Bosch Accessories and Curiosities of Old
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Hello all.
Whilst avoiding the family during the festive period I found myself going down a wormhole of old, now obsolete Bosch woodworking accessories. Some were great ideas with potential, some plainly not. Some for the DIY'er, some for the professional. I found myself wondering why Bosch abandoned this avenue, particularly when we see the popularity of Festool's modular systems and workshop accessories like the MFT and CMS - something Bosch appeared to be heading in the direction of?
My first post here was a request for one such curiosity - the Bosch ADV 82 planer/thicknesser attachment (pic 1) - which someone kindly sorted me out with. It's proved quite useful for repurposing material out in the field.
There were 2 particularly nice pieces of kit Bosch once offered, though only to the German market by the looks of it - the MT 600 cross cut and router bench (bit like the MFT - pic 2/3) and the MT 65  saw and router table (more modular like a CMS - pic 4/5). Why Bosch didn't continue the development of these and widen distribution is beyond me. I suppose the capacity of the MT 600 is made null by most sliding mitre saws now but, enlarged to a bench system would be great paired with a GKT plunge saw.
The amount of times I've been on site and wished I had something like an updated MT 65 that you could quickly pop your circular saw in to do rips, or your router for trim and finish are countless.
Talking of routers - seems Bosch only sell small router tables in the US. They used to do a neat little one for the UK/EU market called the RT 60 (pic 6) that had optional extras like the leg stand and table extensions. I might try and pick myself up one of these.
There was a saw table called the MT 92 (pic 7) that you could mount your circular saw to making a table saw. Didn't look as sturdy as the MT 65 mentioned above but useful enough for the DIY'er of limited means and space.
How about a Bosch drill powered lathe (pic 8)? lol. It's actually not a bad idea but it doesn't look up to much to be honest.
Last but not least the MT 25 and MT 300 WP (pics 9 and 10). When I first saw these - when the laughter stopped - I thought they were a cute idea for getting the most out of your jigsaw in a shed or small workshop. I found an eastern European guy attempting to use the MT 300 WP on Youtube and, although he was clearly a bit of a plum, it's clear these saw tables needed to be pulled from market - just no!
By all means share any Bosch accessories of a now defunct but curious nature you have or are aware of, particularly if you think they should be made a-new (cough<MT 600>cough). I haven't even mentioned grinder or drill stands.
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OK, so whilst looking for a grinder attachment for my old Coronet Major I'm restoring I came across a Bosch modular system I'd never heard about before but was still going into the 80's.
They called it the Bosch Combi and it has a bit of a cult following by the looks of some dedicated sites.
Seems the idea was you bought a Bosch drill/mortor body and you could add all manner of attachments to it. I'm talking pillar drill, orbital sander, lathes, table saw, bandsaw, jigsaw, grinding wheels, slot morticer, router table, spindle moulder and probably more I've missed!!
Now that's some joined up thinking. You could even get a nice Bosch cabinet for it all.
Now imagine being able to do that with modern kit and motor bodies all running off the new ProCore batteries? That's a modular system I'd buy into.
Here's a fan site (in German).

Pictures below.
 
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I see from the pics above I missed out belt and disc sanding attachments.
You could've had yourself a pretty modile and comprehensive little workshop with the Bosch Combi by the looks of it.
The metal working Combi lathe looks qite a piece of kit. See one in action below - awesome!


 
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Here's a vid below of an old Bosch curiosity that I own - having been kindly sorted out with it by someone on this forum - the ADV 82 planer thicknesser attachment.
I find it frequently useful when out and about, particularly on eco builds and reno-restorations.