Hitachi DB3DL Cordless Screwdriver

Reviewed by Jon Sevenson on 2/14/12.

My Rating for the Hitachi DB3DL is 5 Stars

Hitachi DB3DLReview Summary: The Hitachi DB3DL cordless screwdriver is tops in its class with its 2 li-ion batteries, speed, power and a reasonable price range. It also comes with a lifetime warranty.



Detailed Review of the Hitachi DB3DL Cordless Screwdriver

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Battery Grade: Excellent

The Hitachi DB3DL comes with 2 removable Lithium Ion batteries. The very best cordless screwdrivers come with 2 removable Lithium Ion batteries. Lithium-Ion batteries are lighter and hold a charge much longer than NiCd batteries. Batteries eventually need to be replaced and the built-in type batteries can't be replaced. You end up throwing out a perfectly good tool which is not a very environmentally friendly solution. Having an extra battery comes in handy if you have a lot of work to do.

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Adjustable Handle Grade: Good

The Hitachi DB3DL has a 2-position handle. The best cordless screwdrivers offer more than 1 position. Being able to adjust the handle will allow you to reach into tight places such as drawers or small cabinets.

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Clutch Grade: Good

The Hitachi DB3DL has 21 clutch settings. The better cordless screwdrivers have more than 1 clutch setting. In simple terms, a clutch setting releases the pressure on the screwdriver before it breaks the screw head off. The more clutch settings you have the better you can get the screwdriver to turn just hard enough to drive the screw all the way in without breaking it.

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Torque Grade: Above Average

The Hitachi DB3DL has a torque rating of 44 in./lbs. The average torque rating for cordless screwdrivers is 38 in./lbs. Torque is the measurement of the twisting force the screwdriver applies to a screw. In most cases, having more torque is not that important in cordless screwdrivers. However, there is always that 1 tough screw that just needs a little more torque to get it loose. If you are interested in a cordless screwdriver with more power, check out the Bosch PS10-2A. It has 80 in./lbs. You can learn more by reading my complete review of the Bosch PS10-2A Cordless Screwdriver.

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Speed: Excellent

The Hitachi DB3DL has a top speed of 600 RPM. The average speed of cordless screwdrivers is 343 RPM. Speed isn't that important as a job requirement for cordless screwdrivers. In most cases you are installing or removing screws at a slower speed. Speed comes into play when you want to drill a hole. The faster speeds will give you cleaner holes and finish the job much quicker.

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Price Range: $50-100

Note: Prices have changed since I reviewed the Hitachi DB3DL. Always check the most recent and best price for the Hitachi DB3DL cordless drill from multiple stores.

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Other Features of the Hitachi DB3DL Cordless Screwdriver

  1. Warranty: Lifetime
  2. LED work light: Yes
  3. Also Includes:Case + extra battery

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