Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


Manufacturer: Bosch

Check out the newest Bosch tools including the latest drills, impact drivers, rotary hammers, and accessories. Recent Bosch tool reviews include the Bosch CORE18V battery, Bosch 18V Connected angle grinder, and Bosch 12V cross line laser. We also cover Bosch accessories and their entire lineup of 12V, 18V, and 36V power tools. With Bosch tool reviews, we focus on their strengths—including OSHA-compliant concrete dust removal. The Bosch VAC090A Dust Extractor remains one of our favorites and came in 3rd in our dust extractor shootout. Bosch has a good track record of making tools that perform well. Additionally, they also make tools with great ergonomics. Their batteries have some of the longest shelf lives we’ve experienced among manufacturers. Hands-on Bosch Tool Reviews The following tool reviews include Bosch tools and accessories from every category. If they make it, and it’s a key tool, we’ve likely given it a hands-on tool review.

Bosch Axial Glide 12" Dual Bevel Miter Saw Review

Bosch Axial Glide 12″ Dual Bevel Miter Saw Review

At this year’s Bosch Media Event the one tool that stood out the most was their new Axial Glide 12-inch Dual Bevel Miter Saw (GCM12SD). There is no question that it redefines the operational expectations of a miter saw. Right off the bat you could see that Bosch has basically created a Terminator-style machine that looked aggressive and raised the bar for how a miter saw should function. What’s more, they released it at a $699 price point that matches their existing top-of-the-line 12″ miter saw. That’s bold.

Bosch L-Boxx Tool Storage System Preview

Bosch L-Boxx Tool Storage System

At this year’s 2010 Global Leadership Tour, Don Briner, who works in Bosch’s Tool Organization and Storage department, gave us a nice preview of their upcoming adaptation of Sortimo’s L-Boxx tool storage system. The new products seem to compete directly with Festool’s Systainers (though Bosch was careful not to directly address this in their presentation). The L-Boxx obviously targets mobile work, but its simplification of the transport and storage of power tools, accessories and consumables makes it appealing to just about everyone.

Bosch 2010 New Tools & Accessories Media Press Event

Bosch 2010 New Tools and Accessories Media Press Event

Our invitation to the 2010 Bosch Global Leadership Tour gave us a hope that we would soon be privy to a host of new product and accessory info. What’s more, our product tour comes from a company that boasts a rich heritage of building tools that are designed for the professional; whether that be in […]

Bosch PS21-2A pocket driver

Bosch PS21-2A Pocket Driver Review

Bosch’s new PS21-2A 12V Pocket Driver improves significantly upon last year’s model (the PS20-2A). Suffice it to say, Bosch has completely re-engineered the guts of this driver, tripling its torque and shrinking its footprint by a striking amount. They also beefed up the lithium-ion battery, giving the tool a nice tweak in the power department and showing that Bosch is serious about its technology. The purpose of the tool is to fill the needs of all manner of users, from contractors who want a handy, portable driver, to homeowners looking to obtain a beefy, lightweight solution for all their small project needs.

Bosch Coil Roofing Nailer

Bosch Coil Roofing Nailer RN175 Review

Roofing nailers come in many sizes and shapes. Bosch’s Coil Roofing Nailer RN175 provides several advantages that we wanted to test out in the field. By evaluating it in practical use we hoped to see whether this relative newcomer could compete in a market that has been dominated by a relatively small number of stand-out manufacturers for a long time. The attraction of Bosch’s new line of pneumatic tools includes the advanced technology they use in order to eliminate a lot of the volume typically required in order to reset the tool during each firing of the pneumatic piston. In the case of the RN175, we found that while the tool absolutely has less girth than many competing products, the tool still overall has an equivalent heft and bulk to many of its competitors.

Bosch PS31-2A drill

Bosch PS31-2A 12V Lithium-Ion 3/8″ Drill Driver Review

Last year we put our hands on the Bosch PS40-2A 12V Impact Driver, which turned out to be a tool that packed a lot of punch in a small footprint. About a year later we’re getting to lay hold of some more miniature powerhouses, the first of which is the PS31-2A 3/8″ Cordless Drill/Driver. We’ve been big on the importance and sheer convenience these new 12V tools provide and it was great to be able to take Bosch’s newest product to the bench and on the jobsite to see what it could do.

Bosch GLL2-80 Dual Plane Leveling and Alignment Laser Review

Bosch GLL2-80 Laser Level Review

The Bosch GLL2-80 Dual Plane Leveling and Alignment Laser gives users the functionality of a much larger rotary laser level combined with the convenience of a compact jobsite tool. To make it even better, Bosch gives you both horizontal and/or vertical 360 degree planes with just the push of a button. You can use this tool alone, with the mount included in the kit, or with a tripod depending on your needs.

Bosch SN350-20F Full Head Angled Framing Nailer

Bosch SN350-20F Framing Nailer Review

Framing nailers are traditionally oversized, unruly devices that weigh a lot. Really? Somebody should have told Bosch that, because their new SN350-20F Full Force Framing Nailer breaks all the rules. Weighing in at just 8.4 lbs and appearing about 20 percent smaller in girth and overall size than compatible professional framing nailers, this gun is something you’ll want to put in your tool trailer post-haste. If you’re a professional framer this might be the best investment you’ll ever make – next to your business license, that is.

Bosch CET4-20W air compressor

Bosch CET4-20W 4 Gallon 2 HP Air Compressor Review

When you’re on the job framing a house there’s nothing worse than having to wait for your compressor to play catch-up. Those days are likely over with the Bosch CET4-20W 4 Gallon Electric Hand Carry Compressor with wheels. Not only is this a convenient tool to carry around, it’s got the volume and fast recovery time to make sure you can keep working, uninterrupted, no matter what the job. We used the CET4-20W on a variety of jobs and it held its own each time, earning it the nickname “Jack” – as in “be nimble and quick.”

Bosch Tools Table Saw Lawsuit

Anyone who has used a table saw for any period of time is aware, to some extent at least, of the SawStop table saw and the various legal and patent issues surrounding the existence of a fairly new safety mechanism that promises (and in a large way follows through on) a system to provide unheard of safety with respect to the use of an electric saw. This week, a man who was cut by a miter saw says Robert Bosch Tool Corp. “colluded with its competitors” and lobbied the Consumer Protection Safety Commission to keep “flesh detection and braking technology” from being required on table saws. We beg to differ.