The KHE 76 combination hammer ... more power.

METABO Corporation has expanded its line of powerful rotary hammers to include the KHE 76 combination hammer that provides increased power and precision as well as user comfort and safety.

“The new tool features an impact reduction setting that reduces impact energy by 30 per cent when working with extremely pliable and brittle materials, and yet offers the power to drill large-diameter holes into the hardest masonry materials or to perform heavy chiselling,” says a spokesman for the company, which manufactures professional-grade portable electric power tools and abrasives for industrial, construction and welding applications.

The versatile KHE 76 also allows users to quickly and easily move between masonry drilling and demolition applications without switching tools.

The new SDS-max combination hammer offers a high rotational torque of 796 inch-lbs and variable impact energy from one to 16 joules per blow, he says. The drilling range in concrete is up to 2 inches using solid bits and 6 inches using core bits. For added precision, the chisel on the combination hammer can be fixed in 12 positions and has an electronic soft start for spot-drilling.

Designed for comfort and safety, the KHE 76 features Metabo’s VibraTech (MVT) three-position side handle that absorbs up to 60 per cent vibration as well as active vibration control and a vibration-absorbing rear handle, resulting in fatigue-free operation. Metabo’s S-automatic safety slip clutch protects the operator from kickback by absorbing the torque should the tool bind or snag.

The KHE 76 has a 15-A motor and a maximum impact rate of 2,735 blows per minute, while Metabo’s Vario-Tacho-Constamatic electronic speed control enables the tool to maintain a virtually constant rate of impact and speed between no-load and load for maximum drilling speed, the spokesman says.

The new tool also features a tough magnesium die-cast gear housing as well as auto-stop carbon brushes with an LED service indicator light, a spring-loaded lip seal to prevent dust penetration into the SDS-Max chuck, a winding protection grid, and a durable electro-pneumatic high-performance hammer mechanism. It weighs 18.5 lbs and comes standard with additional handle, drilling depth guide, lubricant, cleaning cloth and plastic carrying case.

Metabo’s history dates back to 1924 when two Germans co-founded Schnizler to manufacture tools that would meet the demands of an increasingly industrialised world. In 1929, the company was transformed into Metabowerke – the name deriving from the term used in Germany for hand drills back then. The company, which has its headquarters in Nurtingen, Germany, has about two dozen subsidiaries around the world employing more than 2,000 employees.

“From freezing arctic climates to sweltering tropical humidity or for constant use on the toughest construction sites in the world, Metabo power tools are being used wherever people need long-lasting reliable tools. Power, safety, innovative technology and ergonomic design are just some of the reasons Metabo tools are the choice of professionals in more than 100 countries worldwide,” the spokesman concludes.