Metabo HPT 36V MultiVolt DH36DMAQ2 SDS Max Rotary Hammer

When Hitachi Power Tools changed its name to Metabo HPT for North America, it was highlighted by the launch of the company’s cutting-edge MultiVolt platform. In a nutshell, MultiVolt allows an entire range of power tools to be used in both cordless or corded operation without sacrificing power or performance. 

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With the MultiVolt line of power tools, Metabo HPT is positioning itself as a leading brand in cordless tool market.  Already a prominent name in pneumatic tools, Metabo HPT (formerly Hitachi) been steadily growing their MultiVolt power tools that o give the end user the power and performance of a corded tool with the maneuverability of a cordless one. Take the Metabo HPT 36V MultiVolt DH36DMAQ2 SDS Max Rotary Hammer, for example. This model is at the moment the only cordless SDS MAX rotary hammer that also accommodates a corded adapter–giving craftsmen user more versatility when it comes to both runtime and portability.  

Specs Overview  

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Alongside Milwaukee, DeWalt, and Makita, Metabo HPT is only 4th manufacturer to release their version of an SDS MAX 1-9/16” rotary hammer drill to the consumer market.  

At the heart of the Metabo HPT 36V MultiVolt DH36DMAQ2 SDS Max Rotary Hammer is a  brushless motor that can push 7.7 ft-lbs (10.5 J) of impact energy. It features two modes of operations: hammer drilling and hammer only; it provides 4 speeds of rotation (260rpm – 2860rpm)– all essential configuration in tackling a wide range of applications. 

In terms of sheer size, the 1 9/16” rotary hammer class is a massive–which perfectly makes sense since it is among the most powerful rotary hammers on the market.  The MultiVolt system is responsible for delivering unparalleled power and performance both in corded and cordless operation. This makes the Metabo HPT 36V MultiVolt DH36DMAQ2 SDS Max Rotary Hammer especially suitable for power-hungry tasks such as large hole drilling, chipping, and demolition.    

As previously mentioned, the Metabo HPT 36V MultiVolt DH36DMAQ2 SDS Max Rotary Hammer is practically built around the company’s MultiVolt systems which makes it an extremely versatile tool for every jobsite. Metabo HPT understands there are consumers who are likely to be reluctant to change battery platforms. As such MultiVolt cordless batteries were engineered with 18V tools in mind–delivering 8.0 Ah of power to Hitachi or Metabo HPT 18V cordless tools. At 36V in MultiVolt tools, the battery delivers 4.0 Ah of runtime. The stock charger also sports a few clever features–with four different color LEDs for displaying charging status, and even a USB connection for charging mobile.   

The Metabo HPT 36V MultiVolt DH36DMAQ2 SDS Max Rotary Hammer can be bought as abare tools only.  It comes free with either a battery starter kit or the AC adapter for free–allowing the end user to choose what power source they prefer. This cleverly packaged offer also helps in offsetting the $749 tool-only price tag. This might be the only real issue for this unit as that price  can already fetch premium rotary hammer drill with a premium battery.   



The Metabo HPT 36V MultiVolt DH36DMAQ2 SDS Max Rotary Hammer is shaping up to be a formidable competitor in its class. This is Metabo HPT’s first cordless SDS MAx rotary hammer offering, and the company did not pull punches when it comes to specs and features it brings to the table.  

The ability to plug in directly into an AC outlet means no more worries about being caught with dead batteries. And being able to run on batteries, delivers the freedom and maneuverability of a cordless tool. The MultiVolt batteries packs solid power and performance, the AC adapter with the rapid charger, 21700 cell technology, and backward compatibility all make the The Metabo HPT 36V MultiVolt DH36DMAQ2 SDS Max Rotary Hammer a very interesting proposition, despite the premium sticker price. Speaking of which, for the price, what you are getting is a premium hammer drill, built with premium components, and sporting premium features–including a brushless motor that delivers 7.7 ft lbs of impact force, 4 speed settings, hammer and hammer drill modes, among others  

Conventional wisdom has it that corded tools packs more power and performance than their cordless counterparts.  That may have been true in the past, but Metabo HPT’s MultiVolt platform may have taken up the task of changing the game–combining power, performance, productivity, efficiency, and versatility in one attractive package. 

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