Over on social media and online forums, there’s an image of new Bosch cordless sanders that has been circulating for a couple of days. Get it?!
These look to be the Bosch GEX 12V-125 and GEX 18V-125 cordless sanders that we started seeing referenced in Bosch parts listings and on Bosch DE’s user forum back in September.
Have you see these tools before? I have been trying to learn more about them without much success.
I could not trace the source of the image, other than finding it in several places online and with the same details:
- Pneumatic sander-style geometry
- Brushless motor
- 125mm sanding disc
- Variable speed
- 12V and 18V battery systems
At this time, until we learn more, it is possible that these are renderings and not representative of actual products. But, seeing as how we were clued in about their existence 2 months ago, I would guess that they’re real and forthcoming.
If these are newly released Bosch cordless sanders, sign me up! The image of the Bosch 18V cordless sander shows it to have a very low profile geometry that is far different than other cordless sanders on the market today.
Here’s Bosch’s existing 18V cordless finish sander. While fairly compact, and smaller in size than most brands’ 18V-class 5″ random orbit sander, the image of the new Bosch 18V circular sander shows off a more ergonomic grip geometry and huge departure from modern trends.
Here is the Dewalt DCS210 cordless sander, with brushless motor, 5″ sanding pad, and dust bag. The difference in form factor is apparent.
That’s why Bosch’s sander is so interesting – it features a form factor that we don’t typically see with other brands’ cordless sanders.
While the Bosch GEX 18V-125 and GEX 12V-125 sanders aren’t as compact, they could be more comfortable or controllable. It’s great to have more options!
Here is the image again, which shows the Bosch 18V cordless sander paired with a CORE18V compact 4Ah battery.
The Bosch 12V sander is also particularly interesting, as you won’t find cordless sanders in most brands’ 12V-class cordless power tool systems. The benefit here is that you have a much smaller tool and a narrower handle grip.
It’s unclear as to what impact a 12V-class motor and power source will have on speed or performance specs, but the sander looks to have the same 5″/125mm sanding pad as the 18V model.
Both sanders look to have built-in dust ports, variable speed dials, and a separate and easily accessible on/off power button.
The Bosch 12V sander has a built-in LED battery fuel gauge.
What’s also interesting here is that the Bosch 12V cordless sander is shown paired with a compact Li-ion battery, rather than a larger and higher capacity battery pack. This helps to make it appear particularly compact and even ergonomic. A lower capacity battery on a tool like this would force a compromise in runtime – at the least – and it’s likely for the 12V sander to deliver a slower material removal rate as well.
As mentioned, all we’re going by is an image found on social media and a Bosch user forum. These could be concepts – and if so they look to be very accurate and enticing. Or, like many Bosch cordless power tools, they could simply have only been announced for international markets thus far.
As usual, there is no indication as to if or when these new Bosch cordless power tools might be launched here. We have reached out to Bosch USA, asking about North America availability, and are waiting to hear back.
Please let us know if you find any additional details about these tools!
Thank you to Cody for the tip!