September 8, 2021

Metabo Power Tools Celebrates Our 50th Anniversary


Metabo USA 50th Anniversary Celebrating 50 Years, German-American Team

Sept 7, 2021 – West Chester, PA Metabo Corporation, a leading German international manufacturer of professional-grade cordless and corded hand-held power tools and accessories in the US, is celebrating their 50th Anniversary.

Metabo USA’s parent company was started in Germany in 1923 with their first hand-held drill developed by Albrecht Schnitzler while working in his parent’s bakery. Julius Closs joined Metabo in 1924 as one of the founders, and the company name was established, originating from the German term for metal rotary drills – “metallbohrer”. In 1927, Walter Rauch joined the company as head of domestic and foreign sales.

In the years following, Metabo’s first electric hand drill was developed in 1934, followed by their first impact drill in 1957. The first one-handed angle grinder with Metabo’s exclusive S-automatic safety slip clutch was introduced in 1966, followed by electronics that added to the productivity and safety of the tools. Metabo USA was founded in 1971 in Long Island City, New York. They moved to their current location in West Chester, Pennsylvania in 1981.

As the range of cordless tools increased, Metabo led the pack in battery technology. They created 22 patents around cell architecture and cell safety in the charging and discharge cycles. Metabo introduced longer running lithium-ion battery packs: 4.0Ah, then 5.2Ah, for use when more power from the battery is required. In addition, they pioneered the use of Lithium High Density (LiHD) with the introduction of 20-700 cells in 2015 and 21-700 cells in 2018.

This September 2021, Metabo is excited to celebrate its rich history of development and innovation with 50 years in the USA by introducing a Limited Edition all black version of their top selling 4-1/2”/5” angle grinder, the WP 11-125 Quick (603624950). They are kicking off their anniversary with a company celebration during their National Sales Meeting in September at their US headquarters in West Chester, PA.