Metabo Power Tools


A Look at the Origin of Metabo Power Tools


Metabo would like to believe that they manufacture electric power tools that stand up to the demands of the modern professional who wants to rest assure that they can rely on their equipment for an extended period of time. The high standards imposed on the design and manufacturing of the Metabo power tools has ensured that the name is respected and well known throughout the world, in more than 100 countries. Backed up by its own sales subsidiaries and service centres, Metabo works in close partnership with the relative specialist retail trade.

Brand Names

Metabo operates under two brand names Metabo and Lurem.

Metabo’s one division manufactures hand-held electric tools, grinding disks and chucks whilst another division manufactures stationary and semi-stationary woodworking machines, welding and cutting devices and Compressors.

Lurem manufactures semi-stationary and stationary woodworking machines


In 1924, Albrecht Schnizler and his business partner Julius Closs co-founded Schnizler GmbH. Their objective was to manufacture tools that would better meet the higher demands of an increasingly engineering oriented world than the tools that existed at that time. Walter Rauch, a prominent salesman, joined them in 1927. Their commitment is illustrated by the fact that the descendants of the three founders are still Metabo Group shareholders today.

In 1929, the company was transformed into Metabowerke GmbH. The name Metabo derives from the term “Metallbohrdreher” (metal turning drills) used in Germany for hand drills at the time.

During this time, an increasing number of work pieces were made of metal, resulting in a requirement for more robust tools to work them. British industrial workers, who performed extensive steel works, placed particularly high demands on their tools. As Metabo’s machines were able to meet the standards required, their export volume (mainly to Great Britain) generated 80% of the company’s total revenues by 1930.

Metabo suffered a setback in 1945 when a fire destroyed almost 75% of the manufacturing facility. However, the company kept growing and by 1960, was employing more than 1,000 people.

In 1969, the company moved to its new site from where it still operates today.

In 1999, Metabo Group acquired the Meppen based company, Elektra Beckum that manufactured a product range, which complemented the Metabo range perfectly.

Today, Metabo operates 25 global sales companies ensuring the group’s market presence in more than 120 countries. Metabo employs more than 2,300 people globally, and has manufacturing operations at Nürtingen, Meppen, Domfront and Shanghai.


I think it is fairly safe to say that the Metabo power tools compare favorably with the offerings from other manufacturers. In the end, it probably boils down to personal choice and brand loyalty.

A range of Metabo tools is available from and many of these have been reviewed by actual buyers, which can be of great help in making up your mind about purchasing a particular product.

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