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Hitachi WH18DL

Price: About $267; hitachipowertools.com

Our two cents: "A solid budget pick, though with only two speeds, it doesn't allow you to dial in just the right torque setting."

Highlight: Lifetime tool warranty, the longest of the bunch.

Test results: Drove seventy-five 4 ½-inch SDS screws on one charge with the tool on its highest setting. Drove a 6-inch SDS screw in 20 seconds with the tool on its highest setting. Drove a 2 ½-inch deck screw in 16 and 26 seconds on the high and low settings, respectively. Drilled a ¾-inch hole in 5 and 14 seconds on the high and low settings, respectively. Average recharge time: 62 ½ minutes.

Tool stats: 3.5 pounds; two speeds; maximum ipm: 3,200; maximum rpm: 2,600; maximum torque: 1,330 in.-lbs. Includes built-in LED; kit includes two 3.0Ah lithium-ion batteries.
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