Bosch GWS 9-115 and Arbortech TURBOPlane archive
Monday 10 September 2012
Mark Baker and Anthony Bailey put two new products through their paces
Power carving is on the increase and there are many types of power carving. One such type requires the use of an angle grinder to which is fitted abrasive discs/cutters of various types. Yes, you can use standard abrasive discs available for all kinds of material, but the initial shaping is typically done with discs with carbide teeth/cutters on them.
Here we look at a brand new 115mm (4 1/2in) angle grinder from Bosch - the 9-115 with new vibration-reducing auxillary handle and a brand new blade design from Arbortech called the TURBOPlane. The TURBOPlane can be fitted to 100-115mm (4-4/12in) angle grinders.
The Bosch GWS 9-115 angle grinderThey say there is nothing new under the sun, but Bosch as usual have managed to put a new spin on a well worn favourite with the introduction of the GWS 9-115 angle grinder. It has several features that improve on the basic pattern. Firstly, it is high powered at 900W for a small grinder. Secondly, the snap lever adjustment for the guard, once you get used to it, makes for easy, secure positioning without slippage or recourse to a easily lost Allen key. The handgrip features a flexible section for more comfort and less vibration under load. It has a spindle lock but you still need the two-pin spanner for disc changing.
We used this tool for working with an Arbortech TURBOPlane for power carving and the removal rate can only be described as rapacious. Bosch make a variety of cutting discs for stone, metal and wood but when sculpting wood, etc. loading it with a toothed wood cutter is great. No beef with this machine, well sorted and efficient. A good work partner.