Coptool and oztooltalk bumped into each other recently whilst visting Metabo headquarters in Nürtingen, Germany. The two day tour included the production line, showroom and tool testing facility.
After a presentation from the CEO, who’s technical knowledge of their battery technology surprised me, we headed straight for the production line. The first surprise for me was that Metabo produce almost every part in the facility. Smelting and moulding of steel and aluminium, plastic moulding, precision milling and bending, and assembly are all done on the same grounds.
The circuit boards and batteries are produced elsewhere, and a few small, specialized items are bought in, such as screws and bearings. With these exceptions Metabo’s Nurtingen facility turn raw materials such as steel rod, copper wire and aluminium ingots into retail boxed tools by the pallet.
We saw heaps of new and upcoming tools, such as:
5Ah and 7Ah LiHD batteries 10-inch Table Saw, 36V Vibration-sensing Dust Extractor, twin battery, 18V or 36V SDS Rotary Hammer, twin 18V 9-inch Grinder, twin 18V 7-inch Grinder, 18V 7-inch Rat Tail Grinder 15A – Coptool Post Metal bevelling tool, 18V Auto-reversing tapping drill, 18V Hollow-core SDS-Max bits Dust-extraction attachment for cordless rotary hammer drill
We were also allowed into Metabo’s testing facility, where the durability of Metabo (and sometimes other brand) tools are tested in extreme conditions. The grinders are subjected to a variety of different dust/powder ingress tests.
It wasn’t long before