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New Angle Grinder from Metabo Lightweight, Ergonomic

Rat Tail handle increases comfort and safety

WEST CHESTER, Pa. February 2013
- Metabo Corporation, a leading international manufacturer of professional grade portable electric power tools and abrasives for industrial, construction and welding applications, introduces a new lightweight, ergonomic angle grinder designed for applications in the field using AC/DC power sources.  The W1080 RT 5” angle grinder, also known as the ‘Rat Tail’ because of its handle design, fits comfortably in the user’s hand and features a rubberized grip that dampens vibration and increases slip resistance.

This new angle grinder is ideal for use in pipeline installation and maintenance as well as for tank and structural steel fabrication in heavy metal industries. Its advanced ergonomics enables use for prolonged periods of time with reduced operator fatigue.


The W1080 RT features a high overload capacity 10 A motor with 1,080 watts of power, 26 inch-lbs of torque and a no-load speed of 10,000 rpm.  The new grinder has a low profile aluminum die-cast gear housing that facilitates heat dissipation and increased tool life.

Weighing just 5.4 lbs, this new angle grinder is perfect for applications that require reaching or overhead work.  Its slim motor housing design and ergonomic side handle make the grinder comfortable, safe and easy to use throughout the day.

The W1080 RT includes a non-locking trigger switch, spindle lock, burst-proof wheel guard and auto-stop carbon brushes, further ensuring a long tool life.

As with all Metabo tools, this grinder is covered by Metabo’s XXL warranty.  This free warranty extends the standard one year power tool warranty to three years.

The W1080 RT comes standard with a Type 27 wheel guard, an inner flange, a face spanner and an outer nut.  A Type 1 cut-off wheel guard, carrying case and a variety of abrasives for the grinder are sold separately.

For more information, please visit or contact Jere Geib, Metabo Corporation, 1231 Wilson Drive, West Chester, Pa. 19380. Tel: 800/ 638-2264; Fax: 800/ 638-2261; Email:; Web:

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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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