Metabo LTX2 2 Piece Cordless Kit - On the Jobsite
Posted by Mark Hunter - April 27, 2012
This is a guest blog post submitted to the Toolstop blog.
My name is Wayne Burgess and I've been a plumber and builder for 30 over years. I've been asked by the Guys and Girls at Toolstop, to write a short review on some tools I have bought recently.
(Disclaimer: this is my experience of using these tools, I don't work for a tool company and Toolstop hasn't paid me for this review.)
After a recent visit from the tool thieves, I had to buy some new power tools.
I bought the Metabo 685014380 LTX2 2 Piece Cordless Kit - SB18LTX Combi Drill + SSD18 Impact Driver with 2 of the 3Ah LTX Power Extreme batteries included.
I recommend anyone looking for a cordless power tool to take a look at Metabo. Right out of the box they feel professional and made to last. Nothing about them feels like it's going to wobble loose or get stuck, and then when you come to use them the quality really starts to show.
There are many cordless tools that make all kinds of claims about battery life and power, but I really have tried most of them and these are just in a league of their own.
Variable speed is smooth as silk, the pulse function on the combi drill is so handy, no more on off on off the trigger to get a drill started on a slippery tile or a sheet of steel.
And if your apprentice is as thick as two short ends and puts a 5" holesaw in it on high speed and goes for gold (yes they can be that dumb!), the drill will shut off BEFORE it gets damaged.
I've seen other brands of power tool that claim to have a cut-out function still produce lots of dangerous looking smoke.
The kit I purchased includes the Metabo SSD18 LXT Impact Driver.
This, just like the combi drill, is quality. Three stage power/speed function is excellent, and I recommend starting low and working up as this thing has enough power to break fasteners and bits easily. So, make sure you choose the correct torque setting!
But having said that, you soon get used to it, because again the quality of the switching means its so smooth you instinctively know how much power you're letting loose and back off accordingly.
Both tools are also easy to use with your gloves ON, no messing about taking one off to switch something over to another setting.
Now for all the plumbers and sparkys out there
Stick an Irwin type self feed bit in the impact and driver, drill the hardest joist you can find, and when your wrist is not hurting, the bit is not smoking, and it goes through in no time, like me you're going to understand why buying one of these Metabo kits isn't just about banging in long screws on YouTube!
I've just added a 4Ah battery to my kit, and to be honest the quickest way to explain is to say Metabo tell the truth. The 3Ah power extreme batteries were the best I've ever used. I thought these tools were great with the 3Ah but with the 4Ah - no kidding folks - its true using these tools has been fantastic, and all joking aside, after 33 years in the building trade I take some impressing.
Well done Metabo.
All the best
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