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Yes the rumors are true Hitachi Power Tools is changing their name to Metabo HPT but will remain a totally different tool brand from Metabo with different cordless platform for the near future. Originally we heard the Hitachi Tool brand (purchased by KKR investment first about a year ago) was going to become Koki Holdings as the global conglomerate Hitachi was no longer going to let their name be on the tools. KKR also owns Metabo so from a tool branding stand point this makes a lot of sense, with such a great name you can use. Logistically for tool users and retailers this has a big potential to get messy and confusing with a high likelihood both brands will be tarnished in the short term. Hopefully both Metabo brands will become 1 company in the long run and they’ll figure out how to combined the good will both brands have build into something pretty powerful. More info below from Hitachi Power Tools directly. (more…)
Here is something I’m sure you haven’t heard of lately, Silica dust collection! It’s kind of a big deal. No worries, Metabo is here to help. We took a close look at Metabo Silica Dust Solutions and they have us covered from small residential jobs, up to industrial shops. (more…)
It was actually pretty hard to narrow it down to just 10 as we saw a lot of innovations this year from many many manufacturers. We are sticking with tools that actually hit the shelves and were used by professionals in 2017, not launched at a trade show but won’t be here until 2018 or later. We are just going to do a quick rundown of each as well as talk a little at the end for hopes for this year’s (2018) tool innovations.
10. Milwaukee PACKOUT Storage System – While storage solutions are nothing new for professional tool brands we do think the PACKOUT system has really changed the game and set the bar much higher for these systems. Much more tough and rugged than other popular systems from Dewalt, Ridgid and even Festool Systainer. The demand has been crazy with back orders possibly out until February. How is this a “Power Tool” innovation? We have seen some M12 FUEL Tools packed into the small PACKOUT already, M18 FUEL will be coming in Larger PACKOUTS very soon at aggressive pricing. Will it change the way we buy and store Power Tools? We have just 1 request for Milwaukee, please make an addition to the lineup with a Roller Cooler. Coptool Post on PACKOUT (more…)
Coptool and oztooltalk bumped into each other recently whilst visting Metabo headquarters in Nürtingen, Germany. The two day tour included the production line, showroom and tool testing facility.
After a presentation from the CEO, who’s technical knowledge of their battery technology surprised me, we headed straight for the production line. The first surprise for me was that Metabo produce almost every part in the facility. Smelting and moulding of steel and aluminium, plastic moulding, precision milling and bending, and assembly are all done on the same grounds.
We recently had the opportunity to visit Metabo’s headquarters in Nürtingen, Germany for a full tour of how they whined the copper, assemble armature, electronics, housing, etc. It was very impressive and clearly, they are continuing to advance in corded technology, which it seems other manufacturers have forgotten. Of course in USA Metabo’s bread & butter is their Grinders and Slicer Wheels so we were not surprised they continue to advance their motor technology in grinders. Coming to market as we speak Metabo is launching their compact Rat Tail Grinders which have the highest power/weight ratio ever of any grinder and also offer all their safety features clutch, brake, tethering attachment and more!
Last year was Metabo’s 50th anniversary so they came out with special edition 4-1/2” & 6” grinders with gold trim and some extra wheels in packaging. Well it’s no longer their 50th anniversary year while the 6” gold grinders are all gone you can pick up the few remaining Metabo Gold 4-1/2” Grinders for a steal at $99!!! That’s a huge savings, over 30% for a typical WP9-115 Quick, won’t last long!
While Metabo does not yet have a very large market share for cordless tools in the US they have been extremely aggressive on cordless product development globally. They were first to launch 5.0Ah several years back, then first to use new 20700 cells with LiHD batteries and now first to launch a 7.0Ah (sneek peak from Metabo Germany info)! Next month Coptool will be headed to visit the Metabo home office to get hand-on time with some of the new tools and technology. There are some interesting new Metabo Cordless Tools in the video below (hedge trimmers, rotary drills, etc) but will they make it to the US? Certainly there will be some exciting things to come, stay tuned.
Most importantly how do we get our hands on the giant Metabo Battery Scooter!!!
Recently we had an opportunity to try out a wide variety of Metabo tools at their media event. Of course the big focus was on their expansive line up of cordless tools designed specifically for metal trades. The 18V Brushless Tapping Drill GB18LXTBLIQ ($299, bare) is a perfect example of that in action. Not only are we looking at a great drill/driver with 1,300 in. lbs., currently the most powerful on the market, this drill makes tapping a crazy simple idiot-proof process. Snap the chuck off and it also becomes a ¼” driver for fastening and other applications.
We recently attended the Metabo event where we saw a lot of very innovative cordless products designed for the metalworking trades and actually got to use this “World’s First” cordless 9” grinder WPB36LTXBL230 ($1199) to cut through some guardrail. Very impressive power at 2400 watts which is roughly the equivalent to 21 amp corded AC power! This is one of the first cordless tools to really showcase how cordless is actually able to outperform corded tools. While the price may keep it out of reach for many at this point there will also be an 18V x2 version coming in early 2017 which will allow those with Metabo 18V batteries just to buy the bare tool version.
Well it looks to be true from this Hitachi Press Release that controlling interest, (80% or 100%) of Metabo will soon be acquired by Hitachi. We’d guess both companies would remain intact because the Metabo name is very strong but how will this shake out? Recently we have been very impressed by what Metabo has begun to do in cordless tools, innovating not only the batteries with Li-HD but really stepping up the game in brushless grinders, hammer drills and big plans for new products in 2016.