Note: This Bosch UK or EU product is not available in the USA.
Yesterday we posted about some decent Bosch 12V cordless tool deals, and in the comments section someone brought up how Bosch’s 12V tool selection is not as expansive as other brands’, namely Milwaukee with their M12 lineup.
Monte chimed in, saying that a new circular saw, jigsaw, and rotary tool will be released in 2014 in Europe, possibly following Bosch’s new compact brushless drill and screwdriver.
This is big news, mainly because it’s Bosch’s first major 12V Max line expansion in a while, and also because there is exceptionally high interest in compact circular saws.
These tools will be released as part of Bosch’s 10.8V Li-ion platform in Europe. There have been no announcements regarding USA availability.
Bosch Compact Cordless Circular Saw
The new 12V-class circular saw, designated GKS 10,8V-LI Professional, works with 85mm (3-3/8″) circular saw blades and can cut wood and wood-based materials with a 26.5mm (1.04″) cutting depth.
With a 2.0Ah battery, included in the kit, the lightweight and compact saw weighs in at 1.4kg (3.1 lbs). Motor speed is 1400 RPM and the adjustable shoe can pivot up to 45° for angled cuts.
The saw can cut up to 20 meters (65.6 feet) of 18-mm (0.70″) MDF boards per 2.0Ah battery charge.
Bosch Compact Cordless Jigsaw
The new compact jigsaw, GST 10,8V-LI Professional, features a barrel-grip design, steel-reinforced die-cast aluminum base plate, and T-shank blade holder. It weighs just 1.5 kg (3.3 lbs) with a 2.0Ah battery, and is designed for one-handed operation.
Maximum cutting depth is 70mm (2.76″), and the saw cut through ~6m (19.7ft) of 24mm-thick (0.94″) pinewood on a single 2.0Ah battery charge.
Bosch says that two pendulum settings make it possible to adapt the saw to various workpiece materials. We take this to mean that there will be two orbital settings.
Bosch Compact Cordless Rotary Tool
The rotary tool, GRO 10,8V-LI Professional, has a variable speed motor (5,000 – 32,000 RPM), and can be used for general cutting, grinding, deburring, polishing, and routing tasks. It weighs 600g (1.3 lbs) with a 2.0Ah battery.
Honestly, we’re wondering why Bosch hasn’t come out with a 10.8V/12V Max rotary tool sooner, as they could have easily borrowed expertise from Dremel, one of their sister companies.
More Info(via Bosch Germany PR)