Hikoki introduces a new 10.8V triple hammer impact driver WH12DCA. From the brand formerly known as Hitachi – now known as Metabo HPT. A big thanks to Joshua B. for spotting this in Japan!
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What’s A Triple Hammer Impact Driver?
An impact driver has an impacting mechanism that provides a hammering action in its rotational force. Impact drivers normally have two “hammers” inside their impact mechanisms. However Hitachi thought of the radical idea of adding a third hammer on select impacts. Hitachi is now known as Metabo HPT in the USA and Hikoki in other parts of the world.
Hikoki 10.8V Triple Hammer Impact Driver WH12DCA Features
Besides the triple hammer design, this impact is jam-packed with features. Thanks to its brushless motor and the triple hammer mechanism, it puts out strong torque. It’s rated at 170 Nm which translates to about 1,503.48 in-lbs (more or less). That’s very impressive for a 10.8V (12V Max) power tool. That makes it about as much torque as Milwaukee’s Gen 3 M12 Fuel impact driver. Hikoki says their triple hammer impact drives faster than their normal 10.8V impact driver WH12DD.
It has triple LED’s at the head of the tool which is the best way to go for impact lighting. This is because triple LED’s help reduce shadows.
It also features a 5 mode select switch on the base of the tool. I can’t read Japanese so I can’t tell you what each mode means without guessing. The first two modes are screws so possibly 2 speeds. Low and high. Modes 3 & 4 are represented by a lag bolt so it must be some sort of lag bolt mode. The last is represented by a self tapping screw so it must be a self tapping screw mode. You can check out the original Japanese listing for this triple hammer here.
Hikoki 10.8V Line
I know Hitachi (Metabo HPT) have a 12V line here in the USA but it’s rather old and uses stem-pack batteries. I noticed this new impact uses modern slide-pack batteries. I don’t see any 12V slide pack batteries under the Metabo HPT tools here in the USA at the time of writing. So this leads me to believe that at some point soon, we can expect to see a new line of Metabo HPT 12V tools. Including this Hikoki triple hammer impact of course. It appears their current 10.8V/12V line includes a drill, hammer drill, 2 impact drivers plus this third triple hammer model, a rotary hammer, and a vacuum. You can check them out here.
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