Bosch Cordless Drills

Jun 242012
 

Bosch DDS181-02 Compact 18v Li-Ion Cordless DrillWe give the Bosch DDS181-02 18-Volt Compact Tough Cordless Drill Driver a 9.3 overall rating. It is our #1 choice for the best compact 18v drill you can buy. We also rated it as our #2 overall homeowner/DIY model and our #2 best value for the money.

The biggest reason we like this unit is its superior power to weight performance. It features 600 in-lbs of torque, which is more than most brands high performance full size models, while weighing in at just 3.4 pounds. To achieve this power it uses of a 4-pole open frame motor which provides more power in a smaller size.

The DDS181-02 includes 2 lithium-ion batteries with 1.5 Ah of life. These batteries perform in cold weather down to -4 deg temps and also include a fuel gauge. Other features include the durashield housing to withstand jobsite conditions, LED light, soft-grip handle for comfortable extended use, and Bosch’s Advanced Lithium-ion Technology which delivers optimized performance by keeping the battery cooler and protecting the motor in heavy duty applications.

We could only find a couple of minor complaints. The chuck housing is plastic as opposed to metal, but still feels beefy and up to the task.  There is also no bit holder on the drill. These are really minor inconveniences that don’t take away from the otherwise very impressive cordless tool.

The price is very attractive at approximately $189. It is also on sale quite often at Amazon for even cheaper. Overall we highly recommend this drill for anyone from a homeowner/DIYer through professionals especially if you want a lightweight model.

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Specs18v Class Average
Overall Rating9.3 
ManufacturerBosch 
ModelDDS181-02 
StyleCompact Cordless Drill 
Voltage18v 
Weight3.4 lbs4.5 lbs
Max Torque600 in-lbs490 in-lbs
Max Speed1700 RPM1600 RPM
Variable Speed2-SPEED 
ReversableYes 
Chuck Size1/2″ 
Chuck TypeKeyless, Ratcheting 
Battery TypeLi-Ion SlimPack 
Charge Rating1.5Ah1.8 Ah
Charge Time30 min45 min
Batteries Included2 
Work LightLED 
Extra HandleNo 
Fuel GuageYes 
Warranty3 years tool, 2 year battery2 years
PriceCheck Price$212.99
 
Bosch DDS181-02 Side View
Feb 092012
 

Bosch 36618-02 18v Cordless Drill* Bosch has released a newer 18v Li-Ion compact cordless drill – the Bosch DDS181-02.

We gave the Bosch 36618-02 18v cordless drill an 8.8 overall rating. This is the highest rated drill on Amazon with a 4.8 out of 5 rating. Out of 131 reviewers not even 1 gave this tool a 1 star rating, while only 1 person each gave it a 2 and 3 star rating, which is almost unheard of.

This is Bosch’s compact 18v lithium-ion model. It weighs only 3.7 pounds while still delivering an above average 500 in-lbs of torque. Also the price is reasonable at around $170. It is a very good cordless drill for the money.

Taking everything under consideration, we highly recommend this drill for everyone from homeowners up through professionals.

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Specs18v Class Average
Overall Rating8.8 
ManufacturerBosch 
Model36618-02 
StyleCompact Cordless Drill 
Voltage18 
Weight3.7 lbs4.5 lbs
Max Torque500 in-lbs490 in-lbs
Max Speed1600 RPM1600 RPM
Variable Speed2-SPEED 
ReversableYes 
Chuck Size1/2″ 
Chuck TypeKeyless, Ratcheting 
Battery TypeLi-Ion 
Charge Rating1.3Ah1.8 Ah
Charge Time30 min45 min
Batteries Included2 
Work LightLED 
Extra HandleNo 
Fuel GuageNo 
Warranty3 years tool, 2 year battery2 years
PriceCheck Price$212.99

Bosch 36618-02

Bosch 36618-02

Bosch 36618-02

Bosch 36618-02

Bosch 36618-02

Feb 092012
 

Bosch 35618 18v Cordless DrillThe Bosch 35618 18v cordless drill gets a 7.7 overall rating. This is Bosch’s NiCd version of an 18v model. It has more power than most drills, but weighs in at a staggering 6.6 pounds. That means you get a workout with long use of this unit.

We recommend that you look at the Li-Ion version models instead like the 36618-02.

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Specs18v Class Average
Overall Rating7.7 
ManufacturerBosch 
Model35618 
StyleStandard Cordless Drill 
Voltage18 
Weight6.6 lbs4.5 lbs
Max Torque600 in-lbs490 in-lbs
Max Speed1800 RPM1600 RPM
Variable Speed2-SPEED 
ReversableYes 
Chuck Size1/2″ 
Chuck TypeKeyless, Ratcheting 
Battery TypeNiCD 
Charge Rating2.4Ah1.8 Ah
Charge Time30 min45 min
Batteries Included2 
Work LightNo 
Extra HandleYes 
Fuel GuageNo 
Warranty3 years tool, 2 year battery2 years
PriceCheck Price$212.99
Feb 092012
 

Bosch 34618 18v Cordless DrillThe Bosch 34618 18v cordless drill comes in at a 7.8 overall rating. This is Bosch’s compact NiCd version at 18 volts. It has below average performance in a drill that weighs 5 lbs.

We recommend that you look at the Bosch 36618-02 instead.

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Specs18v Class Average
Overall Rating7.8 
ManufacturerBosch 
Model34618 
StyleCompact Cordless Drill 
Voltage18 
Weight5.0 lbs4.5 lbs
Max Torque390 in-lbs490 in-lbs
Max Speed1450 RPM1600 RPM
Variable Speed2-SPEED 
ReversableYes 
Chuck Size1/2″ 
Chuck TypeKeyless, Ratcheting 
Battery TypeNiCD 
Charge Rating2.0Ah1.8 Ah
Charge Time30 min45 min
Batteries Included2 
Work LightNo 
Extra HandleNo 
Fuel GuageNo 
Warranty3 years tool, 2 year battery2 years
PriceCheck Price$212.99

Bosch 34618 Battery

Bosch 34618

Feb 092012
 

Bosch DDB180-02 18v Cordless DrillThe Bosch DDB180-02 18v cordless drill scores a 7.9 overall rating from us. This is Bosch’s super compact 18v Li-Ion model. It only has a 3/8″ chuck which can limit some applications. It only weighs 3 pounds, which is among the lightest in the 18v class. Despite its small size it still packs a decent punch. It has 400 in-lbs of torque which is slightly below average, but still enough to handle all but the most heavy duty tasks asked of it.

If weight is a concern, then this might just be the drill for you.

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Specs18v Class Average
Overall Rating7.9 
ManufacturerBosch 
ModelDDB180-02 
StyleCompact Cordless Drill 
Voltage18 
Weight3.0 lbs4.5 lbs
Max Torque400 in-lbs490 in-lbs
Max Speed1300 RPM1600 RPM
Variable Speed2-SPEED 
ReversableYes 
Chuck Size3/8″ 
Chuck TypeKeyless, Ratcheting 
Battery TypeLi-Ion 
Charge Rating1.3Ah1.8 Ah
Charge Time45 min45 min
Batteries Included2 
Work LightLED 
Extra HandleNo 
Fuel GuageNo 
Warranty3 years tool, 2 year battery2 years
PriceCheck Price$212.99

Bosch DDB180-02

Bosch DDB180-02 Case

Feb 082012
 

Bosch 34614 14.4v Cordless DrillThe final score for the Bosch 34614 14.4v cordless drill is a 7.0 overall rating. This NiCd model is pretty much average all across the board. It comes with a price of about $185 which is more than many Li-Ion 18v units.

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Specs14.4v Class Average
Overall Rating7.9
ManufacturerBosch
Model34614
StyleCompact Cordless Drill
Voltage14.4
Weight4.4 lbs4.6 lbs
Max Torque370 in-lbs400 in-lbs
Max Speed1400 RPM1500 RPM
Variable Speed2-SPEED
ReversableYes
Chuck Size1/2″
Chuck TypeKeyless, Ratcheting
Battery TypeNiCD
Charge Rating2.0Ah2.2 Ah
Charge Time30 min60 min
Batteries Included2
Work LightNo
Extra HandleNo
Fuel GuageNo
Warranty3 years2 years
PriceCheck Price$194.10
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