September 12, 2008

Bosch PS50 Multi-X Oscillating Tool

Finally it's here! Bosch's long awaited entry into the oscillating tool world, the PS50 Multi-X. We've been looking at Euro-Bosch's pmf 180 e multi for over a year now, thinking that when they released it in the states, we'd be getting something identical, but that doesn't seem to be the case at all.

First, the new PS50 sits on Bosch's compact 12-volt battery system (much like the PS20 that we reviewed yesterday), so, if we're not wrong, this is the first battery powered oscillating tool out there. This also makes it a nice compliment to Dremel's corded oscillating tool due out in October (which isn't all that surprising actually, seeing as Bosch owns Dremel). Oscillating tools might be the most versatile tools in the market, so a cordless version only makes it more portable, more hassle free and just easier to use.

bosch_PS50_DoorJam.jpgSecond, and thankfully, Bosch dropped the shiny green look of the pmf, and replaced it with the traditional Bosch blue. The tool looks pretty compact; smaller than the Fein, but larger than the Proxxon.

As far as stats go, the PS50 Multi-X operates at a variable speed of 5,000 to 20,000 OPM, which puts the high end slower than that of both the Fein and the Dremel (21,000 OPM). But the Bosch low end is much lower than both of those tools (Fein: 11,000 OPM, Dremel 10,000 OPM) and almost competes with the very slow, very precise Proxxon (3,000 OPM). When compared to the other tools, the Bosch is neither the fastest, nor the slowest, but of the four, it has the largest range. Not bad for a battery tool.

The PS50 Multi-X will be available as part of two kits:

PS50-2A Multi-X Cutting Kit

  • Hard Case
  • 2 Litheon 12V Max Batteries
  • 30-Minute Charger
  • 1 Accessory Adapter
  • 1 Sanding Plate
  • 1 Sanding Paper Pad
  • 1-5/8" x 1-1/2" Plunge Cut Blade

PS50-2B Multi-X Carpenter Kit
  • Hard Case
  • 2 Litheon 12V Max Batteries
  • 30-Minute Charger
  • 1 Accessory Adapter
  • 1 Sanding Plate
  • 1 Sanding Paper Pad
  • 1-5/8" x 1-1/2" Plunge Cut Blade
  • 3/8" x 1-1/4" Plunge Cut Blades (3)
  • 3-1/2" x 7/8" BIM Segment Blade

The Cutting Kit will be sold for around $200 while the Carpenter Kit will be about $230. It's a solid chunk of change, but it's still less than the average Fein (but twice the projected cost of the Dremel). Bosch has also announced a new line of accessories for the PS50.

Finally, if you're unfamiliar with oscillating tools, Bosch's press release has a list of just a few of the ways the tool can be used.


  • Sawing flush with surface (e.g. cut off door frames near floor)
  • Fine detail sawing (e.g. cut-outs in parquet)
  • Cut-off of small non-ferrous profiles (e.g. aluminum strip)
  • Plunge cuts in solid wood (e.g. installing ventilation ducts)
  • Flush cutting of wood materials (e.g. cut-off overlapping tenon)
  • Trimming PVC tubing
  • Slot cutting in porous concrete
  • Plunge cuts in drywall for switches and sockets
  • Cut-outs in furniture for sockets or wiring
  • Cutting non-ferrous metal pieces (e.g. flush cutting copper tubes)
  • Filigree adjustments in wood (e.g. cut-outs for strike plates)
  • Cutting of soft tiles

Scraping and Grinding
  • Glue removal after carpet removal
  • Window frame paint removal
  • Caulk removal
  • Removal or leveling of tile mortar
  • Grout removal
  • Wood rasping (e.g. forming or removal of edges)

  • Removing paint from wood
  • Sanding of filigree and wood detail (e.g. window or door frames)
  • Finish removal from metal or putty planning
  • Corner sanding
  • Stone sanding or polishing
  • Fine wood sanding for finish preparation

The Bosch PS50 Multi-X will be available in October.

Cutting Kit at
Carpenter Kit at

Update: Looks like we were wrong on the whole, "this is the first cordless oscillating tool in the market" thing. About two and a half hours after we posted this, reader Mr. P gave us the heavy smackdown by telling us that Fein does indeed have a cordless model.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at September 12, 2008 4:35 AM
Recent Comments

for kseneca, is your fein the battery or the corded model? and how does it matchup with the bosch multi-x for power and battery life?

Posted by: lintman at October 19, 2009 2:43 PM

No problem with battery life. I have a fein also, work's the same. Don't trust my workers with a $400.00 tool though. They use the bosch. The results are the same. Let the blades do everything and the battery does not blow out in 8 minutes.

Posted by: kseneca at June 9, 2009 4:11 PM

Ta it's true but the price is little expensive.

Posted by: Devicepedia at September 23, 2008 2:58 PM

you are mistaken there is a fein cordless mutimaster but it retails for around $400.

Posted by: MR P at September 12, 2008 6:42 AM
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