August 27, 2008

Bosch Releases 14.4-Volt and 18-Volt Litheon Tools

bosch_litheon.jpgBosch just sent out word that they're finally getting into the 14.4-volt and 18-volt lithium market. Up until now they've kept their Li-Ion tools at the extremes, with either the little 12-volt or the Conan the Barbarian 36-volt. But now, finally, they've discovered their middle ground.

The new tools are exclusively in the hammer/drill/driver category and from what information is available at the moment, they look pretty nice. In addition to there being the two voltages (14 and 18), there are two types of batteries as well. The Brute Tough tools come with a FatPack battery and the Compact Tough come with a SlimPack Battery. The systems are compatible with one another, meaning that SlimPack batteries fit on Brute Tough tools and vise versa. Got it?

The tools also come with a nice 2 year battery replacement policy.

bosch_fatpack.jpgbosch_slimpack.jpg

The new tools are as follows:

  • 18V Litheon BruteTough Hammer Drill/Driver
  • 14.4V Litheon BruteTough Hammer Drill/Driver
  • 18V Litheon BruteTough Drill/Driver
  • 14.4V Litheon BruteTough Drill/Driver

...and...

  • 18V Litheon CompatTough Drill/Driver
  • 14.4V Litheon CompatTough Drill/Driver

The best news is that this is just the start. After the release of these tools in October, we can expect to start seeing more tools start to appear in the lineup, including a circular saw, a reciprocating saw, and a flashlight, all 18-volts.

Bosch tools at Amazon.com

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at August 27, 2008 5:35 AM
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