Company marketing coordinator Sheldon de Ruig tells Engineering News that Metabo’s manufacturing meets high standards, which is what is expected by the professional user in the building, civil and road-construction industries.
Metabo was founded in 1924 with its name being German-derived, meaning ‘metal bore drill’, which was the main product manufactured in its early days.
Today, the company has developed an international brand name for electrical power tools and is represented in over 100 countries and employs some 2 600 staff across the world.
Supplying major markets, including the engineering, construction, bakkie brigade and do-it- yourself sectors, Metabo is involved in the manufacture and supply of over 250 products.
“The most popular products in South Africa are the grinders and impact drills,” De Ruig tells Engineering News.
He says that the company’s long-term goal is to maintain its leadership position in the market.
In line with this goal, Metabo has launched a new range of products during the course of the year.
These products include: n The new big hammers, which contain every-thing that is required for heavy applications in craft and industry and are sturdy, ergonomic and powerful.
n The new cordless range, which was developed for light and medium use with a rubber handle and new patented ‘air-cooled’ charging technology.
n The sabre saw, which is 1 200 watts with two orbital settings for wood and metal and has a quick-blade change.
n The new angle polisher, which is used for professional polishing and has a smooth start and autostop carbon brushes, VTC electronics and spindle stop for easy tool replacement.
The company has also introduced a system called the ‘code’.
De Ruig says that this system, apparent on certain hammers and drills, is an antitheft device, which is able to lock the tools with an electronic antitheft system.
“When the machine is locked, it cannot work and is therefore of no use to potential thieves,” he explains. Other Metabo products include contact technology marathon motors, variotacho constamatic (VCT) electronics and Metabo S-automatic torque- limiting clutch.
“We have the licensing agreements and patents for these technologies,” De Ruig notes.
Metabo’s grinders are used for rough work, grinding, brushing and cutting.
The grinders range from a 750 W grinder up to the largest ones powered at 2 500 W.
The common features on all the grinders include the robust Metabo marathon motor, the die-cast aluminium gear housing, the Metabo S-automatic torque-limiting clutch, the spindle stop, ergonomic shape, Metabo winding protection grid and the auto-stop carbon brushes.
“On our bigger grinders we have the thumb wheel for preselecting the speed and a safety switch, which protects the user against unintentional starts.” According to De Ruig, a new feature on all Metabo grinders is the Vibratech antivibration handle.
“The advantage of this is that it reduces vibration by 60%, increases permissible working time and gives users comfort and increased safety.” The product outperforms others due to its much-extended life.
The machine’s speed can be changed from zero to maximum speed, with the speed remaining constant at a moderate to high load.
“It only drops on a very high load,” De Ruig comments.
Metabo’s professional grinder range was develop- ed and engineered in Germany and is imported to South Africa to suit the needs of Metabo’s clients.
“This product has been successfully used in mines, for construction purposes and for engineering projects across the globe,” he continues.
Interestingly, the grinders, which have been on the market for many years, have captured the largest marketshare out of all Metabo’s electronic power tools.