Have been considering CAS tool for a while, recently one of the new metabo grinders. Largely because of the knowledge that the same battery will power any Mafell cordless or other alliance tool in the future.
However the lack of any batteries above 18v is limiting. I have dewalt flexvolt batteries for what was (and still might be) the largest cordless rotary hammer. Metabo chainsaw and other 36volt tools require use of two 18v batteries which reminds me of the festool cordless, it’s an inelegant solution.
Makita also has their higher voltage range although not sure if the drill beats metabo. It seems LiHD was launched in 2015 and is more powerful than traditional 18v, but I don’t want to be stuck choosing a tool that needs two batteries so seems one battery solution isn’t here yet.
I think it will happen at some point, most other big manufacturers have higher volt batteries, including the Multivolt from Hitachi/Hikoki that is now part of the same group as Metabo.
I've deliberately stayed away from investing in a new 'big' battery platform - I've needed a few 36v Makita tools, and have opted for 2x 18v when there is the 40v equivalent. A few reasons - the 40v batteries are ridiculously expensive here in France; I already have some 18v tools and batteries; I don't want to add 'another' battery platform...
I don't find the 2x battery 'that' inelegant. In a way, it allows me to have smaller lighter tools when I need it (i.e. Makita SDS) and powerful tools when I need it (i.e. Makita SDS Max) - all using the same battery and charger.
I do have a lot of Metabo CAS tools, from several manufacturers, I don't have any Metabo 2x 18v - I've held off from getting the Starmix 2x 18v vac for other reasons (no 230v plug in option).
Body only tools are farily inexpensive, if you go down the CAS 18v route and need a more powerful 2x 18v tool at some point, you're not adding much investment - to go for a 36v tool you also need new batteries and chargers...
My viewpoint is that it's best to have the right tool for the job regardless of battery platform - that's why I've ended up with around 10 battery platforms - it would be difficult to get rid of any of them.
The CAS 18 is worth having for me just for Mafell, the rest are add-on tools to what is a very capable battery platfom.
10! Think I have 2, 3 if you count the exclusive festool 18v for their sander which is almost useless for anything else. It did also occur to me that a lot of the higher voltage batteries are physically larger so not as ideal for many more compact 18v applications. Thats true of dewalt anyway, seems hikoki is smaller but perhaps less capacity (hadn’t heard of it).
I don’t have any other work lights to compare it to, but when held like a lantern it does have a wide spread (think 120). When used on a surface it doesn’t seem all that wide but the light is broken up a fair bit. It is quite heavy but not sure I’d personally want much lower than that lumen, although one of my main use cases is eliminating shadows when doing woodwork type stuff so dunno if a high colour temp harsh light is even best suited for that anyway
Left a 5ah dewalt in there today and forgot to turn it off, battery was so drained it wouldn’t even register a pip of energy which might actually be normal but don’t recall seeing non pips on there before.
Be careful with leaving batteries on in an LED light. I killed an 8ah Metabo like that - never came back to life.
I find lighting your work area is frustrating - I don't want glare in the eyes, or shadows. The best I have is the Festool Duo. Otherwise I have found any two identical lights set apart at around 120 degrees tends to give the same effect for less money.
abdon: I stand corrected , the angle fence is only attaches with F -Tracks , what confused me was , that the Timberwolf site mentioned it will work with the NFU machine, yes it will work but only I guess when you use the Ftrack , with other tracks Like the KSS L.
Nov 28, 2020 22:52:01 GMT -5
glynnco: Did you order from GereedschapPro? I see them as in stock but I'm located in the US and am not sure if they ship here. I sent them an email asking about shipping but it was returned undeliverable...
Dec 10, 2020 7:37:40 GMT -5
jonathan: I've purchased a lot of stuff from our neighbours @ GereedschapPro.nl As far as I know they are one of the larger Mafell dealers in the EU. I can recommend them, they usually respond quickly.
Dec 11, 2020 13:58:36 GMT -5
NFU 50 Transportation?: Hi Guys, is there some Systainer for the NFU 50?
Dec 11, 2020 14:30:12 GMT -5
frezik24: Hello everyone
Dec 13, 2020 9:20:00 GMT -5
lasse: Thanks for the tip! I have own a mafell rail which is 160 cm and one that is 80 cm. Will it work just as well or will I need to buy rail that is 110 cm?
Mar 18, 2021 15:35:15 GMT -5