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Bosch tools?
Bosch tools? Crazium 06/26/14(Thu)07:14 UTC+1 No.658367 Report

My country became saturated with these sexy-ass green Bosch tools in the last 2 years.
Are they good quality?
Anonymous 06/26/14(Thu)08:20 UTC+1 No.658412 Report

They are fine. Really what you need to ask is are they fine for the price you are paying?
Anonymous 06/26/14(Thu)08:41 UTC+1 No.658420 Report

what country would that be? In the Netherlands you can usualy get them for relatively cheap, just pay attention to super saver deals etc. They are decent quality, but normal prices are rather high. Gamma's own brand is also very decent but much cheaper.
Anonymous 06/26/14(Thu)09:10 UTC+1 No.658430 Report

What's the price?
Judging by the picture I don't think that battery will last very long. I got a craftsman cordless drill and holy shit is it good quality. They have a few C3 drills but this has 465 in lbs of torque, crazy high. Came in real handy when working with some fatter longer screws. Also the lithium battery lasts for a good while which is nice because I don't have to stop to change, this one charges in 30 mins. Here's the link


So with that drill, how long does the battery last, how long to charge, how many in lbs of torque, does it have high and low speed, will replacement parts be available in 6 or 7 years? Etc...
Anonymous 06/26/14(Thu)09:56 UTC+1 No.658455 Report

Green bodied Bosch tools: consumer range.
Blue bodied Bosch tools: professional range.(Mostly. Beware that Bosch play silly buggers sometimes)

The green Bosch tools are fine as long as you bear that in mind. I'd buy a Bosch over B&D any day of the week.
Crazium 06/26/14(Thu)10:00 UTC+1 No.658457 Report

Price is the same but it almost half as weak as that Craftsman.
Anonymous 06/26/14(Thu)12:26 UTC+1 No.658497 Report

Remember, Bosch is actually a charity, not a company.

Bosch reinvests into itself almost twice as much money as most Jewish owned corporations. After that, the money that would normally go to Israel, New York, or London as low taxed dividends instead goes to charity.

So, when you buy Bosch, you're guaranteed to get a better designed product, a better built product, and your money won't be used by AIPAC to buy US and British government support for the Israeli apartheid state.
Anonymous 06/26/14(Thu)13:05 UTC+1 No.658522 Report

Or go for a makita
Anonymous 06/26/14(Thu)19:22 UTC+1 No.658686 Report

what about dewalt?
Anonymous 06/26/14(Thu)19:35 UTC+1 No.658689 Report

this is obviously YUROP thread, so let's make a general europe power tools thread maybe?

eh, that's just a thinly veiled excuse to ask: how does Milwaukee compare? I know a Milwaukee salesman and might get a discount but is it worth it?
Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)04:25 UTC+1 No.658881 Report

Bosch barrel handle jigsaw is one bad mofo. The single best handheld plug in power tool I have ever bought
Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)04:37 UTC+1 No.658887 Report

dewalt brushless line is great
Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)08:45 UTC+1 No.658959 Report

Relative noob here, but if I used a B&D drill for a week and then a Bosch drill for a week, what differences would I expect to notice?
Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)09:04 UTC+1 No.658965 Report

we use Bosch, Bostitch, grizzly, de walt, Skil, etc tools at my construction job, the brand doesnt really matter, 20volt impact died within a few months wheres the old 18v that was several years of abuse older is still going strong, years later. any tools will break if abused too hard, you just dont want that craftsman power tools or black and decker shit they sell to soccer moms for around the house DIY shit that doesnt work for crap
Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)09:09 UTC+1 No.658967 Report

whereas* sorry for the run on sentence

if you pay 99$-199$ for a drill it should be able to be a work horse. the black and decker crap (at least the shit ive used at other peoples houses, when they ask me to do something handy, usually has a smaller than 18v battery), runs slower, has no power, no settings options, and wont take the abuse that a de walt will
Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)09:17 UTC+1 No.658972 Report

Bosch is fine if you use your tools 3 times a year. The pro line is better.

For really good tools have a look at Festo.
Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)09:28 UTC+1 No.658979 Report

If he decides on Festo, I can organise a 2nd mortgage for him!

Makita here - never a problem. Panasonic also good. Surprisingly the only Hitachi I bought was shit and fucked up 2 chargers, the speed controller and a gearbox all in less than 6 months. The Makita I replaced it with works harder and after 2 years is just needing new batteries which is pretty damn good.
Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)09:32 UTC+1 No.658981 Report

>2nd mortgage
True. It's for professionals. When you handle a tool every day you want something without compromises, no matter if it takes 2 jobs instead of 1 job to pay for it.
Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)09:55 UTC+1 No.658996 Report

This was news to me. Thanks.
Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)10:08 UTC+1 No.659002 Report

>For example, in 2004, the net profit was US$2.1 billion, but only US$78 million was distributed as dividends to shareholders. Of that figure, US$72 million was distributed to the charitable foundation, and the other US$6 million to Bosch family stockholders. The remaining 96% of the profits were invested back into the company. In its core automotive technology business, Bosch invests 9% of its revenue on research and development, nearly double the industry average of 4.7%
Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)11:51 UTC+1 No.659026 Report

Bosch Green is relabelled as the Skil brand in the United States. Aside from their circular saws, the Skil brand is a homeowner level brand in the same tier as Black and Decker or Ryobi.
Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)11:53 UTC+1 No.659027 Report

AEG is made by the same company who owns Milwaukee.
Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)11:54 UTC+1 No.659029 Report

Its for cabinet makers who have waaaaay to much money of their hands. I'd buy a Festool track saw, but not their drill
Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)11:55 UTC+1 No.659031 Report

Hitachi is total shit I agree. Panasonic was good in the 90's but their designs are dated and clunky.
Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)13:31 UTC+1 No.659061 Report

For a week or light use? Nothing, because you're not stretching the tool.

Over a year? You'll notice that things like the chuck, clutch, trigger control and power are a bit ropey on the B&D. You may also find that the battery on the B&D is beginning to hold less charge than the Bosch.

tl;dr: B&D tends to wear out quicker because their build is cheaper.
Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)15:03 UTC+1 No.659092 Report

>Half as weak
Does this mean its twice as strong?
Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)16:38 UTC+1 No.659134 Report

if x/2 = y then x = 2*y?
Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)17:15 UTC+1 No.659155 Report

Underappreciated posts
Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)17:24 UTC+1 No.659160 Report

>have an old makita drill
>use it for years, it just werks
>buy another because i needed another
>they're both slightly stained with weird mixation of paint, moistures and sawdust
>they've been handled pretty roughly
>they just werk, all mechanical parts function just like out-of-the-box
>mfw they're as durable as crowbars in normal usage
Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)17:50 UTC+1 No.659169 Report

>implying philips is german
Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)17:51 UTC+1 No.659170 Report

True we had 3 Festool drills in college. No way were they worth the upwards to 650 they cost. They were great but not that great.

The mitersaw was kind of a let down too. It has this weird design in the fence. The space where the blade passes through in the fence had this sort of slide in, so if you ever had to cut a wide enough board on it you were guaranteed to get get kick back as the two halves would be dragged inwards and pinch the blade. Thing scared the shit out of the first time it happened. Then it happened everyone. I really can't get my head around why they made it like that. As far as I could tell it's unavoidable.
The routers and random orbit sanders are just beastly though. There is simply no comparison to other tools like them.

Since we're on the subject of Bosch though. Does anyone know if that new 10" axial glide mitersaw is coming over across the pond to Europe? or if it's even any good? I've been eyeballing the 12" version for awhile but the 1000+ bucks is too much for me at the moment and it's really more than I need. The 10" would be perfect though, if I could just get it.
Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)18:52 UTC+1 No.659199 Report

there is no problem with consumer grade tools if you are a consumer except ni-mh battery and accompanied cheap slow charger.
battery dies pretty fast. and new battery is nearly as expensive as the tool itself.
li-ion/po are probably better but hard to find in consumer price range
Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)20:56 UTC+1 No.659248 Report
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>>659199This is why I...
This is why I buy used tools. I can get a professional grade tool that will last forever for next to nothing. Why? 'Cause the battery already shit the bucket and the owner did they same thing you did; they looked at the replacement cost of a battery vs the cost of a new tool. I got a complete set of Makita 18 volt tools awhile back for $35 because the batteries were shot. Pic related, same kit but not my pic. I then rebuilt 2 batteries using lithium-ion cells and got a new charger for them. Bam, 18 volt lithium ion tools for about $100 bucks total. A new kit with that many tools retails for about $400.
Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)21:01 UTC+1 No.659250 Report

>I then rebuilt 2 batteries using lithium-ion cells and got a new charger for them.
Could you elaborate? Could you fit standard cells in there?
Crazium 06/27/14(Fri)22:15 UTC+1 No.659269 Report

like a bosch
Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)22:16 UTC+1 No.659270 Report

Almost all NiCd tools, which these were, use the sub-C type of cell rated at 1.2 volts. The original batteries tended to be low amp hour types. I've seen shitty tools built with cells as poor as 1.2 Ah. 2.2 to 2.5 Ah is pretty standard these days but you can rebuild with standard NiCds above 4 Ah too if you really want to give your battery staying power.

The packs I rebuilt had 15 sub-Cs wired up together to output 18 volts. The lithium ions I used are 3.7 volts each, so I couldn't do that. Instead I wired up 3 groups of 5 2.4 amp hour cells. That got me 18.5 volts at something like 7.5 amp hours. The batteries weren't cheap. IIRC 30 of them cost me something like 75 bucks and that was on sale with free shipping. I got a smart charger for free from a buddy that was into RC stuff and had a spare. He only paid like 30 for it so they aren't expensive if you do buy it yourself.

The real issue was I couldn't find any Lithiums that were exactly the same size as sub-Cs, so I went with ones that were taller but narrower. I forget what their number was but it was something weird. It was a 4 or 5 digit number. Someone on a battery forum recommended them and they worked. There was enough space in the battery box to fit them in there and seal it all up again. Then I wired up an adapter so the Makita terminal could plug into the chargers terminal without any stray wires hanging about. That was the easiest part.
Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)22:17 UTC+1 No.659271 Report

it looks like something that will become self aware and try to kill you
Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)22:29 UTC+1 No.659275 Report

what is sub-C. I only have AA AAA C and D here
Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)22:34 UTC+1 No.659280 Report

Anonymous 06/28/14(Sat)00:23 UTC+1 No.659309 Report

>>This is why I buy used tools. I can get a professional grade tool that will last forever for next to nothing. Why? 'Cause the battery already shit the bucket and the owner did they same thing you did; they looked at the replacement cost of a battery vs the cost of a new tool. I got a complete set of Makita 18 volt tools awhile back for $35 because the batteries were shot. Pic related, same kit but not my pic. I then rebuilt 2 batteries using lithium-ion cells and got a new charger for them. Bam, 18 volt lithium ion tools for about $100 bucks total. A new kit with that many tools retails for about $400.

And then the tools die because of heavy usage from the previous user and you have nothing anymore. That's always the risk with used tools.
Anonymous 06/28/14(Sat)01:38 UTC+1 No.659332 Report

The mechanical insides of cordless drills rarely fail from overuse. Generally someone either kill the batteries or drops them and busts the case up. I've also seen a few chucks take a shit but even thats pretty uncommon and chucks are easy enough to replace. The main reason people replace these things is the same reason they replace cars; something newer and shinier comes out.
Anonymous 06/28/14(Sat)02:21 UTC+1 No.659354 Report

The brushes of motors do go bad after years of heavy use. Triggers can also loose sensitivity.
Anonymous 06/28/14(Sat)03:20 UTC+1 No.659379 Report

>shit the bucket
Sounds healthy to me
Anonymous 06/28/14(Sat)03:23 UTC+1 No.659380 Report

Brushes are almost as easy to replace as chucks. I think I paid the princely sum of $4.99 for my last set of replacement brushes. I've only ever had to replace brushes twice. You just pop open the case and they are right there. They pop out and pop in. As for triggers I can honestly say I've never encountered that. I have several old 7.2 and 9.6 volt Makitas from the early 90's and their triggers are fine.
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