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Panasonic releases powerful, compact and durable cordless power tools for professionals and DIY enthusiasts



Sydney, December 1, 2015: Panasonic has announced three new cordless power tools using the company’s latest brushless motor to deliver optimum performance and durability – the EY74A2 13mm drill and driver, the EY79A2 hammer drill and driver and the EY75A7 impact driver.

The enhanced internal engineering and technology is complemented with a fresh new body design. The cordless tools have a ‘carbon fibre look’ textured finish, and a comfort grip for improved ergonomics. All models are part of Panasonic’s ‘Tough Tool IP’ range of IP56 rated dust and water resistant power tools, designed to perform at their best whatever the conditions.

Chris Moore, Business Manager, Power Tools, Panasonic, said: “These powerful tools won’t let you down and are ideal for professional tradespeople such as plumbers, electricians and carpenters, as well as DIY enthusiasts. They are efficient and precise to support demanding drilling tasks as well as jobs that need fine control.”

For all new models, Panasonic has both 3.0 Ah and 5.0 Ah Li-ion batteries available to suit the job at hand, and offering a long lifespan under high workload conditions. The P-type 3.0 Ah battery is ultra-slim and light with a newly-developed 20mm battery cell and a new design for easier work in cramped spaces without compromising performance. The J-type 5.0Ah Li-ion battery has ‘dynamic capacity’ for long-time usage.

Key features: EY74A2 cordless drill and driver and EY79A2 cordless hammer drill and driver
The brushless motor in the EY74A2 and EY79A2 has newly-designed control circuits that increase stable current flow by more than 70 percent[i]. This allows a compact design while still enabling operation at full power during high load tasks.

A new speed control function allows three different low rotation speed settings (H/M/S). Designed to work perfectly at allowable maximum speeds with metal hole saws, this feature greatly reduces ‘burn out’ and prevents surface scorching on stainless steel and other materials.

The models have a new Hybrid Switch that has been redesigned to deliver increased durability and provide up to double the life of conventional Panasonic switches. Advanced speed control electronics start at slow rotation speeds, enabling very slow and smooth starts that give a high degree of control where accuracy is important, such as when precision drilling or working with small screws.

Key features: EY75A7 cordless impact driver
The new shorter brushless motor included in the EY75A7 cordless impact driver helps to achieve an ultra-compact body with optimum centre-balanced ergonomics that makes for comfortable handling and heavy-duty use, even in restricted spaces such as ceiling voids, lofts, or under floorboards. Panasonic has also used its long experience in durable design to improve parts such as the hammer, bearing, switches and anvil, which require especially robust design and high specifications for heavy use.

In addition, a new ‘self-drilling screw mode’ limits the risk of stripping the thread on fasteners or materials during screwing in (Less than 4 x 15mm) by automatically switching from high speed to low speed.
 
Key features and pricing

EY74A2 13mm Cordless Drill and Driver                           $RRP309 (tool only)
  • Compact body: length 178mm
  • Light weight: 2.05kg
  • High power: 50.0 N-m
  • Optimum rotation speed control
  • High power brushless motor
  • Variable speed control/reversible
  • 18-stage clutch plus drill position
  • 13mm heavy duty keyless chuck
  • LED light to support work
  • Electric brake

EY79A2 Cordless Hammer Drill and Driver                      $RRP329 (tool only)
  • Compact body: length 188mm
  • Light weight: 2.10kg
  • High power: 50.0 N-m
  • Optimum rotation speed control
  • High power brushless motor
  • High speed brick/masonry drilling
  • Variable speed control/reversible
  • 18-stage clutch plus drill position
  • 13mm heavy duty keyless chuck
  • LED light to support work
  • Electric brake
 
EY75A7 Cordless Impact Driver                                         $RRP309 (tool only)
  • Compact body: length 188mm
  • Light weight: 1.70kg
  • High power: Max. 160 N-m
  • 4-stage rotation speed selection
  • New design high power brushless motor
  • Self-drilling screw mode
  • Variable speed control/reversible
  • LED light to support work
  • Electric brake
The tools are available in a range of kits including 14.4V 4.2AH, 18V 5.0AH and 18V 3.0AH batteries. Panasonic power tools are available from Masters Home Improvement and specialist power tool distributors. For more information visit www.panasonic.com.au or call 132 600.
 
 
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RELEASED BY PANASONIC AUSTRALIA
 
Media Enquiries:
Shona Hannon (Panasonic Australia)                      Andrew Kingsford-Smith (Porter Novelli)
(02) 9491 7629                                                          (02) 8987 2138
shona.hannon@au.panasonic.com                            akingsford-smith@porternovelli.com.au
 
 
[i] Compared with previous Panasonic brushless models.