Author Archives: Jay Amstutz
“Patent legal action is far from over” is how the Bosch Press Release below starts. The case is not expected to be over until January 2017 and the “initial determination” still has to undergo review and additional arguments from the parties. When we reported the information from SawStop’s Press Release earlier this week it admittedly sounded very much like judgement had been made and all that was left was to determine the punishment. That is not the case and we would agree with Bosch here, it was definitely a misleading press release. (more…)
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*** 9/15/16 Update – Bosch’s response to the below SawStop Press Release
SawStop just published a press release on Business Wire (see below) announcing that the Judge Thomas B. Pender has confirmed (at least the “Initial Determination”) that the Bosch Reaxx Saw has infringed the SawStop Patent. What does that mean for the Bosch Reaxx Saw, it is unclear at this point, but SawStop is asking ITC to exclude Bosch from bringing the saw into the US, including all parts and cartridges. This certainly looks like SawStop is one step closer to the Bosch Reaxx being dead in the water. If that is the case we would fully expect Bosch Tools to make good on products they have released.
If you are looking for a safer table saw with flesh detecting technology it looks like the SawStop Table Saws maybe the only option for the foreseeable future. Good news is they offer a full range of table saws from jobsite saws to large industrial saws.
Our friends at Pro Tool Reviews just did a nice comparison on the Bosch Reaxx and SawStop jobsite saws.
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Safety should always be top priority when lifting extremely heavy items overhead. We were happy to see Jet investing significant resources into improving what was already a great product. The new JLP and JLH manual lever hoist lines are now some of the highest quality hoists on the market and the JLH series is arguably also the safest. Here is a quick look at what is new and the difference between the two options. (more…)
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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). (more…)
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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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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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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. (more…)
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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. (more…)
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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. (more…)
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(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. (more…)
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