Post by henrun on Jun 16, 2018 1:21:27 GMT -5
First things first. The GRIP. Near perfect on Hitachi. "OK" on Metabo. For larger hands the Metabo will be better than for me. With and without gloves the Hitachi is a slam dunk home run ball over the fence into the parking lot winner for me.
I did predrilling with the Metabo (Fisch Countersunk hex bit) and then switched to driving with the Hitachi. After an hour I switched tasks. Everytime I went from the Metabo to the Hitachi - with and without gloves - my hands went oooh and aaah. It is that nice.
So, is the Hitachi that much better in use? Well, it is not a slam dunk victory as they are pretty much the same in action even if the ergonomics on the Hitachi is superior to me. Metabo even has the upper hand in working features.
The Hitachi is very nimble, more in line with the Makita impacts, being compact and agile. I shifted between modes for driving deck screws and setting "delicate" works well, setting two (normal) works well but with a little fast driving and easy to sink it down to deep if you don't watch out. Drill mode for self tapping works well too as it starts fast and when the decking screws drop down below the surface it slows down so no risk for sinking it too deep. But, it slows it down a little too much if there is more resistance so takes a little while longer as well.
Never tried Power mode for decking screws.
The Metabo has variable torque and can be dialed in more precisely to a torque setting that is pretty much bang on for decking screws. For these screws/material it was setting 4. Works better than on Hitachi.
Battery indicator is four bars on the Metabo - and the superb LiHD batteries. Hitachi only has two bars on the machine. The Hitachi battery is really a true compact battery and very small for a 3 Ah battery.
Light on the Hitachi can be switched on/off at your preference which is great.
Belt clips are similar, perhaps a bit better on the Metabo. Hitachi comes with a strap on (...) and the clip and I do like the strap when up on a ladder.
Looking at the front the bit holder and rim looks exactly the same in machining, material and size. Sure looks like they are the same - maybe sent from Hitachi to Metabo for assebly in the Metabo machine?
Both are great impacts, the Metabo has some tweaks that make it easier to dial in but the Hitachi works great and has better ergonomics. I will get me another Hitachi impact for predrilling so I can get by with the one charger. I have a few thousand screws to run and a few hundred pilot holes to drill on this project alone.
Cross post from the similar thread!
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