Pound for pound can't be beat.
I fell in love with this drill the first time I tried it. I was working 2 years ago on some newly built military barracks in FT Stewart, GA. I had bought the 12V Impact drill, and tried it setting some 5/16 inch head screws through red iron, to mount some hanging straps for duct work. I knew it was a task that this little impact drill wasn't designed for, but pushed it to it's limits because I had another name brand drill which was so heavy, so out of convenience I chose to use the 12V Bosch impact drill. The 12V impact drill was like "the little train that could," LOL It pushed and chugged, but managed to set the screws in the red iron. I had to charge the batteries a few times per day, but it did get the job done. I was so impressed with this little power house that I decided to get it's BIG brother #the 18V Impact drill I'm reviewing now#. I bought the 18V impact drill that came in a hard case with the fat pack batteries, and the 30 min charger. I'll tell you what it was like night and day in comparison to my heavy and slower other named brand cordless 18V impact drill with Ni cad batteries. I used the Bosch impact drill all day setting hanging straps in red iron ALL DAY without charging the battery one time. It set my 5/16 inch head screws in the red iron without even flinching. The drill was so light as well. When I first pulled out the drill out it's case, and felt how light it was I said to myself "there's NO WAY this thing is going to match my other branded cordless drill in speed and durability." Boy was I wrong. I've had this impact drill now 2 years, and still am impressed anytime I lift it. I've bored holes in 4 X 4 wood with it, set lag screws in 4 X 4 wood, and done so much with it without ever regretting it's purchase. One of my co-workers on the FT Stewart, Ga job tried it for one day, and felt so in love with it he wound up asking me to go online and order one for him. No lie, I would argue with him because his drill had failed so I loaned him my other name brand drill to use till his Bosch came in the mail. He would come to me during the day and say "Hey I have to set a few screws in a tight space, can I use the Bosch." We would swap drills, and after about 2 hours I would have to track him down on the job site to get my Bosch back from him because he wouldn't want to return it ,LOL. My cousin is a foreman for a drywall company, and he asked to use the 18V impact drill on a weekend, and after using it for just the weekend he wound up buying the Bosch cordless drill that same week due to the longevity of the fat pack batteries. He couldn't believe how long the batteries stood up after using it. The other great thing about this brand is the warranty. I had an issue with the light mounted in front that had failed, so I contacted the service department, and after about 10 minutes on the phone I had another drill in the mail as a "NEW" replacement. My other name brand drills variable trigger function failed after about 14 months #2 months of actual tool use, because I have many cordless drills#, I contacted the warranty department of my other name brand drill, and even though they brag about a 3 year warranty they would not honor the warranty because they said "it's past the 1 year mark so the tool failure is caused by normal wear and tear and not caused by manufacturing defect." From that point on I never purchased another tool from them after being a loyal customer to that brand for over 15 years. As a HVAC contractor for over 20 years I highly recommend this drill.
May 17, 2013
This tool will get it done
I've used smaller impact drivers and there are some jobs where they aren't able to do the job. This driver is the big gun that gets it done. Note: this isn't the quietest driver out there, but with 1500 in-lbs ti can drive home that lag bolt that the other drivers can't budge. It makes quick work of the job and the battery is a good balance between excess weight and tool run time. This tool is short enough to get into difficult places. Led light illuminates the target which has become a necessity for older eyes.
This was part of a combo kit with a 3/8 in drill which makes for a good pairing with a cloth bag. I'm liking the cloth bag over the older plastic cases as they fit better when transporting tools to the job site.
March 23, 2013
I've been using my 18-V lithium ion impactor for about two years in the HVAC field. It gets used every day and the battery lasts all day.
October 15, 2012
Everything I wanted
I was looking for something to use for both drilling and a driver (screws) which was more compact than a multi-purpose cordless drill. I got it all and then some (power) with this tool. I would buy this again, even if it was not on sale.
September 5, 2012