Metabo has come out with an 18V cordless heat gun, HG 18 LTX 500. The new Metabo cordless heat gun features two temperature settings, a dual-action switch, “LED readout display,” and is said to perform like a corded version.
The Metabo cordless heat gun follows models by Milwaukee, Dewalt, Craftsman, Harbor Freight, Ryobi, and perhaps others. This space has went from zero to heavy competition in just a few short years.
Metabo Cordless Heat Gun Features & Specs
- 570 and 930°F temperature settings
- 6-7 CFM airflow
- Reaches temperature in less than 5 seconds
- Dual-action safety switch
- Lockout button to prevent operation
- Includes wraparound nozzle and reducing nozzle
- Runtime of 20+ minutes with 8.0Ah LiHD battery
- Weighs 2.8 lbs including battery
The two included accessories are suited for heat shrink applications (wraparound nozzle) and spot heating such as plastic welding (reducing nozzle).
Optional nozzle accessories are available for decal removal and other tasks.
The heat gun also has an LED work light and an attachment point for a tool balancer.
LEDs embedded at the rear of the tool light up to show which temperature mode is selected.
Price: $139 for the bare tool
What’s special about Metabo’s cordless heat gun? In a nutshell, 2 temperature settings, a worklight, fast heat-up time, and over 20 minutes of runtime with an 8Ah battery.
Metabo says that their new cordless heat gun can be used for:
for a variety of applications, from heat shrinking, bending, softening, thawing, plastic welding, to soldering of copper pipes or stripping paint and removing decals.
They also say that their:
lightweight, ergonomic cordless heat gun outperforms the competition and performs just like a corded version but without the limitations and trip hazards of a corded tool.
It’s unclear as to how the Metabo cordless heat gun outerperforms the competition, but their heat-up specs certainly seems impressive. Runtime specs make the Metabo heat gun seem a little more power-hungry than the Milwaukee, which was originally introduced with claims of 20+ minutes of runtime on a 5Ah battery. This could suggest that the Metabo can reach operating temperature faster, and maybe even that it could hold it better. The two temperature settings also gives it a features advantage.
The new Metabo cordless heat gun looks like a nicely spec’ed and reasonably priced option for Metabo 18V cordless power tool users.
Compare: Milwaukee Heat Gun via Acme Tools
Compare: Dewalt Heat Gun via Acme Tools
Would a 12 volt heath gun be possible?
Possibly, but with greatly diminished performance and runtime.
There isn’t much middle ground between being getting an F in high school electronics and being an award winning scientist for people who can’t convert electricity into heat with near perfect efficiency,
I can only guess that 8ah runs hotter and/or gets up to temp faster.
I find it interesting and a bit strange that Metabo /HPT seems to be filling in its cordless tool lineup (at least here in the USA) with some less than mainstream tools. I guess that a heat gun has some broad consumer audience – but I would have thought tools like cordless SDS rotohammers, right angle drills/drivers or more circular saw offerings would have come first. They do offer some cordless tools that seem unique or at least not mainstream to their cordless lineup ( tapper, beveling tools, fillet weld grinder, drum sander, tubing sander, band file etc.) Maybe that’s part of the strategy – to offer some different tools from their corded tool heritage to get some traction with their battery platform
This is a Steinel re-brand. Steinel is in the Metabo battery cabal and is releasing both this model under their own name and a higher end model (greater temperature granularity).
metabo has announced a 10ah battery btw: https://twitter.com/MetaboUK/status/1301566424519970817
Any ideas where it is made of?
Around the time the CAS was announced, the Steinel heatgun running off of a Metabo battery was featured in marketing photos. We waited a looooong time for it to come.
Mafell brought me onto the platform (I may have had a cordless Metabo drill by then), and while some odds and ends like the Collomix made mixer are impressive, the core Metabo line has disappointed/failed me so much that I really don’t care to invest in it any further. My corded Steinel works just fine while I wait for Makita to pump something out.
There was a time when “cordless” and “heat” were never found in the same sentence. Long live LiPo!
I’m more intrigued by the “compact” 10.0Ah battery they are releasing.
I assume it is a 10 cell pack and will be using the same cells as DeWalt’s upcoming DCB210 10Ah battery, but I have no idea what cells they could be.
Looks to be same size and form factor as their 5.5Ah and 8Ah batteries.