Bosch Litheon vs The Rest

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  1. Anonymous says:

    i think the 10.8v items are brilliant. they look pretty good and i bet they will find a nice place in the market (depending on price tag). 36 volt on the other hand, i am not sold on yet. sure they will have more power, but will definately be much bulkier (even if the weight is same 18v NiCad). And most ppl i talk to in the trades dont seem overly excited by 36volt (bosch or dewalt) because most ppl dont think they need the extra power when there current 18volts are doing pretty good.
    makita seems to be in a pretty good place because their lithium gear is 18v, which is readily accepted in the market place, lighter weight than any other professional 18v, and not that much more expensive. where 28v and 36v carry a heavier weight and price tag that lots of ppl have been shying away from.
    but i suppose time will tell and we will see how well things go.

  2. Johnny says:

    I am a big fan of Bosch however Makita might be leaving them in their dust. My favorite Bosch tool is the Powerbox. It is Bosches biggest competitive advantage over Makita by eliminating the clutter of chargers and power cords around the jobsite. The only way Bosch is going to get me to upgrade my tools to the Litheon battery is when they retro fit the powerbox to charge them.

    They better pay attention to the weight of their new Litheon products. Their current 18V and 24V saws are too big and heavy. Cordless is the way to go but only when it makes the job faster and easier, not heavier.

    I have tested the Makita 18V Lithium tools and they are pretty good. The skill saw is light and manuverable. The drivers are powerful and easy to control. The best thing is that all the tools have task lights which light up and stay on after you are release the trigger. Great for finishing the job at the end of the day when the sun is setting.

    Bosch better address some of the shortcomings with the new Litheon. Otherwise their PowerBox might not be enough to keep me from switching to Makita.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I have the bosch impactor. It is the best tool I have ever purchased. It is pricey, but I do use it every day. It has more power than you would believe and the battery will last a week, not days. It also charges in 30 minutes, so you will not be waiting around for your battery to charge. Another plus is, when the battery’s fail, they are only $40. If your going to use it every day, spend the money. If you plans on using it around the house, don’t bother. The only complaint I have, is that it starts impacting to early. I also have a dewalt 18v impact, which takes longer to start impacting. But no tool is going to be 100% perfect for every application.

  4. Tracy says:

    I have 9 Bosch 18 volt tools. All relatively new. I would really like the additional runtime and lighter weight of lithium batteries (and a little more power, maybe). Why can’t they make batteries that will fit my current tools, like Milwakee and Ryobi did. I think this is really screwing over their past customers.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Why can’t they make a Li battery pop onto a tool designed for NiCD? Imagine tearing the engine out of your car and dropping in a 500hp supercharged one…without changing anything else (motor mounts, transmission, etc.). While a Bosch 18/24v drill and a 36v drill look the same the 36v has a redesigned motor, switchs, and wiring to compensate for the power.