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Offers professionals power and control: New 36 volt rotary hammer generation from Bosch Faster drilling rate than comparable corded tools

  • Efficient: High impact energy, long runtime and lifetime
  • Innovative Bosch electronics for more comfortable and controlled use
  • Vibration Control reduces vibration by 25 percent compared to predecessor
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  • March 18, 2015
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The powerful rotary hammers in the 36 volt class are getting even better: Bosch is replacing the existing models with a new cordless rotary hammer generation, the GBH 36 V-LI Plus Professional and the GBH 36 VF-LI Plus Professional. You can choose between the model with fixed chuck (V) and the model with changeable chuck (VF). Both rotary hammers improve on their predecessors by providing more power, a longer lifetime, new convenience features, vibration damping and longer battery runtimes. They therefore set new standards in the 36 volt class. As tests conducted by the SLG testing and certification institute show, both cordless rotary hammers not only achieve significantly better results in terms of drilling rate, they are actually faster than comparable corded tools in the three kilogram class. In drilling comparisons with a 68-millimeter core cutter in concrete using the impact function, the GBH 36 VF-LI Plus Professional cordless rotary hammer is on average about 35 percent faster per hole.

More efficiency: High power, long runtime and lifetime
The new 36 volt rotary hammers with their 3.2-joule hammer mechanism and robust motor offer high drilling and chiseling performance. The motor is equipped with four brushes, providing a longer lifetime than the previous two-brush motor due to reduced load on the individual brushes. It is also cooled better due to the optimized geometry of the ventilation slots. This doubles the lifetime compared to predecessor models. The rare earths now used as magnets provide a constant magnetic field, which makes the motor more powerful while also making the design more compact. This optimizes the ratio of power to size. The GBH 36 V-LI Plus Professional and GBH 36 VF-LI Plus Professional rotary hammers weigh only 4.5 and 4.6 kilograms respectively including powerful 4.0 Ah CoolPack battery.

Bosch electronics for comfortable and controlled use
Both of the new rotary hammers are equipped with Electronic Rotation Control (ERC) and Electronic Precision Control (EPC). These electronic innovations from Bosch ensure more comfortable and controlled use of the tools. With Electronic Rotation Control (ERC), an integrated sensor detects sudden jamming during work – for example due to tilting in metal or a hard object in masonry – and immediately shuts down the motor in order to protect the user’s wrist. Electronic Precision Control (EPC) makes it easier to work on delicate materials precisely. If the EPC function is activated, the maximum power of the rotary hammer is limited to 70 percent with slower run-up. As a result, even soft materials such as tiles can be worked from the beginning in impact mode, enabling the professional tradesperson to save himself a step in the work process. The bit is prevented from slipping off when the user starts to drill, and precise results can be achieved quickly and easily. These tools also have efficient vibration damping. A damping element decouples the main handle from the hammer drive to reduce vibration exposure for the user by 25 percent compared to the previous model.

Versatile for applications in tiles, stone, concrete, wood and metal
These new rotary hammers with proven lithium-ion technology are designed for a broad range of simple to complex tasks. Be it small drilling applications in tiles or masonry or more extensive serial chiseling applications – the new cordless rotary hammers master them quickly and precisely. Even when drilling with core cutters with large diameters of up to 82 millimeters to install junction boxes, the high single impact energy combined with the longer battery runtime ensures a fast drilling rate. Moreover, users can also work on wood and metal with straight-shank drill bits using the GBH 36 VF-LI Plus Professional and the keyless chuck supplied with it.

Plumbers and heating installers, but also electricians, facade and scaffold builders, whose jobs require a high level of mobility, can reduce the effort required for setting up and save time with these cordless rotary hammers. For example, the charging time is reduced from 80 to 35 minutes with the GAL 3680 CV Professional quick charger supplied with the tool. These rotary hammers also offer tried-and-tested Bosch features in terms of convenience. These include an LED light on the housing to provide good illumination of the work area, and an optimized tool shape, with the handle now in line with the drilling axis. This saves the user’s strength and minimizes his fatigue during work. Moreover, these rotary hammers sit comfortably in the hand thanks to their softgrip and are better balanced due to their L-shaped design.

The GBH 36 V-LI Plus Professional and GBH 36 VF-LI Plus Professional cordless rotary hammers will be available at specialist retail outlets from May 2015 onwards at the recommended retail price of 739 euros and 789 euros respectively plus VAT. They come complete with an L-Boxx, two 4.0 Ah batteries and the quick charger. The GDE 16 Plus Professional dust extraction system can be used as an accessory to minimize dust during work.

 Specifications GBH 36 V-LI Plus Professional
 (replaces GBH 36 V-LI Professional)
 GBH 36 VF-LI Plus Professional
 (replaces GBH 36 VF-LI Professional)
 Battery voltage/capacity 36 V/4.0 Ah 36 V/4.0 Ah
 No-load speed 1,150 rpm 1,150 rpm
 Single impact energy 3.2 joules 3.2 joules
 Max. drilling diameter
 in wood/metal/concrete
 30/13/28 mm 30/13/28 mm
 Vibration value 14.5 m/sec2 14.5 m/sec2
 Keyless chuck No Yes
 Weight 4.5 kg 4.6 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.

PI8841 - March 18, 2015

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