On this article we might be reviewing the fully new X-Lock angle grinder mount and likewise the brand new Bosch GWX18V-50PC GWX18V-50PCN 18V Brushless angle grinder that includes the brand new X-Lock mount. As a full disclosure, Bosch was variety sufficient to ship me a product pattern of the Bosch GWX18V-50PC angle grinder with new X-Lock Mount and several other X-Lock mount wheels for gratis to me and as at all times I’ll present my trustworthy unbiased suggestions. I’m not paid or swayed in any approach to give a optimistic overview.
So what makes the X-Lock mount so nice? If you happen to take a look at different forms of instruments like reciprocating saws, jigsaws and even oscillating multitools, of their beginnings their blade interface began off requiring instruments to put in. Then ultimately they supplied a approach to change blades with out the necessity of instruments. We name this progress and transferring ahead to simplify one thing that needs to be completed usually. Going again to the angle grinder mount we have now in the present day, altering wheels nonetheless requires the usage of a software, specifically a spanner wrench to put in and a take away by tightening and untightening a locknut to exchange wheels. You additionally have to press a locking button on prime of the angle grinder to lock the wheel because it’s being changed. The X-Lock mount does away with all of this and doesn’t require a spanner wrench for a totally tool-less wheel change however additionally they simplify the whole course of. You additionally don’t have to tighten a locknut, you don’t should press the lock button atop the grinder, really you don’t should tighten something in any respect. They oversimplified the whole wheel altering course of to the purpose that each one it’s important to do to put in a brand new wheel is to snap it into place, actually. And to take away the wheel, you pull on the lever on prime of the grinder head and the wheel pops off. It doesn’t get any simpler than this people.
Bosch really created the X-Lock mount and what’s fascinating is that the design they used is similar to the Starlock mount discovered on oscillating multitools, which was additionally co-developed by Bosch together with Fein. In it’s easiest type, the X-Lock mount is identical because the Starlock mount in the best way that each have “tooth” within the middle of the mount which are closed when no accent has been mounted and these tooth open up and grip the accent opening to lock into place. Each mounts additionally provide a lever to take away the put in accent. The primary distinction is the opening of the mount as X-Lock and Starlock mounts have completely different shapes.
People who swap angle grinder wheels usually are those that may profit probably the most from the brand new mount as wheel adjustments are as straightforward as snap on and snap off. I’ve even heard of customers utilizing two separate grinders on a venture merely in order that they wouldn’t should swap out wheels and with the X-Lock mount you wouldn’t have to as wheel adjustments are so darn quick and simple – until you fancy utilizing two grinders on a venture.
I do know there are some or many on the market that don’t want to make use of a spanner wrench to take away grinder wheels they usually may suppose the brand new X-Lock mount is pointless or has little profit since many can swap out grinder wheels with out the usage of any instruments. That’s as a result of they both have tool-less locknut’s like Milwaukee’s Fixtec Locknut for instance which doesn’t require a spanner wrench to take away wheels. Then there are those who change wheels just by holding onto the wheel and tightening and untightening by hand. Many individuals do that and it’s a simple tool-free manner of eradicating wheels so for individuals like this the brand new X-Lock mount may appear pointless. Nonetheless even with this hand tightening methodology, it nonetheless takes some effort and time to swap wheels which the X-Lock mount minimizes with it’s snap on and snap off effectivity. Then we have now to recollect there are a few downsides of hand tightening comparable to you possibly can’t absolutely tighten a wheel by hand as it should ultimately hold turning till you utilize a spanner wrench to completely tighten – one thing you don’t have to fret about on the X-Lock because the X-Lock mount doesn’t require tightening. The opposite difficulty of hand tightening is definitely a security hazard, for instance let’s say you’re putting in a reduce off wheel and a few of these wheels are nearly paper skinny, when they’re being manually hand tightened, there’s not a lot to carry onto and it’s really easy to bend these as you flip them and bending them runs the chance of fracturing them. A fractured wheel is a big security hazard as it might probably break when in use and fly off and shards can fly anyplace together with your face or physique and trigger severe hurt. You don’t run that danger with the X-Lock mount as a result of wheels are inserted and locked into place somewhat than tightened. One other security good thing about the X-Lock mount is that you simply don’t want take away wheels by hand. For instance, whereas common grinding and reduce off wheels cool off rapidly after use and may be dealt with with naked palms and never get burned, a diamond wheel for chopping masonry (tile, stone, and so forth) can stay scorching and burn your hand in case you are eradicating them and not using a glove. As a result of the X-Lock mount ejects wheels, you gained’t have to fret about dealing with scorching wheels.
So not solely is the X-Lock mount sooner, simpler and tool-less in comparison with the standard angle grinder mount, it additionally provides at all times absolutely tight wheel connections and no security dangers of fracturing paper skinny reduce off wheels as in comparison with handbook hand tightening and likewise dealing with scorching wheels comparable to diamond wheels since they’re eject with an X-Lock mount grinder.
One other good thing about the X-Lock system is that X-Lock wheels are backwards appropriate with common angle grinders. Because of this even in case you don’t have an X-Lock grinder proper now, you possibly can exit and buy X-Lock mount wheels and use them in your present grinder(s). This manner you possibly can construct up your X-Lock assortment so that you’ll be prepared for if you do purchase a brand new grinder with the X-Lock mount.
So is the brand new X-Lock mount excellent? Like most issues, it isn’t excellent. Whereas the X-Lock wheels are backwards appropriate, the X-Lock mount itself is just not backwards appropriate which means your common angle grinder wheels gained’t work. That’s due to the particular form of the X-Lock mount is bigger than the opening of standard grinder wheel arbor holes. This implies you’ll have to purchase a brand new set of X-Lock wheels to exchange every wheel you might have over to the brand new mount which suggests extra money to start out.
I additionally seen that the particular mount form for the X-Lock is one sided, which means that just one aspect of every wheel will match. Most wheels have the label aspect going through up which makes discovering the proper aspect to put in on very straightforward nonetheless some wheels have the label aspect going through down which may confuse you into determining which aspect to put in on.
On the time of writing within the USA there are solely 5 X-Lock angle grinders you should purchase and all are from Bosch. They provide one cordless 18V and 4 corded fashions starting from $99 all the best way to $199. Presently, Bosch is the one model within the USA that gives X-Lock grinders, nonetheless Makita additionally provides an X-Lock mount angle grinder but it surely’s not obtainable right here within the states on the time of writing.
So far as X-Lock wheels and equipment are involved, Bosch provides an enormous assortment of X-Lock wheels and the excellent news is that they’re priced about the identical as non-X-Lock grinder wheels so that you gained’t should spend extra to get X-Lock. Diablo additionally provides X-Lock wheels though not all kinds like that of Bosch and likewise Makita makes X-Lock mount wheels as properly with what looks like a large assortment, nonetheless Makita’s X-Lock wheels aren’t offered within the USA on the time of writing. On the time of writing, sadly you possibly can’t stroll right into a brick and mortar retailer to buy something X-Lock associated, both grinder or equipment as you continue to should organize them on-line however Amazon and Acme Instruments have a pleasant choice of X-Lock grinders and wheels.
Since I used to be supplied a Bosch X-Lock grinder to check out the mount, I would as properly present a overview for it as properly. The mannequin I used to be supplied for overview is the Bosch GWX18V-50PC cordless 18V Brushless 4-1/2 – 5″ angle grinder. Moreover having the model spanking new X-Lock mount that gives tremendous quick and simple wheel adjustments that snap in and snap off, this grinder provides a pleasant assortment of options for a cordless mannequin. Options embrace a robust brushless motor for extra energy and runtime than brushed motor grinders, a slim profile deal with that’s straightforward to grip and wont tire you out as a lot with lengthy makes use of. It comes with a single grinding wheel guard and it’s tool-less to rotate which is good. One thing unusual and fascinating was the lever to rotate the wheel guard is on the physique and never the guard. Nothing unhealthy simply completely different. This grinder can also be a braking grinder which means that it’s outfitted with an electrical brake that stops the wheel in a second or two after the set off is launched. This particular mannequin makes use of a paddle set off with security latch.
This new Bosch 18V grinder can also be a bluetooth connectivity READY mannequin, which implies that out of the field doesn’t have any slick bluetooth features or connectivity however has a slot on the aspect of the software, which makes it appear to be a brushed motor grinder, however is definitely a slot to put in the bluetooth module if you wish to add bluetooth. Because of this it’s important to fork out extra cash in order for you bluetooth. Different manufacturers that supply bluetooth have it inbuilt so I discover this unusual as to why Bosch makes their “bluetooth” instruments “prepared” as a substitute of providing it outright as constructed into the software. However within the Bosch world that is regular for them as they somewhat have you ever purchase Bluetooth as a separate buy.
It solely comes as a baretool on the time of writing and contains solely the grinder, grinding wheel guard, vibration discount aspect deal with and cardboard field and paperwork and is priced at $199 which is costly for a baretool cordless grinder. For instance, Makita provides a number of 18V cordless angle grinders they usually have a brushless mannequin as little as $119 baretool which is sort of half the worth of the Bosch. This Bosch does have the spiffy new X-Lock mount however nonetheless priced a lot larger. Although this Bosch grinder provides further options like an electrical brake and tool-less to rotate wheel guard.
So far as efficiency is anxious, I’ve tried out Milwaukee’s and Makita’s cordless brushless fashions prior to now and people have been superb performers with plenty of energy below stress and don’t bathroom down simply. The rationale I point out these is as a result of I’ve one thing to check this new Bosch mannequin to and after testing it out, I can say that it’s simply as sturdy because the Makita and Milwaukee competitors. Below aspect by aspect assessments with the identical reduce utilizing the identical wheel and materials, the Bosch carried out simply in addition to it’s competitors which means sturdy energy to have the ability to push laborious throughout cuts and grinding with out having to fret concerning the software bogging down. Identical to different brushless cordless grinders, it too provides corded like efficiency just like a low energy 4-1/2″ corded grinder. I used to be in a position to reduce small pipe and even a metallic stake which was a thick piece of metallic and the Bosch GWX18V-50PC dealt with it like a champ. I additionally seen that whereas it has the identical type of chopping efficiency energy and pace of reduce because the Milwaukee M18 Gas mannequin I examined aspect by aspect, I discovered the Bosch to chop noticeably smoother which made it a extra refined software to work with. In any other case had the identical type of energy as related manufacturers.
General the Bosch GWX18V-50PC cordless 18V brushless grinder is a strong 4-1/2-5″ cordless angle grinder with strong efficiency and options and to not point out that spiffy new X-Lock mount with loopy quick and simple wheel adjustments though priced a bit larger than it’s competitors within the 4-1/2-5″ cordless brushless angle grinder section.
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