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Old 06-23-2007, 11:08 PM
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Default babybeast Hitachi screwdriver

Hmmm, I thought there was a thread about cordless screwdrivers just the other day but oh well & what the hell ...

Elder daughter saw fit to gift me with a $50 Amazon card for Father's Day. My initial reaction was "what the hell am I going to do with this?" However truth is, it generally don't take me long to figure out how to dissolve money in whatever form it comes. I went to Amazon for the first time ever except for maybe following someone else's link. I already had a plan because my old B&D cheapie cordless screwdriver was nearing the end of it's 3 battery tubes. It never was much good anyway but you know, sometimes I just want something lightweight and dependable to do the screw-spinning - not a drill driver, just a screwdriver.

So I read reviews. The best sounding ones were in praise of the Hitachi DB 3DL 3.6 volt Li - Ion. It comes with 2 battery packs and a 30 minute charger, a pull out chuck, 2 speeds, rocker switch for fwd/rev position on the left side of the barrel and even a little l.e.d. light with a teeny push on/push off switch recessed into the body, and 21 position clutch just like the big boys. And a 5 year warranty. It can be used in either the straight configuration or pistol grip. No load rpms are 200 for low and 600 for hi speed.

The only negative comment I remember reading said that he would prefer that low speed be even slower. I dunno, I used it a little bit today to disassemble a couple of carburators for my Yaller tractor. The dang thing has enough torque in lo to sneak up on you and snap the little feller around in my hand if I'm not paying attention. That was a surprise. Iow's, the clutch is actually a good idea, not just another feature. Another reviewer said that he carries his in a tool pouch at work & often goes a month between charges.
We'll see.

Amazon's price was $78, no tax and free shipping by the snail-est of mail or about $7 for a reasonable time lag. I opted for that so my final cost was about $85. I have only one other Hitachi tool though I have always admired the quality once I got by the awful color scheme. My 7 1/4" circular saw is the finest all round "skilsaw" I have ever owned, and that includes a Skil worm drive and I still have an old Milwaukee, too. But Hitachi is usually priced higher than I can get my own consent to pay - unless I need to spend a gift card. So I ordered it last Monday & got it on Thursday. By the way, the battery paks were already changed - nice touch.
I am very impressed with this little monster.

Amazon was a pain to deal with - registration, about 6 pages of fill in this and confirm that but wth? - I didn't burn any gas. Shipping was faster than promised and it was nicely packaged in double boxes plus a carrying case and air bags.

1. the box

2. the case, driver, charger & extra battery pak.

3. clutch and chuck

4. the light

5. pistol configuration
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Old 06-23-2007, 11:32 PM
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I'm with ya on the color and graphics! Looks like something my grand babies picked out at the dollar store. However, beauty is as beauty does so keep us posted on how it works out.
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Old 06-23-2007, 11:38 PM
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I'm glad to see it's a well manf'd driver and your happy. But it does look like an ugly pair of tennis shoes.

You could add color with a marksalot.
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Old 06-24-2007, 12:01 AM
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Just wrap black tape around the handle.....all done.
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Old 06-24-2007, 02:15 AM
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Nice to know for sure. I've been considering adding a fleet of Hitachi cordless tools to the stable of Ryobi. No reason, just because I can. Those little screwdrivers come in darn handy for removing face plates.


I bought one of their jobsite table saws a couple years back and have been nothing but pleased. A matching miter saw is probably next though...
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Old 06-24-2007, 01:06 PM
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From Hitachi I've got an angle grinder, 3/8 cordless drill and a 3/8 corded drill. All three have been excellent. That cordless drill has driven countless #10 and 12 three inch screws. Granted they had pilot holes, but the screw heads stripped out before the drill bogged down. Thankfully I got all three when their color scheme was simply green with a little black trim.
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Old 06-24-2007, 02:42 PM
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That color will attract children of the night faster than flies to horse ....
Better keep it in a black box.
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Old 06-24-2007, 05:45 PM
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Cutter, That color don't mean squat if ya don't think I'm right. Take it out in the shop work on White trash and the Yaller tractor with it and the color will change. Heck after a little while you wont even notice or care what color it is. Looks to be a nice addition to the tool box and sounds even better. Keep us up to date on it's performance.
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