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Category Archives: Bosch
The relatively new Bosch Multi-Detector DMD4K at first glance looks like a glorified stud finder but this little gizmo does way more than allow you to point it at yourself and make bad jokes. It does detect wood studs however it also can detect metal and let you know if the metal is ferrous (magnetic) or non-ferrous (non-magnetic). In addition it has a zoom feature which allows you to detect material that is deeper in the material (up to 4”). Recently during a job site demo we used the DMD4K to find rebar in concrete barriers several inches deep in concrete. There is a gauge to tell you how strong the signal is and coupled with the zoom feature it is pretty easy to exactly pin point any pipe, wire or stud. Once the material is located it is easy to mark it through the illuminated hole in the center of the detector, large enough for any standard pencil. Note, don’t use a mechanical pencil or metal pen as the metal next to the detector throws off your readings. The detector also can detect live electric lines and has a separate gauge for the strength of line. This is a big convenience and an even bigger safety feature for demolition work.
The DMD4K is a great tool which you can get at Ohio Power Tool for $89.00. It is also available for free if you buy a Bulldog SDS-Plus Rotary Hammer 11255VSR ($239). It is shipped right with the tool smae day if ordered before 1:00pm EST, no mail-in rebate or anything like that. The DMD4K is very useful for any contractor, handyman, plumber, electrician, you name it.
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Recently Bosch drastically reduced their price on the 36 volt Litheon tools to the point they are actually cheaper than some of their own 18 volt NiCd tools. In addition to these new low prices they have also supplied Ohio Power Tool with an additional FatPack 36 volt battery for every drill/driver kit and 4 piece combo kit sold. (Get the battery with kits, no mail-in rebates) I am having a tough time finding comparable brands that have a better deal on 18 volt NiCd Drill/Driver kit with three batteries.
My assumption is they are basically giving these tools away at little profit or most likely a lose. This is a common practice in other industries such as video game consoles where they lose money to get you into the system but then make up for it over the next few years with video game sales. Bosch makes exceptional power tools and the 36 volt Litheon tools are probably their most impressive line up. These tools have not however made their way into most peoples hands. People tend to be loyal to one brand until compelled to make a switch. I think Bosch is trying to make that compelling argument, a 36 volt drill/driver kit with 3 lithium ion batteries priced at $229.00 is pretty compelling. A full 4 tool combo kit with 3 lithium ion batteries is only $499.
Clearly the goal here is to get more 36V tools and more importantly batteries into the hands of as many consumers as possible. Bosch is looks to the future and plans to expand their Litheon tool line up. Future success with any cordless line is very much dependant on how many users currently have the batteries. Lose some money upfront, gain more users for years to come.
Bottom line is if you are looking to upgrade some older tools or looking for a completely new cordless combo kit, now is the time to take advantage. These tools give you the same power as if you were plugging strait into the wall and with 3 batteries there is essentially zero down time. The Bosch 10.8v tools also get a price drop PS20-2 to $119 and PS40-2 to $169.
If you have any questions about Bosch Tools or any other tools call the experts at Ohio Power Tool, 800-242-4424.
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Over the past year Bosch has made some serious strides to increase their place as one of the top tool manufactures by expanding their tool and accessory lines. When you think about it, your accessories can make a huge difference in the productiveness of your tools. By improving different specialty blades and bits in the line you can really get the most out of your old tools with a relatively small investment. Of course when you are happy with these accessories you will be much more likely to buy the Bosch Tools in the future and the good people at Bosch may be aware of this fact.
Additionally the company has made serious advances in the overall marketing of the Bosch Tool line. Just look at the tool & accessory displays they have added to our showroom. It has a built in 27” HD TV which is suppose to run Bosch promos all day but we put on ESPN for “Mike & Mike in the Morning” and maybe a little Sports Center. Of course we stand behind their products 100% for use by diy users, contractors and professionals of all kinds. It doesn’t matter how fancy the displays we will only put products in our store and on our website if they can live up to abuse our customers expect.
Four of the recent additions to the Bosch accessories line:
Fiber Cement Blades – The 7 ¼” hard body blade features six carbide teeth brazed with C4 ultra-fine carbide that lasts longer than standard carbide. Bosch is one of only two blade manufacturers who produce their own carbide.
The thin kerf design removes less material, which results in a cleaner, faster cut. The new blade, part # CB706FC, is equipped with deep gullets engineered to minimize dust when cutting. Regular carbide blades will pulverize the material, whereas the Bosch blade chips away the material in larger chunks reducing the amount of dust generated.
Developed for working with cement fiber board, backer board and Masonite, the Bosch
Carbide Tipped Fiber Cement Circular Saw Blade has a 5/8” arbor to fit any standard circular saw and it also features a 13/16” diamond knock-out for worm drive saws.
Carbide Glass and Tile Bits – Starting at 1/8” up to 1” in diameter, the industry’s largest bit size, they are equipped with a 3-flat shank to reduce slippage that leads to more accurate cutting.
These tungsten carbide bits are diamond ground to a precision point that eliminates walking and its reinforced head prevents the carbide from cracking.
The new Glass and Tile bits are best suited for working with glass, ceramic walls, and ceramic floors making it the best solution for cutting glass, bathroom installations, drilling and fastening mirrors or even setting screws in glass furniture.
Carbide Hole Saws – The diamond-ground carbide teeth are extraordinarily durable and extremely powerful, for fast removal of materials. The drop-shaped chip clearance slots allow for greater chip and dust removal, resulting in uninterrupted cutting.
“Feedback from our customers was overwhelming for the need for a single hole saw that could cut through multiple materials and quickly remove the plug,” states James Mogle, Product Manager, Bosch Power Tools and Accessories. “The new carbide hole saw easily cuts some of the hardest materials and can still make precision cuts in fragile materials such as tile. And users can quickly change hole saw sizes with the quick change mandrel.”
The carbide line has 19 cups ranging from 1” to 4-1/8”. For multiple cutting applications, Bosch has two sets available. Each set contains two carbide tipped pilot bits and the quick change mandrel (1-3/8”). The eight-piece set includes five carbide cups ranging from 1-3/16” to 2-1/4” and the five-piece set has two cups: 3-1/4” and 4-1/8”.
Cement and Masonry Anchor Installation – The 9-piece kit comes in Bosch’s Brute Tough case that is made to withstand even the most demanding worksite conditions. The kit includes a Masonry Screw Drill Bit Holder and Allen wrench, Drill Bit Sleeve, both the 5/32” and 3/16” carbide drill bits that feature a flat shank to reduce slippage, two magnetic nutsetters, and two Phillips Head bits, everything professionals need for drilling and driving concrete screws. Bosch is the only manufacturer to offer the entire line in one package.
The magnetic nutsetters eliminate dropped screws when setting and also reduces damage done to the sleeve, unlike other products that require use of the sleeve when setting screws, which will cause undue wear and fatigue.
The Screw Drill Bit Sleeve allows for a quick and easy change from drilling to driving by working with both 5/32” and 3/16” bits, thus eliminating the need for two drills.
Visit the Bosch home page on Ohio Power Tool to see all of our Bosch tools and accessories. Not all accessories have made it to the website, if you have a specific accessory you would like and can’t find it on the site please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-242-4424.
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In a recent post we briefly compared the Bosch 10.8V Pocket Driver PS20-2 and the Milwaukee 12V Micro Driver 2401-22. At the time we had not receive the Milwaukee 12V tools so it was more of an on paper comparison. Now that a few months have past and we have some customers using them it is time to take another look.
I would like to start off by saying both these tool lines have been incredibly successful and I really feel these are professional tools that just happen to be very small. The Sub Compact Tool category has a very legitimate place in many professional tool boxes. An estimated 80-90% of our customers are professionals who come to us for their tools and repairs and we wouldn’t sell any products we don’t stand behind.
The Bosch PS20-2 claims to be able to drive 100 3” screws on a single charge and I though a good comparison would be to see if that was true and then see if the Milwaukee 2401-22 could match it… then though about screwing in 200 3” screws and decided against that particular comparison.
On paper it looks like the Milwaukee Micro Driver has a serious advantage over the Bosch Pocket Driver.
Milwaukee 2401-22 Micro Driver – 12 Volt – 120 ft lb
Bosch PS20-2 Pocket Driver – 10.8 Volt – 80 ft lb
Some interesting information on the PS20-2, the rating is actually on their “average power” not the “initial power”. The claim from Bosch is that their starting power rating is actually above 12 Volts and the initial ft lb torque is also higher, presumably around 120 ft lb like the Milwaukee 2401-22. The entire line of 10.8V Bosch tools will actually get a name change to “Bosch 12 Volt Max” at some point in the near future. This explanation leads me to believe their will be no real changes to the components only the name will change to reflect their “Max” power rating. This information is from Bosch so you should consider the source; Milwaukee probably has a completely different view on comparing the two products.
If this is the case essentially these two tools are even more similar than they appear. When you look at the batteries they look almost identical in shape and size. It is not hard to believe the power output would be very similar as well. The chargers and cases are also very similar as you can see in the picture below. I did test these both out on a few screws and from that basic test I couldn’t feel any real difference in power although I wasn’t exactly testing the limits.
Currently Bosch has 4 tools in their line-up while Milwaukee only has the 1 but both companies are planning to have 20-30 tools out for each line in the next year or two. It will be very interesting to see what new tools we will see in the sub compact tool market. Milwaukee for instance has plans to create a product that will compete with the Ridgid Seesnake Micro 25643 so we are going to see all sorts of new tools outside traditional saws, drivers and drills. This makes the comparison much more difficult because you always want to choose the line that will have the most versatility using the same battery system.
Bosch does currently have a special for a free ESPN fleece with all 10.8v purchases until April 11th if that might effect your buying decision.
So who wins the ultra compact driver comparison between the Bosch vs. Milwaukee? I personally would have to give a slight advantage to the Milwaukee 2401-22 and this is under the assumption the power output and torque are more similar than the numbers say, which I can believe. The Milwaukee had a few features over the Bosch that makes it stand out. First, the quick bit-loading 1/4” hex chuck is really nice and easier to use than the Bosch. Second the Milwaukee has a battery gauge, where the Bosch doesn’t. Finally the Milwaukee 12V Driver just looks cooler. Now the Milwaukee did come out 6 months later so they had time to really make more improvements. Both tools have build in light, weight about the same and feel very similar in hand. What would really make the decision much easier is if I knew what 20+ products were going to be added to each company’s line up. These are just the drivers; I can’t wait to see how competitive this gets in the next year.
If you have any opinions about either of these tools or any other sub compact tools feel free to post a comment.
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SOLD OUT SORRY
This is an amazing deal which we promoted in our showroom around Christmas and sold a ton of but then took down the display. There were however a few kits left in the warehouse. This package includes the 1587AVSK jigsaw which we sell for $149 normally. It also comes with a free PR10E palm router which we sell for $99. These are top of the line brand new Bosch woodworking tools, not refurbished, out box or used.
To purchase this kit simply go to the 1587AVSK, you will notice the * which includes the free PR10E even though the picture doesn’t show it. There are only a few left and when they are gone, they are gone.
Check out our entire line of Bosch Tools at Ohio Power Tool. We carry a wide range of Bosch Saws, Routers, Sanders, Litheon Cordless tools as well as a wide range of Bosch bits, blades and accessories.
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What do you really want for the holidays? Here are some ideas for dream gifts for those who want to do a little more around the house… or perhaps build another house. Personally I’m obsessed with tools and I’ll look for any excuse to get all the new tools. The Micro Seesnake is a good example of that. How did anyone ever live without this thing? Some of the things on the list are defiantly overkill but for the most part pretty reasonable, in my mind.
First off everyone needs a good set of cordless power tools. The Bosch Litheon 36 volt 4 tool combo kit CPK40-36 should work nicely. At $642.50 with the $100 off tool trade-in deal, these tools are within reach. The Bosch 36 volt Litheon tools are some of the most powerful on the market today and with 2 FatPack batteries you’ll be able to work all day long without waiting for batteries to recharge.
In addition to a good set of cordless tools you’re going to need a really good saw that is portable enough to travel but still make extremely accurate cuts. Most likely you will already have a circular saw and reciprocating saw so the next step would be to get a miter saw and/or table saw. If you have a nice big work shop you might as well get both. On the other hand if you do need to do some work away from home base it’s great to have something that travels easily. In the past a table saw was not a good option for portability. This is not the case today, check out the Bosch 4100-09 10 inch table saw. It is extremely portable and sets up in about 5 seconds. Bosch also makes several amazing 12 inch miter saws checkout the 4212L and 5412L models.
For working at home an item many of us would like to have in their garage is a lift. Is that really out of the question? Not with the Norco 2.5 ton air lift jack. These fine lifts have wheels so you can store them away when not in use and move them into position when you are ready to turn your garage into a full blown mechanic shop. For $865.33 each these are a great investment for any garage.
Once you got that hot rod up on the lift you are going to need to get some work done. Ohio Power Tool sells a wide variety of other automotive tools and everything you might need to really make a lot of noise in the garage. Obviously the first place to start is a good air compressor to run all your new pneumatic tools. No need to mess around with a wimpy little compressor for the garage that can barely keep up. Ingersoll Rand makes a nice 5 HP, 80 gallon, two stage compressor that will ensure you never run out of juice. For only $1807.20 this monster will power your home workshop all day long.
For those people that really what to get serious the perfect gift to have under the tree would be a Power Team shop press. I don’t know if Santa can haul the 600 lb unit into my garage or shell out $3936 but it would make for one sweet Christmas morning. This unit is a 25 ton press with a 6.25 inch travel and provides plenty of punch for any home or shop.
These are just a few suggestions for under my dream Christmas tree. I’m sure I’m missing something obvious like a light weight portable magnetic drill and new 35lb jack hammer which I would easily find some uses. See some more reasonable gift ideas on Ohio Power Tool where they have a list of 12 more reasonable items and thousands of other tools that will make great gifts.
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This holiday season give the gift that keeps on giving, Power Tools. When it comes to power tools the most popular gifts and probably the most fun are cordless power tools. Cordless power tools are however a tricky gift to give. Many people are very loyal to their favorite line of tools (i.e. Bosch, Milwaukee, etc) and it’s not always the cheapest option on the list. Also there are a lot of discount cordless tools you can pick up next to the checkout at any big box home improvement store which aren’t even worth the plastic they are made of. Seriously be careful some cheap cordless saws can only make 3-5 full powered cuts on a charge? Who know why they even make these things other than to trick uninformed buyers. You would be much better off giving a nice quality corded model that will last for years. Power Tools are not like that store brand cereal that’s almost the same as your Lucky Charms you can buy for half the price.
Cordless drills are a safer bet as they normally hold a charge a little longer, but again don’t go cheap. There are several models of compact cordless drills that are relatively inexpensive, are very compact (i.e. Bosch Pocket Driver or Milwaukee Micro Driver)and hold a charge much longer than the discount brands. If you want to give a quality cordless tool gift at a low price this would be the way to go. If you have a little larger budget there are great deals on multiple tools and combo kits.
Visit Ohio Power Tool to see their top 12 holiday gift ideas as well as all the other thousands of tools they supply.
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A common question with the Bosch 36v Litheon tools has been, which battery should I get the SlimPack or FatPack? Also, why are there two different batteries options? Both batteries provide 36 volts of power for the most heavy-duty applications and both batteries are lithium ion so there is little power fade during usage. However, there are some good reasons to have the two sizes.
The difference comes down to simply run time vs. weight. In the chart above you can see the SlimPack is tested to run about 15% longer than the Bosch 18v battery. (Remember the power of the 36V is still significantly greater) The FatPack has a 100% longer run time than the Bosch 18v battery. The down side to the FatPack is it weighs 1 lb. more and costs almost 50% more. Currently the SlimPack BAT818 is $99.50 and FatPack BAT836 is $142.50.
Clearly it comes down to preference but typically the SlimPacks are used more commonly with drill/drivers in applications where weight might be a concern. The FatPack is typically the battery of choice and our recommendation most of the time.
One final advantage for both of these batteries is Bosch’s Provantage warranty of 2 years. If you are going to rely on these tools this is a huge advantage. The warranty will replace the battery and will do so within 48 hours. Obviously no one has been using these for 2 years (they haven’t been around that long) but so far we have not heard any negative feedback on battery problems or fading battery life which we can’t say about the discount brands.
If you need help or have any questions please talk to the professionals at Ohio Power Tool.
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Below are the top 7 new tools of the year. Obviously everyone will have their own opinions but this is an overall composition of our opinions with customer reviews and insight.
1. Ridgid SeeSnake Micro – The SeeSnake Micro is not like any other tool you have in your garage. It’s a 3 foot long waterproof snaking camera with a light on the end. With it you can look into walls, ducts, heating & cooling units, engines, pipes, drains and any other confined space. Additional 3 foot extensions are also available. It would be nice if in the future you could take some kind of picture with this but that’s about my biggest complaint. This is a very handy tool and has a wide variety of uses. More than anything it is really just lots of fun to play with.
2. Bosch Breaker 11335K – The 11335K Breaker Hammer is the newest Bosch electric demolition tool. This is a great addition to the existing arsenal of SDS-Max hammer drills & Bosch Brute tools. At only 35 lbs. this jack hammer is very versatile with vertical, angled or horizontal positioning. I had to make this one of the top tools of the year because who doesn’t feel like a bad ass using a jack hammer horizontally? Like Arnold Schwarzenegger in Total Recall.
3. IR Mini Air Tools – Ok so this is really a whole line of air tools but I was having trouble picking just one of these new Ingersoll Rand tools and they are pretty cheap so buying the whole line is still very reasonable. These are great tools all around, perfect for home user or professionals looking for compact tools to fit into those hard to reach places. Mini Grinder – Mini Drill/Driver – Mini Sander – Mini Polisher
4. Milwaukee V18 Battery – How can a Battery be one of the top new tools for 2007? It is because the V18 Lithium Ion battery works with all your previous Milwaukee 18 volt Ni-Cad tools. If you already have several 18 volt tools or a combo kit you can upgrade to Lithium Ion for $179 (see previous article). Additionally the charger still charges your old batteries so you can use them as back ups.
5. IQv Cordless Impact – Ingersoll Rand’s new line of IQv cordless tools is pretty impressive. Everyone knows IR as the trusted name for air tools and especially impact wrenches but not necessarily electric or cordless tools. The IQv line really had some big shoes to fill and I think they did an excellent job. You have a wide selection of IQv impacts powered by Lithium or NiCd in either 14.4V or 19.2V. The IQv line also includes other tools common to IR users such as grinders, drills and ratchets which can use the same batteries and chargers.
6. Bosch 36V Circular Saw 1671K – Obviously everyone has seem a cordless circular saw before so why would I include the 1671K? Simply put this is the first cordless circular saw I would actually want to bring to a job site. In my mind cordless circular saws are still not an alternative to a good corded saw because saws need lots of juice. Previous cordless saws were good for 4-5 cuts which is a joke if you are building anything larger than a door stop. The 36 volt Bosch is good for at least 20 which if you have a few extra batteries and a good corded miter saw or portable table saw should be extremely useful on any jobsite. Around the house with an extra battery the 1671K by itself would get most jobs done without any down time.
7. Milwaukee 12V Micro Driver – There seems to be a theme here with the micro & mini tools. Everything gets smaller but at the same time more powerful and the 2401-22 is no exception. It’s not a secret Milwaukee created the Micro driver to compete directly with the very successful Bosch PS20-2 & PS40-2 (I’m sure we’ll see a micro impact shortly) and with good reason. The Lithium Ion tools have added seriously power and battery life making it possible to have small tools that can do big jobs. Plus I think this thing just looks cool.
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The Bosch 36V tools are arguably the best cordless tools on the market. Using Lithium Ion technology these tools can provide all the power needed to get the job done right. With two battery options “SlimPack” and “FatPack” you have the choice between light weight and longer battery life. The 36V SlimPack weighs less than a 14.4V NiCad. It delivers twice the voltage and up to 15-percent more runtime than competitive 18V tools. The pack’s lightweight design makes it perfect for one-handed and overhead applications with a drill/driver or hammer drill/driver.
The 36V FatPack delivers twice the voltage and runtime of an 18V NiCd battery without a weight penalty. These heavy duty cordless tools can even replace your corded tools normally used for jobs like forty-five-degree bevel cuts with a circular saw, reciprocating saw demolition work, and serious drilling into concrete.
Previously these tools were also fairly high priced when compared to other Lithium Ion tools and certainly NiCd cordless tools. This is not the case any more, for the most part the price on the Bosch 36V tools has come way down and during October Ohio Power Tool is offering a $100 trade-in instant rebate on any of your old 18v tools. This puts the 18636-03 drill/driver with 2 SlimPack batteries at $218.50 and the top of the line CPK40-36 4 36 Volt tool combo kit with two FatPack batteries at $642.50.
Check out all the Bosch 36v Tools and if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact the professional staff at Ohio Power Tool. We will help you find the right tool for the job.
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