We recently got our hands on the Bosch ½” 18V Impact Driver (model #IWMH182) with their new brushless motor. Bosch, among many other brands, are introducing new brushless electric motors for their top end models. These motors deliver more power, less friction, and longer battery life. The package we received came with the drill, two 18v batteries, a charger, belt clip, and carrying case. An instruction manual was included for what I assume is for legal purposes, but that was immediately “lost”.
You can tell once you get the tool in your hand that Bosch Power Tools is listening to the tradesmen. It appears that Bosch has looked at the competition and put together a package that takes the best parts of all their competitors and puts them into one compact driver. The first thing you notice when you pick the drill up is that it is lighter than you would expect, yet it feels solid. The plastic housing feels durable, and gives the feeling of a high build quality. The seams are flush and smooth where the plastic housing comes together. Bosch has included rubber bumpers at all the areas of the tool that might hit the ground when dropped. The rubber guards seem to be better than just glued to the exterior of the driver. I picked at them for a couple of minutes to see if I could get one off, but I failed to make any progress. Based upon all these aspects, it's a good bet that this driver will last you for a long time. I don’t think that it will survive a two story drop, but I also don’t think that you will need to baby this drill.
Durability = 4/5
This driver has it! For a cordless drill, this one delivers a lot of power. It cranks out an effortless 2,213 in/lbs of torque and 3,500 bpm. Over tightening could become an issue and if you don’t watch out, the drill will win. The test unit that I received came with the 18v FatPack battery which lasted me two days of medium use. One of the great things about the new Li-Ion batteries is that they continue to give you the same power output until they are completely out of juice. The driver uses an 18v 4.0amp battery that delivers enough power to satisfy just about any lag bolt application. I tested the drill lag bolts into concrete and I might as well have been drilling into Styrofoam; it was that effortless. The batteries also come with heat sync housing that dissipates heat from the battery for longer run time and prolonged battery lifespan. All of Bosch’s batteries come with Electronic Cell Protection Technology to prevent overheating and overloading for extended tool and batter life.
Power = 5/5
This category is where this driver shines. You can tell that Bosch did their homework in this department. Bosch was able to cut the weight down on the driver to 3.6 lbs while, with the addition of the brushless motor, creating an excellent power-to-weight ratio. This driver is almost a pound lighter than some of its competition and yet still keeps up with torque, bpm, and rpm specs. One of the first comments that I heard people saying after they used the driver was “This drill is light like a Makita, but feels more powerful.”
The Bosch impact driver also has great balance. The grip is perfect; it doesn’t feel too heavy to the front or back. It feels natural in your hand whether you are a lefty or a righty. I also find the Bosch to be slightly more quiet than its competitors. It doesn’t have that big echoing impact noise when the hammer kicks in.
One of the subtle favorites of this drill is that it has a slow start when you pull the trigger. It is not annoying like you may think; it allows you to better control the speed of the driver when you first start up. I found that it really reduces fatigue compared to the other impacts I have used in the past. This slower more controlled start also makes the driver safer. It reduces those jamb moments that try to pull your arm out of socket.
Ergonomics – 5/5
The Bosch driver is appropriately priced at $169. This is a fair price and positioned nicely with other drivers in its category. The kit that I received with the two FatPack batteries, charger, and carrying case can run you upwards of $300. This is a quality tool placed at a competitive price, if you are in the market for an impact driver it is worth your time to check this one out. It comes with a great warranty and a durable housing that will keep it running for a long time to come.
Value = 4/5
Overall = 90%
On August 18th, around 200 new tools were showcased at the annual DeWalt Media Event. This particular event was held in Nashville, Tennessee, where you can’t escape country music no matter how hard you try.
Below are what we thought were the highlights of the event. Let us know what new release you’re most excited about!
In June, Milwaukee Tool hosted its annual New Product Symposium, which gave members of the media a sneak peak of the new products the red tool manufacturer would release the rest of the year. One of the highlights for us in the M12/M18 category was the ultra-portable and convenient 7 ¼” Cordless Miter Saw.
I’ve recently been following a channel on Youtube called Hand Tool Rescue and it’s been fascinating to learn the history of antique hand and power tools. I didn’t realize how long ago many power tools – most of which we still use today – were created. It’s perhaps even more fascinating to watch a rusty old machine that hasn’t been used in decades be completely restored to working condition. His videos don’t have voice overs, so you have to pay close attention to his methods, but every step of the process is shown.
Many contractors and repair technicians live out of their truck and Milwaukee Tool knows this. That’s why they’ve just released an M12 and M18 battery charger that plugs into the c12V DC outlet in your truck or van! As added security, the charger will automatically shut down if it senses that your vehicle’s battery is getting too low. Smart and ultra-convenient.
We know a lot of you out there could use this charger, so we teamed up with Milwaukee to give YOU the chance to WIN one! There are 4 ways to enter below!
It’s pretty amazing all of the things that smartphones can do right now. While some wish phones would go back to “just making dang blasted phone calls, like the good ole days,” it’s clear that phone’s will always be more than that moving forward. Through apps and other attachments, phones can now turn into a thermal imagine camera, an x-ray vision scanner to see what’s behind walls, a laser measure, and now an augmented reality tape measure.
For many construction superintendents and project managers across the world, tablets are becoming one of the most important tools on the job site. They’re great for looking at plans, taking pictures, making notes, and running your favorite construction apps. Carrying a tablet does take up at least one of your hands, however, so it can be a hindrance if you need to help a co-worker lift material or climb a ladder.
In today’s race for most powerful cordless tools, it’s important to remember the humble beginnings of hand tools, especially those with mechanical parts. Much like cars of the early 20th century, mechanical and power tools were simple machines, as opposed to the heavily electronic tools that are becoming popular now. Easy to understand and easier to repair.
High demand battery packs have allowed many construction workers ditch the cords on jobsites throughout the country, by providing more power and longer runtime. As with any battery packs, it’s important to follow safety warnings, but with a higher capacity can sometimes mean greater consequences when those warnings are not followed.
Fiskars was first founded as a Finnish Ironworks company in 1649, making it one of the oldest companies I have heard of that is still going strong. Recently – relatively speaking - in 1967, Fiskars made a name for themselves with their orange handled scissors. Noted for their build quality, sharpness, and durability, these scissors quickly became an industry standard and a leader in the category. Since then, Fiskars has expanded into other areas of the home and outdoors. You may also recognize the name Gerber, as this is one of the brands Fiskars sells under.
Every now and then a new product comes along and you ask yourself, “why didn’t I think of that?!” The OVAL Fire Extinguisher is just that product. Architecture and interior design have been moving towards cleaner lines in their spaces. Foregone are the days of bulky protruding water fountains (bubblers for my northern friends) and fire extinguisher cabinets. Interior designers are looking for cleaner and sleeker interior spaces but the 10lb fire extinguishers and cabinets have not changed for quite some time. OVAL is about to change all that.