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Powerful tools for the compact class: Bosch expands 10.8 volt system for professionals New battery application range: heated jacket

  • Interchangeable Lithium-ion batteries with 1.5, 2.0 or 4.0 Ah for about 20 tools
  • Compact design for easy handling and, at the same time, high performance
  • Tools from January 2014 onwards: hand-held circular saw, jigsaw and rotary tool
  • New to the range: heated softshell jacket
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  • December 02, 2013
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Bosch is adding three tools to its 10.8 volt system for professionals: the GKS 10,8 V-LI Professional hand-held circular saw, the GST 10,8 V-LI Professional jigsaw and the GRO 10,8 V-LI Professional multifunctional rotary tool. There is also a new application field for the 10.8 volt interchangeable lithium-ion batteries with 1.5, 2.0 or 4.0 Ah, a heated softshell jacket called the Heat+ Jacket 10,8 V Professional.

Lightweight, compact and powerful: the 10.8 volt tools for professionals
Since launching the world's first lithium-ion screwdriver for professionals in 2005, Bosch has continually expanded the 10.8 volt range. This cordless series now comprises about 20 tools including not only different screwdrivers, but also tools such as a saber saw, a multi-cutter and an angle drill. The tools in the 10.8 volt series are all lightweight, compact and, at the same time, very powerful. This is due to new technical possibilities such as the use of smaller motors and gearboxes in combination with an optimized battery management system and a higher battery capacity which is now 2.0 Ah for the batteries that come complete with the tools. This has resulted in 10.8 volt tools with an optimum ratio of power to weight and size. These tools are especially suitable for use in tight spaces and hard-to-reach areas, for example in kitchen, furniture and exhibition stand construction. They sit comfortably in the hand thanks to their slim grip circumference and allow for precise tool control and very easy operation. User fatigue is therefore especially low when professional tradespeople work with these compact tools.

The new products in the 10.8 volt system at a glance

Heat+ Jacket 10,8 V Professional heated softshell jacket
Bosch combines the advantages of its 10.8 volt system with classical workwear and casual wear in the Heat+ Jacket 10,8 V Professional softshell jacket. This windproof, water-repellent jacket with polyester lining has radial carbon heating elements sewn into the chest and upper back areas. A cable with specially developed battery adapter is integrated into the jacket and connects the heating elements to a 10.8 volt battery. With the energy provided by the battery, the heating elements warm up within three minutes. The temperature can be adjusted to three settings using a pushbutton integrated into the jacket at chest height. A 2.0 Ah battery provides heat for up to six hours. This makes work considerably more comfortable for roofers, joiners and plumbers when temperatures are low on the jobsite. Weighing only 1.1 kilograms without a battery, the Heat+ Jacket 10,8 V Professional is also suitable for use during leisure time. The tear-resistant, breathable, three-ply softshell fabric has a good fit and ensures maximum freedom of movement. The heated softshell jacket is available in sizes S to XXXL. It offers a lot of storage space due to its five jacket pockets, which include a document pocket for storing documents such as construction plans or assembly instructions. A USB interface on the battery adapter enables tradespeople to supply electricity to their low-voltage devices such as cellphones or MP3 players. The battery adapter can also be used as a power source independently of the jacket: it can be simply attached to a belt using the clip.

GKS 10,8 V-LI Professional cordless circular saw
The GKS 10,8 V-LI Professional is the first 10.8 volt cordless hand-held circular saw from Bosch. It cuts wood and wood-based materials up to a cutting depth of 26.5 millimeters – something that no other cordless hand-held circular saw in this voltage class can. The cutting depth can be set with millimeter accuracy. Including an 85-millimeter saw blade and the 2.0 Ah battery that comes complete with the tool, the GKS 10,8 V-LI Professional weighs only 1.4 kilograms and has a compact design. This makes it especially handy and easy to operate. Floorers and carpenters, for example, can therefore saw chipboard for interior fitting work with one hand and a low level of fatigue. The maximum miter angle is 45 degrees. The speed is 1,400 revolutions per minute and ensures a fast work rate. The 2.0 Ah battery that comes complete with the tool provides enough capacity to cut, for example, up to 20 meters of 18-millimeter-thick MDF boards. A 4.0 Ah battery is available as an accessory for even greater performance. Anyone wanting to saw with exceptional precision can use the GKS 10,8 V-LI Professional with a Bosch guide rail because the tool has a parallel guide that doubles as a guide rail adapter. The LED light on the tool provides a better view of the workpiece. Moreover, the dust extraction system of the GKS 10,8 V-LI Professional is compatible with all Bosch dust extractors.

GST 10,8 V-LI Professional cordless jigsaw
At only 1.5 kilograms including 2.0 Ah battery, the GST 10,8 V-LI Professional from Bosch is the lightest professional cordless jigsaw in its voltage class. The only 10.8 volt jigsaw on the market with classical barrel grip design, it is very compact and easy to handle with its length of almost 24 centimeters. It has been optimized for sawing from underneath and is therefore suitable, for example, for making cutouts in worktops with minimal tearing. It also performs curved cuts just as effortlessly as it cuts profiles and boards to length. The recess on the barrel handle enables users to work especially close to the workpiece, makes the cordless tool sit better in the hand and ensures more precise tool control. Despite its very compact and ergonomic design, this cordless jigsaw is exceptionally powerful: it can saw about six meters through 24-millimeter-thick pinewood with one battery charge (2.0 Ah). The maximum cutting depth in wood is 70 millimeters. The saw blade is changed with only one hand and without the need for additional tools thanks to the SDS system. All conventional jigsaw blades with a T-shank can be used. The robust base plate made of die-cast aluminum is reinforced with a steel insert. A glide shoe can be attached to the base plate to avoid damaging delicate surfaces. Two pendulum settings make it possible to adapt the saw to various workpiece materials. The features of the GST 10,8 V-LI Professional are completed by an LED light that can be switched on and off.

GRO 10,8 V-LI Professional cordless rotary tool
Whether grinding, deburring, cutting, polishing or routing – the GRO 10,8 V-LI Professional cordless rotary tool is a problem solver for adjustment and repair work in different materials. This compact cordless tool weighs only 600 grams including 2.0 Ah battery and works with a selectable speed of 5,000 to 32,000 revolutions per minute. The multifunctional rotary tool can be used, for example, to perform cutouts for sockets in OSB panels or plasterboard and to cut smaller pipes in hard-to-reach areas. The standard toolholder is compatible with conventional accessories such as grinding discs, drill bits and router bits. Accessories are quickly changed thanks to the sunken spindle lock. This cordless tool with softgrip handle ensures a low level of user fatigue during use, for example when deburring or removing rust from smaller surfaces. The GRO 10,8 V-LI Professional is also well-balanced at all times. Thanks to the LED lighting, professional tradespeople always have a good view of the work area.

The Heat+ Jacket 10,8 V Professional will be available from January 2014 onwards at specialist retail outlets or online at www.bosch-profiwelt.de, while the GKS 10,8 V-LI Professional cordless circular saw, the GST 10,8 V-LI Professional cordless jigsaw and the GRO 10,8 V-LI Professional cordless rotary tool will be available at specialist retail outlets at the same time.

 Specifications Heat+ Jacket 10,8 V Professional
 Battery voltage / capacity 10.8 V / 2.0 Ah
 Sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL
 Weight without battery 1.1 kg
 Price excluding VAT €149.90 for all sizes

 Specifications GKS 10,8 V-LI Professional
 Battery voltage / capacity 10.8 V / 2.0 Ah
 No-load speed 1,400 rpm
 Saw blade diameter 85 mm
 Max. cutting depth in wood (90°) 26.5 mm
 Dimensions (length x width x height) 279 x 160 x 156 mm
 Weight including 2.0 Ah battery 1.4 kg
 Prices excluding VAT • €139 (in a carton without battery and charger)
 • €209 (in the L-Boxx with two 2.0 Ah batteries
 and quick charger)

 Specifications GST 10,8 V-LI Professional
 Battery voltage / capacity 10.8 V / 2.0 Ah
 No-load stroke rate 1,500 - 2,800 spm
 Stroke height 18 mm
 Max. cutting depth in wood (90°) 70 mm
 Dimensions (length x width x height) 239 x 82 x 171 mm
 Weight including 2.0 Ah battery 1.5 kg
 Prices excluding VAT • €139 (in a carton without battery and charger)
 • €209 (in the L-Boxx with two 2.0 Ah batteries
 and quick charger)

 Specifications GRO 10,8 V-LI Professional
 Battery voltage / capacity 10.8 V / 2.0 Ah
 No-load speed 5,000 - 32,000 rpm
 Dimensions (length x height) 250 x 53 mm
 Grip circumference 160 mm
 Weight including 2.0 Ah battery 0.6 kg
 Price excluding VAT • €99 (in a carton without battery and charger,
 including six-piece accessories)
 • €169 (in the L-Boxx with two 2.0 Ah batteries
 and quick charger)

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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