Earlier today, we talked about new HiKoko/Metabo HPT cordless power tools that are launching as part of a new 12V-class platform. Similarly, but not compatible, Metabo is also coming out with a new 12V cordless power tool lineup.
The new Metabo POWERMAXX 12V cordless power tools feature a slide-style battery, and some appealing features and specs.
But, there’s also some confusion. At this time, I counted 4 different Metabo PowerMaxx 12V cordless drill/drivers, some of them available in different kit configurations. In total, there are 22 different kit and bare tool SKUs for these 4 models.
In the photo above, from left to right:
Metabo POWERMAXX BS 12
Metabo POWERMAXX BS 12 Q
Metabo POWERMAXX BS 12 BL
Metabo POWERMAXX BS 12 BL Q
So, you have two brushed motor drills, BS 12 and BS 12 Q, and two brushless drills, BS 12 Bl and BS 12 BL Q.
The “Q” refers to the quick-chuck, a removable drill chuck that reveals a 1/4″ hex bit holder. This means you can quickly switch between drilling and screwdriving configurations. There are also other Metabo Quick chucks, such as a a right angle attachment, for added versatility.
Max torque for the brushed motor drills is 354 in-lbs, and 400 in-lbs for the brushless models, which is quite a lot for a 12V-class tool. Surprisingly, that level of torque is still only paired with a 3/8″ chuck size, but that could help keep the tools as compact as possible.
Maximum “soft torque” is 150 and 159 in-lbs for brushed and brushless motor tools, respectively.
The brushless models are faster, with 0-500/0-1650 RPM speed ranges, compared to 0-360/0-1400 RPM for the brushed motor tools.
There will also be two hammer drill/drivers with similar specs:
Metabo POWERMAXX SB 12
Metabo POWERMAXX SB 12 BL
There are two new impacts also, one with a brushed motor, and the other brushless.
Metabo POWERMAXX SSD 12
Metabo POWERMAXX SSD 12 BL
One has to appreciate the simplicity of Metabo’s naming scheme, if you ignore the number of configurations and SKUs. There are 8 different bare tool and kit configurations for these 2 models.
The brushed motor impact driver is rated at 1020 in-lbs max torque and 0-2500 RPM, while the brushless is rated at 1260 in-lbs max torque and 0-2500 RPM. The brushless impact appears to be more compact.
Metabo is also launching two new 12V cordless caulking guns, which they say can process all standard sealing and gluing materials.
Metabo KPA 12 400
Metabo KPA 12 600
The KPA 12 400 can work with 14 ounce cartridges, and the KPA 12 600 with 21 oz cartridges or foil bags. They both feature a feed rate of 0.3 to 2 ft/min, discharge pressure of 990 lbf, automatic gear rack retraction for drip-free operation.
The Metabo POWERMAXX ULA 12 LED worklight has 12 lamp head tilt angles and 210 lumen output.
Lastly, there will be a multi-functional USB charging adapter (POWERMAXX PA 12 LED-USB), featuring a 2A max output current and built-in LED flashlight.
More details on all the new tools will follow.
I’m really excited about the new Metabo 12V lineup, aside from there being some confusion in telling the drills and impact drivers apart. The model numbering does help with that confusion, but the sheer number of SKUs is a little overwhelming to digest.
There are a total of 42 different bare tool and kit options for the 4 different drill/drivers, 2 hammer drills, and 2 impact drivers, and that doesn’t even include more combo kit options that are sure to follow. The bare tools are self-explanatory, but the kits need closer attention to contents to know which batteries, charger, or carrying case are included.
To be fair, some users might want a lower price, while others will be happy spending more for brushless. With the drills, some users might want the fixed-chuck model, for its compactness, simplicity, and presumably lower price, while others might want the added flexibility and versatility of the Quick-chuck model.
I want to see more competition in the compact cordless power tool space. At the moment, Metabo is putting on a nice show of their new 12V offerings. The inclusion of cordless caulk guns makes me optimistic that more tools are on the way, or at least that’s the hope.
Milwaukee’s M12 compact cordless power tool lineup is king of the 12V-class market, or at least it certainly appears that way in regard to both breadth of offerings and popularity among end users, but there’s room for other brands to chip away at their market share.
I hope that Metabo’s 12V cordless power tools perform as well as they look on paper.
I will have one criticism out of the gate. Why, oh why, are these tools not compatible with the new HiKoki/Metabo HPT 12V-class tools? That might have been a good opportunity for cross-branding compatibility.
Here’s a promo video for the new brushless drill: