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Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by joelav22 Brute strength and finesse in one package
I have a lot of cordless drills. In the projects I do, I often have to switch between a few different drill bits/counterbores and drivers. It's definitely better to have more than one, however I wish I had more than one of these.
I haven't been impressed by a cordless drill in a few years. They have gotten to the point where unless you are running them flat out all day, the performance is more than acceptable from any of the major brands.
This drill is the exception.
First I almost never talk about cases because I generally toss them. Since I use a lot of my tools on a daily basis, I have them in custom designed wall hanging storage for easy reach. However the case for this is awesome! I have been waiting for other manufactures to catch up to the popular "stackable system container" pioneered by the German company that makes the obscenely expensive green tools. Bosch finally did. It's everything I would want. I can be carried 2 different ways, or locked and stacked with other containers to transport efficiently The inside is configurable to set up how you want it. Good move bosch! I don't mind paying a premium for such a nice storage system.
The drill itself is both a precision instrument and an absolute beast. So far is has not stopped at anything I throw at it. Even boring large, deep holes in hardwoods at fairly low speed works well.
The driver has a lot of torque. I almost prefer this particular driver to my impact driver. The control on the clutch is excellent. No stripped screws so far
The hammer function is unreal. I often use a special mill/reamer combo which I have never been able to use in a cordless drill before. With the hammer switched in, this does not even flinch. It's loud, but that is to be expected.
The brushless motor is extremely smooth and the circuitry does a great job at regulating power output to keep it consisting.
I only have 2 minor complaints:
1 - When you initially depress the trigger, there is a very slight delay from when power is transferred. Now that i have gotten used to it I kind of like it.
2 - I was disappointed in the battery life at first. The initial charges did not last long at all. In fact my compact 12v LiON tools lasted a lot longer. However after a few charging cycles the battery life is excellent. I get 2 days of moderate use (drilling and driving) before I need to pop in the spare. This is better than any other brand I currently own,
A lot of my go-to brands for woodworking tools are being replaced with Bosch. I am going to add cordless drills/drivers to that list.
June 2, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DIYinOH Worth every penny.
I have a DeWalt 20v LiIon hammer drill, as well as this Bosch unit. The Bosch LOOKS like a cheaper build quality (something about that plastic looks cheap) but in actuality the BOSCH has a better build.
It's lighter, stronger, operates smoother, and doesn't mar as easily when dropped/scrapped.
I found the battery life on both units to be equal / comparable. The Bosch seemed to operate smoother and had more torque at low speeds (at high speeds they were equal or it was not noticeable).
I would get the hammer drill over a regular drill any day of the week. You never know when you'll need to sing something into a masonry brick. A few extra bucks for the feature is well worth it.
Both units are great at what they do, but given the choice I would buy the Bosch unit over the DeWalt unit.
May 19, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by theo98 Best Cordless Ever!
The Brushless 18V Bosch 1\2" Hammer Drill Driver has it All...Except Size! It is very strong, has loads of smooth torque, is very solid and substantial in your hands, runs extremely well and has easily out performed my past 11 cordless drills...All in a COMPACT, Ergonomic Package...AMAZING!! After 40 years of drilling projects, Now I'm Really Impressed...Good Job Bosch!
July 9, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DEstefan Lots of power
I've used Bosch power tools for years and always liked their quality.
This 18V hammer drill/driver is very powerful with lots of torque and the batteries last much longer than expected. Whit all the power the tool is still compact and relatively light weight. This is exactly what you need to get the job done!
May 1, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jaza Batteries last!
This drill is amazing - the batteries last and provides a great customer experience (not having to recharge constantly) Overall a great product and I recommend it!
Pros: Very quiet, strong!
Cons - the case could be a bit better
May 19, 2014