Bosch Media Event 2012

June 19, 2012 | by Ethan (email) |

It’s been quiet around OPC, and that’s because I’ve been away at the annual Milwaukee & Bosch media events. It just so happened that these two competitors scheduled their events back-to-back, and that kept me busy all last week. If you missed it, here are some of the new (and soon to be released) products from Milwaukee. Today I’m going to show you some of the cool, new tools from Bosch.

GSL-2 Surface Laser

Bosch has just introduce a surface laser that scans a floor for level and flatness, and you can imagine the impact a tool like this will have for tile, hardwood and other flooring installers. The GSL-2 (which reminds me of Wall-E) scans a radius of up to 60 feet, features remote control and a target plate to determine height deviation. It includes four AA batteries, and can be powered by the Bosch 12v battery pack (not included).

CM12 Job Site Miter Saw

Job site portability is a key factor for most contractors, and it was a major focus when Bosch introduced their GTS1031 table saw (review) last year. This year, Bosch follows up with the new CM12 compound miter saw. Engineered for one-handed carry and weighing only 43 lbs., the CM12 is easy to maneuver and setup. Furthermore, you don’t need to sacrifice cutting capacity with 8″ cross cuts and 6″ miter cuts at 45°.

Speed for Metal Jig Saw Blades

Cutting through metal is slow, and it’s an easy way to burn through blades. Bosch had that in mind when they developed their Speed for Metal t-shank blades that deliver 2x the speed and 4x the life when compared to conventional metal-cutting jig saw blades. Another cool feature is the tapered back which (slightly) pivots the blade as it moves against the alignment wheel for a sort of “orbital” action.

23 Ga. Pin Nailer

There’s nothing more frustrating than when I realize my nail gun is empty and the past five nails didn’t actually fire. Aside from being a great pin nailer, the FNS-138 features a “low nail indicator” and dry fire lock-out when the clip is empty.

9 Responses
  1. Joe says:

    I really like the idea of the dry fire lockout on the pin nailer (or any nailer really).

    • Ethan says:

      I did too. That’s really the biggest reason I’d choose the Bosch over my PC.

      • PhotoEthan says:

        I’ve had good experience with a 23g pinner made by Fasco. Grex makes an excellent pinner as well but the cost is much higher. The Fasco is reasonably priced but has some nice features. It will dryfire lockout at 6 pins remaining. But there’s an override button so you can keep on working for those last few pins if you need to before refilling the magazine.

  2. Is there a minimum distance on the floor laser? How about the maximum?

  3. Icarus says:

    is it wrong that while I don’t need a GSL-2 Surface Laser, I want one?

  4. The Frisco Kid says:

    Dry fire lockout is brilliant to see… hope to see this in more products soon! Thanks for the updates. Of course, anything concerning a laser rather than a chalk line sounds good to me!

  5. Reuben says:

    ooh, bosch is really kicking out some great tools. The low nail indicator looks really cool.

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