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As features get added to our tools we see an evolution across the board, one tool adds a better shank or recip saw goes to a tool-free blade changes and magically the rest follow. Circular saws are prime for a pretty substantial overhaul across the board, first off with more powerful brushless motors and higher capacity batteries, corded circ saws are going to be less and less common until one day it’ll seem as out of place as a corded drill on a jobsite. Circular saws are designed for portability, nothing fights that more than a cord so it seems pretty natural they’ll go away.
Where standard circular saw suffer the most is accuracy, these are traditionally rough cut tools, ripping stacked plywood or framing a house but not a go to for precision work. The Metabo KS 18V LXT 57 Circ Saw ($199, bare) is the first example of the next evolutionary leap in cordless circular saws to integrate track ready design, with the Bosch “Strong Arm” Circ Saw (see full MegaWattCrew Launch) later 2019 as well as Makita’s new XSH08 both with a similar design and we are sure others will follow very soon. (more…)
In 2017 Coptool had the privilege of visiting the Metabo factory in Stuttgard, Germany and really get an inside look as to how all their Grinders are made and tested. This same assembly line builds the W9-115 Quick and WP9-115 Quick (paddle) as well as all their high-end models. We were truly amazed at their operation from casting aluminum to grinding gears to winding motors and extensive quality testing, their operation ensures the highest level quality.
Next week the Coptool Team will be at World of Concrete and will for sure be spending some time with our friends at Metabo. They send us a teaser in the press release below and looks like they’ve got some interesting new tools coming. Most interested in checking out the full line up of Brushless (corded) SDS-Max Rotary Hammers. We’ve heard some great things about them already and while everything is going cordless there is still a good reason to want your large rotary hammer to have a plug.
Their super popular vacuum ASR 35 ACP HEPA is getting upgraded from 130 CFM to 157 CFM which is good news but not as good as the fact that the current model is being blown out for $349 US American dollars down from $599!!! They’ll be gone fast at that price and really all you need for OSHA Table 1 compliance for 5″ grinding and cutting. (more…)
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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?
As you can tell from the video above, this Rivet Gun means business! The Metabo Cordless Blind Rivet Gun is for extremely fast riveting, comparable to pneumatic machines. If you’re already a Metabo 18v cordless collector, it’s compatible with all Metabo 18v battery packs. (more…)
Recently the Metabo Trailer stopped at Ohio Power Tool to show case their new tools and many safety benefits for grinders, concrete, silica dust collection and much more. Grinders have been around for many many years and as we all know can be extremely dangerous tools. Metabo not only leads the way in grinder performance, power and long life but also the leader when it comes to grinder safety. Before the customers stopped by we got a chance to walk through many of aspects of the trailer, this is just one of those topics we covered. Top 5 reasons Metabo Grinders are the Safest and Best Performing on the Market.
Over the last few weeks we have seen the launch of new battery technology from Metabo and Dewalt which puts new Amp/Hour ratings (used as an 18/20V) at 4.0Ah for slim, 8.0Ah for standard size and 12.0Ah for the large batteries. These launches come only days ahead of Milwaukee’s big 2018 New Product Symposium #NPS18 so we anticipate some news coming from the Red Camp as well. These new batteries are not just a little more runtime however we are seeing real increase of peak watt output!
Towards the end of last year when the OSHA silica rules were going into effect we were getting lots of questions about dust extractors specific to Silica, how they are each viewed under OSHA’s Table 1 standards and of course how each performed head to head. At the time there were no head-to-heads out there on these vacs so the Coptool Team got on the case to put together a basic Vacuum Head-to-Head to help users gain more information.
Since our video first aired several manufacturers have made updates to their products with lower prices and/or included HEPA filters which is awesome news for everyone! Also two of our tool reviewing hero’s Pro Tool Reviews and Tool Box Buzz jumped on the case to do their own vacuum comparisons, with some great testing rigs and pointed out some additional information that we might have glossed over. We really think both of these groups do top notch tool test, Clint’s team at Pro Tool Review is always very detailed and Rob’s Crew are mostly professional contractors with some great insights. (more…)
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…)