Hey – a new Bosch 12V Max cordless power tool, and it WILL be available in the USA, as suggested by its Amazon product listing and shipping ETA.
The new Bosch GOP12V-28N is a 12V Max brushless oscillating multi-tool with Starlock accessory mount. It has a 2.8° oscillating arc and operates at speeds up to 20,000 OPM.
It’s said to be light, ergonomic, compact, and capable of working in tight spaces. As with other oscillating tools, this one can do flush-cutting, plunge-cutting, sanding, grinding, among other things, when paired with the right blade or accessory.
There looks to be a battery charge gauge, right beneath the speed control dial.
- 11.2″ long
- 3.3″ height
- weighs 1.75 lbs (without battery?)
- 5,000 – 20,000 OPM
- 2.8° oscillating arc (1.4° L/R)
- Variable speed dial
- Magnetic positioning support for “assisted blade change”
- Non-marring plastic ribs protect the front of the tool from scuffs and scratches
It comes with (1) 1-1/4″ blade, an accessory box, an accessory mounting screw, and hex wrench. Oh… its blade interface isn’t tool-free. Hmm…
Well, I guess that’s the trade-off – you can have a narrow-head and affordably priced 12V-class brushless oscillating multi-tool, or you can have one with tool-free interface.
Even so, the brushless motor still seems like a big benefit. It has been years since Bosch introduced their first 18V brushless oscillating tool, and they have since released a Starlock model. With tools like these, you want every bit of runtime that you can get.
Price: $99 (Amazon has it for $99, 2 other stores have it for $119. It’s not clear which is the “regular” price.)
You’ll need a battery pack and charger. There’s a starter kit that can get you going for under $50 (via Amazon). $148 for a build-your-own kit seems pretty reasonable.
The new Bosch 12V Max oscillating tool looks to be considerably smaller than the corded and 18V-class oscillating tools currently on the market, and as mentioned it is compatible with Bosch and Fein’s still relatively new Starlock interface.
I’ve tried Bosch and Fein Starlock tools, and blade changes are amazingly quick. It’s almost ridiculous how easy it is to pop a new blade onto Bosch’s tools. After you release a blade, you simply press the tool onto a new one, and the lock clicks into place.
With this tool seemingly being designed with small size in mind, and possibly cost as well, it has a hex screw interface.
The tool also features a “magnetic positioning support” that’s said to help with blade changes. That makes sense, and seems to be a potentially handy feature. If I’m understanding things correctly, the tool will hold the blade or accessory in place while you fiddle with the mounting screw or find a hex key to secure it with.
While I wouldn’t completely forget about the lack of a tool-free blade interface, Bosch seems to have designed enough features and potential benefits to help balance out its absence.
Finally, I have 2 minor observations to grumble about. First, what’s with the break in naming convention? Why can’t this be the PS51? GOP12V-28N? That seems more forgettable. Second, no L-Boxx insert?
I linked to the Fein 12V Multi-Talent above, as it seems to be a strong competitor. Its kit price is $199, but with that you get a charger, (2) battery packs, a hard case, and a small (but more than Bosch gives you) assortment of accessories. The Fein has a tool-free interface, but it’s also a larger tool overall, seemingly scaled down from their 18V version. The Fein seems more like a primary tool, and the Bosch a complementary one.