Metabo HPT 36v MultiVolt Brushless Reciprocating Saw CR36DAQ4M

With their new name and new battery technology, Metabo HPT (formerly known as Hitachi) wasted no time coming out with a new cordless 36v MultiVolt Brushless Reciprocating Saw CR36DAQ4M to take full advantage of the new MultiVolt batteries and corded adapter

My thoughts: Metabo HPT doesn’t have a ton of tools in their 36v MultiVolt platform yet, but from what I can see their not in a race to make the most tools, but they do appear to be making a serious effort to make each new tool a top performer. Although I haven’t tried it myself, from what I’ve seen this saw is very impressive in terms of power and everyone I ask says the vibration reduction is second to none. With several pro features such as 4 speeds, on off orbital mode, 1 ¼” stroke length and up to 3,000 strokes per minute, this should be an excellent performer for anyone looking for a cordless reciprocating saw for heavy demo that also has a corded option.

Javier’s thoughts:

I agree with Joshua, I’ve seen the Metabo HPT produced demo video on this recip saw and it has impressive performance to say the least and could quite possibly be more powerful than Milwaukee’s M18 Fuel Super Sawzall model that was reviewed here. It’s also a feature rich saw with all the bells and whistles you can think of such as a strong brushless motor, orbital modes, multiple speeds, anti vibration tech, rafter hook and so forth – long story short this appears to be a very sweet cordless recip saw. However it’s price tag might (or shall I say will) sway potential buyers away. You thought Bosch’s brushless 18V reciprocating saw was expensive at $299 for a baretool? That’s nothing compared to Metabo HPT’s cordless recip saw at a wallet shattering $399 for a baretool!!! I doubt they’ll sell many of these at this price, only a few to Hitachi or Metabo diehards. Hopefully they lower the price to normal price ranges. Keep in mind that high performing brushless cordless recip saws from the competition including Dewalt’s 60V Flexvolt, Makita 36V X2 and Milwaukee’s M18 Fuel Super Sawzall models range between $159-249 as baretools which give a baseline of what a high performing recip saw baretool should be priced around to have success sales figures.

Features and specifications:

  • Orbital action: beneficial for faster cutting through wood for demolition or other such applications
  • User vibration production: significantly decreases vibration by incorporating a dual counter weight system
  • 4 stage selector ranging from 1,700 SPM to 3,000 SPM to satisfy cutting needs for various application
  • Tool can be powered by MultiVolt battery or AC adapter
  • Voltage: 36v DC
  • SPM: 0-3,000
  • Adjustable shoe
  • LED light
  • Length: 18”
  • Weight: 10.6 lbs
  • Orbital mode
  • tool-less blade change
  • Variable speed trigger
  • built in rafter hook
  • Price at the time of writing: $399.00 bare tool at ACME tools
  • Warranty: lifetime tool warranty

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  • Ecotek says:

    $399? Ouch. I don’t think if Hitachi as a premium or high end tool maker. Am I wrong?

    • Javier says:

      They probably think they can charge extra because of the Metabo name alone. Probably thinking most people will assume they are buying a genuine Metabo product instead of a rebranded Hitachi product.

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