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Easy-to-operate radar detector: The Bosch D-tect 120 Professional for professionals Spot measurement for easy detection in tight spaces

  • Reliably detects all materials including water-filled plastic pipes
  • For the first time with spot measurement and dual power supply using rechargeable battery or non-rechargeable batteries
  • Exact locating of the object's center thanks to “Center Finder” function
  • Indicates the result with a traffic light principle using LED lights
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  • October 14, 2014
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Bosch is launching an easy-to-operate radar detector onto the market – the D-tect 120 Professional. This tool has only five buttons: the on/off switch, a button for setting each of the modes (Drywall, Universal and Concrete), and a button for switching the audible signal on or off. All the user has to do is take a quick look at the wall and choose the appropriate mode. With the D-tect 120 Professional from Bosch he can then check whether the wall contains ferrous or non-ferrous metal objects, electrical cables and other cables – such as network cables – and wooden substructures or water-filled plastic pipes. Moreover, the detector recognizes where an object is located in the wall to reliably protect against damage when drilling or chiseling. The maximum detection depth is twelve centimeters. It is dependent on the mode selected.

New functions make detection easier
Two functions make detecting with the D-tect 120 Professional especially easy: the spot measurement and the “Center Finder” function. Spot measurement enables precise detection in tight spaces. The tool does not have to be repeatedly moved over a surface to detect an object. Instead it indicates the object as soon as it is held against the wall. This is thanks to the narrow band radar sensor used. The “Center Finder” function makes it easier for tradespeople to find the exact center of an object. A crosshair appears on the illuminated display during detection. Four arrows show in which direction the user has to move the tool in order to align the crosshair precisely with the center of the detected object. This makes it easier, for example, to fit wall cupboards or other heavy parts on existing wood or metal stud walls. With the “Center Finder” function it is also possible to precisely tell where objects such as live cables run in the wall.

Easy to read thanks to traffic light principle and other advantages
The user of the D-tect 120 Professional can read the result on three LED lights according to the traffic light principle. Green means: there is no object here. Yellow: the tool has to be moved again because it has not yet detected the subsurface. Red indicates that an object has been detected. If a live cable is detected, the red LED flashes and an audible signal sounds in a quick frequency. The electricity warning is additionally shown on the display.

If the user has found the object's center, he can precisely mark it at the top and at the side using the marking aid. Calibration of the D-tect 120 Professional takes place automatically. This ensures that the tool is immediately ready to use and eliminates application errors caused by incorrect calibration. Further advantages are the low weight and the compactness of the tool: it weighs only 500 grams, is about 22 centimeters long and nine centimeters wide, and is easy to operate even in tight spaces due to its compact design.

Dual power supply with rechargeable battery or non-rechargeable batteries
With its D-tect 120 Professional, Bosch is for the first time offering a detector with dual power supply: it can be powered either by a replaceable 10.8 volt rechargeable battery from the professional range or by four AA alkaline batteries together with the AA1 Professional alkaline adapter. This enables users to be flexible in their selection of power source.

The D-tect 120 Professional will be available at specialist retail outlets from November 2014 onwards at the recommended retail price of 299 euros plus VAT. It comes complete with an L-Boxx, a 10.8 volt rechargeable battery with 1.5 Ah, and a quick charger. Accessories such as protective cases and the AA1 Professional alkaline adapter are available in the Bosch accessory range.

 Specifications D-tect 120 Professional
 Detectable materials
 Water-filled plastic pipes, ferrous and
 non-ferrous metals, wooden
 substructures, electrical cables and
 other cables
 Max. detection depth:
 Concrete mode
 - Metal
 - Live cables
 - Water-filled plastic pipes
 Universal mode (all objects)
 Drywall mode (all objects)
 12 cm (typically 10 cm)
 6 cm
 6 cm
 6 cm
 6 cm
 Measuring accuracy to object’s center ± 10 mm
 Power supply
 10.8 volt lithium-ion rechargeable
 battery, alternatively 4 x 1.5V LR6
 (AA) non-rechargeable batteries with
 AA1 Professional alkaline adapter
 Runtime (with 10.8 volt rechargeable
 battery/1.5 Ah)
 approx. 5 h
 Automatic shutdown after approx. 5 mins
 Dimensions (length x width x height) 220 x 92 x 84 mm
 Weight including battery 500 g

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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