Bosch DDS181-02 Cordless Drill
This 18Volt Lithium-Ion battery powered compact drill is designed for heavy-duty jobs on materials ranging from metal to wood – while still maintaining low weight (3.4 lbs) by using high quality lightweight materials.
The Li-Ion batteries provide couple of advantages against the Ni-Cd traditional batteries. These advantages contain 50% longer usage times – as stated by Bosch – 2.5x more recharge cycles, better charge-holding capabilities and faster recharge times and lighter weight. Roughly estimated it can drive 250 screws with one charge using included battery. An upgrade battery (BAT619G 3.0 Ah HC) can be purchased which doubles the duration. However keep in mind that upgrading the batteries will affect the overall weight of the tool quite significantly. If you are planning to use this cordless drill as a lightweight, portable tool then best stick to the original 1.5Ah or even the Bosch Slim Pack 1.3Ah batteries.
The DDS181-02 doesn’t lack the typical top-end cordless drill features. The 4-pole open frame motor delivers 600 inch-pounds of torque and is connected through the 18+1 clutch mechanism to enable the working man to match the best speed for the given job. The Bosch cordless drill is also fitted with a two-speed gearbox where first gear is tuned for high-torque applications, where the revs-per-minute range from 0 to 500 RPM and the second gear is useful where high speed rotation is required (range: 0 – 1,700 RPM).
Another useful feature is a built-in LED bulb, which provides illumination straight where it is needed, at the tip of the drill. Provides light when working in dark or shady areas.
The finish of the drill is similar to what we expect from a company as Bosch. Ergonomic handle design and soft, comfortable grip for hands make this cordless drill usable for extended periods of work. The engineers also planned carefully the way the user can change various bits on the Bosch DDS181-02 the most ergonomically possible, by fitting it with a single-sleeve 12-inch auto-lock chuck. All the switching can be done by a single hand.
On the warranty front the DDS181-02 comes with a solid offer of three-yeas long ProVantage guarantee. This means in any case of defect the consumer is eligible for a tool replacement in the first year and for a free tool repair during the second and third year. The batteries come with 2-years warranty, you receive free battery replacements during that period in case of defect.
The box of the Bosch DDS181-02 cordless drill contains: 18-volt Lithium-Ion battery a 30-minute charger, drill bits, a carrying case and the operating instuctions.
In our research, asking number of customers who use the Bosch DDS181-02 on a regular basis for a review, we established that this cordless drill has no typical design flaws or any serial-defects. Only one feedback mentioned a wobbly chuck which caused problems at high precision scenarios. The tool was replaced under guarantee with no hesitation and the replacement product had no such problems anymore.
Overall this cordless drill is a well equipped and high quality tool. Also one of the more expensive ones on the market when it comes down to the price but it’s definitely suitable for a professional work. The extra bucks you pay for purchase return no doubt on durability and ergonomic aspects. The lightness and excellent grip which’s effect gets revealed mostly when drilling for extensive periods of time.