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Bosch boosts power

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BOSCH has ramped up its power tools with the launch of a 36 V range powered by longlife lithium ion batteries.

The manufacturer said the power will allow tradesmen to transfer from mains-powered tools without compromising performance. The tools can be recharged to 80 per cent life within 30 minutes and, if the battery is f lat, the tools switch off to prevent total discharge.

The first tool to hit the market, in September, will be the GBH 36V-Li rotary hammer and the GSB 36V-Li combihammer. The former has an impact energy of 3 J and is equivalent to Bosch's mains 2 kg drill. The latter can withstand a drop from 2 m and incorporates 'constant electronics', which give a 30 per cent increase in screwdriving speed, Bosch claimed.