Bosch has expanded the choice of professional power tools within its already extensive 18 V cordless range by adding four further products. They comprise of two combi drills, a drill driver and a powerful impact driver which serves equally as an impact wrench.
The Bosch GDX 18 V-180 Professional Impact Driver is a universal tool, thanks to the unique Bosch GDX bit holder. This two-in-one feature combines a quarter-inch hexagon holder with a half-inch external square holder. It enables the impact driver to handle anything from screwdriving and drilling in wood or metal to wrenching stubborn nuts and bolts.
With a maximum torque of 180 Nm, speeds up to 2,800 rpm and impact rates up to 3,200 rpm, fast work progress is assured. Bosch has described its GDX 18 V-180 as offering the best price-to-performance ratio in the 18 V class of professional impact drivers. For optimum long-term value through serviceability, the tool’s gear box and carbon brushes have been designed to be easily replaced when necessary.
Drill drivers and combi drills
Trade professionals looking for a drill driver or a combi drill now have further options. The Bosch GSB 18 V-21 Professional Combi Drill offers entry-level economy but with professional performance, reliability and resilience. For extra power and durability, in a compact format, the all-round abilities of the GSR 18 V-28 Professional Drill Driver and GSB 18 V-28 Professional Combi Drill are on offer.
Key differences include the robust full-metal chuck of the GSR/GSB 18 V-28 models. These also feature Bosch Electronic Motor Protection (EMP), which guards against overloads and ensures a long lifetime. Life is extended in the GSB 18 V-21 tools by a serviceable design with changeable carbon brushes.
Maximum soft and hard torque levels in the 18 V-28 tools are 28 and 63 Nm, while the 18 V-21 models score a respectable 21 and 55 Nm. In all cases there are 20 + 1 clutch settings. Each tool is offered with batteries featuring Bosch Electronic Cell Protection (ECP), which avoids battery damage due to overloading, overheating and deep discharge.
With their wide application versatility, Bosch Professional sees the 18 V-28 tools as being ideal for most tradespeople. The drill driver may appeal particularly to joiners, cabinet makers and furniture manufacturers, while electricians and HVAC contractors are amongst those who will benefit most from the combi. There are also wide uses for the 18 V-21 products.
Professional quality is common to all four of the new tools, which are robustly constructed and highly capable in the workplace. Each is ergonomically designed, with small dimensions, low weight and a high-comfort grip, for precisely controlled operation over long shifts with minimum fatigue. An inbuilt LED light, giving a clear view in dark workspaces, is another shared feature which professionals will appreciate.
As part of the Bosch Flexible Power System, the new products are fully compatible with the chargers and batteries of all others in the comprehensive Bosch range of 18 V power tools.
They will be available from specialist retailers in May 2018, please find details of recommended retail prices below. These are exclusive of VAT and are subject to change.