We first saw the Bosch 18V Multi-X pop up on the German website back in March, and then Bosch confirmed that it would be coming to the US when it made an appearance on their US Facebook page in May. We have been anticipating the 18V Multi-X for a while now, and finally Bosch has given us a release date and a price to go with it.
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sym•po•si•um [sim-poh-zee-uh m] n. a dynamic conference organized for the discussion of the latest innovative Milwaukee tools
Before highlighting a sample of the many great tools revealed in this event held last week, it was helpful for me to first check my dictionary for the proper usage of the word; and though Webster might not have defined it exactly this way, having first-look at Milwaukee's latest innovative tools indeed made the Milwaukee tool new product symposium a dynamic conference. With expert product managers showcasing tools like the latest M18 FUEL cordless line; a M18 cordless LED Flood light brighter than a 250 watt halogen; and an expanded line of heated jackets, hoodies, and hand warmers—for now I will only highlight these and expound on the many other great tools in the near future.
Proto just came out with a new tool chest that allows professionals to organize and store their tools on the jobsite. Their 34-inch Service Road Box might look like your typical garage tool chest at first glance, but unlike your average tool chest, it is strong enough to handle serious jobsite abuse.
Back when I tested the Milwaukee M18 Fuel Brushless Hammer Drill, I found that it easily proved itself to be a powerhouse. It took on every task with speed, while also showing long battery life. Being that their M18 Fuel Impact driver is in the same M18 Fuel family, can it too prove to be a powerhouse? Let's find out.
The really bad thing about oscillating tool blades is that they can't really cut into any hard metal and last for more than a few seconds. We have all been spoiled with the amazing powers of carbide and anything less seems like we are using a butter knife. So Bosch is giving us what we need in their OSC114C, a carbide tooth oscillating multi-tool blade.
Update 6/4/2013 - This deal is back up for grabs for a third time as an Amazon Gold Box Deal of the day. Even though a lot of time has gone by since this was first posted, this is still a good deal at $93 because of the two included L-Boxx cases.
Update 1/8/2013 - Amazon has brought this deal back as a Gold Box for today. Get it while you can, you don't want to miss out.
11/23/2012 - We don't see deals like this very often, but this package deal that Amazon is currently running might be too good for you to pass up. I am even thinking about picking up the deal because it is that good.
For under $95 you can get the Bosch PS31-2AL1A which includes the Bosch 12V ⅜-Inch Drill Driver (plus one batteries & charger), which in this case, uses the L-BOXX as its carrying case. This kit also includes an additional L-BOXX1A, and could be used to sort drill bits, screws, fittings etc. And if you are unfamiliar with the L-BOXX system, it s a stackable modular storage system that Bosch sells in a few sizes.
Just buying the two L-BOXX cases alone would add up to almost $95, and the PS31 kit with two batteries sells for $125. You are basically getting a free drill with the purchase of the L-Boxx cases.
CH Hanson has announced that they are teaming up with ITL (Insulated Tools Limited) of Great Britain, to bring a full line of their 1,000-volt rated fully insulated hand tools to North America. The range of professional tools will include: screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers, cutters, nippers, sockets and more.