Bosch rolls out brushless oscillating tool

boschBosch Power Tools has introduced a new 18-volt oscillating tool, model MXH180, with a brushless motor design. Weighing just 4.35 lbs. and powered by a 4.0 amp-hour Fat Pack battery, Bosch says the tool delivers on its promise of high efficiency in a compact size.

Product manager Jim Stevenson says the benefit of an oscillating tool, cordless or corded, is that it can do lots of specialty tasks such as sanding, cutting and scraping faster than any other tool. He adds that this model offers up to three times longer life, 30 percent more power, 65 percent longer runtime and integrated electronics for superior control and motor life than competing models.

“Thanks to the tool’s EC brushless motor, the MXH180 boasts best-in-class runtime. Users can also benefit from lighter weight, reduced vibration, minimal maintenance and extended motor life,” says Stevenson.

The variable-speed motor has a soft start feature, as well as a constant response circuitry feature to maintain speed under a heavy load.

The MXH180 is compatible with all generations of Bosch lithium-ion Fat and Slim Pack 18-volt batteries, and users can expect even more runtime with new BAT612 2.0 amp-hour and BAT620 4.0 amp-hour batteries, according the company.

The tool also features a toolless accessory change lever. “Unlike some competitor toolless accessory-change systems, the Bosch system does not require that any parts be removed and reattached in the process. With the right accessory, users can get to work without worrying about misplacing or keeping track of small parts.

“For enhanced user comfort and better productivity, the tool features reinforced gear housing helps cut down on tool vibration, as well as soft grip areas and small grip circumference,” says Stevenson.

The tool sells for $99 in a starter kit, which includes a charger and 4.0 amp-hour lithium-ion battery.

Contact: Bosch Tool Corp. Tel: 877-267-2499. www.bosch.us

This article originally appeared in the August 2013 issue.

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