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Prevents unexpected kickback of cordless tools: Electronic Rotation Control (ERC) from Bosch Full control when screwdriving and drilling

  • ERC now a new feature in six powerful cordless drill/drivers and combis
  • All tools equipped with innovative auxiliary handle for comfortable handling
  • Automatic shutdown minimizes kickback if the tool jams
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  • August 12, 2013
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The Electronic Rotation Control (ERC) from Bosch now makes powerful screwdriving and drilling with cordless tools even more comfortable for professional tradespeople: if the integrated sensor detects sudden jamming during operation ? for example due to tilting in metal or a hard object in wood or masonry ? the motor immediately shuts down and minimizes unwanted further rotation of the power tool. Carpenters, roofers, electricians and plumbers therefore always have their tool under control – even in the toughest screwdriving and drilling applications. Another feature contributing to this is the innovative fixing of the auxiliary handle: just behind the tool’s torque-adjustment ring is a profiled collar to which the specially-designed adjustable auxiliary handle can be tightly clamped. This ensures a secure fit of the auxiliary handle even when subjected to the very heavy forces that can occur when screwdriving and drilling. Moreover, its new locking mechanism enables it to be quickly and easily mounted and dismantled and fixed in 23 individual positions. This makes the cordless tools especially comfortable and easy to handle.

Electronic Rotation Control in the 36 volt class:
GSR and GSB 36 VE-2-LI Professional from Bosch
The GSR 36 VE-2-LI Professional cordless drill/driver and the GSB 36 VE-2-LI Professional cordless combi are the first Bosch tools with Electronic Rotation Control and the new auxiliary handle. They are designed for applications that require high tool power, such as erecting roof trusses or installing prefab house parts. The tools quickly, efficiently and powerfully complete tasks such as driving screws up to 12 millimeters in diameter in softwood or drilling with large auger bits: thanks to their four-pole motor they drive screws and drill effortlessly with a maximum torque of 100 newton meters and 1,800 revolutions per minute. Even in second gear the tools constantly drive screws with eight millimeter diameter in softwood. The high torque combined with the speed of the tools ensures fast work progress and saves time on the jobsite. This also applies to drilling in masonry with the GSB 36 VE-2-LI Professional thanks to its integrated impact drilling function. The gearbox is specially designed for impact drilling applications and enables holes of up to 20 millimeter diameter to be drilled.

The GSR 36 VE-2-LI Professional cordless drill/driver and the GSB 36 VE-2-LI Professional cordless combi are each equipped with a 4.0 Ah battery pack with CoolPack technology. They therefore run for up to 50 percent longer than the previous 2.6 Ah battery packs. For example, up to 70 screws eight millimeters in diameter and 280 millimeters in length can be driven into softwood with one battery charge. The Electronic Cell Protection reliably protects the batteries against overload, overheating and deep discharge. The tool features are completed by the Electronic Motor Protection (EMP), which now has an integrated temperature sensor. It protects the motor against overload and ensures a long lifetime.

Electronic Rotation Control in the 14.4 and 18 volt class:
GSR and GSB 14,4 and 18 VE-2-LI Professional in the “robustseries” range
The new 14.4 and 18 volt cordless drill/drivers (GSR) and cordless combis (GSB) in the “robustseries” range are also equipped with Electronic Rotation Control and the new auxiliary handle. They therefore enable professional tradespeople to work even more comfortably than with their predecessors. Moreover, they have a considerably longer runtime thanks to the 4.0 Ah batteries.

With a head length of 213 millimeters (GSR) and 228 millimeters (GSB), these cordless tools are very compact. They therefore sit especially comfortably in your hand and make it easy to work in tight spaces or overhead. At the same time, the four-pole motor enables powerful drilling and screwdriving with up to 85 newton meters in wood and metal – at a maximum speed of 1,850 revolutions per minute.

Another advantage of the tools is their robust Durashield housing, which enables them to remain fully functional even after falling from a height of two meters onto concrete. Their 13 millimeter metal chuck also offers a high level of clamping power over the entire lifetime of the tools.

The new cordless drill/drivers and cordless combis will be available at specialist retail outlets from September onwards, while the GSB 36 VE-2-LI Professional cordless combi will be available from October 2013 onwards, at the following recommended retail prices plus VAT:

Cordless drill/drivers
  • GSR 36 VE-2-LI Professional for 699 euros,
  • GSR 14,4 VE-2-LI Professional for 389 euros,
  • GSR 18 VE-2-LI Professional for 439 euros,
Cordless combis
  • GSB 36 VE-2-LI Professional for 719 euros,
  • GSB 14,4 VE-2-LI Professional for 409 euros,
  • GSB 18 VE-2-LI Professional for 459 euros,
Each tool comes complete with two 4.0 Ah batteries, a quick charger and an auxiliary handle. All tools are supplied in an L-Boxx which can be stacked and clicked together with other L-Boxxes: the tools with 36 volts in the L-Boxx 238, the tools with 14.4 and 18 volts in the L-Boxx 136.

 Specifications GSR/GSB 36 VE-2-LI
 GSR 14,4/18
 GSB 14,4/18
 Battery voltaget 36 V 14,4 V/18 V 14,4 V/18 V
 Battery capacity 4,0 Ah 4,0 Ah 4,0 Ah
 Head length 233 mm / 248 mm 213 mm 228 mm
 No-load speed
  • 1st gear
  • 2nd gear
 0 – 420 rpm
 0 – 1,800 rpm
 0 – 400 rpm
 0 – 1,700 rpm
 0 – 440 rpm
 0 – 1,850 rpm
 Max. torque,
 (hard/soft screwdriving
 100/60 Nm 75/40 Nm (14.4 V)
 80/47 Nm (18 V)
 80/36 Nm
 (14.4 V)
 85/42 Nm (18 V)
 Impact rate none (GSR)
 0–27,000 bpm
 none 0–27,750 bpm
 Max. drilling diameter
 in wood/metal/masonry
 102/16/- mm (GSR)
 102/16/20 mm (GSB)
 45/13/- mm
 (14,4 V)
 50/13/- mm (18 V)
 40/13/14 mm (14,4 V)
 45/13/16 mm (18 V)
 screw diameter
 12 mm  10 mm (14,4 V)
 12 mm (18 V)
 10 mm
 (including 4.0 Ah
 3,3 kg/3,4 kg 2,3 kg/2,4 kg 2,4 kg/2,5 kg

The Power Tools Division of the Bosch Group is one of the world’s leading providers for power tools, power tool accessories and measuring tools. In 2015, its roughly 20,000 associates generated sales of 4.5 billion euros, about 85 percent of which outside of Germany. With brands such as Bosch, Skil and Dremel, the division stands for customer focus and great engineering progress. The core success factors are innovative strength and pace of innovation. The division generated about one third of its sales in 2015 with products that have been on the market for less than two years. In 2016, Bosch Power Tools will again launch more than 100 new products onto the German market in its four business segments power tools, accessories, measuring tools and garden tools.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

Further information is available online at www.bosch.com and www.bosch-press.com, http://twitter.com/BoschPresse.

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