Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 12
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Derph Size & Performance top of the class!
Handles 99% of my drill & fasten needs needs. Handy to use hex drill bits, lots of torque to break free & drive serious fasteners, making it two tools in one. Belt hook is brilliant & carrying a spare slim pack battery (in your pocket) up the ladder is a light burden. No comparison to any non lithium tool and wins the ease of carry contest hands down.Takes a beating and keeps repeating. I own three Bosch impacts I have used regularly with confidence & much satisfaction..
August 29, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Ken81 Great Motor, Good batteries
I bought one of these to replace the previous Bosch 18v model. After a few too many drops and abuse it died. The new 1.5 Ah batteries are good but lack some of the staying power of my coworkers 3.0 Ah Makita. I steel stud frame and on heavy gauge material (18g and thicker) they last long enough for the other battery to charge.
I thought that the battery gauge would be kind lame, homeowner type deal but after using it I thought it was a good addition. I can check where the battery is at before climbing up the scaffold.
I like these gun better than the Makitas, Dewalts, Porter Cables or Hitachis of my coworkers.
June 1, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by mprystauk Wish I had bought this sooner!
Last year we purchased our 80 year old home. Since we've moved in, there have been numerous projects that required driving screws. Up till a couple months ago, I was relying on my old cordless drill to perform both drilling and driving duties. Its battery is showing its age and needs to be recharged before each use, which is not convenient. I often have just manually screwed in fasteners as a result.
Since I purchased my IDS181, I've put it to good use. Despite being 18v versus my old 19.2v drill, the Bosch drives much better due to the impact function and its greater torque. Recently, I drove a series of 3" #8 screws full depth into solid wood without the need for pilot holes. I was impressed how easily the screws were sunk. In the short time of ownership, I've saved much effort with a number of jobs. Looking at my long "to-do" list, this driver and its partner drill, (DDS-181), will see be very handy.
May 29, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by beth72 great tool
I gave this to my boyfriend for christmas and it is great!!!!!!!!!!!!. Both of us love the power and ease. The battery life is the best.
May 19, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by np18358 Wonderful For Scene Shop
I purchased one of these to use in a primarily Makita shop. I find that this tool outperforms the Makitas in every aspect except battery life, however in our use, in a scene shop, if you keep up on charging, shouldn't have an issue. I find this tool MUCH quieter, more powerful, much lighter (due to the slimpacs vs the large 3ah) , and overall better. The placement of the LEDs makes it hard to shadow whatever you are screwing. I like to use a long Dewalt bit that closes over the head of the screw, making it harder to bite off the head. I am a tad bit worried about the plastic build quality, but what isn't plastic these day; and at this price, it can be replaced easily. It drives screws with such ease, my 6 year old cousin has no problem countersinking 3" screws into 2X4's. Impact Drivers in general are fantastic, but this model in particular is WONDErFUL. I have tried all of the competitors, and this is the best bet. I really also like the simple but effective charger. I find other chargers ....Makita.... to be very confusing (and sometimes even challenging for Electrical Engineers to understand).
Over all, a great product in every sense.
January 26, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Alex most compact impact driver
I had a few different impact drivers. My best was 18v dewalt before i bought this one. 3 lights as good as on 20v dewalt. Battary life extremely long. Impact weights almost like a hand screw driver. Fits in a hand so perfect, can use all day long. Very nice little soft case, the most compact i ever had. Variable Speed Trigger is great. I like battery light on slimpack, dewalt don't have it.Tool has planty of power to put 4in screws in 2x4 easy, but not as fast as bigger brother.
January 5, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by BoondockDan81 Powerful and compact.
A great compact but yet powerful tool for the do-it-yourselfer and a contractor.
December 26, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Dave92 Great drill!
I've had this drill for about a month and a half now, and it's amazing! It drives screws right into pretty much anything. The only time it has had a problem was into a thick knot on a 2x4, but you can pretty much expect that. Bosch makes great tools all around! I love the L-Boxxs; though this kit does NOT come with one. The particular kit I bought at Lowe's only came with one battery as well, but it was a little bit cheaper than this kit.
I had recently purchased some Porter-Cable 18v tools. I returned them and upgraded to Bosch. Though I have spent about $600 more so far and still need to get the metal grinder to be up to the same set; which was a standard drill (I now have the Bosch Hammer Drill #BSHNHDH181BL), a impact drill (now have this one), a circular saw (now have Bosch #CCS180BL), metal grinder (still need), and 4 NiCad batteries (now have 4 Bosch LiIon). Plus I have L-Boxxs for the saw and hammer drill, plus the L-Boxx3D with the deep drawer and thin drawer with organizing tray. Though the L-Boxx3D and the hammer drill are on the way in the mail at the moment.
In short Bosch makes excellent tools and has an awesome storage system, but they do have that price. The are professional grade tools. In fact the Bosch Power Tools in the US are the PRO line in the UK, and they have a whole different consumer line.
January 9, 2014