Metabo Stainless Steel Plate Beveling Tool KFM 16-15F Review
Saving money and being more efficient is how you make money and win big jobs. The Metabo KFM 16-15F may be the tool for you to do just this.
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If you are a fabricator, fitter or welder, you’ll want to look hard at purchasing a Metabo KFM 16-15F stainless steel plate beveling tool. Whether you work with steel or stainless plate, steel or stainless pipe, the Metabo KFM 16-15F does it all. From a small chamfer to a full 45° bevel, up to 5/8” deep (thick). Making a grinder accomplish the same task, with the same quality, is nearly impossible.
Professional Testers – AIS
We put the Metabo stainless steel plate beveling tool in the hands of our fabricating pros at Advanced Industrial Services (AIS) for performance and durability testing. AIS employs several teams of fabricating specialists and welders. This is not just a cookie-cutter welding shop. They supply many theme-parks in Central Florida with custom aluminum, steel and stainless steel products. From handrails, to ornate light poles, and even flame-throwing dragon heads, they can and will do anything with metal.
We first put this tool on location a few months ago, and we covered it in our video review: Metabo Portable Steel Plate Beveler – KFM 16-15F. Check it out for a quick watch.
KFM 16-15F Stainless Steel Plate Beveling Tool Features
We just mentioned that the Metabo KFM 16-15F will bevel steel or stainless steel at 45°, up to 5/8” thick. How does a handheld tools do such a task? To start, the Metabo stainless steel plate beveling tool has a 14.2 amp motor and an all metal gearbox. The cutting head includes three (3) carbide cutting teeth, or inserts.
Cutting Inserts For Steel and Stainless Steel
Using a stainless steel plate beveling tool, rather than a traditional grinder and wheel is no comparison. Even the best grinder (tool) and grinder (person grinding) can’t keep the same angle grind all the way down the plate, the pipe. In addition, even so, it will take much longer. Using the KFM 16-15F, making a 45-degree bevel on 1/4” plate may take less than a minute to run 6 feet. Using a grinder, this same job could take 20 minutes.
Metabo Power and Precision Performance
Overload protection is built in to the Metabo KFM 16-15F as well. If the operator is working a large project, and the tool starts getting hot, it will shut down before burning up. Metabo technology provides the tool intelligence so it constantly measures several critical variables in the hardware and electronics. If the tool shuts down, once it cools off, the Metabo KFM 16-15F will roar to life again. No reset is necessary.
Beveling Depth and Angle Adjustment
Included with the KFM 16-15F, Metabo includes an excel spreadsheet for the determining depth and angle of cut. In other words, if you want to make a 45-degree, 5/8” deep bevel on 3/4” stainless plate, you don’t do this in a single pass. The spreadsheet allows the user/superviser to input the material, depth and angle, and it will calculate the number of passes and how many clicks on the dial for each. First pass may be 1/4”, then go 15 clicks and make the 2nd pass, then 10 clicks on the last pass. The spreadsheet helps to provide the best end-result and maximize the life of the cutting inserts.
Savings And ROI For A Metabo KFM 16-15F
Let’s face it, this is not some ordinary power tool that you pick up at the local big-box store. A stainless steel plate beveling tool from Metabo is a sophisticated and powerful industrial power tool. At a price around $2,000, it’s also something that probably won’t be purchased on a whim, from Petty Cash. What type of return on investment does the KFM 16-15F provide?!
After a couple uses from their experienced welders and fitters, they bring out a beveler from their tooll room that never gets used. The tool looked like a small volkswagon bug with two handles, weighed about that much too. They hate using it, so they never do. Without telling us they had one, they thought the Metabo would fall in the same category. After using the Metabo stainless steel plate beveling tool, they think much different now.
Metabo stands behind this stainless steel plate beveling tool with their three (3) year warranty. Considering this is mainly and industrial-use tool, 3 years is an eternity, so it’s great to see manufacture support and believe in their tools. If welding and fitting is what you do, we recommend that you look into the Metabo KFM 16-15F.