The long awaited corded Bosch Oscillating Tool MX25EC, which has been talked about for several years now and may finally be the answer to a suitable rival for the higher priced Fein MultiMaster is final available and you can even get it in time for Christmas! Apparently Bosch has struck an exclusive deal with the Home Depot on the MX25EC-21 ($159, HomeDepot.com) so if you want it within the next 60 days it looks like you will be ordering it online on their site. This tool is NOT available in local HD stores and neither in-store or online sells any of the Bosch OIS accessories. Possibly the softest launch we have ever seen on such a highly anticipated tool, we had to call and order one ourselves to make sure it was for real. It is also a huge slap in the face to their network of the Bosch BSS Dealers they have been working to set up all year long, who were promised exclusive launch on new Bosch Tools, specifically this one.
Regardless of whatever kind of deals were made between the big wigs at Home Depot & Bosch Tools, this is a nice tool at a very good price. We’ve had limited time with the MX25EVS (now just called the MX25E but still includes variable speed) but we will have a proper Bosch vs Fein Multi-tool showdown as soon as we get our hands on the Bosch unit. If you don’t mind waiting Ohio Power Tool will have both the MX25EC-21 and the MX25EK-33 (includes more accessories) in early 2011. Regardless of when/where you get the tool if you need any accessories check out Ohio Power Tool as they currently have every Bosch OIS accessories available in-stock.