BRAND NEW - Bosch GOP 250CE Professional
Posted by Mark Hunter - June 14, 2011
It's been described as a tradesperson's get out of jail free card, a power tool that is so multipurpose as to be completely ubiquitous. Those who have a GOP in their kit wonder what they ever did without it.
And those who don't have one in their kit need to read this blog post.
The GOP's been around for a while now, and it seems that the longer it's in the market, the number of applications you can use it for grows and grows.
In some ways it reminds me of Apple's iPad. At first you think, "ok, decent looking device. But what would I use it for?". And then you visit the App Store and suddenly you see that vast array of applications you can put the iPad to.
It's a bit like that with the Bosch GOP 250 CE. However, rather than buying 'apps', you buy cutters and blades.
Now, however, they've added a power cord. Suddenly, via the GOP 250CE professional, you're going to be able to cut and grind and sand and scrape for hours and hours and hours.
Before we continue, though, it's important to differentiate between the GOP 250CE professional and the cutters, blades,scrapers, etc, that you'll fit onto it.
Let's focus on what the GOP 250CE is and what it does.
Much as the iPad is a big touch screen and via the touch screen you interact with your installed apps, the GOP 250 CE is an 250W motor-powered oscillating accessory holder.
Simple as that.
As well as the 250W motor, you're getting a hugely ergonomic device. Considering that Bosch call the GOP the "blue problem solver", it makes sense that they've liberally applied the surface of the device with adhesion friendly soft-grip areas; if you're going to be using it extensively for a huge variety of applications, you want it to be comfortable in your hand while you solve those problems...
The design is purposefully compact, with Bosch boasting that the grip of the GOP 250 CE is the smallest on the corded market with a circumference of 180mm.
Within that compact design Bosch have included a variable speed trigger allowing you to dial the speed of the oscillation per the material you're cutting or sanding, and there's a user-accessible panel for fast changing of the motor's carbon brushes.
As we noted above, the GOP 250 CE is not battery powered, per its cousins.
That means you're trailing a cable around as you work, and given that part of the usefulness of the GOP 250 CE is the ability to turn it to any angle (limited only by the dexterity of your wrists!) Bosch have fitted a ball grommet to the cable to protect it from breakages.
Once again, a big part of the appeal of the GOP 250CE is the huge variety of applications it can tackle.
Within that enormous range, though, you'll encounter jobs that require more grunt from the motor than others.
For example, you're cutting a piece wood on a door frame and you hit a nail. Bosch have included their fabled constant electronic control to the motor to make sure you'll have the power you need, even under heavy load. And Bosch are claiming that the the "stacked construction" upon which the Bosch has been designed is going to make the GOP 250CE robust, but, perhaps crucially, lower in vibration output.
An important consideration in today's health and safety mad world...
So, you're excited now. You fancy the idea of having a "get out of jail" power tool in your kit. You like this idea of a "blue problem solver", per Bosch's description. You find the simplicity of the Bosch GOP's design compelling; it's a high-powered oscillating tool holder.
But...what about the tools? What about the applications you can use the GOP for? What about the blades, saws, sanders and scrapers you can attach to it?
Keep your eyes peeled for the Toolstop GOP accessory buying guide.
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