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Metabo SSD 18 LT

Price: About $379; metabo.us

Our two cents: "Very comfortable, but became hot during the fastening test."

Highlight: Three-year battery warranty, more than any of the other tools.

Test results: Drove seventy-eight 4 ½-inch SDS screws on one charge with the tool on its highest setting. Drove a 6-inch SDS screw in 15 seconds with the tool on its highest setting. Drove a 2 ½-inch deck screw in 18, 28, and 40 seconds on the high, medium, and low settings, respectively. Drilled a ¾-inch hole in 3, 7, and 22 seconds on the high, medium, and low settings, respectively. Average recharge time: 60 minutes.

Tool stats: 4 pounds; three speeds; maximum ipm: 3,300; maximum rpm: 2,650; maximum torque: 1,416 in.-lbs. Includes wrist strap, built-in LED, battery-life meter, three-year tool warranty; kit includes two 3.0Ah lithium-ion batteries.
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