Metabo recently added a new impact driver its lineup. The SSD 18 LTX 200 BL is a powerful, and, when equipped with a compact 4.0-Ah LiHD, relatively lightweight brushless impact driver. Automatic Power Shift (APS) monitors drilling speed and automatically adjusts torque when working self-tapping screws. In my experience so far the motor is silky smooth and the rubberized trigger modulation feels great in the hand. A dial at the tool base provides 12 driver speed/torque setting modes: Self tapping screw (S) , 1-10 speed & torque levels, and full power (P).

Specs: Max torque: 1,770 in/lbs
Max. no-load speed: 2,900 RPM
Maximum impact rate: 4,000 BPM
1/4 chuck (requires collar pull for bit insertion)
Brushless motor
IP56 dust and water protection
Integrated work light for illumination of the work area
Robust die cast aluminum gear housing for optimum heat dissipation and durability
Weight (including battery pack): 3.1 lb.
Price: $399 kit with 2x 4.0-Ah batteries and charger ($229 bare tool).

This article originally appeared in Tools of the Trade.

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