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Power Tools for Professionals

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LIGHT UP YOUR JOB

Portable 18V brightness where you need it

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VISIBILITY DELIVERED
THE NEW GENERATION OF DURABILITY
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ALWAYS ESSENTIAL
ALWAYS ESSENTIAL

The Essential Work of Building America

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GTC 400
EASY, ACCURATE THERMAL IMAGES IN SECONDS

Integrated camera, 12V battery platform and software for further image analysis

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THE REVOLUTION IS HERE
THE REVOLUTION IS HERE
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XLOCK - JUST ONE CLICK - UP TO 5X FASTER WHEEL CHANGE
TIME THAT WRENCH GOES INTO RETIREMENT
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EVERY TOOL, ANY APPLICATION, ONE PLATFORM
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0 TO 400 FEET ALWAYS SPOT ON

Accurate long distance Measuring always in range

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The Essential Work of Building America
Always Essential

Bosch has been a partner to the trade pro for over 80 years, and we work to support you in many ways. In 2019, we toured the country to meet face-to-face with many of you, so we could connect, share and listen. We planned to double our efforts in 2020.

Nevertheless, our commitment to you, to the trade pro, is stronger than ever. There are many who this year discovered what we already knew: the skilled trades are essential! And while the way that we are able to connect, share and listen is different in 2020, our mission is the same. We are here to support you.

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Make Dust History
Bosch PRO+GUARD™ Helps You Move Toward Compliance

Bosch PRO+GUARD™ dust solutions are designed to help you move toward compliance with the OSHA silica dust regulation. But, there is a bonus. Namely, managing dust can boost productivity. An example is that Bosch dust extractors keep the air cleaner by using HEPA filters that capture 99.97 percent of dust particles. Bosch Speed Clean dust-extraction drill bits, when used to set adhesive anchors, reduce installation time by up to 50 percent. The key is using a comprehensive dust-management system. Check out the video to learn more about how the end-to-end solution can work for you.

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Make Dust History
Bosch Speed Clean Anchoring Bits Code Approved

Bosch Speed Clean drill bits are code approved and meet OSHA standards for adhesive anchoring. Bosch has engineered the bit using a solid piece of steel with a dust channel milled to exacting specifications. It extracts dust while drilling, creating 25 percent greater drilling speed. Speed Clean is an important part of the PRO+GUARD™ dust system that helps users move toward compliance with the OSHA silica regulation. The bit life is comparable to the life of Bosch Bulldog™ SDS-plus® or Bosch SpeedX® SDS-max® bits. Be sure to watch the video to find out how Speed Clean works.

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Make Dust History
Bosch VAC090A and VAC140A Dust Extractors Deliver Suction Power

The Bosch VAC090A 9-Gallon and VAC140A 14-Gallon Dust Extractors provide the suction power for the PRO+GUARD™ dust solution. As this video shows, the Bosch 9-Gallon dust extractor can start the job and finish job, cleanly. Bosh dust extractors feature Auto Filter Clean, HEPA filters and recommended prefiltering fleece bags. Bosch HEPA Dust Extractors are able to sustain high suction power, even as the job moves on. Cubic feet of air per minute (CFM) rate measures air flow. These extractors have a maximum 150-CFM air flow. They have a 97 In. static water lift (maximum). Check out the video to see the Bosch VAC090A in action.

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Make Dust History
BOSCH Upgraded Bulldog™ Xtreme SDS-plus® Bit

The Bosch SDS-plus® Bulldog™ Xtreme Rotary Hammer Bit provides 25% more holes per charge, thanks to an upgraded variable flute design. Four flutes transfer dust away faster, keeping the hole cleaner before transitioning to a two-flute design for speed. It also boasts a 100% carbide tip design and proprietary diffusion-bonding technology, for 4X life in concrete with rebar. The Bosch HDC100 dust attachment accommodates bits up to 8” in total length and 3/4” in diameter. It is part of the Bosch PRO+GUARD™ dust system that helps users move toward compliance with the OSHA silica regulation. For more info, check out the video.

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18V SDS plus rotary hammer drilling concrete with dust extraction
Choosing a Hammer to fit your Rotary Drilling Needs

Whether it’s new construction or maintenance, many jobs require drilling holes in concrete. Selecting the right tool for the job is critical, but making the right choice can be complicated. Types of tools, bit holding systems and drill bit types, as well as nature of the job that needs to be done and availability of electric power – these are some of the variables that need to be taken into consideration.

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Bosch Speed Clean Anchoring Bits Code Approved

Until the fall of 2014, if you had asked me what I knew about Bosch, I’d have told you they make expensive dishwashers. If you had asked me what I knew about impact drivers, I’d have replied “is that a marketing term?”

I owned some tools – an old (and heavy) corded drill, a small hammer and a set of screwdrivers that was a housewarming gift from my parents. Whenever anything needed to be fixed at my house, I hired someone and tried to stay out of his or her way.

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Laser Tape Measure Units Are Replacing the Old Tape Measure

Laser tape measure is a term used by those who are used to occasionally digging out their old tape measure to find the length and width of a shelf. But for many who measure every day and value accuracy and simplicity, laser measures have become the de facto way to make all their measurements.

And with the price and simplicity of laser measures becoming more competitive to the old "analog" measuring tape, many who need precise measurements are turning every day to such tools as line lasers. Remodelers, carpenters, painters and patio builders use these tools for quick, accurate measurements, eliminating guesswork.

Bosch has recently introduced the GLM 15, the most affordable, easiest to use laser measure in its class. With just one touch of a button, the unit turns on and goes right into to measuring. For appraisers or house stagers, this is perfect for walk-off measurements that they frequently perform.

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Make Dust History
BOSCH Upgraded Bulldog™ Xtreme SDS-plus® Bit

Lots of experienced woodworkers name the router as one of most versatile power tools. Workers using a router can shape decorative edges, form raised panels, cut grooves and slots, carve signs, make moldings, rout intricate inlays, trim plastic laminate and veneers, and mill dozens of woodworking joints, including rabbets, dovetails and mortises. And while the best router is handheld for most operations, it can also be mounted in a router table, creating a small stationary shaper.

If you're new to using a router, start off with a small fixed-base router or trim router, something in the 1-hp to 1-1/2-hp range. As users become more confident and comfortable using a router, move up to a larger fixed-base or plunge router in the 1¾- to 3½-hp range. Look for one with these five features in the best router: soft-start motor, smooth-operating depth-adjustment mechanism, comfortable handles or grip, push-button arbor lock for one-wrench bit changes, and a flexible power cord that's at least eight feet long.

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Benefits of Using Metal Framing

When it comes to studs, instead of automatically buying wood, consider metal. According to the Steel Framing Alliance, more than 40 percent of commercial structures are now built with steel framing and nearly 500,000 homes have been built with steel framing over the past decade. The best tool for fasteners in working with metal studs is an impact driver.

Most metal studs are made from sheet steel that is cold-formed into shapes and sizes that are similar to what builders are accustomed to in dimensional lumber (2x4, 2x6, 2x8, 2x10, 2x12 and so forth).

While metal studs do conduct cold (insulation should be applied between the outside wall and the metal to act as a thermal break), they offer many benefits and advantages over wood studs:

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Decks Offer a Great Remodeling Opportunity
How to fix a Deck

It may be easier than you think to expand the remodeling and construction service offering, especially on that great get-away place—the deck. Decks need TLC too—particularly if those boards are exposed and regularly face wind, rain and heat. A single tool – the oscillating tool, does most of the heavy lifting.

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Dust Extraction is a Necessity

If you’ve ever done tuckpointing, or most other masonry grinding applications for that matter, then it’s no mystery how much hassle it is to clean up the aftermath – let alone work through the cloud of dust these grinders can cause. Grinding applications, especially with concrete, also can create health risks that should be taken seriously. General recommendations range from wearing a certified respirator to providing exhaust ventilation to employing a dust collection system on the jobsite. OSHA regulations in place to ensure proper dust extraction equipment is used and precautions are taken to reduce exposure to dust.

So what’s the best way to effectively collect 95 percent or more of the dust created during operation? The Bosch Grinder Dust Extraction System does just that. This system provides a number of attachments to be used with Bosch 1800 Series grinders as well as a Bosch AIRSWEEP™ vacuum system.

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Grinder Collects Dust, Accolades Surface

Grinder uses vary, but surface grinders for concrete applications have one thing in common: dust.

Dust collection has become a big issue, with OSHA looking closely at silica dust regulations. (You can read a primer about concrete grinding and OSHA here.) And, according to Cop Tool and Jay Amstutz, Bosch has a great new solution with the CSG15 Concrete Surfacing Grinder with Dedicated Dust Collection Shroud. The Bosch CSG15 is a next-generation surface grinder, replacing the Bosch 1773AK.

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Multitool Roundup: Cordless and Corded Reviews

Multitool reviews and roundups have a little something for everyone, much like oscillating multitools themselves. These multi-tools are designed to perform a lot of tasks, and no one has a more complete solution of tools and accessories in this category than Bosch.

Great for woodworking, remodeling, floor installation and other tasks (some that can't really be done well with any other tool), oscillating tools are outstanding additions to your toolbox. Recently, several Bosch models made it to the top of the editors' assessments of these woodworking tools. And whether you prefer corded or cordless, there is a Bosch that can help you get more done.

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Power Tools Reduce the Risk of Kickback

Power tools from Bosch, such as the cordless drill DDH181X, have a new technology to reduce the risk of kickback. As this drill and other tools are amped up with more power, the problem of managing kickback become more pronounced. That's where Active Response Technology comes in.

When one of these drills is jammed – put into a bind-up situation – applying power to the motor will not free the bit. Some of these new cordless tools have power to spare, and sudden high-torque movements rotate the drill … and the operator's wrists and arms. This at the least is tiring. It can be dangerous. Sometime the tool will twist out of the user's hand, swing around and hit the operator or someone close to the tool, causing bodily harm.

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Wood Router: Colt Palm Router Reviews

Wood router tools provide power and maximum control. That is especially true for palm routers, a class of woodworking tools that many may know as laminate trimmers. The Bosch PR20EVSPK Colt™ 1.0 HP Palm Router is a router tool that is a variable speed model, and the kit includes a plunge base to make it a handy and extremely versatile tool. It can handle many routing tasks just this side of a router table.

That is the conclusion that Wood Crafter Tool Talk arrived at after taking a close look at the Colt™.

"The professional on the job site will appreciate the range that this little router can handle on the job site from kitchen remodeling to building custom staircases. Even precise pattern making is an easy task for this compact wood trim palm router from Bosch.

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Boombox Sound System
Boombox Sound System: Bosch's Jobsite Radio

Boombox music for the worksite is an essential part of the working environment for many professionals. And there are jobsite radios made specifically to stand up to the harsh surroundings that many construction sites dish out.

The jobsite radio or worksite portable sound system category is now one where, instead of the old portable CD player, users are able to get durable boomboxes with pumped up sounds connected to their MP3 players or phones for stored music or internet radio. And according to the reviewers in the field, none is tougher or sounds better than the cordless, portable Bosch PB360S Power Box Jobsite Radio and Charger.

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Toolbox or Mobile Tool Cart that Cleans Up: You Decide

Toolbox pride is nothing new to professionals in the trades who need every advantage to be as productive and profitable as possible. That's why Bosch keeps improving the Click & Go™ storage solutions system – a pro's toolbox. But a recent innovation takes integration to a new level.

Bosch designed new best-in-class portable vacuums to provide those who work with a great amount of dust on the job – applications such as tuckpointing or concrete surfacing, drilling, cutting or chipping. The design of the lineup of nine- and 14-gallon vacuums – the VAC090S and VAC090A nine-gallon vacuums and VAC140S and VAC140A 14-gallon vacuums – includes tool integration.

But the tool integration isn't only what you'd expect – that, for example, the vacuum hose securely attaches to various dust-collection guards and shrouds. It's that each of the vacuums compatible with the Click & Go™ system, in effect making the vacuum a basis for a mobile tool cart that also extracts dust while you work.

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OSHA Regulations for Silica Yield Bosch Innovation

OSHA has proposed regulations that would raise standards of exposure for airborne crystalline silica, also known as silica dust. As Lauren Hunter of Hanley Wood wrote, "OSHA's proposed rule would reduce the current permissible exposure limit (PEL) from 100 μg/m3 (micrograms per cubic meter) to 50 μg/m3. Reminiscent of the Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting rule, projects that would exceed the new silica dust limits limit would require the use of special tools, respirators, or other remedial measures."

OSHA issued a press release that spelled out the reason for the proposals, and where the proposals are directed.

"The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced a proposed rule aimed at curbing lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America's workers. The proposal seeks to lower worker exposure to crystalline silica, which kills hundreds of workers and sickens thousands more each year.

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Circular Saws: The Worm Drive Turns

Circular saws that have worm drive gearing are popular choices in the West and the Midwest, according to Fine Homebuilder magazine. In the East, sidewinders are the circ saws of choice. With the different gear configurations come different strengths (and weaknesses), so many professionals including carpenters pack one or several of each kind of circular saw, to use for different applications.

A sidewinder is basically a direct-drive circular saw with the motor in line with the gearing, so the blade spins faster and the saw is more compact. The blade on a sidewinder is usually on the right (the Bosch CS5 is a sidewinder designed specifically to have the blade on the left). Sidewinders bring higher rpm but lower torque than worm drive construction saws.

Worm drive saws have the motor at the rear of the power tool, with gears oriented at 45° angles. The blade speed is slower but the torque is improved. A heavier and longer saw, a wormdrive model will usually have the blade on the left side.

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