Posted October 24, 2018

Metabo HPT launches new MultiVolt tool line

New corded/cordless tool platform launches with 15 tools to start.

Last week, Hitachi Power Tools formalized its name change to Metabo HPT at a press event at its Braselton, Georgia North American headquarters.

The company brought in two dozen journalists, bloggers and power tool users to view the unveiling of its new MultiVolt platform. 

The MultiVolt platform introduces tools that can be converted from cordless to corded operation and back again by swapping its battery for a cord adapter.

Metabo HPT is excited about this new innovation (thus the press event) which it sees as a novel approach to giving contractors more freedom of movement and power source on the job site without sacrificing performance, power or portability.  

Toward that end, the new AC adapter is a job-site-tough unit with a heavy-duty 20-foot cord to allow a fair range of motion from the nearest power source.

The 20-foot cord itself is replaceable in the case it becomes damaged, as cords are wont to to. 

The new MultiVolt tools can accept a 36-volt battery or plug into wall outlets or generators and run with little to no power loss thanks to the tool's brushless motor technology. 

The 36-volt battery delivers 4.0 Ah of run time and can also power Hitachi or Metabo HPT 18-volt cordless tools — including Hitachi's sweet cordless nailers.

Plus, when the MultiVolt battery is slapped onto an 18-volt tool, it delivers 8.0 Ah of run time. Nifty!

The new MultiVolt platform tools (so far, with more to come) include:

  • UC18YSL3B1 Cordless Starter Kit with a 36/18V MultiVolt Lithium-ion slide battery and charger with a USB port
  • ET36A Award-winning AC adapter (a 2018 PTR award winner)
  • 372121M/BSL36B18 36/18V MultiVolt Lithium-ion slide battery 
  • C3607DAQ4 36V MultiVolt Brushless 7 1/4-inch Circular Saw (tool body only)
  • CR36DAQ4 36V MultiVolt Brushless Recip Saw (tool body only)
  • C3610DRA 36V MultiVolt Brushless 10-inch Miter Saw with AC adapter
  • C3610DRAQ4 36V MultiVolt Brushless 10-inch Miter Saw (tool body only)
  • DV36DA 36V MultiVolt Brushless 1/2-inch Hammer Drill Kit with 2 batteries and charger
  • DV36DAQ4 36V MultiVolt Brushless 1/2-inch Hammer Drill (tool body only)
  • WH36DBQ4 36V MultiVolt Brushless Triple Hammer Impact Driver (tool body only)
  • DH36DMAQ2 36V MultiVolt Brushless 1 9/16-inch SDS Max Rotary Hammer (tool body only)
  • G3612DAQ6 36V MultiVolt Brushless 4 1/2-inch Slide Switch Grinder (tool body only)
  • G3612DBQ6 36V MultiVolt Brushless 4 1/2-inch Paddle Switch Grinder (tool body only)
  • WR36DBQ4 36V MultiVolt Brushless 1/2-inch High-Torque Impact Wrench (tool body only)
  • WR36DAQ4 36V MultiVolt Brushless 3/4-inch High-Torque Impact Wrench (tool body only)

Current-generation Hitachi Power Tool products will begin to transition to the new Metabo HPT livery after December 2018. All of them will retain their color, model numbers, warranties and battery interchangeability.

New point-of-sale signage and packaging will communicate the new identity, utilizing both the old and new brand logos.

This is an exciting and major positioning program for the company, including, as do most big steps outside of the box, some potential hazards, namely how well the contractor base will embrace the new platform.

However, with the combined Metabo and Hitachi engineering might behind this launch and a massive catalog of potential MultiVolt tools in the libraries of both companies, they could have a game changer here.

Plus, there is the bolstering fact that even if contractors are slow to embrace the dual platform, the tools are superlative performers in their own right. 

The company also gave attendees a sneak peak at a coming tool, a high-end 7 1/4-inch MultiVolt miter saw that will be positioned to compete with the premier products on the market. The saw is butter-smooth and exceptionally portable. Stay tuned for more when that saw approaches the market next year. 

To learn more about the new MultiVolt platform and tools, visit