A while back during the second Aparto Renovation, I bought a couple of Hitachi Impact drivers that was June 2009, so two years on and of the four batteries that came with the two drills, only one will hold a charge.
I think I now have six cordless drills with two batteries each and chargers that are basically junk I decided that I would bite the bullet and buy a new "Good" one and be done with it.
I was really looking hard at the Makita impact drivers, the 14.4v Lithium Ion units, they do look great, but at the store they had the newest Hitachi Lithium Ion units on sale.
The Makita 145 Nm (107 lb ft) weighs 1.45Kg(3.2lbs)
The Hitachi 160 Nm (118 lb ft) weighs 1.3 Kg (2.8lbs)
the kicker was the Hitachi was on sale! Regular 56,000 yen ($700) on for 39,800 yen ($487) the Makita was 49,000 yen ($611)
I ended up with the Hitachi following me home!
I sure hope these new Lithium Ion batteries are all they are cracked up to be, I'm getting tired of the stack of worthless cordless tools I have laying around.
I should maybe cord a few of them, like our dearly departed Nikki used to do...
>> Cording Cordless Drills <<
... but for now, I think I like this new Hitachi.
The LED light comes on with the touch of a button, and if you forget to turn it off, it turns it self off after a few minutes. The speed is controlled by how much you push the trigger, but it also has three speed settings , 0-500, 0-1200, 0-2000, and 0-2600 rpm. The battery takes 22 minutes to fully charge.
Yep, I think I'll like this impact driver!