Category Archives: Metalworking Tools
The brand Hitachi is a huge corporate conglomerate with power plants, trains, computers and tools was only a small part of the overall company. Now that that’s been sold off the tool division had a limited time to change the name. With the new owners also owning Metabo Tool there seemed to be some good reasons to bring the two together build off each other’s strengths and have one tool brand that made the best grinders, hammer drills, nail guns and much more. However easier said than done when one company is in Japan and another in German, both with strong presence all over the globe. So what’s the result, HiKOKI becomes the name in Europe, Asia and other markets while the same tools get the name Metabo HPT in North America… Huh?
We’d had a few opportunities to run the Makita 9” cordless grinder 18Vx2 LXT XAG13PT1 ($419), both in metal cutting applications as well as in concrete cutting and concrete grinding applications. It has done fairly well for cordless grinder, very close to a large corded grinder. Milwaukee has now launched its own 9” cordless grinder in the 2785-21HD ($399) but with only 18V we look to see if it can keep up with Makita’s 36V grinder.
There is also a 3rd option for cordless 9” grinders worth mentioning in the Metabo WPB 36-18 LXT BL ($699, bare) which is a nice tool however at double the price, once batteries are factored, this puts is pretty far out of range when compared to the other two. (more…)
We just received this Milwaukee PACKOUT sample case and challenge to use the accessories to do the #CarbideGaunet. While drilling through some nail embedded wood or rebar a few hundred time sounds like fun we really wanted to see if these could handle something a little more challenging, like getting into a safe! Certainly those have to be tough right, are these new accessories tough enough to drill thought the locking mechanism or cut through the entire safe?
We had a great time playing with different Bosch Angle Grinders in the metal working room at the Idea Foundry! We took some time to discuss the new GWS18V-45C/PSC Brushless Angle Grinder to see how it matches up to their corded models, such as the 1375A and GWS10-45PD. Also looked at the new Bluetooth connectivity options available with these new grinders. (more…)
Hungry for a clean metal cut? This new Diablo reciprocating saw blade is the first blade with carbide teeth blades designed specifically for cutting medium metals and high strength alloys. We definitely noticed a smooth cut and less vibration than other comparable blades when cutting through metals in the shop. (more…)
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Most Coptool readers would know that Bosch and FEIN worked together to create Starlock, an innovative system for attaching oscillating multi-tool (OMT) blades and bits. Currently only Bosch and FEIN tools employ the the Starlock system, though it will undoubtedly start appearing on other brands in the near future.
Tool-less bit changes have already been increasing the flexibility of OMTs for a few years, making tradespeople more likely to use them for multiple tasks (like sanding). But apart from making the blade change even faster, Starlock makes a huge difference because users don’t have to handle the blades. Why is this this useful? Because OMT blades get hot! It’s quite common for users to want to rotate a blade several times, but the hot blades are painful to handle.
Coptool discussed the Starlock system was a while back – (previous coptool post). The new OMTs come in two variations, StarlockPlus and StarlockMax. A summary of the blade compatibility is listed below:
The newest addition to the JET bandsaw family is here! Introducing the JET 5” x 6” Variable Speed Bandsaw HVBS-56V 414548 ($639.00). Built to be powerful and versatile as it’s big brothers, the exclusive 5” x 6” Portable Variable Speed Bandsaw includes a newly designed DC brushless motor with a 3-step gear transmission for unprecedented torque output and can be operated in either the vertical or horizontal cutting position. The improved stand and built in shelf is a great new feature as well as the portability. The new HVBS-56V Bandsaw is designed to serve in machine shops, automotive racing, technical schools and other fabrication needs.
Last year at the Milwaukee New Product Symposium, we caught a glimpse of the new STEELHEAD Diamond Cutting Wheels for Metal and Stainless Steel. So far we have received some really good feedback from those making the switch from using bonded abrasives to cut metal. These diamond blades offer huge advantages in durability and cost as well as safety. Just recently we have seen a dramatic price drop for the STEELHEAD wheels which looks to be here to stay, the 4.5″ wheel 49-93-7805 which could replace a whole box of abrasives wheels now under $15! (more…)
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!
We’ve seen the market shift over the years from bi-metal to carbide blades, first with circular saws, then pretty recently with recip blades and now transitioning into the hole saw category. The new Diablo Carbide Hole Saws brings long life expectancy and faster cutting through wood and metal. Unlike other carbide hole saws we have seen just for wood which could also handle plastic and perhaps aluminum, these new Diablos can handle actual steel. We have been extremely impressed with the performance of Diablo Carbide Recip Blades in wood & metal and these new Diablo hole saws are very similar.