Metabo has announced a new 18V cordless plunge-cutting track saw, model KT 18 LTX 66 BL. This is a 6-1/2″ saw intended to be used with guide rails.
Metabo’s marketing materials emphasize the new saw’s one-touch depth adjustment.
Looking deeper, one of the interesting features is a “double display” that shows the cutting depth with and without a guide rail. The saw’s blade guard allows for sawing close to walls up to 14mm.
It has an adjustable dust port for connecting vacuum hoses, and also comes with a removable dust bag.
Features & Specs
- 6-1/2″ blade size,
5/8″ bore20mm (thanks, Paul!)
- Brushless motor
- 2250-5000 RPM (no-load)
- Max cutting depth 66mm (2-19/32″) at 90°
- Max cutting depth 1-11/16″ at 45°
- Max cutting depth 2-13/32″ at 90° with guide rail
- Blade brake
- Undercut function for custom-fit transitions
- Guard with viewing window
- Weighs 9.5 lbs without battery
- -1° – 46° bevel angle adjustment
The saw ships with a “precision cut wood-classic” saw blade, dust bag, blade change wrench, and metaBOX 340 tool case.
I could only find the bare tool KT 18 LTX 66 BL – there doesn’t look to be a kit version at this time – and so users will have to source their own Metabo 18V battery and charger. The saw also works with Metabo 18V-compatible “CAS” batteries.
Guide rails are also sold separately.
Street Price: $469
I find this to be an interesting release, although I wish Metabo would go into greater detail explaining its benefits.
There are a number of cordless track saws presently on the market – what makes this model competitively compelling?
It’s notable that this is a single-battery 18V cordless plunge-cutting track saw. Presently, Bosch also has an 18V ProFactor track saw, but with a reduced-size 5-1/2″ blade size.
Festool has a 2-battery saw where you can use a single battery for reduced performance. Dewalt has a FlexVolt 60V Max track saw. Makita has two 36V options, one with 2x 18V batteries and one with an single XGT battery.
So, it looks to me that Metabo has the industry’s only pro-grade “full-size” single-battery 18V cordless track saw.
At this time, it looks like only the bare tool version will be available in the USA. Users will need to source a battery, charger, and guide rail separately.
Metabo launched this saw in Europe around a year ago, and so while it’s only now launching in the USA, there are a couple of (non-English) reviews on YouTube and possibly elsewhere if you’re interested.