Bosch IDH182-02 18-Volt Brushless Socket Ready Impact Driver Review

Bosch, one of the world leaders in power tools, is yet again set to unveil a new product. Let me introduce you to the Bosch IDH182-02 Brushless Socket Ready Driver, an innovative tool that combines the functions of both a screwdriver and wrench. For just around $260, you can take home this tool home together with a second lithium ion battery, a charger, and a carrying kit. This is an amazing deal you should not miss out on.

Pros:

  • Features an EC Brushless Motor which provides twice the power and battery life
  • Installed with an  Advanced Cooling System
  • Designed to keep the driver from overloading or overheating
  • Combines and ¼ inch hex with a ½ inch driver
  • Improved power and endurance on wood and metal surfaces
  • Comes with a three-level speed selector
  • Has soft grips which allow maximum comfort when working
  • Comes with two lithium ion batteries, belt case, carrying case, and a double-ended drill bit
  • Has a max torque of 1,650 in. lbs.
  • Boasts high speeds of up to 2,800 RPM
  • Measures 6.2 inches
  • Weighs 3.2 lbs.

Cons:

  • ½ inch square driver is too big for most sockets
  • Battery quickly drains when you use both the LED lights and the tool itself
  • Hex chuck is too short for most bits

Our Opinion

Two Tools Rolled Into One

The best feature of the Bosch IDH182-02 Cordless Driver is that it combines the critical functions of a screwdriver and a wrench into one handy power tool. As most people will say, this simplifies the job and saves you a lot of money too. The great part about this is that Bosch, with this innovation, does not sacrifice any of the necessary features. As a tool, it is an effective wrench and screwdriver.

What allows this effective fusion of functions is the presence of a dual-purpose chuck. Located at the top portion of the driver, this serves as the platform where the hex bit, square drive sockets, and other attachments can be installed. For other tools, you would need a separate adaptor to change bits, but the IDH182-02 Cordless Driver fixes that problem. Basically, you are getting two kinds of tools, for the price of one.

Flexible For All Types of Work

Inside this amazing machine is a motor like no other. The Bosch IDH182-02 Cordless Driver may appear small in stature, but it can pack one heck of a punch thanks primarily to its brushless motor. This allows the machine to function with twice the power and twice the battery life.

The three-speed control allows you to switch from speed to another. This is how each speed can be used:

  • The lowest speed is best suited for simple work and is at an average power of 400 inches per pound.
  • The second level is mainly used for controlling screws.
  • The third and fastest speed, with a maximum power of 1650 in. lbs. is primarily used for heavy-duty work.

The hammer and anvil system allows this tool to give its maximum advertised power while making it fairly easy to control.

Built-In Cell and Motor Protector

Another feature that perfectly complements this system is the inclusion of an 18V lithium ion battery pack plus another spare. Essentially this provides you with twice the lifespan of normal batteries. This allows you to use the cordless driver for a longer time without having to sacrifice the power and effectivity.

One of the biggest concerns most people have when using power tools is the possibility of it overheating. With the amount of power that this tool is equipped with, that is a common misconception. However, thanks to the built-in motor protection, chances of it overheating are severely reduced.

Easy to Control and Lightweight

While we have looked into the IDH182-02’s unquestioned power, one often-overlooked feature is its size. With a length of only 6.2 inches and a standard weight of 3.2 pounds, this is the perfect tool to keep around the house.

This feature, coupled with its strong rubber grip, allows you to control it very easily and is a perfect tool for everyday tasks around the house. Storing it is also quite easy as it does not take up a lot of space.

LED Lighting System

Another feature I would like to shed some light on is its LED Lighting System. Naturally, most drill and drivers come with installed LED lights. It would be rather tragic if you choose one without. While not most users appreciate the use of this feature just yet, they will grow to learn that it is an understated advantage to hand in hand. The button to control the LED light is strategically located near the grip beside the toggle that controls the speed and power.

Comparison with Bosch 25618B

Though they may be part of the same Bosch family, these two impact drivers are notable differences. The 25618B measures 5.7 inches and weighs 3.8 lbs. It provides 2,800 of max speed and as high as 1,500 in. lbs. of torque. With the installed hammer and anvil system, it delivers up to 3,200 BPM. Like the IDH182-02, it also uses 18V batteries and was designed to be compact and easy to use.

Obviously, from these specs alone, you could say that both tools are more similar than they are different. However, in terms of price point, the 25618B is significantly cheaper at around $120 for the bare tool compared to the IDH182-02 kit’s $260.

Conclusion:

All in all, I can definitely say that the Bosch IDH182-02 Cordless Driver is a very useful power tool. With its ability to switch from bit to another and coupled with its powerful brushless motor, it comes as no surprise why this tool is famous for its versatility and convenient functionality.

While it is true that this tool may still need some improvements, the positives still outweigh the negatives. It may cost more than what people are willing to pay, but its features justify the costs and even surpass expectations with its top-quality performance.

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