In my personal opinion, Bosch makes one of the best oscillating tools around. I have been using the Bosch Corded Oscillating tool MX30EC-21 for a while and love it. The tool is powerful, low vibrations, easy to work with and can change blades in no time. The MX30EC-21 is a real workhorse. Bosch knows they have a winner with this tool, so they decided to take it one step further with the first brushless oscillating tool, the MXH180. If you put these two tools next to each other, they look identical, except one has a cord and one has a battery.
The MXH180 is powered by an 18V battery and has an opm of 8,000-20,000. On the back of the tool, the user can move a dial switch to adjust the oscillations per minute. The tool is powered by a brushless motor which gives it more power and a longer run time than brushed versions of this tool. If you’re familiar with the corded version, the locking system is identical. You can lock the accessory in the tool in 12 different positions and you don’t need any tools. Two very cool features to this tool are soft start and constant response. The soft start is really nice because you don’t get that jerk when you initially turn the tool on. The constant response is great because you don’t lose power. When you are making a cut or sanding, the circuity will monitor the tool. Instead of losing power, it will keep a constant speed. As with the corded version, the rubberized grip makes this tool comfortable to use. This one also has the same ribs on the front which are no-mar to help protect your work and not damage anything.
Now I can’t claim I have used this as much as the corded version, but I do have some time on this tool. The soft start is great, no worries about having your hand or arm jerk when the tool is turned on. The constant response feature makes this tool great.
We released the video before this article. One knock I have seen so far is people saying it looks bulky. Compared to the corded version, it is roughly the same size, a little bigger. On the back of the tool, there is more flare because of the battery. For me, this tool isn’t bulky. I am not sure if I am so use to using the corded version, but this tool just feels nice in your hands. I think watching it in the video, it might appear more bulky than it really is. The tool is only a little over a foot long and weighs a little over 4 lbs., which includes the battery.
Overall if you are looking for a cordless oscillating tool, this is it. The tool is powerful, low vibrations and very easy to work with. The tool-less blade change is awesome. Easy to change a blade or sanding pad. Once the accessory is on the tool, it stays there, no matter how much pressure you put on the tool. The soft start and constant response makes this one smooth oscillating tool.