Noticed final yr over in Europe was a set of cordless Bosch multitools with the starlock mount (12V and 18V) and now we have now information that a kind of is out there right here within the USA as a North American mannequin with the 12V model Bosch GOP12V-28N 12V EC Brushless Starlock Multitool.
It’s principally the identical unit because the European mannequin besides with a barely completely different mannequin quantity and an additional sprint of blue within the entrance ribbing. Apart from that, similar mannequin with the identical physique, brushless motor, variable velocity dial, Starlock mount, yadda yadda.
A more in-depth inspection reveals a vital characteristic or lack of, it features a hex key and doesn’t have a launch lever on the device. What?!!!! Which means despite the fact that it has a Starlock mount, it doesn’t have keyless or tool-less blade adjustments. This doesn’t make any sense to me as a result of the Starlock mount’s largest promoting level is that the blade adjustments are extremely quick and straightforward, a lot in order that I might have a tough time switching again to anything after making an attempt Starlock.
However right here we’re in 2017 and it’s unhappy to say that new oscillating multitool fashions are popping out with the previous and historical hex key and bolt system. After all of the progress that’s been made within the device much less and keyless blade change division by so many manufacturers together with Bosch themselves and so many alternative methods and strategies of doing so I nonetheless can’t consider we’re going again to the previous hex key and bolt system. We needs to be transferring ahead not backwards, I don’t see any purpose or excuse to make use of any blade change system that requires a hex key and bolt in 2017, other than previous fashions that proceed as we speak, however my level has to do with new fashions popping out.
It additionally doesn’t make sense that they’d name it a Starlock mount if it’s not a device much less blade change system. Why? As a result of contemplate this, Starlock blades consider it or not are backwards suitable with non Starlock blade mounts. Sure I’ve tried this and so they work on non starlock multitools. For instance, I’ve tried starlock blades on the Fein FMM 350 Q authentic non starlock mannequin and on the Rockwell F80.
I suppose they declare this new Bosch GOP12V-28N mannequin is technically a starlock mount multitool as a result of it has the particular 3D recessed mount that’s mentioned to switch extra torque. Personally I haven’t discovered any distinction in torque or slicing efficiency once I in contrast the Fein FMM 350 Q fashions authentic vs starlock mannequin and located no distinction in slicing velocity or torque switch. One other draw back of the starlock mount is that the mount itself shouldn’t be backwards suitable for the time being. Nobody has adapters to make it settle for common blades and equipment but.
I’m sorry concerning the lengthy rant however it’s irritating to see a brand new mannequin multitool in almost the tip of 2017 with a hex key and bolt blade change system after which add to damage the identify Starlock which is thought for it’s tool-less blade change system. I do know that the majority 12V multitools have hex key and bolt blade change methods even new fashions (Makita for instance) however Fein broke the mould and added a tool-free blade change mount to a 12V multitool in 2015 and shortly after added a totally useful device free blade mount starlock 12v multitool.
The place Bosch did it proper within the new mannequin is that they packed in a brushless motor one thing I’ve but to see on a 12V multitool and the value is correct at $99 as a naked device. It’s barely greater than Milwaukee’s and Makita’s 12V multitools as baretools however by little or no, however is definitely worth the slight bump in worth as a result of brushless motor itself. The brushless motor may add extra efficiency but when it doesn’t, one factor is for certain – higher runtime.
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