Metabo has just announced their new MAG 28 LTX, a cordless magnetic drill press that will be powered by their 25.2V lithium-ion battery packs. The drill is held to ferrous surfaces via permanent rare earth magnets, as opposed to electromagnets which would draw power from the battery.
- 2,500 lbs of holding force
- prism-shaped base for working on pipes
- safety strap for when working on overheard or vertical surfaces
- max drilling diameter of 1-1/4″ with annular cutter and 1/2″ with spiral cutter
- max drilling depth of 2″
- max stroke of 6-5/16″
- 2-speed motor – 380 and 680 no-load RPM
- dual-level permanently lubricated gearbox
- electronic thermal overload protection
- jam protection
- integrated gravity coolant container
- 25.2V 3.0Ah battery charges in 15-minutes
- on-board storage space for spare battery
- Weldon 3/4″ tool holder
- ejector pin
- chuck adapter and geared chuck
- chuck key
- MT 2 drift key
- safety strap
- allen key
- 2x 25.2V 3.0Ah battery packs
Pricing and availability is not yet available. We believe the drill also comes with a carrying case. There’s also no word on how much the tool weighs, but we’re guessing a lot.
Metabo doesn’t’ give drill tip pressure in their PDF – but says the mag base is rated at 2500 lb. pull-away. I see they show it with a “rotabroach” style annular cutter – which stretches motor power. As you note, weight is an issue with these machines – and we like our older BUX drill for its aluminum construction. This drill at 45 lbs. is sort of midway along the scale – so probably could be used off of a ladder – with their safety strap. The compact Milwaukee 4270 is lighter at 26.5 lbs. and its big brother 4209 weighs in at 72 lbs. We use the 4209 mostly for horizontal drilling of plate there a stationary drill press can’t reach.
This would be great for safe and vault techs who have to drill safes open.