I came across a press release about the upcoming Bosch Lithium Ion cordless tools and thought it was interesting. As I discussed in a previous post about the Makita LXT cordless, they’re taking the weight advantage and slightly more power approach, while others are going with the biggest numbers on the block approach. The technologies are varying from 18V to 36V, which is an “All your eggs in one basket” type of a philosophy. Bosch, being a German company, doesn’t usually gamble.
Bosch Power Tools and Accessories announced the launch of two distinct new Lithium Ion cordless power tool lines – 10.8 and 36-volts – powered by Litheon, the industry’s most advanced Lithium Ion battery technology.
How smart! If high voltage takes off, they’ve got it covered. If low weight is the way people decide to go, that’s also covered. Where it starts to get really interesting is their choices of tools for each voltage.
New 36-volt tools include a one-inch Bulldog rotary hammer in early 2006, followed by a drill/driver, hammer drill/driver, reciprocating saw, circular saw and more near the end of the year.
I can see a rotary hammer needing the power. The drill/driver probably doesn’t need as much as the 36V will afford it, the recip saw would be overkill in my opinion, but the circular saw could be great. So what does that leave for the lower voltage?
A 10.8-volt Pocket Driver and 10.8-volt I-Driver will also launch in early 2006, followed by more tools later in the year.
A pocket driver and an I-Driver. Ok, so a pocket driver should be similar to this Metabo driver (I’d include a link to the IXO series Lithium Ion tools, but they told us we can’t sell them right now), but what is an I-Driver? I-Don’t know. A google search only tells me that it is an open source project on sourceforge, so we’re left to wonder. The other thing I could find was referencing a car from the late 50′s and early 60′s. No clues there.
I guess I’ll wonder with the rest of you until our Bosch rep sheds some light. Early 2006 isn’t that far off.