Bosch 12V EC Brushless Impacts PS42 & PS82

Bosch 12V Impacts

While most pro tool brands are pushing for bigger and more powerful tools, Bosch is looking to deliver smaller more compact tools but maintain the power that pros need. We recently looked at the 18V Compact Tough Drills overhaul with similar shrinking profile. These new 12V EC Brushless impacts are a great example with 975 in lbs on the ¼” driver, 1020 in lbs on the 3/8” but fit into the palm of your hand at 2.2lbs, 5.5”. Build for professionals with new EC brushless motors, all-meatal gearbox, Durashild housing and improved LED light ring. These are a little pricier than common 12V but again these are aimed at professionals, PS42 ($119, bare) & PS82 ($149, bare).     Continue reading

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Brushless 18V Impact Driver Challenge 2016 – Bosch vs Dewalt vs Makita vs Milwaukee

2016 cordless impact compare

The impact driver has really become the go to cordless tool on the jobsite over the last decade. These tools are super compact but can pack a ton of torque without risk of twisting your arm off you will find with a powerful drill/driver. We honestly think the bits & impact accessories for these tools still need to catch up to the power they can all put out. For this test we took the latest and greatest from the top 4 professional brands and used 2.0Ah batteries with each. The contestants are as follows: Bosch 18V IDH182 ($179), Dewalt 20V DCF887 ($110), Makita 18V XDT09 ($199) and Milwaukee M18 2757-20 ($179). We looked at a variety of applications and put them all on the Skidmore for torque testing here is what we found.

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Milwaukee M18 FUEL SDS-MAX Rotary Hammer 2717-22HD

M18 FUEL 2717-22HD

That is not a typo, it is a cordless SDS-MAX hammer with a 1-9/16” carbide bit capacity runs off a single M18 battery including the all the batteries you already have. While this was first reported to be coming many months back it looks like September it will finally be here: 2717-22HD ($799, 2x 9.0Ah), 2717-21HP ($649, 1x 9.0Ah) and bare tool 2717-20 ($499). Pre-Order this month (through October) and there is a Free M18 FUEL Hammer Drill deal these kits are all included on. These are the first tools we have seen that will include the 9.0Ah batteries and are very excited to get our hands on those as well.

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Powermatic CNC Router Coming Soon!!

Woodworking CNC Router

The woodworking CNC is not a new technology for manufacturing but in recent years has seen a huge spike in interest for small shops and home use. Access to the software like SketchUp and being able to watch hundreds of hours on YouTube pretty much gives free access to anyone who wants in. Most Maker Spaces across the country will teach classes for a more hands on approach and once you’ve got the basics down will rent you time on a CNC to really get your feet wet. In Columbus of course check out our friends at the Idea Foundry, you’ll be building your own open source furniture by month’s end. Continue reading

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Makita 18V Pin Nailer 23 Gauge XTP01 with Miss Makita

It was a surprise to learn Miss Makita, Ally Mello, actually knows something about power tools and was pretty handy with the cordless pin nailer. Apparently she does a little refinishing/repurposes of old furniture in her spare time. Makita is the first to offer an cordless Pin Nailer for 23 gauge pin nails. The Makita XTP01Z ($189) can fire roughly 1,000 pins per Amp Hour on a battery so 3.0Ah battery would do roughly 3,000 pins. This would be a great option for a slim 2.0Ah battery pack to keep it as light as possible. The gun has plenty of power to drive the tiny pins and tool features all expected items like anti-dry fire, depth adjust and two stage trigger. Continue reading

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Makita 18V Cooling Jacket DFJ201 with Miss Makita

Makita 18v fan jacket

Who wore it better? Ok that’s not a serious question, clearly Ally Mellow, Miss Makita 2016 wears it better no contest. We honestly were not sure if the Makita 18V fan jacket DFJ201Z ($149) was actually going to hit shelves in the US but it is here… just in time for fall. We had a chance to try it on at STAFDA which was an air conditions trade show but we also recently tried it on outside on a hot, humid 94 degree day and it was super effective. If you don’t mind looking like a stay puff marshmallow man it’ll keep you cool. At the outside show guys were putting in on and not wanting to take it off, it definitely gets the job done. Continue reading

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Bosch Tools to Sell Direct

Remastered Bosch Recon

(Post Updated 8/13/2016: Bosch’s Official response added below)

If you’re shopping for Reconditioned tools, Bosch has cut out the middlemen of retail and is now selling direct to customers through their website Bosch Remastered. Of course reconditioned power tools are always sold for less because they have been used or the package was damage or something went wrong but is now fixed. That being said reconditioned tools can often be a great value as they can easily last as long as brand new. Additionally they are selling brand new Bosch Accessories direct to customers through the website which has a lot of their local dealers pretty nervous. Continue reading

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Makita 18V Brushless Recip Saws XRJ05 & XRJ06 with Miss Makita

Makita XRJ05Z brushless saw

The most used cutting tool in any cordless lineup is typically the recip saw because these tools are so versatile great for wood, metal, demo or clean cutting. Until recently the Milwaukee M18 Sawzall was the only brushless option on the market, so it was no surprise they won our 2015 Recip Saw Challenge by a good margin. However it is now 2016 and Makita has already shown their brushless motors can meet or exceed the competition in many categories and now they are launching two new brushless reciprocating saw options 18V recip XRJ05Z ($199) and 36V (18Vx2) recip XRJ06X ($219).

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Makita 18V SDS-Plus Rotary Drill & HEPA Vac with Miss Makita

Miss Makita SDS-Plus with HEPA Vac

While the Makita 18V Brushless SDS-Plus Rotary with HEPA Vac XRH011XVX ($399) is not new on the market (released over a year ago) it has received an increase in interest recently because of the changing OSHA Silica Dust Rules. The rule started June 23rd and becomes a fine-able offense in 2017, basically if you are drilling concrete on a job you better be collecting the dust with some sort of vac system. For smaller holes, 1″ or less this compact cordless system is a great solution, HEPA rates and all powered off a single Makita 18V LXT battery.


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Bosch Tools New 18V Brushless Drills & Hammer Drills

EC Brushless Bosch

These new cordless EC Brushless drills from Bosch are their 2nd generation brushless models for the “Compact Tough” mid-torque application range. We are still waiting to see a Bosch “Brute Tough” Brushless models to go up against the Milwaukee FUEL, Dewalt and Makita drills with the 1000+ in lbs torque (like we tested in the 2015 Hammer Drill Showdown) which Bosch will hopefully launch later 2016. These new Bosch Compact Tough models produce a solid 531 in lbs, enough for 90% of common applications (only a year ago 700 in lbs was considered very heavy duty). The selling point with these units is defiantly in size, weight, value and safety without sacrificing other pro features.   Continue reading

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