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Flexible all-rounders in the 18 and 12 volt classes: Bosch cordless multifunction tools for DIYers

Manuel Roj

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“Starlock” accessory interface for a range of applications

  • Models in different volt classes: AdvancedMulti 18 and UniversalMulti 12
  • Convenient, tool-free accessory change within seconds thanks to “AutoClic”
  • Expansion of the “Power for All” battery system

Bosch is expanding its range of multifunction tools with the addition of two versa-tile cordless versions in the 18 volt and 12 volt classes: The AdvancedMulti 18 and UniversalMulti 12 are the first cordless DIY tools to feature both a “Starlock” accessory interface and the Bosch “AutoClic” mounting system. They are also part of Bosch’s “Power for All” battery system. This enables DIYers to use exis- ting batteries and chargers from the same volt class for the new tools as well.

The “Starlock” interface jointly developed by Bosch and Fein, two leading suppli-ers of oscillating power tools, ensures optimal power transfer from the tool to the accessory, resulting in higher performance, faster work progress and more pre-cise results. The “AutoClic” mounting system enables accessories to be changed in a matter of seconds, without the need for tools: Like a ski boot being inserted into a binding, the accessory is fixed into the attachment with just one click. To release the accessory, the user can simply turn the lever on the tool head.

All-rounders for a variety of projects

Whether sawing, cutting, scraping or sanding ‒ the new cordless multifunction tools can complete all tasks quickly and conveniently. If projects such as laying parquet are planned, DIYers can rely on the powerful AdvancedMulti 18. With its additional anti-vibration handle, it can be guided extremely simply and precisely, for example along walls. Thanks to a 180 degree LED light band, even dark work-ing areas are well-illuminated at all times.

The UniversalMulti 12 is ideal for small, occasional repair or adjustment tasks such as shortening a door frame or replacing a broken tile. It is more compact than the 18-volt model and can be equipped with an anti-vibration handle as an option. An integrated LED light provides good visibility when working in dark areas. Both cordless multifunction tools feature Constant Electronic, keeping the power at the same level, even under high load. Their depth stop attachment with four settings enables precise cuts with a defined depth. The continuously adjustable speed wheel makes it possible to adjust the oscillation to a wide variety of materi-als. A dust extraction system can be connected by means of an adapter.

Accessories for any application, one battery for multiple tools

When it comes to accessories, DIY enthusiasts can choose from the wide “Star-lock” range, which includes unique components such as a sanding finger for working in extremely confined spaces. A simple color guide system helps to choose the appropriate “Starlock” accessory out of the 32 that are currently available: A color marking on the accessory indicates the appropriate material, for instance gray for wood and blue for metal.

The AdvancedMulti 18 and UniversalMulti 12 are part of Bosch’s “Power for All” system, which includes DIY and garden tools. This means that the same 18 volt lithium-ion battery can be used to operate a current total of 20 power tools in the 18-volt family while the 12-volt battery is compatible with all 14 tools from the 12-volt range currently available. This eliminates redundant batteries and chargers and saves DIYers money, too. The “12” in the UniversalMulti 12 indicates the maximum battery voltage of 12 volts. It has replaced the previous nomenclature of 10.8 volts, the average battery voltage specification. All 10.8 and 12-volt DIY power tools and batteries from Bosch are intercompatible.

The AdvancedMulti 18 and UniversalMulti 12 cordless multifunction tools will be available from July 2017. The prices are recommended retail prices including VAT. Subject to change.

SpecificationsAdvancedMulti 18UniversalMulti 12
(replaces PMF 10.8 LI)
Max. battery voltage18 V12 V
Battery capacity2.5 Ah2.5 Ah
Oscillation10,000 – 20,000 opm10,000 – 20,000 opm
Oscillation angle2.8°2.8°
Weight1.4 kg1.1 kg
Scope of delivery and rec-ommended retail price
  • As a set with a 2.5 Ah battery and fast charger: €199.99
  • Without battery and charger: €129.99
  • As a set with a 2.5 Ah battery and fast charger: €159.99
  • Without battery and charger: €109.99

The Robert Bosch Power Tools GmbH, a division of the Bosch Group, is one of the world’s leading providers for power tools, power tool accessories and measuring tools. In 2019, its roughly 20,000 associates generated sales of 4.8 billion euros, about 85 percent of which outside of Germany. With brands such as Bosch and Dremel, the division stands for customer focus and great engineering progress. The core success factors are innovative strength and pace of innovation. In 2020, 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 400,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2019). The company generated sales of 77.7 billion euros in 2019. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT provider, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, Industry 4.0, and connected mobility. Bosch is pursuing a vision of mobility that is sustainable, safe, and exciting. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to facilitate connected living with products and solutions that either contain artificial intelligence (AI) or have been developed or manufactured with its help. 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.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs some 72,600 associates in research and development at 126 locations across the globe, as well as roughly 30,000 software engineers.

Additional information is available online at www.bosch.com, www.iot.bosch.com, www.bosch-press.com, www.twitter.com/BoschPresse.

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