BOSCH STARLOCK MAX OSCILLATING TOOL
BOSCH Starlock GOP55-36C2 Multi-Tool Review
Having a corded oscillating multi tool (OMT) on the jobsite today or even in the workshop is very common. When Bosch introduced the STARLOCK Max, I was intrigued because blade changing is frustrating and takes a lot of time on my current oscillating multi tool.
Using BOSCH STARLOCK MAX OMT
Recently we started the removal of an old laminate kitchen floor. Everything else was staying and we were just re-doing the floor. The Starlock Max got its work-out cutting around all the cabinetry and some patching of the old ¾” oak hardwood flooring.
A job like this certainly would be more of challenge without an oscillating multi tool but this tool was a champ and with its 5.5 amp motor it means business. It was able to get under the cabinets and into tight spaces.
The first thing we noticed is the vibration or the lack of on this tool compared to previous OMT we have used. Having used another OMT for a few cuts and then returning to the Starlock Max the difference is huge and you notice and feel it right away.
CHANGING BLADES ON THE BOSCH STARLOCK MAX OMT
Cutting out this laminate floor was killing blades, and to change blades on my previous multi tools involved an allen wrench and a bit of a balancing act to keep the blade in position while I got the blade screw hand tight. The blade changing on these previous tools was a little more than a minute and always a dreaded task. The Bosch has the Starlock Max interface system.
What is Starlock?
Starlock is the next-generation for 3-D tool-accessory interface. It was developed jointly with Fein (makers of the supercut and multi-master). This interface provides excellent blade grip, which in turn generates extreme force. Pretty much you push the blade in and it locks into the head of the tool (push and click). Removal of the blade is as simple as pull the lever on the side of the tool and done – blade released. A blade change in the Starlock Max is just a few seconds and a pleasure to do.
The BOSCH STARLOCK MAX OSCILLATING TOOL GOP55-36C2 is variable speed with 8,000 – 20,000 Oscillations Per Minute and an oscillating angle of 3.6°. The variable speed is extremely useful as it helps the user dial into the proper speed for the material therefore maximizing blade life.
The tool weighs in at 3.5 lbs. It is well balanced, comfortable, easy to handle, and constructed with aluminum and plastic composites. This is a corded tool but with a cord 13 feet long the need for an extension cord is unlikely.
The Bosch GOP55-36C2 Starlock Max® Oscillating Multi-Tool Kit (GOP55-36) comes with a plastic carrying case and 40 pc. accessory pack. Accessories included range from flush cut and plunge cut blades to grout blades plus a sanding pad with an assortment of sandpaper.
- Model: Bosch GOP55-36C2
- Amps: 5.5, Corded
- Dimensions: 2 ½” x 11”
- Weight: 5 lbs.
- Material: Aluminum and Plastic Composite
- Speed: Variable
- Oscillations Per Minute: 8,000-20,000
- Oscillating Angle: 6°
- Cord Length: 13’
The Bottom Line
The Bosch GOP55-36C2 Starlock Max® Oscillating Multi-Tool Kit (GOP55-36) is versatile, powerful, durable, and very robust. When you combine that with its lack of vibration, this OMT is a pleasure to use and a great addition to any jobsite or workshop. A tool with the kit sells online at ACME Tool for $400 so if you are in the market for new OMT or looking to upgrade this is the tool you want!
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