Bosch Professional has introduced X-LOCK – an accessory-change system for grinders.
X-LOCK promises to be the fastest and simplest accessory-change system ever. To accompany this product launch, Bosch has added six small but powerful X-LOCK angle grinders to the range.
Features of the new range include:
- faster, easier changes – with no spanner, nut or flange to get lost
- six new X-LOCK angle grinders – enhancing productivity, ergonomics and safety
- extensive new X-LOCK accessory range – also compatible with standard angle grinders.
Conventional accessory attachment involves a nut, a flange and a spanner, any of which can easily be lost – leading to downtime and frustration. X-LOCK is a genuinely tool-free alternative. Simply bring the accessory and grinder connecting surfaces into contact and press. A reassuring ‘click’ sound tells you they are firmly locked.
To remove a disc, just flick a lever on the grinder. Changeovers can be completed in five seconds – and can even be done while wearing gloves. There’s no attachment nut to seize up on a jammed disc – or to get in your way when working at flat angles, or damage material surfaces. What’s more, X-LOCK indicates the right accessory mounting direction and won’t allow direction-specific accessories such as diamond cutting discs to be mounted incorrectly.
A comprehensive range of more than 130 X-LOCK accessories covers everything from metalwork and stonework to plumbing, tiling and other cutting and grinding tasks. Almost all of these can also be used on your older, non-X-LOCK angle grinders with conventional clamping systems. (The exceptions are diamond dry core drills and cup/round brushes.) Discs vary in diameter between 115 and 125 mm.
The collection includes:
- Metalwork accessories – fibre, SCM and flap discs, as well as cup and round brushes, for cutting and roughing
- Stone/concrete/tiling accessories – diamond cutting discs, diamond dry core drills and diamond milling cutters
- Carbide multi-wheels – useful for cutting wood containing nails, along with plastic, composite or drywall construction materials
X-LOCK angle grinders
The six small X-LOCK angle grinders include one corded model and five 18 V battery-powered cordless products. The cordless machines provide equivalent power to a 1000 W corded grinder. Compared to predecessors, they are up to 35 per cent more powerful and give up to 100 per cent longer runtime. Their ergonomic features include an intuitive user interface – showing tool status and enabling speed selection – and an inbuilt LED working light. They can also be fitted with a Bosch connectivity module which connects to your mobile device via Bluetooth for advanced functionality.
Health and safety
Automatic safety systems on the new X-LOCK angle grinders include KickBack Control, which immediately shuts down power to the motor if the disc is suddenly jammed. Drop Control does the same as soon as a dropped tool hits the floor. In models with a PROtection Switch, power is instantly cut if the user lets go, while the X-Brake brings discs to a complete halt within one second of the tool stopping.
Optional aids include Soft Start, allowing progressive build-up of speed to avoid initial kickbacks, and Restart Protection, preventing an unexpected start-up after a power cut or battery change. Auxiliary handles with vibration damping can also be specified.
Bosch Professional angle grinders with the X-LOCK system, as well as an extensive range of accessories, will be available from May 2019 with additional models following in future.