Cordless Tool Kit uses lithium-ion batteries.

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Providing up to 549 lb-in. torque, BSZ 18 Drill/Driver can drill up to ½ in. holes in mild steel and 1 3/16 in. holes in soft wood. No-load speed is from 0-450 and 0-1,450 rpm. Able to bevel cut up to 47°, 6½ in. KSAP 18 Circular Saw cuts up to 2 1/8 in. deep at 90° and 1 5/8 in. at 45°. ASE 18 Reciprocating Saw delivers 0-2,700 strokes/min and has Quick blade-changing system. Kit also includes flashlight, AC30 Plus charger, two 18 V 2.2 Ah Li-Power 20 batteries, and carrying case.

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Metabo Introduces Lithium-Ion-Powered Four-Piece Combination Kit

WEST CHESTER, Pa., March 2007 -- Metabo Corporation, a leading international manufacturer of professional grade portable electric power tools and abrasives for industrial, construction and welding applications, has made its four-piece 18-volt cordless combination kit available with lithium-ion batteries. The kit includes a drill/driver, circular saw, reciprocating saw and flashlight.

Using Metabo's LI-Power lithium-ion battery technology, these tools are lighter and run longer than with traditional NiCad batteries. In addition, the lithium-ion batteries utilize Metabo's patented air-cooled battery charging system, which cools both the battery and the charger, and results in 30 percent faster charging and an increased service life of up to 1,500 charges.

The kit's BSZ 18 cordless drill/driver provides up to 549 inch-lbs. of torque and is used for drilling, tapping and driving screws. It can drill up to 1/2" holes in mild steel and up to 1-3/16" holes in soft wood. The tool weighs 4.8 lbs. (2.18 kg.), offers 20 torque settings and a drill setting, has forward and reverse modes, and an ergonomic, rubber-coated T-handle with a built-in clip that holds a screw driving bit. The drill/driver's no-load speed is from 0-450 and 0-1450 RPMs.

Metabo's KSAP 18 cordless, 6-1/2" circular saw is also available in the kit. Used for cutting off and ripping lumber up to 2-1/8" thick, the saw's high-efficiency motor provides more cuts per battery charge than any saw in its class. The KSAP 18 bevel cuts up to 47° and features a safety lock switch, a no-load speed of 2,500 RPM and an integrated dust extraction port that easily hooks up to a vacuum, minimizing cleanup time and dust inhalation. Its maximum cutting depth is 2-1/8" at 90° and 1-5/8" at 45°, and it weighs only 10.4 pounds (4.72 kg.).

The ASE 18 cordless reciprocating saw offered in the kit allows access to difficult-to-reach locations and is ergonomically designed to reduce operator fatigue by minimizing vibration. . The saw delivers 0 to 2,700 strokes per minute and is ideal for a variety of carpentry, roofing and heating and air conditioning needs. The ASE 18 features Metabo's Quick blade-changing system for easy, tool-free blade changes. Its adjustable shoe controls the length of the cut and lets operators use the entire length of the blade evenly, extending blade life. The 19-1/2" long saw weighs 7.7 pounds (3.49 kg).

The combination kit, which can still be purchased with NiCad batteries, also includes a flashlight, an AC30 Plus charger, two 18-volt 2.2 Ah Li-Power 20 batteries and a heavy duty carrying case.

For more information, please contact Terry Tuerk, Metabo Corporation, 1231 Wilson Drive, West Chester, PA 19380. Tel: 800/ 638-2264; Fax: 800/ 638-2261; Email:; Web:

READER SERVICE INQUIRIES: Please send all reader service inquiries to Terry Tuerk, Metabo, 1231 Wilson Drive, West Chester, PA 19380.

ABOUT METABO: Metabo, a leading international manufacturer of professional grade portable electric power tools and abrasives for industrial, construction and welding applications, has international headquarters in Nurtingen, Germany and U.S. headquarters in West Chester, Pennsylvania. The company has focused its product development on technological advancements in electronic circuitry and mechanical design, which has resulted in high performance, durable electric power tools. The name Metabo is German for "metal-boring," symbolic of the first tool -- a metal-boring tool -- manufactured by the company in 1924.

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