Rockler published a pretty good review of Metabo’s PowerMaxx cordless drill a few days ago. We mentioned the PowerMaxx back when it was first announced, and’ve been meaning to get your a review ourselves. Since they beat us to it we thought we’d pass on theirs first. (Disclaimer alert: Rocker sells these items.)
From Rockler’s woodworking blog:
What about power? Power is what sets the Metabo apart form other small cordless drills and drivers. Its 80 In-lbs. max torque, 2-speed gearbox, 20-level clutch and long lasting 4.8 volt batteries put it in a class of tool that the suits the performance needs of professional cabinetmakers and cabinet installers. The PowerMaxx Plus Package comes with two batteries and a charger. Keeping one in the drill and one in the charger will keep you moving along, whether you’re driving 2-1/2″ screws into wall studs, putting on a kitchen’s worth of hardware, or just doing a little work around the house.
The obvious comparison here is Bosch PS20 (which we did a hands-on with last month). The PowerMaxx uses a 4.8v battery instead of the PS20’s 10.8v, but the PowerMaxx claims 80 in-lbs of torque in similar comparison to the PS20’s “80+ in-lbs.” Hmm.
The PowerMaxx does include a 2-speed gearbox — 0-200 RPM in low, 0-600 (like the PS20) in high — and a spindle lock. One big difference: the PowerMaxx features a standard chuck as opposed to the PS20’s quick-change-only setup.
I guess we’ll have to lay hands on one of these and get back to you with some real-life comparisons.