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Old 06-05-2010, 11:36 PM   #1
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Default Makita TD020D vs. Hitachi DB3DL Drivers

Has anyone had experience with both of these. I need to get a new power driver.

http://www.amazon.com/Hitachi-DB3DL-...=cm_cr_pr_pb_i

http://www.amazon.com/Makita-TD020DS...ref=pd_cp_hi_1


I like the Makita but I am worried about it not having a clutch as it has an automatic clutch. I wonder if the Makita has had problems with over tightening.

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I haven't used either of the ones you quoted, but I have had a lot of luck with the little green Ryobi driver. Has a clutch and locks onto the tips so they don't pop out all the time. Battery lasts a long time, and it has plenty of power. For the price you can't beat it. Just some food for thought.
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I haven't used either of the ones you quoted, but I have had a lot of luck with the little green Ryobi driver. Has a clutch and locks onto the tips so they don't pop out all the time. Battery lasts a long time, and it has plenty of power. For the price you can't beat it. Just some food for thought.
Yes I agree I have had that one for about 8 months now but it wont take a full charge now and you cant replace the battery. It has been a good driver just looking to upgrade now.
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Yes I agree I have had that one for about 8 months now but it wont take a full charge now and you cant replace the battery. It has been a good driver just looking to upgrade now.
Hmmm. The one I have has the replaceable battery. It also came with a little pair of metal shears that use the same battery. That's probably why it has the removable battery.

Anyway, I would lean towards the one with the clutch.
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I haven't used either of the ones you quoted, but I have had a lot of luck with the little green Ryobi driver. Has a clutch and locks onto the tips so they don't pop out all the time. Battery lasts a long time, and it has plenty of power. For the price you can't beat it. Just some food for thought.
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Old 06-06-2010, 12:08 AM   #6
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Hmmm. The one I have has the replaceable battery. It also came with a little pair of metal shears that use the same battery. That's probably why it has the removable battery.

Anyway, I would lean towards the one with the clutch.
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

above is the one i have.
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I have used the Hitachi driver for several years now... NO PROBLEMS... works great, plenty of torque, battery lasts a while, I like the fact it unfolds straight to store in your box.... This would be my chioce..
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I have used the Hitachi driver for several years now... NO PROBLEMS... works great, plenty of torque, battery lasts a while, I like the fact it unfolds straight to store in your box.... This would be my chioce..
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get the Hitachi. Other then the $150+ panasonic it's the only one I've ever used that has the right clutch for our application. It's discontinued by Hitachi now so if you can get them scoop it up.
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I've got this one. Pretty much the same, but the battery pops out.

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Really liking the Makita (white colour). Especially the auto-clutch. Used it with confidence when wrenching our cars.

The Hitachi is widely used by a lot of people hence making it the obvious favourite I guess.
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My Hitachi has been flawless. Superlight, easy to use, battery lasts a long time. The clutch is practically made for the rc application. It's never let me down.
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This is the one I have as well. I bought a new one and after a month it stopped holding the charge. I brought it back to HD and they gave me a new one. This one has been great so far, but they do have some sort of battery problem. HD and Ryobi have great warantees though so I would go get a new one if I was you
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All I gots to say is HITACHI !!

Never used a more suited tool for wrenching on your rc cars !! The clutch , the power, the battery system is all top notch !! It doesn't always workout when you choose the unknown or or something other than what pretty much the whole rc community uses , items are chosen for a reason , they are the best !!!
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monty how funny is that ish!! u JUST told me about that hitachi a few days ago...lol...guess im going to lowes today!!!and u gotta shoot me that email on wich tips to buy started a lil more of the build today, arm pump for sure
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