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Hitachi DB3DL 3.6-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Screwdriver

3.8 out of 5 stars 148 customer reviews

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  • Two 1.5 Ah lithium-ion batteries for 3 times the life at half the weight of NiCd and NiMH batteries
  • 44 inch-pounds of turning torque to power through fastening applications
  • Compact and lightweight at only 9.75 inches in length and weighing less than 1 pound
  • 1/4-inch hex chuck for quick and easy bit changes; built-in LED light to illuminate the work surface
  • Covered by Hitachi's industry-leading lifetime warranty

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Product Description

Product Description

"HITACHI" LITHIUM ION SCREWDRIVER 3.6 Volt 1.5AH Lithium-Ion Batteries Screwdriver Allows For Longer Run Time & An Increase In Battery Life Cycles Powerful & Lightweight 44 INLBS Of Torque & Weighs Less Than 1 LB Quick Charger Charges 3.6V 1.5AH Batteries In Only 30 Minutes Spindle Lock Allows For Manual Screw Tightening/Loosening Integrated LED Light Integrated Light To Illuminate The Work Surface. Includes:

With a compact design and superior power-to-weight ratio, the Hitachi DB3DL 3.6-volt lithium-ion screwdriver is ideal for electricians, installers, and woodworkers. Perfect for a variety of fastening applications, this screwdriver converts easily from straight grip to pistol grip, making it great for tough-to-reach places. This screwdriver is backed by a lifetime warranty and features lithium-ion batteries that boast three times the runtime of traditional batteries, yet weigh 50 percent less.

DB3DL Screwdriver
Tool Specifications
Torque 44 inches/lbs
Clutch Stages 21
No-Load Speed 200/600 RPM
Chuck 1/4" Hex
Battery Capacity 1.5 Ah
Charging Time 30 min
Weight 0.9 lbs

21-stage clutch offers easy adjustments for high-torque and precision driving. View larger.

Lightweight lithium-ion batteries and a charger (both included) save you time and energy.
Superior Power-to-Weight Ratio
Offering 44 inch/pounds of torque in a body that weighs less than one pound, the DB3DL has a better power-to-weight ratio than the competition. And with a two-speed transmission that offers maximum no-load speeds of either 200 or 600 RPM, this screwdriver fastens and pre-drills wood, mild steel, aluminum, and more.

Additionally, the DB3DL's 21-stage clutch provides both high torque and precision driving. A reversing trigger switch lets you quickly choose from 0-600 RPM for the job at hand.

Chock-Full of User-Friendly Features
In addition to its powerful motor, the DB3DL has a host of features that help you get the job done with comfort and convenience. To start, this screwdriver features a non-slip elastomer-grip handle that makes long jobs more comfortable. The handle is adjustable to two positions, allowing for a choice of straight-grip or pistol-grip operation.

For added convenience, the DB3DL includes a 1/4-inch quick-change hex chuck with bit lock for fast and easy bit changes. An added bonus, an integrated LED work light helps illuminate dark work areas.

Designed to reach places that other cordless screwdrivers just can't, the Hitachi DB3DL is compact and lightweight, measuring 9.75 inches and weighing just 0.9 pounds.

HXP Lithium-Ion Batteries Last 3X Longer and Weigh 50% Less
The DB3DL owes its light weight to two HXP lithium-ion batteries. These 1.5 Ah batteries weigh half of what traditional NiCd or NiMH batteries weigh--in fact, tools featuring HXP batteries are on average one pound lighter than tools using traditional batteries.

Additionally, HXP batteries last three times longer than their competition--these batteries will last approximately 500 charges before needing to be replaced. Overall, less frequent battery charges and longer battery life mean reduced operation costs for you.

The DB3DL's charger will power the tool's batteries in just 30 minutes and features a built-in Cool Air Flow system to maintain optimal charging temperature.

Every Hitachi cordless power tool is designed to the highest standards and rigorously tested for both performance and durability. Like all HXP lithium-ion cordless tools, the DB3DL comes with a lifetime lithium-ion tool warranty, which protects against possible defects in materials and workmanship. Also, the tool's batteries come with a two-year warranty and the charger comes with a one-year warranty.

What's in the Box
DB3DL cordless driver drill, 2 3.6-volt HXP 1.5 Ah lithium-ion batteries (326263), charger (UC3SFL), and case (326346).

Product Information

Technical Details

Part Number DB3DL
Item Weight 4 pounds
Product Dimensions 5 x 14 x 23 inches
Item model number DB3DL
Power Source battery-powered
Voltage 3 volts
Item Package Quantity 1
Batteries Included? Yes
Batteries Required? Yes
Warranty Description 30 day money back guarantee and 5 year warranty

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Customer Reviews
3.8 out of 5 stars 148 customer reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #344,236 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#1,631 in Home Improvement > Appliances > Large Appliance Accessories > Range Parts & Accessories
#16,231 in Home Improvement > Contractor Supply
Shipping Weight 4 pounds
Date First Available September 14, 2004

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By Drew Heywood on June 3, 2007
I wanted a smaller power driver than my 7.2 volt Dewalt, which is too heavy and bulky to just stash in a tool belt. My choice was between the Hitachi DB3DL and the Bosch PS20-2 Litheon 10.8 Volt Lithium Ion Pocket Driver With 2 Batteries. Both are excellent, so which should you choose? Ideally, you should handle both.

Weight: The Bosch is about twice as heavy. I hardly notice the Hitachi in a pocket or tool belt.

Power: The Hitachi is a light-mid duty tool. It's surprisingly powerful, but the extra voltage in the Bosch enables it to rival larger drill-drivers in all but the most demanding situations.

Versatility: I like the hinged configuration of the Hitachi, enabling you to use it in a straight or pistol-grip configuration. The Bosch is pistol-grip only.

Convenience: The Bosch has a separate reversing switch like the ones found on nearly all power drills. (I frequently curse these switches since I frequently press them by accident and forget to press them when I should.) I prefer the rocker switch on the Hitachi, which is very intuitive and lets me reverse in a single operation. When doing electrical work, it's nice to be able to reverse simply by moving my finger on the trigger.

The Bosch will likely appeal to you if you're looking for something like a conventional drill-driver in a smaller, lighter package without sacrificing too much power. I own 3 Bosch routers and 2 sanders, so I can honestly say that I love Bosch tools. The quality is great. So why didn't I buy the Bosch PS20-2?

I chose the Hitachi because of it's very light weight, comfort, and convenience.
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There's plenty of helpful reviews on here already, but I thought I'd try to help out prospective buyers by clearly answering the two main questions I had as a fairly serious DIYer when I was considering this purchase:

1. Is the Hitachi driver really necessary if you already have a cordless drill/driver that you're happy with?

2. Why pick this one instead of its direct competitors?

Answer to Q1: We all know that you can use a drill as a screwdriver quite well, and for larger projects with lots of big wood screws, a 9.6 or 12 volt cordless drill is still the weapon of choice. But there are countless situations where the drill is just too big and hard to control or just plain inconvenient to get out or carry. For example, most people would opt for a hand screwdriver over a drill/driver to work with the screws that fasten the interior trim of a car (this is what I did until I got the Hitachi). The beauty of the this tool is that it's about the same size as a medium hand screwdriver, the only difference being that the Hitachi is about 1.5" in diameter for most of its length while a regular screwdriver is that wide only at its handle. Thus, this tool is really no more difficult to store, transport, and use than a manual screwdriver. Now you have a power tool that - because of the lithium-ion batteries that hold their charge while not being used - is truly no more inconvenient to set up and use than a basic hand tool. And due to the awesome automatic spindle lock feature, you can use the Hitachi as a manual screwdriver, except that you have the option to use the pistol grip as well as the straight configuration.
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Similar to the panasonic/milwaukee 3.6v driver but better. It is a little bigger but not much, grips better due to the nice rubber nubs in the grip, has an LED that can be turned on or off, and a nice size forward and reverse thumb switch. It has a quick release chuck that holds the bit unlike the others I mentioned, so your bits don't fall out. I own the milwaukee also, so I know of which I speak. Full range clutch that can even do light drilling. Comes with a nice charger and TWO batteries. Again, beats the others in overall value and features. Well built and ergonomically excellent. Also comes with a nice little case, again the others don't. Great deal on a great tool. You'll find yourself using this on every project that requires screws, nut drivers or small drill bits.
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I bought this becasue I got tired of carrying my Dewalt 7.2V screwdriver around all day and I didn't need all the tork all the time so I wanted something lighter for smaller jobs. I thought Lithium Ion an 2 batteres for under $100 how could I go wrong. So far I am disappointed overall for what I wanted to use it for which is small screwes and electricial stuff. My fathor which is an electrition grabs his old dewalt at the job also instead of this he said it doesn't have enought tork. THe deal killer for me is that it is not varable speed. When starting in screw I start slow then let them zip at full speed. Since this is one speed it takes me 3 times as long to drive a screw which adds up by the end of the day. Also the design is nice but I think a small non hindging design like the Bosh or at least a locking hinge like the dewalt is better, several times I found the thing hidnging when I didn't want it to. Over all for the price I like it but could be better I think I am going to leave this home from now on.

- Battries last forever and are light
- LED is awesome (just wish it was white though, orange is a littel hard to see black screws under)
- Good ergomomic design, but does hinge now and then when you don't want it to
- 2 speed

- Whish it was smaller
- On Off trigger not variable speed
- To go from fast to slow you need to switch a switch
- Chuck is kind of sloppy holding bits
- No place to hold a spair bit or another format bit, I alwas seem to have the wrong bit in it and have to dig around to swap it.
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