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When you’re looking to mount, say, your awesome new tubing bender to the shop floor and need to drill some 3/4″ holes in the concrete, you need a rotary hammer.  Think of these things as the hammerdrill equivalent of Doom’s BFG.  And let’s face it: Anything that’ll drill a big ‘ol hole in wood and concrete is cool.

Now Metabo’s come out with a “compact” rotary hammer.  Yeah, it sounded like an oxymoron to us, too, but we can think of some situations where it’d come in handy.

The primary concept behind the “compact” rotary hammer concept is comfort.  Its D-shaped handle is designed with ergonomics in mind, and at only 5 lbs. it’s definitely lighter than most rotary hammers we’ve used.  Metabo’s anti-vibration side handle keeps the shakin’ where it’s supposed to be (not in you).

Capacity isn’t its strong point — a max of 3/8″ in mild steel and 7/8″ in soft wood — but that’s to be expected with a smaller hammer.  Other specs: a 4-amp motor and a no-load speed of 0-1000 RPM and 0-4900 BPM.

Metabo also offers an optional dust collection system, which after a little bit of rotary hammering we’d say is a sound investment.

Street pricing starts around $200. 

The BHE20 Compact Rotary Hammer [Metabo USA]
Street Pricing [Froogle]


3 Responses to Finds: Metabo’s New 3/4″ SDS-Plus Compact Rotary Hammer

  1. PeterP says:

    Tubing Bender? Is this purely hypothetical or is there another story in the piepline? I’ve been eyeing the harbor freight specials…

  2. Chuck Cage says:

    You’re correct. We’ve got one coming down the road. A word of advice: stay away from the Harbor Freight benders. I had one a while back and it’s, well, not good.

    First of all, they generally sell “pipe benders” which are useless for tubing. (The difference between “pipe” and “tubing” is that pipe is measured inner diameter and tubing outer.) They’re also really inaccurate (at best) and sometimes even non-functional.

    We’ll have more on this in a few weeks.

  3. Eli says:

    Yah, I learned that one the hard way too. They do work okay on conduit……. not great, just okay.

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