For some reason I always imagined the new product development process to be a lot like the above image, complete with a voiceover from that guy who narrated The Superfriends back in the day. Instead the Speed-X Hammer Carbide bit — no, we’re not kidding; that’s the name — was brought to life from a team of hardworking people in a building less cool than the Hall of Justice.
The Speed-X Hammer Carbide is designed to get through concrete faster than any other bit you might have on the truck. Bosch says that compared to the leading competitor, the Speed-X drills up to 20 percent faster in concrete and lasts longer. It’s a strong statement, but then again they don’t normally throw around a number like that without a lot of practical backup, as we witnessed at the concrete demo at the Bosch event earlier this month.
The press release sounds the trumpet of its many-splendored features.
Holes start precisely, thanks to the centric carbide tip, and begin quickly as the innovative inclined side cutters power their way into concrete. As holes progress, the Speed-X really begins to shine. By utilizing a shortened head design and enlarged dust-clearing channels, Speed-X actually performs better as holes get deeper. In side-by-side testing versus the leading competitor, the speed difference in deep drilling applications is visible and noteworthy. Packed with innovative engineering, Bosch Speed-X actually performs better the deeper it drills!
Though it does look like a great bit, we have to wonder if the marketing department caught a few episodes of The Superfriends themselves. Then again, if two years from now they come out with the Super-Awesome-Hyper-Z-Monster-Carbide — laugh yourself all the way to the nearest contractor supply center. It will most likely be a sweet bit as well.
No word on pricing yet, but don’t expect a bit with that many words in the title to be cheap.
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