"Used this to sort out drilling in a bathroom with metal stud walls containing cables and pipework. After a bit of practice in an area where I knew the layout enabled me to drill with confidence. Well done Bosch"
"Bought this device tried it on a dot and dab plasterboard wall. Where I new there was electric cables. Most of the time it did not find the live cable . On a stud wall with no cable surprise it finds a cable"
"As a keen DIYer in a new house I thought this would save me lots of time locating studs and existing wires/pipes. It, however, cost me lots of time as it gives so many false positive readings I had to check with more conventionaly methods anyway. When it failed to find a live wire that I knew was there it immediately became an expensive paperweight. Waste of money."
"I've had this model for a while now and find it unreliable. It has failed to detect live ring main cables behind plasterboard more than once. On the plus side, it is easy to handle and use (hence 3 stars for features), comes with a soft case that's handy on site and is ok for stud location."
"Summary: this Wall Scanner is so unreliable that it can't even locate objects or structures whose precise position is already known.
Like many a tool buyer, I decided to spend the extra to get a fully-featured device. I thought that this Bosch would be a useful tool for the major house renovation I am undertaking.
My first few tasks were locating studs in standard domestic walls. The four walls I initially scanned were all plain partition walls, ie presumed free of any objects other than low-level socket wiring, plasterboard nails, and perhaps some cross-bracing in the studding.
No matter how carefully and methodically I used the Bosch - e.g. allowing it calibrate, moving to different areas of the wall, slowly re-scanning each area - the device appeared incapable of generating a distinct signal over a stud.
In each case I resorted to the traditional expedient of tapping the wall to locate the stud, and confirming its location and edges with a bradawl. Pathetically, the Bosch only identified about half of these located studs, and those results were swamped by the mass of false signals it generates over all areas.
The Bosch's final failure came when I ran it over a stud wall where the backside of the wall had been stripped of plasterboard, thus exposing the studwork. Scanning this wall clearly demonstrated that the pattern of signals from the Bosch had only a random correlation with the studs and other objects in the wall.
Using the Bosch in its cabling location mode, it was the same story - a mass of false signals that obscured any actual positive results. By contrast, a cheap DIY cable locator had no problem in pinpointing the target cables.
The Bosch is further let down by very poor instructions, which in particular do not have any troubleshooting guide that might help with the situations described.
Its possible that my Bosch is faulty; however there is no service indication displayed, and its main functions seem to be operable. The problem seems to be that the device is far too sensitive, and that it simply cannot cope with conditions outside of its design laboratory."
"Bought this on recommendation,found it to be hopeless permanently detected electric cable even where there was none,then failed to pick up live cables right under it,also couldn't find studs In a stud wall but detected every drywall screw in the entire wall which meant it never stopped beeping! Returned it the same day,screwfix to there credit refunded me no questions asked. I think I had a lemon and it needed to be re calibrated but this has put me off buying another."