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Bosch All Rounder

Bosch have been kind enough let Diyfixit test out one of their new DIY power tools, the Bosch PMF 180 E, a multi-function power tool with the attachments for cutting wood, metal and sanding.

On first inspection of the tool you can see it’s a single unit of a good size and weight, with the only small and moveable parts being the blades and blade fittings.

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The idea behind this tool is very smart. An oscillating blade mounted at the end of the tool moves through just a few degrees at a rate of up to 21000 times per minute. There are several different blades for a range of applications and a sanding head which uses a Velcro attachment system is also included. It can be used for trimming wood to length, cutting small metal sections such as trims or piano hinges, cutting plastic pipes and copper tube. One of the obvious benefits is being able to cut items in situ where other power tools wouldn’t be an option.

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As with all tools, before using the All Rounder, make sure you have read all the instructions and that your work area is clear from any dangers. And, use appropriate safety gear.

Changing the blades is simple, just unscrew the bolt located at the under-side of the blade with the Hex-key provided, and then attach the new blade in the direction required and tighten the bolt back up.

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After measuring up and setting out where you need to cut, mark a clear straight line, firmly hold the tool parallel to your line. If you find that you need more (or less) cutting power there is a dial at the back that goes from 1 to 6, but remember that increasing the power will increase the noise and vibration.

When cutting try and let the tool do the work, as you may find that applying pressure could make the blade bend, making your cut wander. And remember to go slow, keeping an eye on your line and blow away any build-up of dust.

If you are new to DIY or if you feel a little unsure about using this for the first time, find something/somewhere to test it on. Knowing how the tool works and reacts when cutting on different types of materials, will make it easier. A little practice goes a long way.

One of the biggest benefits of the All Rounder is that it makes some of the really awkward tasks we all come across seem a like a breeze. Take for example fitting a new laminate or wood floor. Getting a decent finish at the skirtings is easy – either remove and replace them or, leave the flooring short of the edges and use a moulding to cover the gap. But, getting a neat finish around door frames and architraves is always a problem. Trying to trim the bottom off architraves isn’t easy and removing them is usually not an option. Enter the All Rounder. Simply laying an offcut of flooring up against the frame to act as a guide, you can run the blade along this and trim the bottom off the architrave easily and accurately.

This is a great tool for cutting small sections and really comes into its own where an item has to remain in situ. Obviously, it’s not meant to be a substitute for other power tools in your toolbox but, is a really handy addition.

For more information check out the Bosch Website