At the STAFDA (Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association) tradeshow this week Hougen is launching a new 18V cordless Metal Punch with a capacity up to ¼” steel plate. The Hougen 76000 ($2248, Ohio Power Tool) weighs only 16.5lbs and will be a real blessing for many folks on the job site. As you can see from the picture above this unit will use the Makita 18V Lithium Ion 3.0Ah batteries which charge to full strength in under 30 minutes and is readily available throughout the country.
The video link above goes over some applications and usage of the new Punch. Maximum size punches you can use are 19/32” round and 7/16” x 5/8” oblong. Throat depth is 1.02” which isn’t a lot compared to some of the other corded electric metal hole punches but for a cordless unit still pretty impressive.