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Hitachi Power Tools To Become Metabo HPT

Big news from an age-old brand, as Hitachi Power Tools announced they will transition the iconic "Hitachi" brand name to "Metabo HPT." The branding change is set to begin September 2018, with the launch of the company's new MultiVolt cordless platform. Hitachi anticipates existing product lines will transition no later than early 2019.

But, what does this mean for Hitachi tool owners?

Hitachi Power Tools Renames to Metabo HPT in North America

Here's what we know:

First, and foremost, Hitachi wants owners to know this transition will have no effect on the quality of their tools and service. Warranties will remain unaffected by the re-branding, so if you recently purchased a new Hitachi tool, rest assured that your warranty will not change.

Furthermore, build quality remains the same - Metabo HPT tools will share identical parts and engineering technology as current Hitachi tools.

So, what will change? In Hitachi's official announcement today, the company emphasizes they are simply re-branding their tools with a new name and logo. Users may see minor changes to part numbers, once the transition is complete, but will otherwise enjoy the exact same tools that built Hitachi's reputation for quality and value.

Hitachi Metabo HPT

Why change the name? Hitachi Power Tools USA was acquired by an investment firm, which elected to change the company name, as it is no longer affiliated with Hitachi Ltd. While Metabo HPT and Metabo are both owned by the same group of companies, each brand will operate independent of the other.

What won't change? According to Hitachi, products will retain current brand identity: same color, same models, same warranties and the same battery interchangeability. They will be made by the same people, in the same factories, with the same specifications and focus on innovation that customers have come to expect. All products will continue to be covered and supported by the same industry-leading warranties and service. Hitachi Power Tools products will be interchangeable with Metabo HPT products, and Metabo HPT products will be interchangeable with Hitachi Power Tool products.

Hitachi Metabo HPT Transition

What products will transition to Metabo HPT? In the official release from Hitachi, the company states their full line of power tools, fasteners, accessories and outdoor power equipment products for North America will transition to the new Metabo HPT brand name.

When will the transition take place? While the official announcement released March 12, 2018, the company plans to kick-start the transition in September, with the launch of their MultiVolt cordless platform. For existing Hitachi products, we don't expect to see most models' branding change until December - and into the 2019 calendar year.

Metabo HPT packaging and signage at point of sale during the transition will feature both names and logos, to clearly communicate the changeover from Hitachi Power Tools.

As the transition approaches, stay tuned for additional details. Here's a link to Hitachi Power Tools' official news release.

 

~ The Nail Gun Depot Team

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9 COMMENTS

  • Alidz Khachaturian March 19, 2018 at 12:36 PM

    To Team at Nail Gun Depot: Appreciate the up date on name and logo changes from Hitachi - hope the new name will be as good.

  • Dave Huntley March 28, 2018 at 12:12 PM

    Recently bought a Hitachi angle finish nailer but am having difficulty getting the short gas canisters - everyone is out and nobody seems to know when or if they will get more - any sense if the name change is impacting this?

    • Nail Gun Depot March 29, 2018 at 6:30 AM

      Hitachi has been moving away from gas-powered cordless tools, and moving toward lithium-ion battery power. Many of the older Hitachi gas tools are compatible with Paslode fuel. For a finish nailer, you're probably using the Paslode short yellow trim fuel. If you have the tool's model number, we can confirm this.

  • H2s April 19, 2018 at 10:07 AM

    Terrible idea rebranding a well known name to a product name ive never seen on any shelf anywhere. Most people are going to think its some chinese knock off brand.

    • Nail Gun Depot April 20, 2018 at 10:06 AM

      Rest assured, the tools and fasteners will remain identical. The decision has more to do with corporate presence than anything. Hitachi Power Tools has allocated the necessary resources to make sure the transition is as easy as possible for customers to identify. We'll keep everyone updated on changes, as the transition draws closer.

  • Marcus Hamm March 22, 2019 at 7:47 AM

    Question really. Is a 18v bostitch battery compatible with a metabo impact?

    • Nail Gun Depot March 25, 2019 at 5:13 AM

      Hi Marcus, thanks for your question. In a word, no. They are not cross-compatible. None of the tool brands have cross-compatible batteries.

  • ana sawyer March 24, 2019 at 6:35 PM

    We just bought out EC 710s compressor and NT 50AE2*NT32AE2s nail gun yesterday and it works well, for about 5-10 min and then shuts its self off. we make sure the psi stays within the 70-120 range and we release the pressure each time it shuts off. we are beginning to be concerned that it may be faulty. we appreciate any insight into this matter.

    • Nail Gun Depot March 25, 2019 at 6:12 AM

      Thanks for reaching out. If you're referring to the air compressor shutting off, that's normal - once the air tank is full. The compressor motor will not run constantly; only long enough to fill the air tank. Once the tank is full, it will kick off until the tank is in need of replenishment. If your tool is not receiving air, or the air tank is empty and the motor remains off, then you may need to take your compressor back for service.

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