31 May Pro Grade Cordless Track Saw from Metabo
New from Metabo’s professional line is the compact KS 18 LTX 66 BL, which is a cordless, brushless, powerful circular saw for professional use. It comes configured in many different ways including a track system, and it’s also compatible with some other manufacturers’ guide rails.
Listed in the Metabo catalog as item 691194810, it includes the saw, a couple of 18-volt, 8 Amp-hour, heavy duty Lithium-ion batteries, a charger, a storage case and guide rails. The maximum cutting depth at 90 degrees is 2-19/32″ and the blade diameter is 6-1/2” with a 5/8″ bore. The aluminum base plate can be used on guide rails from Metabo and other manufacturers, although the saw does offer exceptionally easy coupling with a Metabo KFS cross cutting rail. Available as an accessory is CordlessControl which delivers automatic switching on and off of a connected dust collector. The clever sawdust ejection nozzle can be rotated and locked for any working position so the user doesn’t have to eat debris, and there’s an integrated LED work light for optimum illumination of the cutting line. Woodworkers who have used a variety of circular saws will appreciate the clearly visible cutting indicator that allows for very precise sawing. The handle has a non-slip, soft-grip surface for long days on hot job sites, and the blade swivels from zero to 46 degrees. The maximum cutting depth at 45 degrees is 1-11/16”, and with the guide rail and a 90-degree cut it is 2-13/32″. The saw (tool only) weighs 9.9 lbs.
WoodEzine saw this kit on a European website listed at 434 euros (about $530). It’s still new here, and we didn’t see it listed on any of the Metabo distributors’ websites yet. However, the company did post a YouTube™ video on May 20th so it should be available shortly.
U.S. woodworkers may not be as familiar with Metabo’s pro catalog as European craftsmen are, but the name is synonymous with high quality German engineering. The company was founded 98 years ago and employs about 2,000 people worldwide. Based in Nürtingen, Germany, it has distribution worldwide and maintains a U.S. headquarters in West Chester, Pennsylvania. There’s a U.S. website here.