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
1-3/8" Bi-Metal Cutting Plunge Blade
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
2-1/2" Thin Kerf Carbide Grit Segment Blade
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
Flexible & Rigid Scraper Blades
Assorted Sanding Pads and Sanding Sheets
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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About BoschThe 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 AmericaIn 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 CorporationRobert 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.
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