Faster and easier with electric support
The first Bosch electric tool – a hair trimmer – was launched in 1928, just incidentally, as one of several new products.
Two years later, there was a lot to be said for developing and manufacturing power tools. The “motor in the handle” principle made the trimmer unparalleled in its compactness and convenience, and big and small tools with this design convinced the customers. But there was something more to come.


The second range of power tool products
Around 1930, Bosch purchased a Swedish patent for an electric hammer and also acquired a Berlin-based company that had done important groundwork in the field of high-voltage power tools. This was the beginning of Bosch’s new product range – heavy power tools for construction sites as well as demolition tools.


Bosch hammer with accessories, 1939

Bosch hammer with accessories, 1939


As a result, the 1932 Leipzig Trade Fair brought the launch of two innovation: Not only the small, universally applicable screwdrivers and grinders, but also of the first generation of the hammer drill, the later well-known “Bosch hammer”.

The Bosch hammer was equipped with a mechanism that allowed an axial movement. This principle was the secret of the hammer’s long service life and operational reliability and as first electric hammer with this construction principle worldwide it became a cornerstone of construction site equipment.


Working cordless everywhere
In the years that followed, the heavy electric hammers became smaller, handier and more technically sophisticated. In 1984, Bosch established itself once again as the “hammer pioneer” and presented the very first battery-powered hammer drill. This new technology allowed the use even far away from electrical power supply.

The first Bosch battery-powered hammer, 1984

The first Bosch battery-powered hammer, 1984


5 Responses

  1. Lasu

    I wonder why in the late 90s or was it early 2000s ? The bosch 18 / 24V 0-pack cordless series started to use Ni-Mh batteries.

    The battery life was really short and self-discharge fast, also in cold you needed to heat ni-mh.. Ni-cd battery was clearly better for cordless tools.

    In the USA they Bosch cordless tools never sold with Ni-mh.

  2. Daniel Jefferson

    Thank you so much for sharing this post. I am inspired by your work and got some great ideas. Thanks and keep sharing 🙂

  3. Frank Lampard

    Excellent power tools blog sharing. Power tools are essential for home improvement. I love BOSCH hammer drill. I purchased this hammer drill. Still, now I love this brand.

  4. johan hes

    I like the classic bosch hammer powertool, i have one just like the 1939 picture, very complete with a small maintenace book, a big instuction poster, and 2 send back karts, and with some unused tools, nice to see the same on your site!
    gr Johan Hes. (holland)


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