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Hitachi DS12DVF3 12-Volt Ni-Cad 3/8-Inch Cordless Drill/Driver Kit

4.2 out of 5 stars 130 customer reviews

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  • Class leading 230-inces per pound of torque to power through the toughest jobs
  • 22-stage clutch for high torque and/or precision driving
  • Convenient 5-position belt hook features an integrated bit holder
  • Includes drill, flashlight, (2) 1.4-amp-hour batteries, quick charger, carrying case and driver bit
  • Comes with a 5-year limited warranty
  • Class leading 230 in./lbs of torque to power through the toughest jobs
  • 22-stage clutch for high torque and/or precision driving; soft, non-slip elastomer grip for increased user comfort
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Product Description

Product Description

Hitachi DS12DVF3 12-Volt Ni-Cad Cordless Driver Drill with Flashlight, 7-Piece Bit Set, Rechargeable Batteries and Quick Charger


The Hitachi DS12DVF3 12-Volt, 3/8-Inch Driver Drill Kit with Flashlight offers professional-grade performance in a convenient package. The drill has a two-speed transmission and 22-stage clutch that make it ideal for working in wood, plastic, mild steel, and aluminum. And with a compact, lightweight design, the drill reduces user fatigue and fits into tight spaces. In addition to the drill, the DS12DVF3 kit includes a bit set, flashlight, quick charger, and more.

DS12DVF3 Driver Drill Kit
Tool Specifications
Chuck Size 3/8-inch
Drilling Capacity - Wood 1-inch
Max Torque 230-inches/lbs
No-Load Speed 0-350, 0-1,050 RPM
Clutch Stages 22
Tool Length 7.75-inches
Tool Weight 3.3 lbs
Bit Holders 2
Battery Capacity 1.4 Ah
Charger - Volts Accepted 9.6 - 18 V
Charging Time 30 min

22-stage clutch offers easy adjustments for driving in wood, plastic, steel, and aluminum. View larger.

Kit includes high-quality flashlight, battery charger, and seven-piece bit set.
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Powers Through the Toughest Jobs with Precision
The DS12DVF3 Driver Drill offers class-leading maximum torque of 230 in/lbs, so you can power through wood up to one inch thick. And two-speed transmission is controlled by a one-touch speed knob that lets you choose the right setting for your job--either 0-350 RPM or 0-1,050 RPM.

Also, a 22-stage clutch offers easy adjustments for high torque and precision driving in wood, plastic, steel, and aluminum. And with tool-less clutch adjustment, this drill handles precision fasteners, such as drywall screws, without damaging walls.

Compact, Ergonomic Design for Easy Handling
The DS12DVF3 has all the power you need and is still lightweight and compact enough to provide superior handling. At just 7-3/4 inches in length and weighing just 3.3 pounds, this tool reduces user fatigue and can be used on a ladder or in tight spaces where larger cordless drills can't reach. An added bonus, a non-slip elastomer grip provides comfort and safety.

Adding to this drill's easy-handling features is a 3/8-inch keyless chuck that allows for easy bit changes, as well as a patented five-position belt hook--with two bit holders--that saves time and adds convenience.

Everything You Need in One Package
The DS12DVF3 Kit includes more than just the cordless driver drill. It also includes a high-quality flashlight and a seven-piece bit set to get you started immediately. For further convenience, a protective carrying case stores it all for easy portability from job to job.

Long-Lasting NiCD Batteries Charge in 30 Minutes
The DS12DF3 kit's driver drill and flashlight run on 1.4-Ah nickel cadmium (NiCD) batteries (included), which offer longer runtimes and fewer charges than traditional batteries.

The kit's quick charger fully charges the batteries in just 30 minutes, and you can expect about 300 charges over the life of each battery. An added bonus, the charger is compatible with other Hitachi tools that use NiCD rechargeable batteries (up to 18 volts).

The Hitachi DS12DVF3 Driver Drill Kit with Flashlight is backed by a five-year warranty.

What's in the Box
DS12DVF3 Driver Drill, driver bit, seven-piece bit set, flashlight, two 1.4-Ah batteries, quick charger, and carrying case.

Product Information

Technical Details

Part Number DS12DVF3
Item Weight 9.8 pounds
Product Dimensions 4 x 2 x 4 inches
Item model number DS12DVF3
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Power Source battery-powered
Voltage 12 volts
Item Package Quantity 1
Number Of Pieces 1
Special Features compact
Included Components case
Batteries Included? Yes
Batteries Required? Yes
Battery Cell Type NiCAD
Warranty Description 30 day money back guarantee and 5 year warranty

Additional Information

Customer Reviews
4.2 out of 5 stars 130 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #266,864 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#485 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Power Tools > Drills > Drill Drivers
#13,388 in Home Improvement > Contractor Supply
Shipping Weight 9.8 pounds
Date First Available July 2, 2004

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This drill is a champ, I had an old stick type 9.6v Makita that served me well for 8 years. When I finally lost the last battery I decided to buy a new drill. I never really wanted more power than the 9.6v Makita delivered so I didn't see the point in getting a huge cordless drill. This drill is light, incredibly comfortable, all the power I need in a cordless and for $80 with a flashlight and a rebate for a third battery it was a no brainer.
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By S. Olsen on December 8, 2005
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This drill is remarkedly comfortable to use. It is smaller and more powerful that an older DeWalt 9.6 volt drill I have. The major draw back is the battery charging system. With the DeWalt you put a battery in the charger and leave it until you need it. Not with the Hitachi. It says to take it out when charged. Therefore you got to watch it. Also, if you are using the drill alot and the battery gets low on power, it is also warm and the charger will not charge it until it cools off. Can't get the battery to charge until it cools off???? If you need to charge right away, you are out of luck.

I guess for the price, I can live with this flaw. But sure like the DeWalt charging system much better.
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I have two of these drills now. The first was originally purchased for use at my lake home. I also had a Dewalt 14.4 that I lugged back and forth, just in case I needed to do anything heavier duty.

It turns out, this little drill can go head to head with that Dewalt, and now I much prefer it over the bigger and heavier Dewalt. (The Dewalt was 3 or 4 times more expensive originally as well).

What surprises me about the Hitachi is the torque it has. Its fortunate that it has such a good adjustable clutch because this little thing has the power to twist off screw heads if you're not careful. Amazing for such a light and handy drill.

The trigger has a great feel to it as well. One can feather it on and off to screw in something delicate and it responds exactly as you would expect. It doesn't keep spinning like the Dewalt tends to.

I ended up buying the second drill for home here, and leaving the Dewalt up at the cabin "just in case". The Hitachi is the first one I reach for now.

If Hitachi is listening, my only disappointment in this drill is the lack of two bit holders. The Dewalt gives me storage for a flat bit, a phillips and a square drive. With the Hitachi, I've had to leave the flat bit in the shop. Also, the bit holder that is there isn't very reliable. If you drop the drill, you better check the ground and make sure your second bit isn't laying there. But this isn't a show stopper.

Also, the magnetic bit holder included with the kit remains in the shop as well. If you use something like this primarily wandering around outside your shop (as I do up at the lake), you'll almost certainly want a quick change bit holder with a more positive action to it (Dewalt's are VERY good). If you rely on the Hitachi bit holder, you'll lose bits.
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This is my second Hitachi 12v drill and my fifth cordless drill overall. Needless to say I am sold on the quality of this drill. Right sized and powerful enough for most projects it is value priced and will provide several years of reliable service. My batteries eventually gave out on my previous drill; otherwise it is still 100% serviceable. Which brings me to a pet peeve; Hitachi and all other cordless tool manufactures please listen up! It is more expensive to replace or rebuild the two battery packs than it is to buy the drill with it's two battery packs, charger, flashlight, bits, and the case! Why is that? Why be green and recycle when manufactures price this way? It just does not make sense if you(manufactures) are even in the least bit environmentally responsible to support this type of pricing. This is just another fine example of the throw it away and buy new, even when the old product is fully serviceable, mentality endorsed by most manufacturers.
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I spent a lot of time researching a light-weight drill to use for my small duty tasks and projects. The Hitachi 12v fit the bill perfectly. I teach school and have my summers off. I've put a lot of time and money over the last four summers into an addition, a new kitchen, and a new bathroom that I've done most of by myself. I've been using my 18v Makita for everything and it has never failed, but I have always cursed the thing when working in tight quarters or above my head for long periods of time (ceiling fans and drywalling ceilings). I finally decided that a lighter drill was necessary and I debated over getting a big cordless screwdriver (Dewalt, Ridgid, Bosch "Pocket Driver")or a small drill. After comparing many brands, I found the Hitachi to be the most powerful drill for its' size and price: 230lbs torque and 3.5lbs in weight. It is also nice to have a chuck and not a hex head. At $80 it's hard to beat, and it comes with a flashlight. The Dewalt (80lb torque) and Ridgid (100lb torque) screwdrivers are the most powerful, but their weight is the same as the Hitachi 12v drill. The super-light Bosch was very tempting but I was afraid that it would be underpowered. I know that cordless screwdrivers and 12v drills are not the same, but seriously consider your needs and power requirements and you might just find as I did: this drill is the perfect tool to bridge cordless screwdrivers and drills (run-on sentence).
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