Metabo 12V PowerMaxx SB 12 BL Compact Brushless Hammer Drill Is A Strong Little Drill

I was browsing the internet one day and I noticed that Metabo has a very strong 12 volt brushless hammer drill and it’s the PowerMaxx SB 12 BL compact brushless hammer drill.

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Conventionally, 12 volt drills are primarily designed as a more compact and lighter alternative to larger and heavier 18 volt drills and though puny, 12 volt drills weren’t known for strong performance. Sure they have a lot of power for their small size but it’s hard to find models that approach or exceed 300 in-lbs of torque. Usually if you wanted a strong 12V drill you had to go to team red and get Milwaukee’s M12 Fuel models which started off with 350 in-lbs torque and their latest 3rd Gen offering now has 400 in-lbs of torque. It’s nice to see that team Metabo has joined the ranks with their 12V PowerMaxx SB 12 BL compact brushless hammer drill which also offers nearly 400 in-lbs of torque, coming in at a strong 398.8 in-lbs of torque! What’s also impressive is that Metabo sells this model at time of writing as a kit for $89 and that’s with 2 batteries, air cooled charger, and plastic case! And the bundled batteries are not their smallest capacity either, you’re getting two 4.0ah battery packs!

As far as features are concerned, we know the chuck is a smaller 3/8″ chuck with no mention of it being metal or whether it ratchets but it appears to be a plastic chuck with metal front ring. It would have preferred if they went with a larger 1/2″ chuck to better take advantage of its strong for its size torque. It has two speeds of 0 – 500 / 1650 no load RPM and the hammer drill mode puts out up to 21,000 BPM making for a solid little 12V drill. It has an integrated LED light at the base of the tool and belt clip that can be swapped on the left or right side.

It also appears to be very compact. Metabo offers a diagram that shows the length as 170 but no mention as to what unit of measurement that’s in but if it’s in millimeters it means that this drill is about 6.69 inches in length making it a compact drill but not record breaking as other brands have 12V drills as compact as less than 6 inches in length.

  • Battery voltage: 12 V
  • Maximum torque – soft: 159.3 in-lbs
  • Maximum torque, hard: 398.3 in-lbs
  • Max. capacity in masonry: 3/8 “
  • Max. capacity in steel: 3/8 “
  • Max. capacity in soft wood: 1 “
  • No-load speed: 0 – 500 / 1650 RPM
  • 21,000 BPM
  • Adjustable Torque: 4.4 – 44.3 in-lbs
  • Weight without battery pack: 2 lbs


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