Metabo's PowerX3 Hi-Torque Handle - a Power Tool Spy Exclusive
Posted by Mark Hunter - November 02, 2011
Metabo takes great pride in the craftsmanship of its power tools, and in some ways it is always trying push the envelop in terms of performance, durablity and reliability.
No, Metaboisn't the biggest or perhaps best known power tool company, but what it may lack in market share it certainly endeavours to make up for in sheer capability.
And the Metabo BS18LTX Quick PowerX3 Extreme drill driver with Impuls and Hi-Torque isn't just a power tool with a rather long name, it's a power tool that can handle rather long screws, as you can see from our video below.
Metabo, it would seem, is again "punching above it's weight" by bring the world another first in the shape of the Power X3 attachment. By modifying the already powerful BS 18 LTX Quick drill driver slightly it can now support the fitting of the Power X3 which, somehow, draws more power from the BS 18 LTX Quick meaning you can drive in screws of 12mm diameter with lengths of up to 600mm.
And that's without a pilot hole.
With a pilot hole you can handle 16mm screws up to an extraordinary length of 800mm.
Above is what looks like a standard Metabo BS18 LTX Quick drill driver, but Metabo have modified it slightly to allow you to utilise the 43mm collar while "quick-changing" from the standard chuck to the brand new PowerX3 handle.
Metabo claims that the PowerX3 handle will triple the power of the BS18LTX for "extreme" applications, stating a maximum soft torque of 120Nm.
Control is still there, though, thanks to the Impuls mode, read more about what that is and how it works here.
Why would Metabo develop such a seemingly revolutionary product?
Well, the company claims they've been listening to the power tool professionals using their poducts and, basically, its what you guys want.
So, what do you think? Clever marketing ploy or thoroughly revolutionary power tool? Let us know in the comments.
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