Press release #Power Tools

Saw with particular comfort and control: Convenient 18 volt chainsaw from Bosch

One tool for multiple sawing tasks in the garden

  • UniversalChain 18 for diameters of up to 135 millimeters
  • Best power-to-weight ratio in its class
  • Great control when making undercuts thanks to the new recoil protection
  • Expansion of the “Power for All“ battery system
Manuel Roj

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Bosch is expanding its 18 volt system for the garden and, with the UniversalChain 18, is introducing a chainsaw to this volt class for the first time. The tool is particularly compact so users can work with the UniversalChain 18 in a controlled manner and in any position, and can use it comfortably for a variety of sawing tasks in the garden. It is typically used for pruning fruit trees and cutting thicker timber or branches for firewood. The UniversalChain 18 can cut materials with a diameter of up to 135 millimeters; cuts between 70 and 130 millimeters are common. With a weight of only 3 kilograms, the cordless chainsaw also offers the best power-to-weight ratio in its class.

Controlled cutting thanks to the innovative recoil protection

Thanks to its compact design and features, the UniversalChain 18 is also suitable for people who have limited experience of chainsaws. Its recoil protection helps users to make every cut, such as undercuts, in a controlled manner: The protective guard at the tip of the blade reduces vibrations and makes clean cuts easier, which promote the healthy growth of wood. The way in which the severed branch falls can also be controlled more accurately and other branches will not be damaged accidentally. The UniversalChain 18 is also comfortable and easy to handle thanks to its integrated SDS system, which enables the saw chain and bar to be fitted in just a few hand movements and without the use of tools, and its automatic chain lubrication. The cordless chainsaw also has an ergonomic handle with Softgrip and an additional handle with a hand guard. During all sawing operations, the user can see the charging state of the battery on an easily visible display on the tool.

Optimum power and maximum runtime thanks to the “Syneon Chip”

On just one battery charge, the UniversalChain 18 can manage up to 40 cuts in soft wood with a diameter of 100 millimeters, so it is particularly efficient. This is made possible by the optimum coordination of key components such as the motor and the gearbox, combined with an intelligent electronic system, the “Syneon Chip“. This gives customers optimum power and maximum runtime at all times for every task. What’s more, the cordless chainsaw is powerful right up to the last cut: It holds its full power until the battery is empty.

A system for combining tools: “Power for All“ from Bosch

The UniversalChain 18 is part of the “Power for All” battery system which comprises DIY and garden tools. 21 different power tools, from grass trimmers to

rotary hammers, can currently be operated using the same 18 volt lithium-ion battery. This enables do-it-yourselfers to do without batteries and chargers that they do not need, and they can save money at the same time. A “Power for All” logo on the packaging indicates which tools belong to the system.

The UniversalChain 18 cordless chainsaw will be available from April 2018 onwards. The prices listed are recommended retail prices including VAT. Subject to change.

Specifications*UniversalChain 18
Battery voltage/capacity18 V/2.5 Ah
Blade length/cutting length200/135 mm
Chain speed4,2 m/s
Vibration level4,5 m/s²
Dimensions without blade
(length x height x width)
320 x 180 x 190 mm
Weight including battery3 kg
Scope of delivery/recommended retail price including VAT
  • Tool including 2.5 Ah battery and charger: €199.99
  • Tool without battery and charger: €129.99

*All figures are provisional and based on internal measurements.

The Robert Bosch Power Tools GmbH, a division of the Bosch Group, is one of the world’s leading providers for power tools, garden tools, power tool accessories and measuring tools. In 2021, its roughly 21,000 associates generated sales of 5.8 billion euros, about 80 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 2022, Bosch Power Tools will again launch more than 100 new products onto the market in its four business segments power tools, garden tools, accessories and measuring tools.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 402,600 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2021). The company generated sales of 78.7 billion euros in 2021. 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 some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. With its more than 400 locations worldwide, the Bosch Group has been carbon neutral since the first quarter of 2020. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 128 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 76,100 associates in research and development, of which more than 38,000 are software engineers.

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