Hitachi WH12DAF2 Review

Hitachi WH12DAF2 Cordless Drill

Hitachi WH12DAF2 Cordless DrillHitachi
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Hitachi WH12DAF2 Strengths & Weaknesses:

Design Balance Acceptable - While this driver has one or more design features that received a C rating, it can still be a good choice if that area is not critical to your particular needs.
PowerPowerful - Generates 975 in-lbs of maximum torque, about 1% higher than the average impact driver. Ranks in the top 40% of its class for power.
SpeedFast - Runs at speeds up to 2500 RPM, about 1% faster than the average driver in its class. The Hitachi WH12DAF2 ranks in the top 47% of all impact drivers for speed.
Weight Heavier Than Average - Weighs 3.5 lbs, about 21% heavier than the class average. Heavier drivers are often more durable, but you should consider operator fatgue.
Battery Below Average Run-Time - Battery endurance is adequate for many work applications, but is 21% less than the class average. Uses NiCd batteries with a charge rating of 1.4 Ah.
Impact Below Average Impact Rate - Generates 2900 IPM of maximum impact blows, about 2% less than the average impact driver.
User ReviewsHighly Satisfied Users - Rated 4.9 of 5 stars by 8 users. Most owners are very satisfied with the performance and value of this impact driver and would recommend it to others.
Power Ratio Below Average Power Ratio - Power-to-Weight ratio is 20% below average and ranks in the bottom 16% of its class. P/W is a good indicator of driver efficiency.
Gearbox Nylon Gears - Transmission includes at least some nylon gears that may need replacing after years of extended use. A nylon gearbox helps reduce driver weight.
Motor Brushes No External Access - The motor brushes can only be accessed internally by taking the driver apart. While not a common problem, external access makes the replacement job much easier.
WarrantyLonger Warranty - Backed by Hitachi's limited 5-year warranty. This provides extra protection against potential design defects or premature part failure.
ChargerQuick Charge - The Hitachi WH12DAF2 includes a battery charger that will recharge a battery in only 30 minutes. Long charge times are a common complaint with some drivers.
Belt HookBelt Hook - Handy feature that allows you to temporarily hang the driver from your belt or a ladder while you're performing other tasks.
Work LightWork Light - Contains an integrated LED work light that illuminates your work area and allows you to clearly see your driving position and progress.
Fuel Gauge No Fuel Gauge - Does not come equipped with a handy battery charge indicator that allows you to glance at your driver and check the battery life while you're working.

Hitachi WH12DAF2 Cordless Drill

Hitachi WH12DAF2 User Reviews Highlights

  • Very rugged, has been dropped many times, and the batteries have lasted much longer than expected.

  • This was a gift for my husband. He loves it.

  • This is a great value in a pro quality tool.

  • I've used mine to drive wood screws ranging from 1 1/4" to 3" all day, and (even with all the battery swapping) I still am content, and would buy this Hitachi driver again!

  • If you are looking for a good quality tool at a discount price, this is it.

  • Oak, Rock Maple, Birch, and Walnut. All are very hard woods, and this driver will sink 3 inch screws with out skipping a beat.

  • No bulky 18v nonsence or empty wallet on these, just price performance that puts more money in your wallet faster on the job.

  • I am very impressed with hitachi and these 12v impacts get used a lot more than my heavier 18v drills.

Hitachi WH12DAF2 Specifications & Features:

Size & Weight 
Weight:3.5 lbs
Length:6-15/16 in
Max Torque:975 in-lbs
Max Power: 
Impact Rate:0-2900 BPM
No-Load Speed:0-2500 RPM
Motor, Gearbox, & Clutch 
Voltage:12V volts
Speed Capability:1-speed
Variable Speed:Yes
All-Metal Gearbox:No
Auto-Shift Transmission:No
Clutch Settings:N/A
External Motor Brush Access:No
Size:1/4 in
Spindle Lock:Yes
Battery & Charger 
Batteries Included:2
Cell Type:NiCd
Charge Rating:1.4 Ah
Charging Time:30 min
Additional Features 
Belt Hook:Yes
Work Light:Yes
Side Handle:No
Fuel Gauge:No
Warranty:5 Year Limited

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