CORE. That’s the new brand name Bosch has given to their new line of brushless cordless tools. Details are scarce, but Bosch has finally broken the silence about their next generation of cordless tools.
Bosch’s competitors, mainly Milwaukee, Dewalt, Makita, and Hitachi, all already offer 18V (or 20V Max) brushless cordless tools. Milwaukee is even coming out with a very nice lineup of brushless 12V tools. It’s time Bosch got with the program!
Truthfully, we believed that Dewalt would beat Bosch to market with new brushless drills and drivers to pair up with the brushless impact driver they released last year. We know that Dewalt is working on developing new brushless products, so perhaps they still can beat Bosch to market.
The CORE line will launch with a new 18V impact driver and a slight update of their 18V brushless rotary hammer.
Bosch 18V CORE Brushless Impactor
The new impactor will feature what Bosch calls a Socket Ready adapter. This new innovation allows for the use of 1/4″ hex bits or 1/2″ impact sockets without the need for separate adapters. The latest version looks a bit different than the hybrid impact driver/wrench they released earlier in the year overseas.
It looks like the new impact driver has electronic speed/torque settings, which has become the norm for premium impact drivers. This helps reduce damage to fasteners and bits when you don’t need to squeeze out every inch-ounce of torque an impact driver can deliver.
New 18V 2.0Ah and 4.0Ah Batteries, 12V 2.0Ah Battery
Bosch is also coming out with new 2.0Ah and 4.0Ah 18V battery packs. We knew they were coming out with a 4.0Ah battery, and a 2.0Ah compact battery just makes sense. A new 2.0Ah 12V battery pack is also pending release.
What Does This Mean?
From a performance standpoint, it means new tools with more power and better runtime. Right now we’ve only been teased with news of an impact driver and rotary hammer, but additional drills and drivers are sure to follow.
Bosch took a page out of Milwaukee’s book. A lot of changes are coming, and different branding is a good way to help customers differentiate Bosch’s new next generations tools from their current lineup of cordless tools.
This development brings up quite a few questions, with one ringing louder in our ears than the others. Which brand will be the brushless cordless tool champ in 2013?
Big thanks to Ben for his comment and tips about the new CORE brand!