light illuminates the work surface for accurate bit alignment in dim environments. The keyless ½" ratcheting metal chuck accepts a wide variety of bits that can be changed quickly and conveniently. External access to the carbon brushes allows the user to easily and economically replace the brushes when they are worn, lengthening the lifespan of the tool.

As a bonus, the DS18DSAL comes with Hitachi's UB18DAL Lithium Ion flashlight. Adjustable to five lighting positions, this flashlight can be aimed accurately and stand alone while you work. A shoulder carrying strap and low battery indicator light are useful features also included in the UB18DAL. Because it runs on the same 18-volt slide batteries as the driver drill, the flashlight shares the same Lithium Ion benefits of long battery life, lasting power per charge and lightweight convenience.

The DS18DSAL comes with Hitachi's industry leading 5-year warranty, bonus UB18DAL 18-volt flashlight, two 1.5Ah Lithium Ion slide batteries, a quick charger, dual-tipped Phillips driver bit, and sturdy carrying case. For more information including the full line of Hitachi products and support, please contact Hitachi Power Tools at 1-800-829-4752.

Hitachi Power Tools (Hitachi Koki USA, Ltd) offers an extensive line of professional grade power tools and accessories for woodworking, metalworking, drilling and fastening, concrete drilling and cutting as well as a complete line of pneumatic nailers, staplers, compressors and collated fasteners. From headquarters in Atlanta, GA, and satellite offices in the United States and Canada, Hitachi Power Tools supports nearly 2000 retail locations carrying Hitachi tools and over 1000 authorized service centers.

Hitachi Koki USA, Ltd. is the North American division of Hitachi Koki Japan, a subsidiary within the over $112 billion, 390,000 employee Hitachi Ltd of Japan. Using world class standards of development and production with a priority of social and environmental sustainability, Hitachi produces countless products and services. From home electronics to social infrastructure, materials, logistics, and services, Hitachi can be found throughout the world breathing life into the next era.

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