Hitachi Cordless 18v hammerdrill kit or the 18v pro

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Forum topic by bradf58 posted 12-13-2012 12:46 AM 817 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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12-13-2012 12:46 AM

Hey all!

I’ll be upgrading my drills at the end of the month, right now I have a Ryobi 18v hammer drill weighs about a ton! and a Craftsman 12v (old style). Both are ni-cads, both are having chuck problems, the Craftsman batteries are starting to die and hard to impossible to replace since sears doesn’t sell them anymore.

Here’s the deal I’m looking at the Hitachi 18v which is quite a bit lighter then my craftsman 12v. The warranty life on the tool and two years on the battery.

That said I have seen 2 versions I’m considering.

My local Lowes has the 18v pro set which has two batteries, charger, light, hard case for 140 bucks, this drill has a torque of 460lbs.

Online at Amazon they have the same kit except it has the hammer drill which has 400lbs torque.

My question is if you had only one choice between the two which would it be the hammer drill or the pro?

I don’t use my Ryobi hammer drill that much maybe couple times a year. Besides I do have a old wired Ryobi hammer drill which still works but it sounds like it’s seen it’s better days. So the hammer drill version probably will replace my wired Ryobi and cordless and the 12v. But like I said it’s only 400lbs torque.

But since I don’t do that much pounding into concrete or anything heavy much would the Hitachi pro with the 460lbs torque be a better option?

I don’t have a Home Depot around close anyway about 150 miles give or take. I have considered Makita and Ridgid. I did look into the Craftsman bolt-on and 19.2v set, but since neither are sold with two batteries and the cost of getting the second battery puts craftsman out of the picture, besides specs. on them are hard to find.

So, if someone knows of a better set? It’s too bad the Hitachi comes with the light and a hard case, I hear most of them are close to useless. Hell I’d prefer a bag anyway, but you got to buy the big kits for that. I’ve seen and touched the case while looking at Lowes and the case looks real cheap and the light not much better, probably drop them once and garbage!

So there you have it!

Let me know your thoughts!!


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#1 posted 12-13-2012 01:25 AM

I’d skip the hitachi, spend a bit more and get this bosch kit. It’s $175 shipped after the discount, and you get a great impact driver too. I have two of the drills that come with this kit and they’re great. I want the impact driver too.

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