By May it looks like many of the tried and true Bosch grinders will be getting an upgrade to more power, increased control and the promise of longer tool life. Bosch has been known for many years as having some of the most dependable grinders on the market, but in recent years we have seen many other manufacturers do similar revamps to improve their grinder offerings.
The paddle switch, which is used on 7 of the new models, is particularly interesting as it presses to the side. It might sound weird, but it feels very much like a traditional paddle grip when holding the back of the grinder. What this does allow for is choking up all the way on the grinder and still be able to depress the paddle. Undoubtedly there are many applications where this would be a preferred hand position.
Some Bosch models have already been revamped such as the 1380Slim ($54, Ohio Power Tool) which is probably the thinnest and easiest to control grinder on the market and already very popular. Unfortunately, these other new Bosch grinders will not be getting the smaller profile of the slim but will offer a nice mix of power and options. For more info about these new grinders check out the Tool Select video and Bosch press release below.
Las Vegas – Bosch Power Tools has completed an overhaul of its grinder line-up to deliver a comprehensive portfolio of the most versatile and cost-effective grinders on the market. In 2013, 11 new tools will be available for purchase, each focused on delivering exceptional results to meet a wide variety of user needs. Every new grinder delivers on the Bosch promise of more control, more power and more life.
Results from independent test agency SLG revealed that Bosch grinders outlast the competition to deliver the best tool lifetime in the market – up to 60 percent more life than competitors. A new motor design featuring direct motor cooling and more air vents to reduce hand blockage help extend the tool life and provide higher overload capabilities to prevent overheating. Additionally, improved carbon brushes offer more than double the lifetime of predecessor brushes, which means less downtime for maintenance.
The new grinders offer up to 2 amps more power than previous generation models to deliver the robust performance demanded by professionals in industries such as metal fabrication, energy, masonry and restoration.
Tools feature a new patented multi-grip paddle switch and textured housing to provide increased grip options for better ergonomics and tool control. The first-to-the-market multi-grip paddle switch can now be operated in the front, middle and rear – as opposed to only in the rear on old models – to allow users to hold the grinder in any position. More air inlets also ensure hands are not blocking air flow.
New 2013 grinders hit stores in May and include four slide switch grinders and seven paddle switch grinders:
Slide Switch Grinders
- AG40-85: 4-1/2-inch angle grinder featuring an 8.5-amp, 11,500-rpm motor;
- AG50-10: 5-inch angle grinder featuring a 10-amp, 11,500-rpm motor;
- AG50-11VS: 5-inch variable speed grinder featuring an 11-amp, 2,800 – 11,500-rpm motor;
- AG60-125: 6-inch high-performance cut-off/grinder featuring a 12.5-amp, 9,300-rpm motor
Paddle Switch Grinders
- AG40-85P: 4-1/2-inch angle grinder with paddle switch featuring an 8.5-amp, 11,500-rpm motor;
- AG40-85PD: 4-1/2-inch angle grinder with no lock-on paddle switch featuring an 8.5-amp, 11,500-rpm motor;
- AG40-11P: 4-1/2-inch high-performance angle grinder with paddle switch featuring an 11-amp, 11,500-rpm motor;
- AG40-11PD: 4-1/2-inch high-performance angle grinder with no lock-on paddle switch featuring an 11-amp, 11,500-rpm motor;
- AG50-11VSPD: 5-inch variable-speed angle grinder with no lock-on paddle switch featuring an 11-amp, 2,800 – 11,500-rpm motor;
- AG50-125PD: 5-inch high-performance angle grinder with no lock-on paddle switch featuring a 12.5-amp, 11,500-rpm motor;
- AG60-125PD: 5-inch high-performance cut off/grinder with no lock-on paddle switch featuring a 12.5-amp, 9,300-rpm motor;