Bosch Brushless Review – Drill and Impact Driver/Wrench

Over the past few weeks we’ve been lucky enough to review the brand new brushless Bosch Compact Drill and Impact Driver. Models numbers are GSB 18V-EC and GDX 18V-EC (or DD182 and IDH182 for our friends across the pond).

Bosch makes good stuff, everyone knows it and these are no exception. These come in a pack with 4.0Ah batteries (or 2.0Ah slims), and a fast charger.

First up, the compact drill. We already loved the previous (brushed) version, often known as the ‘Striker’. It had as much power as any compact drill, and was very short and compact. The only drawback was the plastic chuck (though nice as far as plastic chucks go).

Is the new one an improvement? Not really. The motor is brushless but the handle went backwards. It’s still one of the best compacts out there, but we just hoped Bosch would make their terrific drill even better.

The new impact driver / wrench hybrid on the other hand just went to a whole ‘nother level. The previous GDX hybrid was an innovation, but lacked power to match it’s ‘hybrid’ nature. The new model is that innovation perfected (near enough).

It still sports the same 1/2” socket drive on the outside, but that is about it for similarities. First up, it has good power now, about on par with the brushless impact drivers from Dewalt and Makita. The unit also looks and feels better. Its got a more streamlined appearance (looks thinner) and the handle is just fantastic! If only the compact drill received the same handle…

So there you have it. One awesome product still awesome, and one good product turned awesome.

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