Posts Tagged ‘Bosch’

Bosch’s New Router

August 18th, 2010

Bosch has released a new 2.3 HP router.  The MR23EVS router series has a handful of new features that look quite promising.  It has trigger controlled power switches on both the fixed and plunge bases, something Bosch is claiming to be a first.  The routers also feature LED lighting that is ‘always-on’.  I’m curious if that means they’re always on whenever the router is plugged in, or just when the router is on.  Hopefully they’re on their own switch.  Bosch’s ‘Constant-Response’ circuitry claims to maintain a constant speed under load, which will be beneficial for getting high quality cuts.   The plunge base also features a micro-fine adjustment mechanism, although it doesn’t appear to be adjustable from the bottom for easy table mounting.  The new series of routers run from 10,000-25,000 RPM, and have both 1/4″ and 1/2″ collets.  Three flavors will be available, the MRF23EVS fixed base, the MRP23EVS plunge base, or the MRC23EVSK which has both.  The kit runs about $300, and is available now.

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Around the Web Reviews: Cordless Finish Nailers at Popular Mechanics

August 11th, 2010

Cordless nailers are becoming more and more popular these days however, there are many different styles of cordless nailer on the market.  The most common is Paslode’s fuel-cell gun, which works in a similar manner to a 2-stroke gas engine.  Dewalt has had a gun on the market for awhile now that uses a battery powered motor to spin up a mechanical flywheel, and recently Senco has come out with the Fusion nail gun.  The fusion uses a battery powered motor to compress a small nitrogen tank, which is then used to fire the nail.  All of these have their pros and cons, and Popular Mechanics takes a look at each one, as well as throwing in a traditional air-compressor powered Bosch into the mix.  The Paslode was their favorite, all though they weren’t a fan of the smell, or the extra cost of the fuel.  The Dewalt was easy to use, but a bit under powered and extremely heavy.  The Senco basically split the difference, weighing more than the Paslode, but with the easy of a pure battery solution.

Source: Popular Mechanics

Bosch PS40-2A Impactor 12V Impact Driver Review

July 13th, 2010

Impact drivers are a new class of tool that showed up a few years ago and has been steadily gaining in popularity.  Anyone who’s ever used one swears by it, but folks who haven’t don’t really understand them.  On the face of it they’re just a drill that doesn’t have a chuck, and can only drive fasteners.  However, all though they can only do one thing, they do that one thing very well.  Today we are reviewing the light yet powerful Bosch PS40-2A Impactor 12V Li-Ion driver.  It features 800 in-lbs of torque and a no load speed of 1,800 RPM.  Not the most impressive specs, but it weighs just 2.2 lbs.  It has a street price of about $120.  Hit the jump to read the full review.

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Popular Mechanics 18V Impact Driver Round-up

June 22nd, 2010

Popular Mechanics has posted a round-up of 18V Impact Drivers.  These extremely versatile tools can be used for anything from installing a garage door opener to building a deck.  Although many folks don’t see the point and will continue to use a regular cordless drill, once you use one of these guys you’ll never go back.  The prices in the Popular Mechanics round-up ranged from the $395 Bosch 26618-01, to the $170 Ridgid Fuego R86030.  The Makita BTD144 proved to be the winner, earning 4.5 stars, but at $350 its not cheap.  The best buy is the Ridgid  earning 4 stars and only costing $170.  The Porter Cable PC18ID also deserves a mention, only costing $20 more than the Ridgid, but having a battery that lasts almost twice as long.  Sadly the article lacks significant detail beyond the specific likes and dislikes, but its worth checking out if you’re in the market.

Source: Popular Mechanics

Bosch’s Floor/Wall Laser

June 21st, 2010

Snapping chalk lines is so 20th century.  These days it’s all about the lasers.  Well at least that’s what the tool makers want you to think.  These days everything from drill presses to scissors have a laser on them.   Bosch jumped into the laser line business with both feet, and now has a full lineup, including the GTL3 Wall/Floor Covering Laser.  Aimed primarily at tile layers, this little guy puts down a line at 0, 45, and 90 degrees, making it a snap (err a light?) to get perfectly straight tiles without any chalk lines.

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