An electric drill is an electric drill right? Well, almost.. You see, electric drills have remain unchanged over the decades since they were first introduced. Manufacturers will typically update the design including the chuck, the power output as well as any manufacturing processes but other than that, an electric drill is well, basically an electric drill. Since nothing is broken and an electric drill (with proper usage) will probably last you a life-time, what else is there to change?

Compared to Hitachi's more interesting IP56-rated WH18DBDL2, the Hitachi D10VC3 is just another electric drill. What differentiates it from the competition however is in its trigger mechanism - it's Variable Speed Trigger has a built-in lockable 10-step dial dubbed the Speed Control Dial that allows the operator to select pre-set drilling speeds simply by turning the dial.

We thought this was a refreshing take on Hitachi's part on the tried and true electric drill without any fancy electronics. This makes the D10VC3 (which supersedes the D10VC2), one of only two electric drills in the market to feature a pre-set drilling speeds.

The D10VC3 is rated at 600-watts with a no-load speed of 0-2,500rpm (while the outgoing D10VC2 is rated at 460-watts and spins at a lower 0-2,300rpm).

Speed Control Dial operation in 10-easy steps:

Even with the trigger locked-on, increasing drill speeds can equally be made in stepped increments by simply turning the dial on the trigger - without having to release the trigger and re-engage the lock. This works both ways as well. By comparison, most electric drills only have a variable trigger that locks at max rpm.

So it has a stepped dial, why would I even need such a feature in an electric drill?
Other than achieving consistent drill speed in either a fragile material or conserving your drill bits in harder materials, it's almost a moot point to have repeatable drill speeds in an electric drill.

A bench drill press for a fraction of the cost.

   

Paired with the Accubit TZ6101 drill stand, you now have a portable mini drill press with repeatable drill speed. For comparison's sake, Hitachi's B16RM with a 5/8-inch chuck, is rated at 750-watts with a 12-stage 250-3,100rpm no-load speed. The drill press also weighs in at 75kg and will set you back RM2,317.43 (RRP) with GST.

Obviously, a 3/8-inch (10mm) chuck is no match for a 5/8-inch (that's 16mm in metric) chuck, but if you're not using bits bigger than 10mm and only use it on occasion, then it's perfect.

So what's not to like about the Hitachi-Accubit drill press?

In our tests, the Hitachi D10VC3 fits the Accubit TZ6101 just fine but we find that the keyless chuck spins uncomfortably close to the TZ6101's bracket as it is a whole lot wider than a keyed chuck.

In other markets, Hitachi sells a keyed-chuck version of the D10VC3 which is similar to the chuck used on the 450-watt D10VST. Ideally, more powerful drills should feature a keyed chuck, but since keyless chucks are more 'fashionable' these days, manufacturers are selling it more of a feature especially for higher-end drills.

A simple workaround is to purchase a separate keyed-chuck from Hitachi if you plan on using with the TZ6101 on a more permanent basis - it's also a whole lot more comfortable tightening with a tool rather than with your hands with the drill in the stand.

If however a Hitachi 10mm keyed chuck is unavailable, an aftermarket 10mm keyed chucks will fit just the same. Also, much like the drill press, the TZ6101 does not come with clamp - that's available separately.