Lithium Ion Technology- Now Available from Hitachi Power Tools!


NORCROSS, GA., August 1, 2006 - Hitachi Power Tools today announced the launch of its new line of Lithium Ion cordless products. Powered by HXP batteries from Hitachi, the Lithium Ion technology generates 3x the battery life of standard NiCd batteries. They are significantly lighter to reduce the overall weight of the tools they power. And HXP batteries are uniquely backwards compatible, meaning they will also work in Hitachi's 18V DMR and DVF3 cordless tools for even more flexibility and value across the cordless line.

Hitachi HXP batteries have a life of approximately 1300-1500 cycles (# of times a user can recharge) as opposed to about 500 times for recharging NiMH or NiCd 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.

Hitachi's approach towards Lithium Ion technology takes advantage of the preferred 18V platform at the core of the cordless market. HXP batteries are backwards compatible so those who already own and use Hitachi 18V DMR or DVF3 cordless drills can invest in Hitachi Lithium Ion tools and use the HXP battery in their new or older Hitachi models.

Now Available:

The DV18DL 18V Lithium-Ion Cordless Hammer Drill
Offers a class leading 570 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 NiCd and NiMH 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 (0-200/400/900/1800 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 9.95" in length and lightweight at 4.9 lbs, the DV18DL feels like a 12V tool, while offering the power and performance of an 18V. The HXP lithium ion battery works in all 18-Volt DMR and DVF3 tools for more options. The DV18DL comes complete with two HXP batteries, quick charger, side handle, carrying case and driver bit. The suggested retail is only $299.

The KC18DAL 18V Lithium-Ion 3-Piece Combo Kit
This new pro-grade combo kit includes the DV18DL 18V Lithium Ion hammer drill that offers a best in class 570 in/lbs of torque, the CR18DL 18V lithium ion reciprocating saw with tool-less blade changing system and a powerful 14.4/18 Volt lantern equipped with a 5-position adjustable handle. Also included are two high-capacity 3.0Ah HXP lithium Ion batteries for 3x the life at half the weight of NiCd and NiMH batteries, a ballistic nylon tool bag and a universal quick charger that charges 7.2V - 18V Li-Ion, NiMH and NiCd batteries. The suggested retail is only $399.

The DS18DL 18V Lithium-Ion Cordless Driver Drill
Offers 560 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 NiCd and NiMH 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 (0-200/400/900/1800 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 9.2" in length and lightweight at 4.6 lbs, the DS18DL feels like a 12V tool, while offering the power and performance of an 18V. The HXP lithium ion battery works in all 18-Volt DMR and DVF3 tools for more options. The DS18DL comes complete with two HXP batteries, quick charger, side handle, carrying case and driver bit. The suggested retail is only $279.

Lastly the DB3DL 3.6V Cordless Lithium Ion Screwdriver
This completely new offering from Hitachi is ideal for tightening and loosening fasteners in odd or tight spaces. It features a 1.5Ah Lithium Ion battery for consistent power throughout each cycle and significantly longer overall battery life as compared to NiCd or NiMH batteries. Weighing less than a pound, pivoting 90 degrees and producing a powerful 44 in/lbs of turning torque, the DB3DL will be a staple in any tool bag or belt. The ¼" hex keyless chuck allows for quick and easy bit changes. An integrated LED light can be used to illuminate the workspace for better visibility in dark spaces. It offers two speeds- 200/600 rpm for better control based on the application. The suggested retail is only $79.

This new series of cordless Lithium Ion tools reflects the aggressive new Inspire design being implemented by Hitachi Power Tools. Hitachi is pioneering yet another new trend in the industry- tools that incorporate the latest technology with ergonomic design- a look that will modernize the traditional workshop or jobsite.

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 Chatsworth 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 with Hitachi Koki U.S.A. continuing to offer the highest level of professional power tools available.

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