New Harbor Freight Cordless Tools – Lithium 20V Bauer Hypermax Power Tools

It’s been a crazy weekend over at Harbor Freight as they’ve come out with new cordless 20V and 12V lithium battery power tools from brands such as Earthquake XT Xtreme Torque and Hercules. Along with those new cordless tools are new cordless 20V tools from a newer Harbor Freight brand called Bauer Hypermax. Just like the Hercules brand, the Bauer tools also consist of a total of 3 power tools – a drill, a hammer drill, and an impact driver.

While the Earthquate XT and Hercules brands look to be their higher performing (pro) equivalent tools, the Bauer Hypermax 20V power tools appear to be mid-range power tools and are pinned higher above their other in house brands such as Chicago Electric and Drill Master.

While the new Bauer 20V power tools are in the mid-range territory they still feature good stats with 450 in-lbs torque for both drills and 1300 in-lbs for the impact driver. Of course no where near today’s high performance pro drills and impact drivers they are still very respectable within their class. I do like that the Bauer tools have modern light systems with 3 LED’s at the head of the impact driver for less shadows and both drills have the LED light at the bottom of the handle facing upward toward the bit for better illumination. I do like that both drills offer 1/2 inch metal chucks. Metal chucks on compact drills are hard to come by as most compact drills use plastic chucks so it’s nice to see Harbor Freight went with metal chucks on these drills.

As is the tradition with mid-range tools, they offer good but not best performance stats and often are paired with a slightly larger body and a bit more weight to them and this is true of Bauer power tools compared to the Hercules models. The best performance paired with the smallest and lightest body is always reserved for more expensive pro models.

What I like the most about the Bauer models are their value as they are priced between $70-$80 for each model and each model comes as a complete kit with one 1.5ah lithium ion battery, charger, and soft tool bag. And if that weren’t appealing enough, extra batteries are only $19.99 for the 1.5ah compact batteries and they also offer larger 3.0ah batteries for $34.99. Spare chargers are only $19.99 which charge the 1.5ah battery in 60 minutes and the larger 3.0ah battery in 2 hours.

Just like the Earthquake XT and Hercules power tools, the Bauer tools also resemble current known brands. While they don’t exactly replicate any drill or impact I’ve seen on the market, I do see a strong resemblance to Porter Cable 20V power tools. The Bauer drills sure do have that Porter Cable rugged and ribbed theme. Also the hammer logo on the Bauer hammer drill looks similar to the hammer logo on Porter Cable hammer drills. The batteries don’t look like Porter Cable batteries or any other battery platform that I’ve seen. The closest thing to the Bauer battery design I could find was Stanley FatMax Lithium ion 20V batteries, but even then they weren’t identical, but just share the same basic shape.

 

Stanley FatMax and Porter Cable are owned by the parent company Stanley Black & Decker and the Bauer power tools might be made or influenced by Stanley Black & Decker power tools. Keep in mind that this is just an observation and in no way a confirmed fact, so take my educated guess with a grain of salt.

I think the price is fantastic and a great value and so are their batteries but just like the rest of the recently spotted Harbor Freight 20V and 12V tools, the Bauer 20V line up is very limited in terms of variety. The three tools you see in this article are all you get at the moment, and to make things worse, they are not compatible with any other tools and batteries from the other brands within the Harbor Freight store. This means that if you pick up a Bauer brand drill, hammer drill, and impact driver and you want additional cordless tool like a saw you will have to look elsewhere. This downfall cripples the Bauer 20V system but can easily be fixed if Harbor Freight decides to release more tools to the Bauer system.

EDIT 7/13/2017: I found out that the back of the boxes of the Bauer 20V kits show the complete line up of tools which also include a cordless 1/2″ impact wrench, LED light, 4-1/2″ angle grinder, jigsaw, reciprocating saw, and a 6-1/2″ circular saw as part of the 20V lineup. Pretty cool and definitely fixes the issue of only have 3 tools to start off with and lacking variety. A line up such as this one is more well rounded and will satisfy the needs of most casual users. Obviously not all as the Bauer lineup cannot compete with the depth of variety of tools that other cordless brands have, that and no brushless tools as of yet. For more details click here.

Specs/Features

Bauer Hypermax 20V Impact Driver Kit

From the manufacturer:

The Bauer™ 1/4 in. Hex Compact Impact Driver is designed to deliver superior performance and durability. The impact driver has a powerful motor that delivers 1300 inch lbs. of torque to handle the most demanding fastening jobs. The cordless impact driver has a 1/4 in. quick-change chuck for quick and easy bit changes.

  • 1/4 in. hex chuck for quick and easy bit changes
  • All-metal gear construction improves life and durability
  • High performance motor covers the most demanding fastening jobs
  • Compact lightweight design minimizes user fatigue
  • Textured overmold for secure grip and comfort
  • Universal battery powers all Bauer 20V lithium products
  • torque 1300 inch lbs.
  • 0-2900 RPM
  • length 6-3/8 in.
  • weight 3.3 lbs.
  • 1/4 in. Hex 20V Compact Impact Driver, 20V 1.5 Ah Compact Lithium Battery, 20V Lithium Charger, Tool Bag, (2) Impact Rated Driver Bits

Bauer Hypermax 20V 1/2 Drill Driver

From the manufacturer:

This high performance cordless drill/driver delivers 450 in. lbs. max torque for powering fasteners into a wide variety of materials. The all-metal gear construction ensures heavy duty performance with daily use. The LED spotlight gives you a clear view in dark spaces.

  • 1/2 in. all metal keyless chuck for quick and easy bit changes
  • All metal gear construction improves life and durability
  • Two-speed selector matches speed and power to application
  • High performance motor covers all drilling, and fastening jobs
  • Compact lightweight design minimizes user fatigue
  • Textured overmold for secure grip and comfort
  • Bright LED light illuminates work area for increased visibility
  • torque 450 inch lbs.
  • 0-450/0-1700 RPM
  • length 8-1/4 in.
  • weight 3.4 lbs.
  • 1/2 in. 20V compact drill/driver; 20V 1.5 Ah compact lithium battery; 20V lithium charger;Tool bag;(2) impact rated driver bits

Bauer Hypermax 20V 1/2 Hammer Drill

From the manufacturer:

This high performance cordless hammer drill delivers 0-7200/0-27,200 BPM for drilling in tough concrete or masonry. The all-metal gear construction ensures heavy duty performance with daily use. The LED light gives you a clear view in dark spaces. Easy switchover between hammer drill and drill-only modes.

  • 1/2 in. all metal keyless chuck for quick and easy bit changes
  • All metal gear construction improves life and durability
  • Two-speed selector matches speed and power to application
  • High performance motor covers all drilling, hammer drilling and fastening jobs
  • Compact lightweight design minimizes user fatigue
  • Textured overmold for secure grip and comfort
  • Bright LED light illuminates work area for increased visibility
  • torque 450 inch lbs.
  • 0-450/0-1700 RPM
  • 0-7200/0-27,200 BPM
  • length 8-3/4 in.
  • weight 3.5 lbs.
  • 1/2 in. 20V compact hammer drill, 20V 1.5 Ah compact lithium battery,20V lithium charger,Tool bag,(2) impact rated driver bits

A big thanks to Joshua B. for sharing this info with us.

Stay tuned for more Harbor Freight cordless tool news, as more info is coming soon!

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Rob Centros
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$35 for the 3.0 Ah battery makes more sense than the $70 that they are marked for at my local Harbor Freight. I thought something was wrong there.

Steven
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I just got an email from HFT today showcasing the new line of Bauer Corded and Cordless tools. In the email, it seems that HFT is listening to its consumer demands because the Bauer line is getting more 20V cordless tools. Coming soon is: 1/2″ Impact, Reciprocating Saw, 6 1/2″ Circular Saw, 4 1/2″ Angle Grinder, a jigsaw, and LED light. I’m guessing that in the future we might see a followup to the EarthQuake and Hercules series.

diy_idiot
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I checked the HFT website, AND downloaded both the Hercules AND Bauer manuals. Everything states “90 Day Limited Warranty”. Unless HFT was signage that expressly states that, these come with 90 days as far as I am concerned. I’m looking to replace my dying Black & Decker 12v drill, and the Bauer looks like it may fit the bill. This is a drill that I would leave in the trunk of my car so I can use it if I need to at work while I’m on the road. I did stop in my local HFT, and they had some… Read more »
SVL
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To the author: Lack of attention and pride in your work, looks nothing like the current gen porter cable drill you have compared it to! Looks more like previous gen porter cable/stanley (non-fatmax) drills. As a product review author, please respect your readers by being more thorough in your research!

diy_idiot
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Javier-when are you going to do a review of Hercules and Bauer Drills and Impact Drivers? I look forward to your reviews.

bob
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how long does the battery last doing normal jobs around the house

bob
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how long does the battery last doing normal jobs around the house

frank
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how long on battery

bob
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HOW LONG DOES THE BATTERY LAST

David
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With Bauer drill, will I be able to use my B&D batteries or chargers?

RAR
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Do they have a clutch?

Ange
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The tools look more like the Milwaukee brand of tools than anything else. My husband is a total tool snob and only uses Milwaukee brand power tools and walking through Harbour Freight today we saw the Bauer Brand and said OMG – someone copied Milwaukee.

Christopher
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Anyone know -will the Bauer batteries work with Porter Cable tools? Thanks in advance!

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