For this post, what we have here are two 18V drill or driver kits from Bosch. But before we proceed with laying down and comparing the specifics of these two, let’s first discuss what a drill and driver is to make sure you’re eyeing the correct power tool to use.
Usually, a drill or impact driver is confused with an impact driver, and it is pretty understandable why. You see, an impact driver is great for driving and loosening screws because of its high-torque output. However, it won’t really be useful for drilling holes.
Drill & drivers, on the other hand, offer such versatility. Usually, it offers both high-torque and high-speed settings that allow you to not just drill through wood and other similar materials, but also to drive screws. With a drill on-hand, you can do various general household repairs and projects conveniently.
To do this, drill use a keyless chuck to hold the necessary bits and accessories you need such as rotary sanders, hole saws, wire wheel brushes, and other more. They are also engineered with a speed switch – with either a two-speed or a three-speed setting. This enables the tool useful for both drilling and driving tasks.
Similar to impact drivers, they also have a direction switch that spins the motor clockwise or counter-clockwise. This is particularly useful for driving or removing fasteners.
Another feature is the clutch settings. The clutch is the rotating collar with engraved numbers around it that you would see on drill drivers. It allows you to adjust the amount of torque that your tool will deliver to the screw – the higher number equates to more power. Usually, you would want to start off with a lower setting so as not to suddenly cause damage to your fastener. Then, you may adjust the setting accordingly to drive the fastener deeper into the material.
Some, but not all, drill drivers also provide mode options wherein you may choose among drilling, driving or hammer drilling. However, the two Bosch tools we feature here do not offer different modes.
Regardless, now that we’ve cleared those things out, let’s proceed on comparing these two 18V drill driver kits from Bosch.
Table of Contents:
- Let’s Compare Bosch DDB181-02 vs Bosch GSR18V-190B22
- What’s the Difference Between Bosch DDB181-02 and Bosch GSR18V-190B22
- Final Thoughts
Let’s Compare Bosch DDB181-02 vs Bosch GSR18V-190B22
1. Bosch Power Tools Drill Kit DDB181-02 – 18V Cordless Drill Driver Tool Set with 2 Lithium Ion Batteries, 18 Volt Charger, & Soft Carry Contractor Bag
What will you get?
Bosch DDB181-02 Drill Kit packs a 1/2-inch drill driver, two 1.5Ah slimpack batteries, a charger, a screwdriving bit, and a contractor bag.
This 18V drill driver weighs only 3 pounds and has a head-length of only 7.1-inches. It also has a built-in LED light.
Bosch DDB182-02 drill driver can deliver the max torque of 350 in/lbs and has a two-speed transmission for high-torque or high-speed applications. As such, it can produce 0-400 RPM and 0-1300 RPM, respectively.
- Comes as a kit – with batteries, charger, bag, and even a screwdriver bit
- Compact and lightweight
- Equipped with LED work lights
- Designed with two-speed transmission
- Engineered with Electronic Cell Protection (ECP)
- Chuck needs to be tightened further
- Not intended for heavy-duty tasks
Q: Do the batteries have fuel gauge?
A: No, they don’t.
Q: Where is it manufactured?
A: The Bosch DDB181-02, in particular, is made in Malaysia
Q: Is its motor brushed or brushless?
A: This tool comes with a brushed motor. For a brushless drill, you may opt for DDS182
Our Take on the Bosch DDB181-02 Drill Kit
Bosch DDB181 is a compact and lightweight tool that may be used for general household projects and repairs. It will also function well for overhead drilling and driving.
With two-speed transmission, you can accordingly adjust the tool to for either high-torque or high-speed needs and it can produce the max speed of 400 and 1300 RPM, respectively. More so, it offers 20+1 clutch settings for more versatility.
Its built-in LED light is also bright enough for you to work even in dark spaces. However, it’s trigger-activated so you have really illuminate without turning on the motor.
The batteries won’t also disappoint and that even have Electronic Cell Protection to lengthen the lifetime of the battery.
2. Bosch 18V Compact 1/2″ Drill Driver Kit with (2) 1.5 Ah Slim Pack Batteries GSR18V-190B22
What will you get?
Bosch GSR18V-190B22 is yet another driver/drill kit. Aside from the 1/2-inch drill driver, it includes two 1.5Ah Slimpack batteries, a BC660 18V charger, and a carrying bag.
The drill driver, in particular, produces 480 in/lbs of torque that’s powerful enough for usual household tasks that require drilling and driving. It also comes with a two-speed transmission so you can appropriately set the tool for either high-torque or high-speed applications. More so, it offers 20+1 clutch settings for your driving tasks.
All these are packed in a compact and lightweight tool that measures only 7.8 inches and weighs only 2.80 pounds. It is also equipped with a trigger-activated LED light and engineered with an ergonomic soft-grip handle
- Compact and lightweight
- Ergonomic and versatile
- Keyless chuck that allows more efficient bit changes
- Long battery life
- 45-minute battery recharge
- Doesn’t have a battery level indicator
- Does not include a belt clip and you can’t attach one.
Q: What type of battery does it need?
A: It is powered by a lithium-ion battery.
Q: Does the kit include a screwdriver bit?
A: No, it does not have a screwdriver bit.
Q: Is its motor brushed or brushless?
A: This tool is built with a brushed motor.
Our Take on Bosch GSR18V-190B22 Drill Driver Kit
Offering 480 in/lbs of max torque, Bosch GSR18V-190B22 is a versatile and powerful cordless tool that’s pretty impressive in doing light works and some typical repairs and jobs around the house.
It is also engineered with a two-speed transmission that produces the max speed of 450 RPM for your high-torque tasks and 1700 RPM for your high-speed needs. For accurate driving and minimal damage to your fasteners, it also offers 20+1 clutch settings, making it pretty versatile.
Weighing only 2.75 pounds and having the head-length of 7.8-inches, Bosch GSR18V-190B22 is a lightweight and compact drill driver. It has a 1/2-inch keyless ratcheting chuck with auto-lock so bit changes easier. If you’re thinking of illumination, it also has LED light that’s trigger-activated. So overall, working around the house is made easy. You can reach even tight and dark spaces.
What’s the Difference Between Bosch DDB181-02 and Bosch GSR18V-190B22
As you might’ve already seen these two tools from Bosch are more similar than they are different. As such, prior to discussing their differences, let’s recall the aspects where they are the same.
First, both products are 18V drill driver kits. So you don’t have to worry about the hassle of buying the batteries and charger separately. These components are already included in both kits, packed in a bag.
In their design and build, Bosch DDB181-02 and Bosch GSR18V-190B22 are both compact and lightweight despite having a slight difference in their actual measurements. They both have a built-in LED light that’s trigger-activated.
More so, they are both engineered with a two-speed transmission and 20+1 clutch settings. As such, they are both pretty versatile and powerful for different tasks around the house. Both are also applicable for overhead drilling and driving.
“So where do they differ”, you might ask. Well, GSR18V-190B22 can produce more torque than DDB181-02. If you might recall, the former offers 480 in/lbs of max torque while the latter can only produce up to 350 in/lbs. Also, in terms of max speed, GSR18V-190B22 also tops over since it can reach 450 and 1700 RPM, respectively; compared to DDB181-02’s max speed of 400 and 1300 RPM. Given these, you may observe that GSR18V-190B22 can do the tasks faster and more efficiently.
In terms of physical build, GSR18V-190B22 is just lighter by 0.25 pounds while the DDB181-02 is shorter by 0.7 inches. Although both are designed with keyless chuck, you would find that bit changes are easier with GSR18V-190B22 because of its ratcheting chuck with auto-lock. Such tool also features an ergonomic soft-grip handle which is not present with DDB181-02.
However, DDB181-02 kit already includes a screwdriver bit, which you will not find with GSR18V-190B22.
So what do all these similarities and differences mean? Does one really stand out over the other?
We’ll answer the question first with a quick, yes, of course! Otherwise, there won’t be two different models, right? Anyway, when it comes to functionality we could say that Bosch GSR18V-190B22 leads over DDB181-02. Mainly because the former can deliver more torque and speed – which are what you would actually expect from a drill driver.
What do these torque and speed outputs mean? It means that you can do your driving and drilling tasks faster and more efficiently when you use the Bosch GSR18V-190B22. You may also find it more comfortable and convenient to use because it is lighter and designed ergonomically.
However, its max torque is still not enough for medium to heavy duty tasks. So if you want something to use for such level of tasks, such as in construction sites, well, you would need to find other Bosch models.