Bosch 18v Compact Tough Drill/Driver (DDB181) Update
Bosch DDB181 Compact 18v Drill/Driver
Bosch DDB181-02 1/2" Compact Drill Driver
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Amazon Price: $99.00 $89.00 You save: $10.00 (10%). (as of January 21, 2019 1:43 am –
The Bosch DDB181 is the industry’s most compact and lightest weight 18-Volt basic-duty 1/2-Inch drill/driver. With its compact and lightweight design, professionals can drill or drive fasteners overhead or in tight spaces fatigue free. More compact than many competitive 12-Volt tools, the DDB181 is ideal for electricians, plumbers and HVAC tradesman looking for a solution that not only fits in their pouch, but can handle most everyday tasks with 18-Volt battery power. The DDB181 works at two speeds– 400 RPM and 1,300 RPM (no load) –and provides 350 inch/pounds of torque, which is enough to drive most common fasteners and drill bits.
The Bosch DDB181-02 includes: (1) DDB181 1/2-Inch Compact Drill/Driver, (1) Screwdriving Bit, (2) 1.5Ah Slimpack Batteries, (1) Charger, (1) Contractor Bag
Great value, but a few things you should know.
Initial impressions. Will update later as required. I have owned a Bosch 18 volt drill/driver for a few years. It has been awesome. I also have a Bosch 18 volt, handheld vacuum, and a reciprocating saw. Figured I needed some more batteries. A fat pack would have been nice, but this was too good to pass up. Two more slim packs, another drill/driver and charger, essentially; for free. I had asked the question of the people; “have they improved the chuck?” The chuck is not great on the older one. The response was, paraphrasing: “seems fine to me”. It would appear to me as well, that the chuck is MUCH improved. This is a great drill. Not sure why everyone doesn’t do this, but having the light down on the base works great! No shadows as others have pointed out. Seriously, others… a light on the body behind the chuck is useless. A few observations though. This is even more compact than the older version. I don’t have the specs on the old one, but if will be interesting to see if as powerful (the old one is a beast, given the size). The motor is much smaller. Second, the two batteries are 1.5 amp, with no fuel gauge. They have no label that my old eyes can read, maybe 611’s? My old one also has 1.5 amp BAT610Gs, with fuel gauge. I think the more expensive, newer versions come with 2.0 amp batteries. Still a good deal. But know what you’re getting. Pic is of the old (left) next to the new.
Great drill, right up until it strips out internally after a year and 3 months.
My original review is below, but, as you can see, I have changed it, giving this Bosch drill, and the Bosch company, the five stars they deserve!! Let me catch you up: I was disappointed that the drill stripped out, because my husband loved this drill, and used it a LOT. He is a project, DIY kind of guy. He told me this was the best drill he had ever owned, and he has owned about every name-brand drill there is, both rechargeable, and corded. So, whe it stripped out, just a little over a year out, and the warranty here on Amazon had expired, I was really disappointed. BUT – let me give Amazon props here – I applied for, and got, the Amazon Visa, and got a $70.00 gift card, with which I paid the majority of buying another Bosch drill, just like this one…so, it only cost me around $20.00. THEN, my husband, Mr. DIY – Persistent kind of guy – called the Bosch company direct, and they paid for us to ship the broken drill to them, repaired the drill, and shipped it back, at $0 cost to us! (I know, right?) So, my hubby now has TWO wonderful Bosch drills, at a cost of $20.00 out of pocket! (I paid the Amazon Chase card off, right away, to avoid interest.)
LOVE my little drill!
I have been using a very heavy porter cable drill, with 14v battery, for years until the last battery finally died. If you know anything about battery operated tools you know a new battery usually costs more than a new tool. When I started looking for a new drill it had to meet a few criteria:
Fantastic Drill, Great Buy.
I have always purchased DeWalt in the past and still use them.
This drill replaced by beloved Makita, for which batteries are no longer available. I used the Bosch once and immediately forgot all about the Makita. Fabulous drill; compact, light and powerful. The batteries charge quickly and maintain a charge for weeks in storage. Putting the worklight on the battery instead of directly behind the chuck was a brilliant idea. Go ahead and buy one!
This power drill is great! And I love that it comes with 2 …
This power drill is great! And I love that it comes with 2 batteries. Either way the battery does last a long time so the second battery isn’t actually super necessary unless you need the power drill for your day-to-day work of course. We’ve been using this drill almost every other day over several weeks while doing light renovations at our house and it has been great to use. We actually had someone come over to do some work for us and he brought his own drill but he ended up using ours instead because he liked it better! Highly recommend!
I love this drill!
I love this drill. The batteries hold a charge for a very long time and there is a lot of power available. It comes with two batteries, a charger and one bit which is a double ended crosspoint. The charger is fast when you need it, which isn’t very often since they hold a charge for a long time.
and my hands and wrists are pretty weak, due to occupational stress on them
Thrilled with this compact, lightweight, efficient drill. I am a 50 year old woman, and my hands and wrists are pretty weak, due to occupational stress on them, but I have a lot of little projects around the house that need done. This drill makes work faster and reduces stress on my hands. The torque is perfect for me, just enough to get simple around the house projects done. Larger drills have too much vibration for my hands, are too heavy and cumbersome. The light has been very helpful in small spaces. Especially like that I just depress the trigger 1/2 way to get the light on, find where I need to place the drill, and then drill. 2 batteries were important to my, so I appreciate the value in this set! VERY happy with this purchase.
Lasted 13 months.
I really loved this thing while it lasted but after 13 months the motor has blown out. I really expected this to last longer, it seemed very well made. I only used it for smaller projects too. It is really light and has a decent amount of torque. My dad has this same one and the larger version and has had no issues so maybe I just got a bad one.
Excellent for climbing work
My first cordless drill that actually has real power despite its small size. I also own a larger cordless drill that is several years old. Even though that tool also came with two batteries, I was never able to do real work with it before the batteries ran down. My first use of this new drill was to drill a number of 2″ deep 1/4″ dia. pilot holes in treated 4×6 posts in order to install large screw eyes. I didn’t use a brad point bit and the drilling was effortless. Based upon this first drilling experience, I can see that I will have no trouble using this drill as a driver to also install self-tapping metal screws. I wanted a tool that wasn’t heavy or cumbersome when climbing ladders as well as a tool that didn’t force me to climb back down every 15 minutes from where I am working to change batteries. I believe I have found what I was looking for.