Drilling/Driving Tools operate on 36 V Litheon batteries.

Press Release Summary:

Able to survive multiple one-story drops onto concrete, 38636 Brute-Tough(TM) ½ in. Drill/Driver and 18636 Brute-Tough ½ in. Hammer Drill/Driver are powered by one of two available packs in Flexible Power System. Model 38636 features 600 lb-in. torque and 2-speed motor (0-450 and 0-1,400 rpm) for heavy-duty applications. For masonry and light concrete applications, 18636 features 2-speed motor (0-450 and 0-1,500 rpm) and delivers up to 18,000 bpm and 600 lb-in. torque.

Original Press Release:

New Bosch Brute-Tough Litheon 36V Drill/Driver and Hammer Drill/Driver

Up-to 40% Faster, Survive One-story Drop, Flexible Power System Compatible

Mount Prospect, Ill., November 14, 2006 - Today, Bosch Power Tools and Accessories announced the addition of two new Litheon 36V Flexible Power System compatible tools; the 38636 Brute-Tough 1/2-inch Drill/Driver and 18636 Brute-Tough(TM) 1/2-inch Hammer Drill/Driver. Up to 40-percent faster than competitive lithium-ion drills, twice the voltage and runtime of 18V competitors and tough enough to survive multiple one-story/10-ft drops onto concrete, the new Litheon 36V drill/driver and hammer drill/driver are for professionals looking to take the step up to corded power and performance.

The 38636 Litheon 36V Drill/Driver features 600 in.-lbs of torque and a two speed motor (0-450 and 0-1400 RPM) to accomplish heavy-duty applications previously impossible with 18V tools. For professionals who need to drill into masonry and light concrete in addition to basic drilling applications, the 18636 36V FPS Hammer Drill/driver features a two-speed motor (0-450 and 0-1500 RPM), plus up to 18,000 beats per minute (BPM) and 600 in.-lbs. of torque.

Each tool is compatible with Bosch Flexible Power System. Comprised of two different 36V packs, a Litheon SlimPack and FatPack, the Flexible Power System allows users to customize their tool to the application based on weight or runtime. Used with the 18636 Hammer Drill/Driver, the SlimPack boasts up to 15-percent faster speed and 15-percent longer runtime over competitive 18V tools. And with the FatPack, the same hammer drill/driver is up to 40-percent faster and runs two-times longer than competitive 18V tools.

The following kits are available with varying Flexible Power System battery options:
· 38636-01 Litheon 36V 1/2-inch Drill/Driver Kit with 2 SlimPacks
· 18636-01 Litheon 36V 1/2-inch Hammer Drill/Driver Kit with 1 SlimPack and 1 FatPack
· 18636-02 Litheon 36V 1/2-inch Hammer Drill/Driver Kit with 2 FatPacks
· 18636-03 Litheon 36V 1/2-inch Hammer Drill/Driver Kit with 2 SlimPacks

Both the 38636 Litheon 36V Drill/Driver and 18636 Litheon 36V Hammer Drill/Driver are Bosch Brute-Tough, designed to survive numerous 10-ft drops onto concrete. The reasons for their unmatched durability include a Dura-Shield(TM) exterior housing, composed of a shock absorbing and flexible ABS/Nylon blend. Internally, a steel reinforced collar strengthens the tools front end; a Uni-Body Power Train maintains perfect alignment between the clutch, gearbox and motor for the most secure and durable drive train system on the market; and an all metal gear box enables the tool's maximum power, life and durability.

Other time saving and long-lasting features include a ratcheting single-sleeve 1/2-inch chuck featuring carbide tipped jaws for the strongest bit retention. And accessible brushes allow professionals to accomplish quick maintenance and minimize downtime on the job.

All Bosch cordless tools and batteries are covered under PROVANTAGE, the industry's most reliable protection plan. Registering is absolutely free and provides owners one-year of tool and two-years of battery replacement in the event of failure and three years of free tool repair. After purchasing a new Bosch cordless tool, owners can register online at www.boschprovantage.com, by mail with the enclosed registration card or by phone at 888-919-7272. Further details can be found online.

About Bosch Power Tools and Accessories:
Bosch Power Tools and Accessories is one of the divisions within the Robert Bosch Tool Corporation, which is the North American branch of the largest power tool and accessory manufacturer in the world, Robert Bosch GmbH. Bosch provides a complete line of corded and cordless power tools and accessories engineered to survive any jobsite and allow professionals to take control of their work. For more information, call toll free 877-BOSCH-99 (877-267-2499) or visit www.boschtools.com.

About Bosch North America:
In North America, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets power tools and accessories, automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial automation and mobile products, security technology, thermo-technology, packaging equipment and household appliances. Bosch employs 22,700 associates in more than 80 primary and 20 associated facilities throughout the region with reported sales of $8.4 billion in 2005. This year marks Bosch's 100th year of operating in the U.S. For more information on the company and the Centennial, visit www.bosch.us.

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