In 1923 Metabo introduced their first product, the No. 18 hand drill; a drill so successful, it sold more than 50,000 units. Even during a time of economic depression the company grew because Metabo machines were able to stand up to the new metal working applications of the industry. Appropriately the company name “Metabo” came from the German term used for “hand drills” in the 1920’s, “Metallbohrdreher” meaning “metal turning drills”.
Over the years Metabo continued to expand their manufacturing operations and product line. Some product innovations include: their first electric hand grinder (1950), first sander (1951), first automatic electric control for a hand drill (1969), first angle grinder with a Metabo Marathon engine and their first use of Lithium-Ion battery power in 2005.
Today Metabo pride themselves on providing tools for the professional, built by professionals. Known for the robust construction of their grinders, Metabo grinders offer some innovative features such as: a sturdy Metabo Marathon motor and die-case aluminum housing for durability, soft start, spindle lock and adjustable guard for convenience, a Metabo VibraTech handle to dampen vibration and reduce user fatigue and a Metabo S-automatic torque limiting clutch for preventing kick-backs.