High-Speed Carbide Bit optimizes deep drilling in concrete.

Press Release Summary:

Speed-X Hammer Carbide features centric carbide tip, side cutters that power their way into concrete, as well as head design and dust clearing channels that allow it to perform better as holes get deeper. Flutes minimize vibration in deep drilling, while vacuum-optimized brazing and heat treatment of carbide tip provide resistance to impact and thermal stresses. Wear mark on carbide tip alerts users when tip is worn and bit will stop precision anchoring at start of drilling.

Original Press Release:

Bosch Speed-X Hammer Carbide Drills Concrete 20% Faster and Lives 18% Longer

Packed with innovative engineering, Bosch Speed-X actually performs better the deeper it drills!

Mount Prospect, Ill. - Bosch's hammer carbide accessories have always been synonymous with quality engineering and long life. Now, Bosch is adding speed to the equation, and lots of it. When Bosch Power Tools and Accessories launches its new Speed-X Hammer Carbide this May, users will discover the fastest, most durable and most innovate hammer carbide drilling bit ever produced.

Bosch's game-changing Speed-X Hammer Carbide, as the name would suggest, is all about fast concrete drilling. Compared to the leading competitor, Speed-X drills up to 20 percent faster in concrete. Holes start precisely, thanks to the centric carbide tip, and begin quickly as the innovative inclined side cutters power their way into concrete. As holes progress, the Speed-X really begins to shine. By utilizing a shortened head design and enlarged dust-clearing channels, Speed-X actually performs better as holes get deeper. In side-by-side testing versus the leading competitor, the speed difference in deep drilling applications is visible and noteworthy.

In addition to significant increases in speed, Bosch engineered Speed-X to deliver the outstanding performance and long-term durability users have grown to expect from all Bosch hammer carbide products. Vacuum optimized brazing and heat treatment of the precision carbide tip provides excellent resistance to impact and thermal stresses and contributes to an 18 percent increase in lifetime. The same shortened head and inclined cutting slots responsible for increased drilling speed also enhance durability by providing fast dust removal and reducing friction. The expanded flutes further reduce friction as holes get deeper by clearing debris and enabling Speed-X to drill efficiently in deep applications. The precision engineered flutes also reduce vibration in deep drilling.

For precision anchoring applications, Bosch has moved the wear mark to the tip of Speed-X. Unlike previous hammer carbide that employed wear marks on the flutes, Speed-X alerts users when the carbide tip is worn and will no longer deliver precision anchoring at the start of drilling. The feature was first introduced on Bosch's acclaimed X5L Hammer Carbide and was praised by users who quickly realized imprecise hole placement was the most significant problem associated with worn hammer carbide.

The Bosch Speed-X will first be available (in limited distribution) in both SDS-Max and splined versions and in a variety of popular sizes beginning this June. Speed-X will be available through authorized dealers nationwide by fall 2010. To find out more or to find a local dealer, users may visit www.boschtools.com or call 877-BOSCH-99.

About Bosch Power Tools and Accessories:

Bosch Power Tools and Accessories is one of the divisions within the $1 billion, 4,000 employee strong Robert Bosch Tool Corporation, which is the North American branch of Robert Bosch GmbH, the largest power tool and accessory manufacturer in the world. 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 Group:

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology, some 271,000 associates generated sales of 46.3 billion euros (over $63 billion) in fiscal 2007. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 300 subsidiaries and regional companies in roughly 50 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Each year, Bosch spends more than 3 billion euros for research and development, and applies for over 3,000 patents worldwide. The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as "Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering."

In North America, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial automation and mobile products, power tools and accessories, security technology, thermo-technology, packaging equipment and household appliances. Bosch employs approximately 25,000 associates in more than 70 locations throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico, with reported sales of $9.5 billion in fiscal 2007. For more information on the company, visit www.boschusa.com.

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