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Metabo HPT has announced a new industry-first full-size cordless plunge router, model M3612DA. The new Metabo HPT M3612DA is a 1/2″ router, and it will be part of the brand’s 36V MultiVolt system.
Until now, we have only seen a couple of different cordless trim routers, with 1/4″ collets, and this is the first 2HP 1/2″ router to be powered by cordless power tool battery.
As a full-size router, the Metabo HPT M3612DA should have ample power for use with larger-profiled router bits.
Metabo HPT also says that their new cordless router features faster cutting speeds than its cordless equivalents and that it can plunge [cut] through even the hardest of woods with ease.
The new router features a soft-start motor for more control during ramp-up.
Key Features & Specs
- Brushless 2HP motor
- 1/4″ and 1/2″ collets are included
- 11,000 – 25,000 RPM
- Adjustable speed dial
- 1-31/32″ max plunge stroke depth
- Tool-less depth adjustment
- LED worklight
- Over 46 feet per minute cutting speed (in 1/2″ plywood)
- Weighs 6.6 lbs with battery – 40% lighter than corded equivalent (M12VE)
- Dust collection port is included
As part of Metabo HPT’s 36V cordless power tool system, the new router can be powered by their 2.5Ah or 5.0Ah MultiVolt batteries, or an AC adapter.
Metabo HPT has been expanding their lines of 18V and 36V cordless power tools, which can all be powered with their MultiVolt battery pack.
The kit, M3612DA, comes with a dust collection port, 1/4″ and 1/2″ collets, a 2.5Ah MultiVolt battery, rapid charger, 7pc template guide set, straight edge guide, wrench, and carrying bag.
It’s about time!
Here are the things that stand out to me – first, Metabo HPT says that the new cordless router performs faster than the corded equivalent and is also lighter. Second, the option to go cordless or corded (via optional AC adapter) seems appealing for a tool like this where some jobs could be quick and others very long and drawn out.
It will be interesting to see what Metabo HPT comes out with next.