Tools and Tests Tuesdays - Metabo LTX 18v Drill archive

Tuesday 4 February 2014

It has been a while since Metabo have given us something new and exciting to get our teeth into, but the new LTX-BL 18V brushless drills fit that category

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It's easier to give the points of differentiation with most other brands and models than the similarities, after all most of them drill and some have hammer action, too. What the Metabo models have is an integral system that revolves around chuck accessories, new high power batteries, brushless motors and unusual electronic controls.

If you strip off the keyless chuck you have a hex socket driver for confined spaces, and a right-angle drive or a high torque Power X3 with its essential grab handle for heavy torque applications. The 5.2Ah battery packs are claimed to give up to 75% endurance, i.e. time on charge giving you a full day working. The brushless motor design is again claimed to give 30% more torque and overload capacity and 20% speed increase for efficient drilling and screw driving. The motor sounds brighter and faster because it is brushless. In common with many new motor and control systems such as those found on electric train rolling stock, these drills return excess power back to the battery pack when you release the switch trigger, to help recharge it.

'Impuls' settings

One of the neat features on LTX drills apart from the hammer option on some models, is the 'impuls' or torque settings using the torque selector wheel, which can be deactivated using the mode switch. The electronically generated impulse action is effective at shifting difficult screws or drilling in tough materials. Worklights either side of the torque selector wheel light up the job before you fully press the switch and are 'bump sensitive'. They come on when any vibration is detected, while battery lights indicate the charge state. With belt and bit clips, plus a variable angle side handle, spare battery and a fast charger, this is a system to be reckoned with.


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The Numbers

SB18 LTX BL Quick version
No load speeds: 0-600rpm 0-2,050rpm
Max torque: 44Nm/90Nm
Pulse torque: 49Nm
Impact rate: 38.95bpm
Drilling diameter: 50mm wood; 13mm steel; 16mm masonry
Chuck capacity: 1.5-13mm
Weight: 2.0kg
Prices: SB18 LTX BL Quick - £430.80; hammer combi version - £238.80; BS18 LTX BL Quick - £418.80; drill only - £238.80
Both versions come in a tough plastic site case with two 5.2Ah batteries, fast charger and quick-change chuck and bit holder

Accessories

Quick change angle adaptor: £46.80
Power X3 adaptor - torque multiplier: £282.90
Non-quick angle adaptor: £167.64
All prices include VAT and are SSP (suggested selling price)