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May 02, 2011 14:45 ET

Panasonic Expands Its Lineup of "Tough IP" Cordless Power Tools With Four New 18V Models

Rated by an independent Laboratory for Dusty and Wet Conditions, New Panasonic 18V Cordless Power Tools Help Construction Pros Tackle Tough Projects on Challenging Jobsites

SECAUCUS, NJ--(Marketwire - May 2, 2011) - Panasonic today announced the introduction of four new 18V Li-Ion cordless power tools to its Tough IP™ professional-grade product offering. Featuring dust and water resistant technology, the power tools are recognized under international standards administered by the International Electro Technical Commission (IEC), and will be available on May 16th via Panasonic Tough IP Dealers nationwide and at www.panasonic.com/cordlesstools.

The four models include a ½" drill and driver kit, an impact wrench kit, an impact driver kit and a hammer drill/driver kit. All of the new 18V cordless models can be charged for use in 50 minutes with a full charge at 65 minutes, and feature Panasonic's industry leading high capacity 3.3Ah Li-ion battery, LED work light, belt hook, and molded case.

Rated Tough by IEC
Each of Panasonic Tough IP Cordless Power Tools were awarded a rating of IP561 by the IEC (according to IEC60529) classifying them "Dust-protected" and "Protected against powerful water jets."

The IEC testing protocol put the tools in an environment where they were exposed separately to both heavy dust and water jets. After each separate test, the tool is checked to ensure it still continues to function properly. The IP56 rating, is the highest rating possible without the tools being air & water tight. For more information on IEC IP Ratings, please visit www.iec.ch.

"We are pleased to provide construction professionals with 18V versions of our tough cordless power tools which they can depend on even in extremely wet and dusty conditions," said Paul Mudd, Panasonic's Group Leader and National Sales Manager for power tools. "All Tough IP cordless power tools are designed for maximum performance when they're needed most -- to get challenging jobs done quickly and efficiently, regardless of conditions."

New Tough IP Tools
Tough IP Tools are designed to provide construction professionals across a broad range of disciplines with tools that can withstand the rigors of outdoor work under extreme conditions.

EY7450LR2S - Panasonic's new 18V Li-ion Drill & Drill Driver Kit delivers high power in a compact, lightweight body.

The drill driver delivers a maximum of 478 in. lbs. of full time torque in low speed. Low speed of 50 - 430 rpm is ideal for tough jobs requiring high torque like drilling holes and driving large diameter screws. A high speed of 160 - 1,650 rpm is great for drilling and fastening in metal. The EY7450LR2S features an all metal gear system and four-brush motor. The use of metal gears for switching between high and low speed operation reduces part wear and offers superior durability compared to plastic gears, decreasing the frequency of tool repair. The four brush, fan cooled ventilated motor is design to keep tool running with a smooth continuous operation while keeping the motor temperature low, resulting in a tool well suited for heavy duty use and repetitive tasks.

The EY7450LR2S is equipped with an 18-stage clutch plus drill position. The clutch torque starts at 8.8 in. lbs. and goes to 61 in. lbs. in 3.0 in. lbs. increments over the 18 stages. The tool has a ½-inch, heavy-duty keyless chuck, variable speed control, 2-speed gear box, electric brake and quick-charging system. This high-quality tool is ideal for general construction, plumbing, electric installation work, deck building and finish carpentry.

EY7450LR2S is powered by a 3.3Ah Cobalt Li-ion battery pack. This battery pack delivers high output with low heat generation resulting in longer lifetime and total performance. In addition the EY7450LR2S utilizes Panasonic's unique GuardION system. The GuardION system monitors the battery cells during battery charging and during tool use to prevent over discharging and overheating of the battery pack thus insuring long life.

The EY7450LR2S offers a full complement of convenience features including an LED Work Light that illuminates the work area when in use. The EY7450LR2S is compact in size (8 9/16" long) and weighs only 4.7 lbs. The ergonomic design delivers a comfortable contoured rubber grip which allows for less fatigue over extended use. Convenient location of the variable speed control trigger and forward/reverse switch permits one hand operation. The EY7450LR2S 18 Volt Cordless 1/2" Drill & Driver Kit comes complete with two 3.3Ah Li-Ion batteries, charger and molded case. (MSRP $376)

EY7950LR2S - Panasonic's 18V Hammer Drill & Drill Driver Kit delivers high speed drilling capability in brick and block combined with high torque for superior fastening capability in a compact, lightweight tool.

The EY7950LR2S has two modes, a hammer mode and a drill mode which deliver both speed and power. The hammer mode in high speed delivers 160 - 1,650 rpm and a maximum of 29,700 blows per minute which is ideal for drilling brick and block. In low speed the tool delivers 50-430 rpm to get a maximum of 7,740 blows per minute which is good for softer materials to avoid blow out. In the drill mode the EY7950LR2S has all the great features of your standard drill/driver. The tool delivers 478 in. lbs. of full time torque at low speed. The low speed of 50 - 430 rpm is ideal for drilling larger diameter holes and installing larger diameter screws and concrete anchors. The high speed of 160 - 1,650 rpm is great for drilling into metal and installing smaller diameter screws and fasteners.

The EY7950LR2S features an all metal gear system and four brush motor. The use of metal gears for switching between high and low speed operation reduces part wear and offers superior durability compared to plastic gears, decreasing the frequency of tool repair. The four brush, fan cooled ventilated motor is design to keep tool running with a smooth continuous operation while keeping the motor temperature low which makes the tool well suited for heavy duty use and repetitive tasks.

The EY7950LR2S is equipped with an 18-stage clutch plus drill position. The clutch torque starts at 8.8 in. lbs. and goes to 61 in. lbs. in 3.0 in. lbs. increments over the 18 stages. The tool has a ½-inch, heavy-duty keyless chuck, variable speed control, 2-speed gear box, electric brake and quick-charging system. The high-quality tool is ideal for general construction, interior instillation, HVAC, cable installers, and maintenance.

EY7950LR2S is powered by a 3.3Ah Cobalt Li-ion battery pack. This battery pack delivers high output with low heat generation resulting in longer life and total performance. In addition the EY7950LR2S utilizes Panasonic's unique GuardION system. The GuardION system monitors the battery cells during battery charging and during tool use to prevent over discharging and overheating of the battery pack thus insuring long life.

The EY7950LR2S offers a full complement of convenience features including an LED Work Light that illuminates the work area when in use. The EY7950LR2S is compact in size (9 1/4" long) and weighs only 5.0 lbs. Its ergonomic design delivers a comfortable contoured rubber grip which allows for less fatigue over extended use. Convenient location of the variable speed control trigger and forward/reverse switch permits one hand operation. The EY7950LR2S 18V Cordless Hammer Drill & Driver Kit comes complete with two 3.3Ah Li-Ion batteries, charger and molded case, (MSRP $376).

EY7550LR2S - Panasonic 18V Impact Driver Kit delivers speed, power and precision in a compact lightweight ergonomic design. Employing Panasonic's unique Power Mode Switching technology the EY7550LR2S offers three levels of impact power so that you can match the performance of the tool to the type of fasteners and materials being utilized. In the High/Hard mode the EY7550LR2S delivers 1,370 in. lbs. of torque with 2,500 rpm and 3,300 ipm ideal for fastening larger diameter screws and bolts into harder materials. In medium mode the EY7550LR2S delivers 1,150 in. lbs. of torque with 1,400 rpm and 2,800 ipm. In Low/Soft mode the EY7550LR2S puts out 355 lbs of torque with 1,000 rpm and 2,000 ipm good for fastening small diameter screws into softer materials like drywall. The EY7550LR2S expands the applications of impact technology by offering the precision a range of speeds, delivering a clean finish.

The EY7550LR2S is equipped with a ¼" hex quick change chuck for touch bit installation and removal, variable speed control, hybrid switch and electric brake. The EY7550LR2S has a brushless motor which has twice the life of a regular motor and is more efficient with longer run time. The high-quality tool is ideal for general construction, interior installation, HVAC, long wood screw and lag screw fastening, auto repair, and maintenance.

EY7550LR2S is powered by a 3.3Ah Cobalt Li-ion battery pack. This battery pack delivers high output with low heat generation resulting in longer lifetime and total performance. In addition the EY7550LR2S utilizes Panasonic's unique GuardION system. The GuardION system monitors the battery cells during battery charging and during tool use to prevent over discharging and overheating of the battery pack thus insuring long life.

The EY7550LR2S offers a full complement of convenience features including an LED Work Light that illuminates the work area when in use. The EY7550LR2S is compact in size (5 5/8" long) and weighs only 3.5 lbs. Its ergonomic design delivers a comfortable contoured rubber grip which allows for less fatigue over extended use. Convenient location of the variable speed control trigger and forward/reverse switch permits one hand operation. The EY7550LR2S 18V Cordless Impact Driver Kit comes complete with two 3.3Ah Li-Ion batteries, charger and molded case, (MSRP $412).

EY7551LR2S Cordless Impact Wrench Kit delivers speed, precision and punch in a lightweight ergonomic design. Utilizing Panasonic's unique Power Mode Switching technology the EY7551LR2S offers three levels of impact power so that you can match the performance of the tool to a specific application. In the High/Hard mode the EY7551LR2S delivers a powerful punch of 1,815 in. lbs. of torque with 2,300 rpm and 3,500 ipm. In medium mode the EY7551LR2S delivers 1,240 in. lbs. of torque with 1,400 rpm and 2,800 ipm. In Low/Soft mode the EY7551LR2S delivers 440 lbs of torque with 1,000 rpm and 2,000 ipm. This powerhouse is perfect for mechanical applications, general construction, general assembly, instillations and any application which requires long lasting power combined with light weight.

The EY7551LR2S is equipped with a ½" square chuck. Included in the kit is a ¼" hex quick change chuck for touch bit installation and removal. The EY7551LR2S has variable speed control, a hybrid switch, and electric brake. The EY7551LR2S has a brushless motor which has twice the life of a regular motor and is more efficient with longer run time.

EY7551LR2S is powered by a 3.3Ah Cobalt Li-ion battery pack. This battery pack delivers high output with low heat generation resulting in longer lifetime and total performance. In addition the EY7551LR2S utilizes Panasonic's unique GuardION system. The GuardION system monitors the battery cells during battery charging and during tool use to prevent over discharging and overheating of the battery pack thus insuring long life.

The EY7551LR2S offers a full complement of convenience features including an LED Work Light that illuminates the work area when in use. The EY7551LR2S is compact in size (6 1/8" long) and weighs only 3.6 lbs. Its ergonomic design delivers a comfortable contoured rubber grip which allows for less fatigue over extended use. Convenient location of the variable speed control trigger and forward/reverse switch permits one hand. The EY7551LR2S 18V Cordless Impact Wrench Kit comes complete with two high capacity 3.3Ah Li-Ion batteries, charger and a molded case. ( MSRP $462 )

Tough IP Combination Kits
The Panasonic Tough IP line also includes two different combination kits.

EYC160LR 3.3 Ah Lithium Combo Kit - (MSRP $536) Includes the EY7950 18V Cordless Hammer Drill & Driver; the EY7551 18V Cordless Impact Wrench; a charger; two 18V 3.3Ah Li-ion battery packs and a plastic carrying case.

EYC159LR 3.3 Ah Lithium Combo Kit - (MSRP $500) Includes the EY7950 18V Cordless Hammer Drill & Driver; the EY7550 18V Cordless Impact Driver; a charger; two 18V 3.3Ah Li-ion battery packs and a plastic carrying case.

Leading Battery Technology
Driving the revolutionary performance of Panasonic's Tough IP Cordless Power Tools is Panasonic's proprietary battery pack technology which features:

Panasonic's Solid Solution Technology (PSS) - PSS is a method of hardening and dissolving key battery component substances such as cobalt and nickel, which dramatically improves safety and reliability, while also achieving greater performance compared to manganese lithium batteries found in many other cordless tools.

High-Capacity Cobalt Lithium Chemistry - This chemistry offers the benefits of lower internal resistance, reduced electrical loss, and lower temperatures in the battery cells to deliver a longer battery life. Panasonic Li-ion battery packs have twice the total lifetime performance versus existing Ni-Cd battery packs.

GuardION System - Panasonic Tough IP Cordless Power Tools utilize Panasonic's unique GuardION system which monitors each battery cell during battery charging and during tool use to prevent over discharging and overheating of the battery pack.

Self Diagnostic Charger - Tough IP Tools also feature a self diagnostic universal battery charger which electronically monitors the condition of the battery pack during the charging process to deliver full charging with minimal heat generation. The charger will charge all Panasonic Li-ion battery chemistries ranging from 14.4V - 28.8v.

For more information on the complete line of Panasonic Tough IP Cordless Power Tools and Panasonic Tough IP dealers, please visit www.panasonic.com/cordlesstools or call 1-800-338-0552.

About Panasonic:
Based in Secaucus, NJ, Panasonic Corporation of North America markets a broad line of digital and other electronics products for consumer, business and industrial use. The company is the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC), and the hub of Panasonic's U.S. branding, marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. Panasonic is pledged to practice prudent, sustainable use of the earth's natural resources and protect our environment through the company's Eco Ideas programs. Information about Panasonic and its products is available at www.panasonic.com. Additional company information for journalists is available at www.panasonic.com/pressroom.

Panasonic Tough IPCordless Power Tools
Cordless Drill & Driver Technical Specifications

MODELEY7450LR2S/EY7450X
Volts18V
Battery CapacityLi-ion 3.3Ah
Max. torque478 inch-pounds
Speed at No LoadLow 50 - 430 rpm; High 160 - 1,650 rpm
Clutch torque (approx.)8.8 - 61.0 in. lbs. (3.0 in. lbs. per stage, total 18 stages
Charging TimeUsable 50 minutes; Full: 65 minutes
Weight (incl. battery)4.70 lbs.
Size (L x H x W)8 9/16" x 9 3/4" x 2 1/2"
MSRP**$376.00

Cordless Hammer Drill & Driver Technical Specifications

MODELEY7950LR2S/EY7950X
Volts18V
Battery CapacityLi-ion 3.3Ah
Max. torque478 inch-pounds
Speed at No LoadLow 50 - 430 rpm; High 160 - 1,650 rpm
Clutch torque (approx.)8.8 - 61.0 in. lbs. (3.0 in. lbs. per stage, total 18 stages. Max. torque at drilling position - stage 16)
Blow Rate p/MinuteLow 900- 7,740 bpm; High 2,880 - 29,700 bpm
Charging TimeUsable 50 minutes; Full: 65 minutes
Weight (incl. battery)5.0 lbs.
Size (L x H x W)9 1/4 9 3/4" x 2 1/2""
MSRP**$376.00

Cordless Impact Driver Technical Specifications

MODELEY7550LR2S/EY7550X
Volts18V
Battery CapacityLi-ion 3.3Ah
Max. torque1,370 inch-pounds
Speeds3-speeds: high, medium, and low
MotorBrushless motor and hybrid switch
Charging Time (using Ey0L81B charger)Usable 50 minutes; Full: 65 minutes
Weight (incl. battery)3.50 lbs.
Size (L x H x W)5 5/8" x 9 3/4" x 2 1/2"
MSRP**$412.00

Cordless Impact Wrench Technical Specifications

MODELEY7551LR2S/EY7551X
Volts18V
Battery CapacityLi-ion 3.3Ah
Max. torque1,815 inch-pounds
Speeds3-speeds: high, medium, and low
MotorBrushless motor and hybrid switch
Charging Time (using Ey0L81B charger)Usable 50 minutes; Full: 65 minutes
Weight (incl. battery)3.60 lbs.
Size (L x H x W)6 1/8" x 9 17/32" x 2 13/32"
MSRP**$461.00

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