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New Metabo Cordless Power Tools Provide More Power, Longer Battery Life

WEST CHESTER, Pa. August 2009 – Metabo Corporation, a leading international manufacturer of professional grade portable electric power tools and abrasives for industrial, construction and welding applications, has launched its 18 V PowerMaster Lithium Ion cordless power tools line with the new, rugged BS18 LTX drill/driver.

As the cornerstone of Metabo’s new PowerMaster series, the compact and lightweight BS18 LTX combines all the performance and capacity advantages of Lithium Ion with Metabo’s long history of advanced tool ergonomics to form a uniquely durable power tool that outperforms most models in its class.

Metabo’s new BS18 LTX is ideal for virtually all users working in rugged industrial and commercial applications as well as those working in the field where tool reliability and longevity is paramount. This includes electricians, contractors, remodelers, cable installers and HVAC technicians.

The cordless BS18 LTX drill/driver features Metabo’s unique hex spindle technology that allows the user to remove the chuck and drive screws with the ¼” hexagon recessed spindle. This gives the operator added versatility to use the cordless tool in tight or cramped spaces, such as maneuvering around joists or in assembly operations.
The cordless tool’s 18 V, 2.6 AH Li-Power Extreme battery charges faster and lasts longer for optimum performance.  Metabo’s proven air-cooled charging technology cools the battery pack during charging to shorten the charging process by up to 30%, diminishing tool down-time and boosting useable tool life per charge.

Metabo’s revolutionary new charging concept, Electronic Single Cell Protection (ESCP), allows for longer battery service life by electronically monitoring individual cells while in use and during charging to prevent damage.  In fact, Metabo’s industry-leading XXL three-year warranty covers its tools, and unconditionally covers batteries and chargers for 3 years.

Metabo’s BS18 LTX drill/driver features a new dual range torque adjustment giving the user the ability to set the torque to either 13 inch-lbs through 31 inch-lbs or 31 inch-lbs through 114 inch-lbs.  Maximum continuous running torque is 372 inch-lbs (soft case) and up to 850 inch-lbs for momentary maximum spikes (hard case) in the event of extreme resistance.  The improved cordless drill/driver offers a no-load speed of 0 rpm to 400 rpm in first gear and 0 rpm to 1,400 rpm in second gear.

The lightweight and compact power tool weighs only 4.4 lbs, measures only 8.5 inches and uses an aluminum die cast  gear housing, while its four-pole motor provides extremely high performance with an increased power to size ratio.  Metabo’s exclusive Variospeed full-wave electronic speed control incorporated into the new BS18 allows the operator to easily vary the speed from the lowest to maximum value.  The drill/driver is equipped with a 1/2” chuck, offers a drilling capacity of 1/2” in mild steel and 2” in wood and features a built-in LED light for easier visibility in dark spaces.

Video footage of the new PowerMaster series is available at

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ABOUT METABO: Metabo, a leading international manufacturer of professional grade portable electric power tools and abrasives for industrial, construction and welding applications, has international headquarters in Nurtingen, Germany and U.S. headquarters in West Chester, Pennsylvania.  The company has focused its product development on technological advancements in electronic circuitry and mechanical design, which has resulted in high performance, durable electric power tools.  The name Metabo is German for "metal-boring," symbolic of the company's first tool -- a metal-boring tool -- manufactured in 1924.

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