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Bosch bring out lower cost version of the award
winning Fein Multimaster.
AND - 2 Cordless Versions!
As the 25 year patent
has run out on the fantastic Fein MultiMaster there is nothing
illegal about Bosch making a copy of it and using their vast
marketing machine to make this superb genre of powertool more widely
Fein costs about £180 which is too much for most DIY users. The
Bosch PM180 E has less power (180w against 250W) but is around £70
which is more affordable. Also the blades are cheaper too.
I have extensively used the Bosch PM180E and can
report that it does the job well, but with a bit more noise and
vibration than the Fein.
The tool comes with 2 saw blades and a sander
attachment with 6 pads. It has a 19mm dust extraction hole. Watch
this space for more test updates.
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Bosch bring out 2 cordless versions of the 3 in 1
This Bosch GOP tool uses
10.8v lithium ion batteries and the same blades as the Bosch
mains 3-in1 tool featured on this page.
2 ranges of powertools
Blue for professional use &
Green for DIY use
10.8v GOP costs about £140 and comes with a range of accessories. 1
sander head, 5 sheets of abrasive, a saw blade, and 2 Lithium Ion
Batteries that also fit other Bosch Blue tools.
The new green model (PMF 10.8 Li) is very similar but uses different
batteries to the professional Blue Bosch range but both ranges use
the same charger. The cheaper green model actually has a feature not
seen on the blue model which is the "eco mode" that automatically
reduces the power when you are not using it. This makes the battery
last longer and makes the tool more pleasant to use.
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Bosch PMF 10.8v Li Cordless Green
Bosch GOP 10.8v Li Cordless Blue
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Blades For BOSCH PMF and Bosch GOP Multi Tools
All 3 Bosch models use the same range of blades and
accessories which also happen to fit the fein multimaster.
There is a large choice of blades including at least 5 different
plungecut saw blades.
The plunge cut saw really
is the "killer application" for this type of tool.
Sets of blades may be better value.
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The Original Fein Multimaster
This German made industrial tool can saw, grind , sand and polish.
The latest version has a spring loaded quick release for changing
blades without using a tool. It is very good until you get your
finger trapped in it. The Bosch tools use a simple hex key for blade
The Bosch All rounder 3-in 1 multifunction powertool
(shown with a plunge cut saw
Below is a 10.8v cordless version in the professional range
The powered plunge cut saw is extremely useful for
small fiddly jobs.
I have a friend who is a
locksmith and uses this tool to cut new lock catches in. The tool
paid for itself in around 5 jobs!
( and PMF) multi tool is also one of the best cordless
sanders available as it has superb batteries and uses small delta
shape sanding pads that can get into corners and up to edges.
Finally you can use the GOP ( or PMF) to cut through sheets of wood like a
circular saw with the segment blade.
OTHER TOOLS IN THE
Above is the Bosch PSB10.8 LI-2
This is the smallest combi drill available and can
drill up to 8mm in brick.
You can use the Bosch 10.8v batteries in other
impact drivers, drill drivers. angle head driver
sheet metal cutter, sanders, hedge trimmers and an LED torch.
Also coming soon, rotary drill and jigsaw!
Click here for Bosch 10.8v batteries
There is also a pro quality mains powered version
of this tool, the Bosch GOP 250 CE multi cutter.
This mains version is the equivalent of the Fein
Multimaster but it does not have the quick release mechanism for
fast blade changes like the Fein.
Personally I am not too bothered about the quick
release function as I often get my finger trapped in it!
More manufacturers are copying this multitool and
versions are now available from AEG, CEL, Einhell and others.
My advice is to stick to the Bosch ones if you
can, I have tried and tested them and don't think there is anything
better for your money. Also Bosch batteries are top quality
and the chargers have electronic circuitry to prevent overcharging,
Makita BCL180 Cordless Vacuum
Powered by 18v 3AH Li-ion Battery
Is this the best cordless
This is the new Makita BCL180
using the fantastic 18v Li-ion battery that powers the huge range of
professional tools. It is also available in a 14.4v version and replaces
my old 12v version that I loved and used for years.
What I love about the
Makita cordless vacuums is the quality of the mouldings and the simple -
no nonsense functional design. The new models also have improved filters
that are washable, long lasting but also cheap to replace .Unlike 99%
of the "dustbuster" type vacuums the Makita ones have separate batteries
that mean you don't have to replace the vacuum when the battery dies.If
a Black & Decker Dustbuster battery fails you have to replace the
battery AND the motor as they come as a unit which makes the tool
uneconomic to repair. Makita batteries just slide in an out and my
ones have lasted 4 years so far.
The incredible 3amp hour
1v Li-ion battery gives the vacuum the longest running time of any
cordless vacuum and beats the Dyson by miles.
I am currently using this
18v version almost every day and testing and comparing it against the 22v Dyson DC35
The Dyson is more stylish and
has better filtration but is let down by only running for 5 or 6 minutes
on full power.
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Buy charger and battery separate or get the drill kit and get the drill only
£30 extra !