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It was announced in a Wood magazine email today that Bosch has bought Freud's drill bit, router bit & saw blade divisions. Freud is retaining their power tool division. A Bosch spokesperson said they will not be making changes to the Freud line and that the familiar red items would not be changing to Bosch blue. This purchase is in line with the Bosch strategy of buying top quality products to add to their tool family. (Bosch bought RotoZip a couple years ago) This is the biggest deal since Black & Decker bought the Pentair Group (which included Porter Cable and Delta) 5 years ago.

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Mike this was posted a couple hours ago, you must have missed the thread. I was not sure whee to put it so I put it in the lobby I think.
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You are right Nick, I missed the thread. I do my best to check all postings and at times some slip through. I am surprised nobody has commented in either thread since so many use Freud blades and bits. I have been sold on the red blades for years, they provide real value and exceptional performance.

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Yes, I have had good luck with the Freud router bits and blades too. This News area is a better place to make the post in anyway.
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Mike,

Interesting information, but I do have to chuckle at your inclusion of the roto-zip purchase by Bosch. My purchase of a roto-zip tool is my proof that I can be easily "suckered" by good advertising. Even with the purchase of nearly all the accesories (frequently offered at deep discounts in big-box stores after the holidays), I don't find the rotor-zip to be a useful tool (beyond drywall cut-outs). Otherwise, I really like the Bosch tools, especially the sanders and jigsaws.

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I would never claim that a RotoZip is a wonder tool, but as rotary saws go they are the top of the line. They were designed for working with drywall and do the job easier than other brands I have tried. With the proper bits installed they will cut about anything and they are tough to beat for overhead or close quarters cutting. I cut in a soffit vent with mine and found it much easier than using a jig saw overhead. They are great at cutting tile too. They are specialty tools and most people have no need of one. But they really are the best in class and that is why Bosch snapped them up.

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Hi,

If my memory serves correctly, the roto-zip was created by a dry-waller. No, I'm not against that tool, I do own one myself.

I'm not against Bosch buying this part of Freud's line. In fact, I don't mind Bosch tools either. I do have a few. I can only hope that they leave (Freud's quality the same or better). This won't make me stop buying blades by Freud.

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Mike,

Interesting information, but I do have to chuckle at your inclusion of the roto-zip purchase by Bosch. My purchase of a roto-zip tool is my proof that I can be easily "suckered" by good advertising. Even with the purchase of nearly all the accesories (frequently offered at deep discounts in big-box stores after the holidays), I don't find the rotor-zip to be a useful tool (beyond drywall cut-outs). Otherwise, I really like the Bosch tools, especially the sanders and jigsaws.

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I don't know there are an awful lot of guys that use them in their little CNC machines.
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Nick,

How do they mount them to get any level of accuracy or deal with the shaft run-out? Admittedly, I typically deal with metal cutting 4-5 axis NC, so the concept of using a roto-zip powered CNC is a bit baffling. What do they make on these machines?

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I am no expert, but you I see it on the CNC forums and actually a lot of the companies offer them as an option.

I have measured the run out on mine and it is not bad at all, .002 - .004 on at least two of them, one was way off so I sent it back.

Let me say that the run out on these greatly increases over time that is an issue, but I do not use them like a cnc ie very many actual hours of use.

Oh the Rebels have far less run out than the other models too and thats all I use now.

Actually for circuit boards I have seen Dremels used on CNC.

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