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  • #699373
    Miamicuse
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    Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    “TOKYO, Nov. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Hitachi Koki Co., Ltd. (http://www.hitachi-koki.com/), a leading manufacturer of power tools and life-science equipment, announced on November 1 that the company will change its corporate name to Koki Holdings Co., Ltd., effective June 1, 2018, and will rebrand its full line of power tools known as HITACHI and/or Hitachi Koki under the new HiKOKI (*) (pronounced “hai-koh-key”) name, effective October 1, 2018.”

    So effective tomorrow, Hitachi tools become Hikoki tools.

    Has anyone seen new tools branded Hikoki yet?

    Didn’t see much significant sale of the old branded tools either.

    #699374
    Doobie
    Moderator

    Is this maybe why all the Hitachi stuff has been on sale or clearance at our Lowes stores here in Canada since earlier this year?

    #699375
    brianpeters
    Pro
    Murray, KY

    I thought Hitachi and Metabo merged earlier, what happened to that?

    #699378
    Miamicuse
    Pro
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    Is this maybe why all the Hitachi stuff has been on sale or clearance at our Lowes stores here in Canada since earlier this year?

    I thought Hitachi and Metabo merged earlier, what happened to that?

    After looking a bit further, it appears what is going to happen is:

    In North America, Hitachi will be renamed to Metabo HPT.
    Outside of the USA, Hitachi will be Hikoki. Hitachi is actually “Hitachi Koki” all along so this is just consolidation of an existing name.

    #699411
    theamcguy
    Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    Lots of changes. Hitachi/Hikoki/Matabo HPT.

    Automotive Pro
    Fayetteville, NC
    (and also the World's Fastest Poster)

    #699414
    smallerstick
    Pro
    North Bay, ON

    Hard to understand the reasoning there. Hitachi and Metabo are both good, respected names. Why not cash in on that brand identity?

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    #699416
    Miamicuse
    Pro
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    Even though Hitachi acquired Metabo, Hitachi Power Tools is a company under Hitachi Koki. The parent company renamed to HiKoki.

    In NA, a new brand “Metabo HPT” will be introduced to carry on Hitachi tools, with dual signage and branding for the next two years during transition, and will focus on tools for the residential construction market segment. Metabo will still be Metabo not Metabo HPT, which will still be focus on the metal industry. So Metabo HPT will have the current Hitachi power platform, Metabo it’s current Metabo platform, the two won’t be compatible.

    Outside of NA, Hitachi will transition to HiKoki.

    A US private investment firm KKR has acquired Hitachi Power Tools and Metabo, some reported it as an acquisition, some as partnership. The move is seen as a way to indicate Hitachi and Metabo tools are not under the Hitachi ownership anymore, at least in North America.

    Sounds confusing, but at least they didn’t name it HIT-ME.

    #699429
    Doobie
    Moderator

    Sounds confusing, but at least they didn’t name it HIT-ME.

    Or worse, MET-H. Lol!

    #699435
    Miamicuse
    Pro
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    Sounds confusing, but at least they didn’t name it HIT-ME.

    Or worse, MET-H. Lol!

    LOLx2!

    #699442
    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    Very interesting goings on with Hitachi. I think the tools are good. That triple hammer impact plows all the others off the planet!! It’s just they have so little of the current market share. I don’t know how they will get the tools into the hands of the tradesman. I now have the 18volt framer and looking to buy the trim gun soon.

    Dirty

    A Working Pro since 1988!

    Member since January 26, 2013.

    #699454
    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    Looks like the Makita vac and the Hitachi vac are made by the same factory.

    https://www.hitachi-koki.com/powertools/products/li_ion/r18da/r18da.html

    Dirty

    A Working Pro since 1988!

    Member since January 26, 2013.

    #699456

    Very interesting,
    I remember earlier this year they came out with some new and improved cordless tools, even could switch from 18 volt to the 36 volt battery packs?
    I wonder what’s the reasoning
    I know that the impact had good reviews, and even the new circular saw

    #699471
    Doobie
    Moderator

    Looks like the Makita vac and the Hitachi vac are made by the same factory.

    https://www.hitachi-koki.com/powertools/products/li_ion/r18da/r18da.html

    That does look just like my Makita. Doubt the Hitachi could take the Makita batteries though. All the companies are so proprietor with their batteries. Be nice if there was one battery shoe standard for all cordless tools. It’ll never happen.

    #699481
    whitehill
    Pro
    Ottawa, ON

    “A US private investment firm KKR has acquired Hitachi Power Tools and Metabo…”
    Ugh. Prepare for the ramping up of marketing BS and inverse change in tool quality.

    #699509
    Miamicuse
    Pro
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida
    #699527
    smallerstick
    Pro
    North Bay, ON

    A bit long but this will give an idea of the range of products from Hikoki. I know, a blatant promotion of the new name in Europe.

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    #699573
    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    Looks like the Makita vac and the Hitachi vac are made by the same factory.

    https://www.hitachi-koki.com/powertools/products/li_ion/r18da/r18da.html

    That does look just like my Makita. Doubt the Hitachi could take the Makita batteries though. All the companies are so proprietor with their batteries. Be nice if there was one battery shoe standard for all cordless tools. It’ll never happen.

    I have seen that same vac with Ryobi name on it too.

    Dirty

    A Working Pro since 1988!

    Member since January 26, 2013.

    #699704
    Miamicuse
    Pro
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    If Hitachi-hikoki-metabo Makita and even Ryobi are sourcing the same factory in China for their vacs, similar to how SBD is putting the same toolbox different colors under Fatmax, Dewalt and Craftsman, may be the consolidation of cordless tools will force a consolidation on cordless batteries?

    Look at the new Craftsman Versastack toolbox, DeWalt TSTAK boxes and Stanley Fatmax boxes. Identical and interchangeable, different colors and logos. However, their respective job site stackable job site radio charger have to be different since one had to charge the CM 20V batteries and the other the DeWalt 18V and flexvolt batteries. May be there will be some battery alignment, one could hope.

    #699707
    smallerstick
    Pro
    North Bay, ON

    If Hitachi-hikoki-metabo Makita and even Ryobi are sourcing the same factory in China for their vacs, similar to how SBD is putting the same toolbox different colors under Fatmax, Dewalt and Craftsman, may be the consolidation of cordless tools will force a consolidation on cordless batteries?

    Look at the new Craftsman Versastack toolbox, DeWalt TSTAK boxes and Stanley Fatmax boxes. Identical and interchangeable, different colors and logos. However, their respective job site stackable job site radio charger have to be different since one had to charge the CM 20V batteries and the other the DeWalt 18V and flexvolt batteries. May be there will be some battery alignment, one could hope.

    Really hard to tell the players without a program. Maybe the move to battery standardization is not that far away. One can hope.

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    #699738
    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    If you look around on line you may find an adapter that will let your batteries work. I know some one makes an adapter they will let Ryobi tool run off of an Makita battery.


    Dirty

    A Working Pro since 1988!

    Member since January 26, 2013.

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