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Mag drills are the tool of choice for steelworkers who need to drill big holes in, um, uncomfortable places, like, say, 20′ up the side of a vertical steel tube. The drill forms its own mount by magnetically gripping the steel (or other ferrous metal) into which it drills. As you might expect, mag drills are also generally larger than their standard counterparts because there’s usually not as much requirement for mounting when drilling smaller holes. What makes Metabo’s mag drill different is that it’s cordless, too, eliminating the need for both mount and wired power.

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Yesterday a buddy and I caught this sweet vid of Kanye and Jay-Z tearing the crap out of a Maybach on Charles and Hudson. What interested both of us was what kind of tools they were grabbing to mod their ride.

Charles and Hudson caught the beauty shot of the Milwaukee Sawzall, but we also got a glimpse of the Tillman welding gloves, Metabo grinder and a portable chop saw.

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Metabo’s Wall Chaser MFE 30 is a specialty tool for cutting grooves or chases in masonry or concrete.  The tool saves time by cutting both sides of the groove at once. Then all you need to do is chisel out the middle with the supplied extraction chisel.

Two 4-7/8″ diameter diamond cutting disks allow you to cut grooves 3/8″, 5/8″, 7/8″, or 1-1/8″ wide and up to 1-1/8″ deep, or you can just use one blade for other cutting chores. A dust port connects to common-sized suction hoses to keep the dust down.

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Metabo has released the new Stone Master WE14-125VS 5 grinder.  It looks just like every other grinder and does about the same thing as every other grinder, so even with a big, sexy name like WE14-125VS 5, it’s got to be a tough sell — especially since it runs about $200.  We see why they put “Stone Master” in front of it.

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Metabo added a new bruiser to the fold with their MHE 96 SDS-Max demolition hammer. Built around a big-ass 15A motor stuffed into an aluminum case, it features Metabo’s best anti-vibration technology, which they call MVT.   This hammer’ll bust up concrete and stone, and also keep the neighbor kids in their own yard –- you know, the basics.

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Metabo has added a 5″ angle grinder to its already-substantial line of grinders. The fact that the wheel is bigger than 4-1/2″ tells us that they’re focusing on productivity with this new model.

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While cordless screwdrivers rock at home, cords still rule in the industrial world. Why? Because they can spin like the devil — up to 2,850 RPM for the new Metabo — and they never run out of juice. Metabo also claims the SE2800’s shape plus its relatively-light 2.64 pound weight makes it easy on your hands, while that crazy-looking chuck allows you to remove and replace a driver bit without screwing up your depth stop settings.

If you need more spin, Metabo also offers the SE4000, which cranks up to 3,950 RPM, delivering slightly less torque as a trade. (Don’t read anything into that statement: all electric motors deliver less torque as RPM increases. The fact that Metabo rates the SE4000 as 71 in-lbs instead of the SE2800’s 106 in-lbs just means they’re being honest instead of simply measuring at a different RPM to make them match.)

Street pricing starts around $125 for both models, and they appear to be shipping now.

SE2800/SE4000 Corded Screwdriver [Metabo]
Street Pricing [Google Products]

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Traditional drilling systems — especially modular core bits — are often made up of multiple pieces, like extension shanks, centering bits, and threaded arbors. The gaps between these pieces compromise the bit’s strength, and any time you want to use them or switch sizes, you have to piece it all together. Metabo’s newly-released a one-piece core bit family claims to solve that problem, making the bits easier to use and more effecient (read: faster) at drilling through concrete, block and brick.

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Last week Metabo dropped us a press release regarding their (relatively) new 3/8″ offering, the BE4006.  The tale of the tape: a keyless 3/8″ metal chuck, 1/4″ capacity in steel, 1/2″ capacity in soft wood, a 3.5A motor delivering 27 in-lbs of torque, and a no-load speed of 3,950 RPM.

Why is this interesting, you ask?  First, it includes Metabo’s Variospeed speed-control electronics which lay in additional current as needed to keep the drill spinning at the RPM you set.  Believe me, until you’ve tried it you’ll never know what you’re missing.  Second, it weighs a miniscule 2.64 lbs.

This is essentially a great small-format drill for detail work in general metalwork, fabrication, and welding.  It’s also — like all Metabo gear — not so inexpensive.  Street pricing starts around $120.

3/8″ Lightweight Drill [Metabo]
Street Pricing [Google Products]


It seems that Metabo’s “Porsche Design” P’7911 Multihammer is becoming a press darling again, most recently featured on Engadget and Sybarites — not to mention about a thousand spam blogs who ripped off the post from the them.  It is an interesting tool, though it seems that none of us can really figure out who qualifies as its target market.  But remember: you saw it first back in December here on TM!