Metabo BS18 LTX Quick Li PowerExtreme Drill/Driver
Posted by Mark Hunter - November 22, 2010
We've enjoyed playing around with the new Metabo power tools that have made their way into our clutches recently. Thus far what we've seen have been about grunt, power and brute strength, married to technological finesse and ingenuity.
This time, however, we're looking at something a little different, something a bit more...diminutive, but packing no less power thanks to Metabo's 18v lithium-ion battery packs. It's the Metabo BS18 LTX Quick Li PowerExtreme Drill/Driver.
We've seen these 18v batteries†before, and we're no less impressed with them. All the boxes are ticked;
- Electronic Single Cell Protection is going to constantly monitor the health of, not just the battery, but every cell within the battery. ESCP is in operation whenever the battery is in operation, and when the battery is charging. Metabo claims†ESCP will determine which cells need charging first and give them priority so that the battery is fully charged and ready for you to use much quicker.
- lots of checks and balances are constantly running within the battery. For example, deep discharge protection, overcharge protection and monitored overload and overheat shut-off, along with fan cooling the batteries as they charge are processes that will enable the lithium-ion batteries to work harder and longer.
We've blogged about this before, but to slap a 3 year warranty on a power tool shows a level of confidence from the manufacturer towards their product that should give us consumers something to think about before we break out the credit card.
However, to apply the 3 year warranty to the lithium-ion battery as well is virtually unheard of and certainly makes Metabo stand out from the crowd.
But then, as Neil and I chatted about on the Toolstop Podcast recently, Metabo don't pretend to be anything other than a manufacturer of high-end, professional power tools. So, I suppose it goes without saying that they're going to pack as much technology and trust into their tools as they can muster.
Back to the BS18 LTX Quick Li PowerExtreme drill/driver though.
What other features are included?
Well, this tool markets itself as the lightest and most powerful in its class. Metabo have engineered a 4-pole motor into the drill/driver. Considering it weighs a mere 2kg, we have to marvel at their achievement.
Metabo have published the following stats;
- Max. torque (soft/hard) 42/96Nm
- Adjustable torque from 1.5-13Nm
- Max. drill bit diameter in wood is 50mm and 13mm in steel
- Speed at no load (1st/2nd gear) is 0-400/0-1400rpm)
Who is most likely to benefit from having the Metabo BS18 LTX in their tool kit?
Probably carpenters and joiners, particularly because of the new 'Metabo Quick' change system. Check it out in the video.
Metabo have also engineered an adjustable torque clutch system featuring both mechanical and electrical control, overheat motor cut off and a unique 'pulse' feature (again, demo'd in the video) which is ideal for dealing with difficult screws or drilling into slipper surfaces like tiles.
All in all, this is a cracking little tool that's aimed squarely at the professional market. Backed up by Metabo's 3 year warranty (including the battery!), we're very impressed.
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