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Bosch Introduces OIS™ Standard, Expands Multi-Tool Accessories Line 

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Cutting, grinding, scraping, or sanding – new Bosch accessories get it all done!

Mount Prospect, Ill., September 13, 2010 – Oscillating multi-tools are rapidly becoming a toolbox staple for remodelers, finish carpenters, electricians, plumbers and even DIYers. Why? These users are discovering that the wide range of accessories gives these tools the functionality of multiple tools, and even helps them tackle a few tasks they couldn't accomplish before. To help oscillating multi-tool users get the most out of their tools, Bosch Accessories this week introduced the Oscillating Interface System (OIS™), becoming the first company to develop a standard accessory interface in a rapidly growing and segmented market.


Just as Bosch did previously with its well-known T-Shank jigsaw blade standard and SDS hammer steel interface, the company is taking the lead in identifying and developing the best possible interface system to deliver the best possible performance in any competitive tool.


"OIS is a unique 12-pin system from Bosch that provides a secure, reliable connection between the tool and the accessory. That's important, especially with today's high-torque oscillating tools," says Ken Osberg, Bosch Group Product Manager. "It also enables users to position accessories in 12 different angles to deliver great maneuverability and access to work spaces."


The Bosch OIS adapter ensures that OIS accessories work on all oscillating multi- tools on the market, regardless of interface, and is designed to provide the best fit for all tools. Other adapters utilize a pressure fit solution instead of an actual interface fit for the multiple interfaces available, sacrificing performance.


In addition, tool manufacturers have begun designing tools specifically around the OIS standard. Oscillating multi-tools from Bosch, Skil and Milwaukee Electric Tool are already OIS direct fit tools, with more on the way.


Along with the OIS introduction, Bosch is also rolling out an expanded lineup of blades, scrapers, rasps and sanding sheets designed specifically to improve the function and versatility of popular multi-tools.


Because users spend approximately 80 percent of their time with oscillating multi-tools performing cutting applications, Bosch concentrated first on developing accessories that deliver great performance when cutting wood, metal and other materials. Included in the new cutting accessory range are:


4" HCS Serrated  Knife Blade

  •  A Bosch exclusive!
  • Easier to cut insulation and other soft materials with a serrated edge than with a sharp edge.
 2-1/4" Caulk Removal Blade
  •  Precise removal in corners due to tapered body and narrow cutting tip.

1-3/8" Bi-Metal Cutting Plunge Blade

  •  Wider blade with shorter length for support and strength.
  • For cutting non-ferrous pipes, flush cutting fasteners and plunge cuts in drywall.
 4" Bi-Metal Saw Blade
  •  1" cutting depth to accommodate common door frame thickness.
  • Increased width to handle larger applications, such as parquet or laminate floor cutting.
 1-1/8" Bi-Metal plunge Blade
  •  Bi Metal construction allows for cutting metal and wood applications.  Great for cutting trim nails from baseboards.
 1-3/8" Japanese Tooth Plunge Blade
  •   Fast and very smooth wood plunge cutting. Perfect for hardwoods such as oak flooring.

Oscillating multi-tools are gaining popularity for making grinding cuts in tile, masonry, plastic and other materials, especially in cramped spaces. For these applications, Bosch is introducing two new blades, including:


3-1/2" Diamond Grit Blade

  • Lasts 50% longer than the leading competitor and cuts up to 40% faster!
  • Perfect for notching and fitting tiles, cutting fiberglass or grout removal.

2-1/2" Thin Kerf Carbide Grit Segment Blade

  • Ideal for removing grout from narrow 1/16" seams between small tiles.
  • Detail cutting for automotive dash work.

 Users also commonly use their oscillating multi-tools for scraping, light shaping and sanding applications. For these applications, Bosch will offer a full line of accessories, including:


3" Carbide Grit Delta Rasp

  • Full carbide faced delta removes thinset, paint and other materials quickly and easily.

Flexible & Rigid Scraper Blades

 

  • Scraping away epoxy, paint, glue or even drywall mud is a snap with the Bosch scraper blade.

Assorted Sanding Pads and Sanding Sheets

  • Available in assorted grits, these triangle shaped sheets fit into corners perfectly for the best results.

Bosch's OIS system and its new family of oscillating multi-tool accessories are available now at distributors and home centers as individual products or as part of a variety of multi-accessory specialty packs. The OIS universal adapter will be available this Fall with several more blades launching in the first quarter of 2011. To find out more or to find a local dealer, visit www.boschtools.com or call 877-BOSCH-99.  Check out www.boschjoethepro.com for additional tips and videos.

 

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CONTACT:
April Wonsick
Liggett Stashower
216.373.8272
awonsick@liggett.com


About Bosch
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology, some 275,000 associates generated sales of $53 billion (38.2 billion euros) in fiscal 2009. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 300 subsidiaries and regional companies in over 60 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is repre­sented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for growth. Each year, Bosch spends more than $5 billion (3.5 billion euros) for research and development, and applies for some 3,800 patents worldwide. With all its products and services, Bosch enhances the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial.


About Bosch in North America
In the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial drives and control technology, power tools, security and communication systems, packaging technology, thermotechnology, household appliances, solar energy and healthcare products.  Having established a regional presence in 1906, Bosch employs over 20,000 associates in more than 70 locations, with reported sales of $7.3 billion in fiscal 2009.


About Robert Bosch Tool Corporation
Robert Bosch Tool Corporation in North America, was formed in January 2003 when Robert Bosch GmbH combined its North American power tool, accessory and lawn and garden divisions into one organization.  As a manufacturing pioneer with more than a century's worth of experience, the Bosch name has become synonymous with engineering excellence. The Robert Bosch Tool Corporation is a world leader in the design, manufacture and sale of power tools, rotary and oscillating tools, accessories, laser and optical leveling and range finding tools, and garden and watering equipment.


For more information about Bosch Power Tools & Accessories, call toll free 877-BOSCH-99 (877-267-2499) or visit www.boschtools.com


For more information about the Bosch Group, visit www.boschusa.com.
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