Bosch has just announced their new 18V brushless cordless oscillating multi-tool (MXH180). The new Multi-X features tool-free blade changes, similar to their corded MX30, and a new powerful brushless motor that is said to provide corded performance and unprecedented runtime.
The new oscillating multi-tool looks to be the first tool released with Bosch’s CORE branding, and will be joined by additional brushless, high-performing, and long-running power tools in coming months.
The MXH180 is said to deliver up to 30% more power and run for up to 65% longer, thanks to its newly designed brushless motor. Tool longevity is said to be 3X longer as well.
Additional Features and Technical Specs:
- 8,000 – 20,000 variable speed OPM
- OIS accessory compatibility
- compact size (12-5/8″ length)
- light weight (4.35 lbs)
- tool-free blade changes with no removable parts
- reduced vibration
- minimal maintenance (no motor brushes to check or replace)
- ergonomic gripping zones
- constant response circuitry for maintained speed under heavy loads
It looks like the MXH180 will only be available as part of the MXH180BL kit, which includes the tool itself, an exact-fit tool insert tray, an L-Boxx storage case, and one accessory blade for $229.
Users can add their own Bosch 18V batteries or chargers to the kit, or purchase a SKC181-101 kit ($99) that includes a charger and BAT620 4.0Ah lithium-ion battery pack. A complete one-battery kit will therefore be priced at about $328.
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Oscillating multi-tools are popular, but cordless models have notoriously poor runtimes. It’s unavoidable for tools like these that are run continuously.
More power and longer runtimes? Sounds good to me. But the brushless technology comes with higher costs.
Users will likely have mixed reactions to Bosch’s kit decisions. Personally, I like how the tool will be bundled as part of an L-Boxx kit, but that’s probably because I purchased a Bosch 18V kit and already have a compatible charger and batteries.
Some new Bosch users might appreciate having a la carte tool and charger + battery starter kit options, others might balk at having to pay a little extra for the L-Boxx tool box.
Overall I am excited about the new brushless multi-tool.
Bosch’s Build Your Own Kit stance makes perfect sense, but I wonder how their users and target audience will respond. With a tool like this it can be hard to predict whether users would want the tool bundled with compact batteries, high capacity batteries, one of each, or none at all.