Having two of the power tools you rely on the most in one tough carry case, both running the same type of battery, is the sensible way to go. These twin packs aren’t a new idea, and there are loads available on the market.
Typically you’ll save cash by buying both tools in one pack and you’ll benefit from at least 2 batteries and a fast charger.
So, in this short Toolstop guide, we’ll be looking at the Hitachi KC18DKL/JB 18V Cordless Li-ion 2 Piece Kit, which we feel is well worth the consideration of anyone who regularly uses a combi drill and an impact driver, and who needs great performance and long run-times!
Hitachi has bundled two of their most powerful and compact drills into one package, complete with a brace of 5Ah 18v li-ion batteries. These new 5Ah juice boxes from Hitachi are intriguing as it’s claimed they offer twice the capacity of 3Ah batteries due to “advancements in battery technology”.
We asked Hitachi’s Mike to give us a demo of the twin pack’s spec and benefits, which you can see on Toolstop TV, just click here, or watch in our player below.
Hitachi KC18DKL/JB 18V Cordless Li-ion 2 Piece Kit Video Demo
Let’s take a closer look at what you actually get in the tough, green carry case.
For starters, the DV18DSDL could be all the combi-drill you’ll ever need. Why? Well, it’s a powerful little beast, wrapped in a tough housing that features raised rubberised body mouldings to help it take a knock.
It gives you a very healthy maximum torque of 92Nm, one of the highest currently on the market. Hitachi reckons this will give you the grunt to handle most of the applications you’ll need to tackle.
The motor pushes out up to 1800rpm in the high-speed setting and 400rpm in the lower speed, and the motor itself boasts needlepoint bearings, the benefit to you guys is made clear in this video on Toolstop TV (click here).
While the combi-drill is robust, the soft grip is slim to help reduce your fatigue while you work, plus it weighs in at only 2.2kg, so you’ll be able to use this thing all day without feeling knackered.
Other nice features include white LED job light which will easily brighten up any dingy, dark little corner you’re working in, and a metal belt clip that can be fitted on either side of the tool.
Partnering the powerful DV18DSDL in this twin-pack is the WH18DSAL impact driver.
Again, it comes in the carry case with a 5Ah battery of all its own, and it’ll pump out a maximum tightening torque of 145Nm, which is highly respectable for what is a very compact power tool, it’s head length being just 166mm.
Drilling and driving is handled via the ¼” hex bit holder bit holder, and the 2600rpm motor will allow you to deal with bolts sized between M6 and M14.
In terms of ergonomics, the short head length means it feels very balanced in your hand and you’ll find the same slim-line and comfortable grip as found on the DV18DSDL, weighing in at a mere 1.7kg.
We’ve got a short demo of the WH18DSAL doing its thing (admittedly with a 4Ah battery slotted in), check it out on Toolstop by clicking here, or watching in the player below.
What Else Do You Need to Know About the KC18DKL/JB
As mentioned each of the tools in this twin pack comes with a 5Ah battery and the DV18DSDL features multiplex protection system which looks after the battery, helping ensure maximum lifespan from it. Plus these 5Ah batteries weigh the same as the 3Ah and 4Ah versions, so you’re not adding any weight to the tool even though you’re getting tons more runtime per charge (depending on the application, of course).
The obligatory “robust carry case” includes the 2 power tools, 2 5Ah batteries (as described), a side handle for the DV18DSDL and a charger to feed the batteries.
There’s no doubt that this twin pack offers you a great saving over buying both tools separately, and with the addition of the “twice as much runtime than 3Ah” batteries, we’re confident it’ll be a superb addition to your daily jobsite kit.
And it qualifies for Toolstop Finance (full details here) finance option!
What twin packs do you depend on the most? Tell us in the comments! And if you’ve got any questions about Hitachi cordless power tools, tell us below.