This past summer, Metabo HPT (a ToolGuyd sponsor) sent me a notice that they lowered the prices on all 18V cordless nailer kits.
It sounded great at the time, but I was admittedly a little skeptical. Was this temporary?
The announcement started with “At a time when everything is going up, Metabo HPT wants to support the Pro and keep prices low.”
This all sounds good – but would it last?
Well, we’re now in October, and Metabo HPT has so far kept these kits at their new low prices.
Affected Metabo HPT 18V Cordless Nailers
|MODEL||Old Price||New Price|
|Framing Nailer (21° Plastic Strip)||NR1890DRS||$399||$369|
|Framing Nailer (30° Paper Tape Strip)||NR1890DCS||$399||$369|
|18-Gauge Brad Nailer||NT1850DF||$349||$279|
|15-Gauge Angled Finish Nailer||NT1865DMAS||$349||$299|
|16-Gauge Straight Finish Nailer||NT1865DMS||$349||$299|
|23-Gauge Pin Nailer||NP18DSAL||$249||$229|
The savings range from $20 to $70, depending on the model.
All of these models, ranging from the cordless pin nailer to the cordless framing nailers, can be powered by the included 18V batteries, and you can also use Metabo HPT’s MultiVolt batteries.
Some of these models are discounted even further right now, such as the cordless 18 gauge brad nailer kit, which dropped to $199 – presumably for the holiday shopping season. This looks to be a new all-time-low price for the brad nailer kit.
21° Framing Nailer Kit at Amazon | at Lowe’s
30° Framing Nailer Kit at Amazon | at Lowe’s
Brad Nailer Kit at Amazon | at Lowe’s
Angled Finish Nailer Kit at Acme Tools | at Amazon
Straight Finish Nailer Kit at Acme Tools | at Amazon
Pin Nailer Kit at Acme Tools | at Amazon
When KKR changed it to M-HPT, they raised prices on most everything. I have a lot of 18v Hitachi but haven’t added much thereafter. The higher prices weren’t justified. Good tools just not worth more than Makita and others.
Considering the quality of the Metabo nail guns it makes we wish I had saved a lot of money by not purchasing the M18. Not that I’m disappointed in the quality.
You mentioned some are discounted even further, I know Menards has had them on sale, a few lower than listed above.
21* – $299
30* – $299
18g – $199
And you get an additional 11% rebate on top of those sale prices.
Decent price drops. I haven’t used a Metabo nail gun, but they review well on youtube. Personally, I think battery-powered nailers are still too large and heavy though. I use a Paslode cordless framing nailer and 16GA finish nailer. They are larger/heavier compared to pneumatic, but noticeably smaller/lighter compared to any battery nailer. I also use a Ryobi pin nailer which works great, but I’d rather have the new Milwaukee 12V since it is so small/light.
As an aside, Bosch recently released a new 18V 16GA finish nailer in Europe, and have stated they are releasing a full line of 18V nailers in 2023. I wonder if we’ll see them in the US.
I wouldn’t hold my breath. It took them 6-1/2 YEARS to finally launch the 12V grinder here. They never brought the 12V rotary tool or saw to the USA at all. https://toolguyd.com/bosch-12v-cordless-angle-grinder-gws12v-30n/
It’s possible–lately Bosch has been releasing more things here and more quickly–but it’s by no means certain. They released one of two brushless jigsaws, but there’s also a more powerful non-beveling jigsaw that they haven’t released. More annoying is how they also left off the variable speed feature on the high end cordless angle grinders. I doubt they’ll release all of the new die grinder variants, but nail guns might be more fundamental than that. Or not.
I just want the new cordless finishing sander with interchangeable sanding pads (GSS 18V-13). That one looks really nice.
The release is different from the Euro version, the Euro version is more advanced
I would really like to replace my compressor with cordless nailers but I have perfectly good nailers and comp. But I might get one of these (since most of my nailers are Hitachi) for 18guage and 15guage trim/casing work. Afterall, my friends make fun of me for having most tools before we die…
Being tired of waiting on Makita to release some decent nail guns. I finally decided to go with Metabo HPT.
So far I have the brad nailer and just received the 15 gauge finish nailer today. So far I’m happy with the decision.
Guess I got lucky. I got the brad nailer as a kit with a bag, charger and one battery for $200 on Amazon
A little off topic but I never understood why they changed the name to Metabo from Hitachi. I had never even heard of Metabo. It seems like Hitachi would have a lot more brand equity.
Hitachi acquired Metabo, a European tool company.
Hitachi sold Hitachi Power Tools (and Metabo) to a new company.
Hitachi Power Tools continued to license the name from Hitachi.
Licensees tend to be bound by strict rules.
Hitachi Power Tools renamed to Metabo HPT here, and Hikoki Power Tools overseas.
IIRC HPT had a certain number of years to use the Hitachi brand after the sale/spinoff.
As a primarily Milwaukee user (M18 & M12) I have the Metabo HPT 18g nailer and I really like it. I bought it on sale and saved quite a bit over the M18. It should be a serious contender if you don’t mind the additional battery system regardless of what you currently run.
They’ve never quite been the same since they changed their name from Hitachi to Metabo hpt. Metabo hpt isn’t exactly flying off the shelves at Lowes stores. They’re seldom seen on the job compared to their former brand name. Hitachi was a familiar name. They’re still very popular in other markets. Metabo not so much. Changing the name to Metabo hpt didn’t do them any favors regarding recognition. The cordless nail gun market was exclusive to only a few brands that could command the higher prices. I remember when it was only Dewalt and nobody else back in the day. Long before the merger with Stanley. If I remember correctly it was $400, 450 for the 18v finish nailer. There were no other cordless nail guns available from anyone else for a while. Then paslode dropped the framing nailer. Same price range as the Dewalt. Game changers. They were both worth every nickel. And even today nobody can make a better cordless framing nailer than paslode. The weight of the battery powered guns are enough to make it worth keeping pneumatic counterparts in your work vehicle. They weigh too much for what they cost. Functionality is also sluggish and has a lot of room for improvement. This is standard for all cordless framing guns. But the paslode seems to function a bit better than the rest. Hitachi used to make a cordless gas charged framing gun. It wasn’t too bad either. But I think Metabo did away with it after they took over. Anyhow, the market way too oversaturated to be paying anything close to what Dewalt and paslode were able to charge back in the day. Cordless finish nailers come a dime a dozen these days. Everybody has one. Even brands that nobody’s heard of. I got a cordless 18ga gun for like $140 on Amazon some years ago and it works every bit as good as the higher end brands. It even came with two batteries and a charger. Not once has it jammed in either firing mode. Sinks nails in just fine. It ain’t brushless either. It’s even the same color green as Hitachi was. Damn good nail gun for what I paid for it. I could be wrong, but I think Metabo has lost a lot of the market share that they had when they were known as Hitachi. Hitachi was very well known for their nail guns because they were dirt cheap and didn’t break no matter how harshly they were treated. I bought a Metabo framing gun soon after the name changed and it started to leak air after our first big basement build out of that year. Bought parts to fix it and it still leaks air. My Hitachi framing gun and my Hitachi finish gun hasn’t leaked air since I bought them back when they were new. They’re at least eight years older than the Metabo. And the reason why it leaks is because quality standards changed when Hitachi became Metabo hpt. The Hitachi firing mechanism was made out of aluminum and steel. The Metabo hpt firing mechanism is made out of plastic. The only thing metal is the spring and the pin which is smaller than what’s found in the Hitachi. Yet the Metabo gun costs more than the Hitachi did when it was new. Certainly changed my perspective on Metabo and the quality of their tools compared to their former output when they were Hitachi. And I can only assume that this lower standard of quality is being implemented into the Metabo hpt tools that are being developed today. Its one thing to change brand names. But lowering quality standards shouldn’t be a part of the change. Hitachi was the well known brand that Metabo has yet to become. They need to do something to get people interested in the brand besides dropping their nail gun prices. Out of all the brands that are in the same price range as they are, they’re by far the least known. I can’t remember the last time I read about them developing new tools. They most definitely are not the same brand as their former selves when they were known as Hitachi. I don’t think it’s looking too good for them either. Something needs to happen before they end up like porter cable or worse.
This is not Metabo. The worldwide ‘brand name is Hikoki, Also a completely different battery and tool selection and dealers
The correct name for the North American market would be
HPT Power tools.