Bosch Power Tools

Late this summer Bosch will release the MXH180, a cordless version of their MX series oscillating multi-tool (OMT). It will have the same tool-less blade clamp as the most recent corded model plus something not found in other OMTs.

The added feature is a brushless motor, which is said to increase durability, reduce vibration, and most importantly – extend the runtime of the tool. Brushless motors have long been used in corded breakers and rotary hammers and are making their way into cordless impact drivers and drill/drivers. This the first brushless motor (the manufacturer refers to it as EC – meaning electronically commutated) in an OMT

The specs for the MXH180 are on par with those of existing full-size cordless OMTs: 4.35 pounds with battery and variable speed with 8,000-20,000 oscillations per minute. The tool will be sold as an add-on, which is why it's shown here without a battery. To maximize runtime, the manufacturer recommends using their new 4.0 Ah battery (BAT620) – though it will work with any Bosch 18-volt slide-mount lithium-ion pack.

The 18-volt OMT will come in a kit (MXH180BL) that includes an L-Boxx storage case, tool insert tray, and one accessory. Suggested retail will be $229. The purchaser must supply their own charger and battery.

My take: I look forward to trying one of these things out. Bosch's corded OMTs rival Fein's and their most recent model (MX30E) has a better tool-less blade clamp. This tool will have that blade clamp, which is a good starting point for a new OMT.