Development cooperation: Bosch and Fein introduce a new system standard
Starlock mounting system ensures rapid work progress and precise results
Three performance classes: Starlock, StarlockPlus and StarlockMax
Leinfelden/Schwäbisch Gmünd – Bosch and Fein, global market leaders in oscillating power tools, are set to launch a jointly developed mounting system for these power tools in January 2016: the Starlock mounting system. The cooperation between the two companies aims to offer users a uniform system standard with even better performance as well as faster work progress and more precise results.
Thanks to their special drive principle, oscillating multi-tools can be used universally and are very successful worldwide: With their oscillating movement, they can drive accessories for sawing, sanding, scraping or polishing. But they only work reliably and economically if the motor's power is transferred to the saw blade or sanding pad with as little backlash as possible. Therefore, the mounting system is crucial in ensuring rapid work progress and precise results. “A wide range of mounting systems for oscillating power tools is currently available on the market. There is almost a too wide range of products offered by different manufacturers to get a clear overview,” said Willi Fellmann, who is responsible for the cooperation project at Bosch. “Not only that, but users also have to accept performance losses when an adapter is used. This is where the new Starlock mounting system comes into play: With this product, Bosch and Fein have established a joint standard and guarantee a maximum transfer of power,” said Fellmann, describing the motivation behind the development project with Fein.
The patented Starlock mounting system works reliably with oscillating power tools from Bosch and from Fein, as well as with devices from other manufacturers, which also have a 12-point mounting system. This means the accessory is compatible with most machines on the market. “The Starlock accessory, with its three-dimensional geometry, is capable of achieving an even higher level of performance than previous systems,” said Rainer Warnicki, Area Manager for Product Development at Fein, speaking about the successful collaboration. “During the development of the Starlock tool holder, we, as the inventors of oscillating power tools, have deliberately taken a different route than before: The joint project bundles the expertise of both brands. We are convinced that Starlock will become the system standard on the market.”
As of January 2016, accessories with Starlock mounting system will be supplied under the brands Bosch and Fein. Bosch and Fein are offering three performance classes: Starlock, StarlockPlus and StarlockMax. These performance classes ensure that only the accessory corresponding to the respective machine output can be clamped on. Over the coming months, Bosch and Fein will also be launching new power tools with Starlock mounting system.
Products meet the requirements of the most diverse users
Ixo remains the world's favorite power tool
New plant opened in India
Leinfelden – Production record at Bosch Power Tools: Around 50 million power tools will be made in 2015. That's more than ever before – and almost twice as many as ten years ago. ”Our products meet the requirements of the most diverse users: We target DIY enthusiasts and professionals, in industrial and developing markets,” says Henning von Boxberg, President of the Bosch Power Tools division. “Knowing our customers' requirements is one of the factors guaranteeing our success, the increasing production figures are proof that we are on the right path and that our tools are being well received by users.”
The Ixo remains the world's favorite power tool, and the fifth generation is now available. Since its market introduction in 2003, on average over one million of these cordless screwdrivers have come off the production line each year. Meanwhile, an Ixo is produced every 21 seconds at the Hungarian plant in Miskolc.
Bosch Power Tools are made and sold worldwide – as well as in Germany, also in other European countries, in Asia, North and South America. Since this year, the worldwide production network has also included a factory in Chennai, India, where around 200 employees make power tools that meet the requirements of the Indian market and users.
Four highly powerful models with increased motor power
Best power-to-weight ratio on the market
High ergonomics, high user protection
Bosch is extending its range of professional products to include the world's most powerful small angle grinders – four models each with a power output of 1,900 watts: the GWS 19-125 CI Professional, the GWS 19-125 CIE Professional, the GWS 19-125 CIST Professional and the GWS 19-150 CI Professional. They provide even faster work progress than the previous most powerful models rated at 1,700 watts, thus increasing the productivity of tradespeople. At the same time, the tools are ergonomically designed and easy to operate. They fit well in the hand thanks to a 208-millimeter handle circumference, weigh only 2.4 and 2.5 kilograms respectively, and offer the best power-to-weight ratio on the market. Not only that, the tools offer a high level of user protection: They feature “Kick Back Control” (previously known as Kick Back Stop), soft start, restart protection, a protective guard with anti-rotation lock and an auxiliary handle with vibration damping feature.
The right model for every application The 1,900 watt small angle grinders are ideal for continuous use thanks to their high performance and ease of operation. They allow very gentle, fast and powerful machining of sensitive materials, even when it comes to complex cutting and grinding operations. The four models cover a wide range of applications for different trades:
The GWS 19-125 CI Professional is the all-round tool for all grinding and cutting operations.
The GWS 19-125 CIE Professional is ideal for material-friendly applications using low speeds and special accessories such as brushes.
The GWS 19-125 CIST Professional has a higher torque rating and is optimized for highly intensive grinding operations, such as machining of stainless steel.
The GWS 19-150 CI Professional offers the largest disc diameter, giving it the largest cutting depth and grinding surface.
The new angle grinders achieve especially good results when used in combination with Bosch ceramic accessories. Thanks to self-sharpening ceramic corundum, the abrasive discs provide particularly high stock removal rates. Efficient dust extraction is achieved through the use of Bosch dust extraction guards for angle grinders, allowing safe operation with a minimum of tool wear.
The compact angle grinders in the 1,900 watt classes are available from January 2016 at specialist retail outlets. They are supplied with a mounting flange, protective guard, tensioning nut, auxiliary handle and two-hole wrench. The extensive range of accessories includes cutting discs, flap discs, diamond discs and grinding discs, as well as brushes and dust extraction guards.
The four new tools at a glance:
Rated power input
Price in euros
GWS 19-125 CI Professional
GWS 19-125 CIE Professional
2,800 – 11,500 rpm
GWS 19-125 CIST Professional
GWS 19-150 CI Professional
All specified prices are recommended retail prices excluding VAT.
Bosch Power Tools is undertaking a voluntary safety measure for a limited number of sanders. This includes models in the orbital sander PSS series that were manufactured between June and August 2007. On the tools affected, a material defect occurs on the ventilation wheel. This could cause a break of the device housing and smaller parts of the ventilation wheel could be ejected. It cannot be ruled out that this could lead to injuries. Further, live components could be exposed which in a worst case scenario could result in a life-threatening electric shock. However, the manufacturer is not aware of such cases.
In order to fulfill its responsibility to its customers, Bosch Power Tools has initiated this voluntary safety measure as a precaution. Users can check whether their orbital sander is affected on the website sandercare.com. Alternatively, users can contact a call center which has been specially set up for this purpose on the following toll-free number: 00800 83 646 704. Potentially affected tools must no longer be used or given away. Bosch Power Tools is offering a replacement free of charge and apologizes for any inconvenience that this safety measure may cause.