Bosch MXE25E Corded Oscillating Tool
We've got to be honest, we're a bit burned out on the whole oscillating tool thing. Fein's patent wore out years ago and it was way back in July 2008 that we started covering oscillating tools from other companies. Back then, for some reason Bosch opted to put their weight behind a 12-volt cordless version, even though EuroBosch already had a corded model available since at least mid 07 when we first covered it here (granted, it was in their DIY line...sort of like Skil).
At the time, the only corded options were the Dremel MultiMax and the Rockwell Sonicrafter (yeah, yeah, yeah, we know there was a Harbor Freight version available). And for years, those two models pretty much owned the marketplace. We've come to generally dislike 12-volt oscillating tools for their short battery life and truly don't understand why it took Bosch so long to get a corded version to market. If the traffic numbers to our review of the SoniCrafter are any indication, everyone and their mother has one by now. Since it was posted in late 2008, it has been, by far, our biggest traffic draw. By a long shot.
Seems to us like a big opportunity lost, and not just by Bosch, but by the other big companies as well. Milwaukee took a while to get into the game and, like Bosch, led with a cordless model and DeWalt is nowhere to be seen, which isn't surprising given that their 12-volt line was released just last year.
But this is all from our perspective and we follow the tool industry with a microscope. The average carpenter (at least the ones we work with) hardly know that there are even options other than the Fein available. So once we step back, the fact that this tool is two years late probably doesn't even matter. And the fact that we're like a broken record on this topic matters even less.
And, not surprisingly, the tool looks very nice. Jay from CopTool has a great review up at his site that puts the tool head to head with the Fein.
Press release is after the jump for all the stats....
Bosch Debuts Its Corded Oscillating Multi-Tool Engineered to Affordably Tackle Countless Applications with Ease
New MX25E Offers Power, Versatility and a Compact Design
Mount Prospect, Ill., February 24, 2011 - Bosch Power Tools and Accessories announces the next generation of professional OIS (Oscillating Tool Interface) oscillating tools with its MX25E Oscillating Multi-Tool, designed to ease flush-cutting, plunge cutting, sanding, grinding, grout removal, scraping and many more time-consuming and tiring applications. Ideal for renovation, construction, woodworking, and home repair tasks, its compact size makes it small enough for working in corners and other tight spaces. Paired with Bosch oscillating multi-tool accessories, the MX25E delivers quality results with minimal effort.
The MX25E is rated at 2.5 amps and provides ample power for heavy-duty uses and working with tough materials. A variable-speed dial allows the speed to be matched to the application and material. Patented Constant Electronics™ Circuitry technology ensures it maintains speed under load. A ball-joint cord swivel helps better position the tool and provides extra protection to the cord for increased durability over the life of the product.
The MX25E uses OIS system accessories. Bosch developed OIS, which is a 12-point accessory contact system created to provide a secure accessory connection and to maximize oscillating-action work efficiency. A durable accessory holder makes it easy to change and position the accessories using a hex wrench.
The MX25E also includes an OSCAD1 Adapter for use with many competitor accessories. As with all Bosch power tools, product engineers gave special focus to optimizing the comfort of the MX25E, as well as its functionality. Users will notice its light weight of 3.3 pounds, small grip circumference and softgrip areas that help to prevent discomfort and lead to overall better job performance.
The Bosch MX25E will be widely available at leading tool dealers and home centers in March 2011 in two different kits, the MX25EC-21 and the MX25EK-33. The MX25EC-21 includes 4 high-quality cutting, grinding and scraping accessories, 16 sanding accessories, an accessory box and carrying bag. The MX25EK-33 includes 6 high-quality cutting, grinding and scraping accessories, 26 sanding accessories, an accessory box and carrying case. To find out more or to locate a dealer, visit www.boschtools.com or call 877-BOSCH-99.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at March 1, 2011 5:45 AM