Bosch DDS180-02 18 Volt Li-Ion Cordless Drill

My Rating for the Bosch DDS180-02 is 4.5 StarsBosch DDS180-02 18 Volt Li-Ion Cordless Drill

Review Summary: Great Bosch design and quality in this 18 Volt Li-Ion Cordless Drill. Powerful, fast and light weight. A great combination.

Detailed Review of the Bosch DDS180-02 18 volt cordless drill

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Power Grade: Excellent

The Bosch DDS180-02 has a power rating of 600 in/lbs. The average power rating of 18 volt cordless drills is 450 in/lbs. The power of a cordless drill is measured by torque (inch-pounds). Torque is the measurement of the twisting force the drill applies when started.

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Speed: Very Good

The Bosch DDS180-02 has a top speed of 1700 rpm. Higher speeds help you drill holes quicker and cleaner. The average speed of 18 volt cordless drills is around 1525 rpm.

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Battery Run Time: Below Average

The battery run time is 1.3 amp hours. The average for 18 volt cordless drills is 1.6 amp hours. The ampere-hour rating (Ah) gives you an idea of how long your battery will last between charges. A 3Ah will last 3 times longer than a 1Ah battery. The DeWalt DC720KA 18 Volt Cordless Drill has a longer run time but it uses heavier NiCd batteries. A cordless drill with a better battery system is the DeWalt DC720KA. You can read my complete review of the DeWalt DC720KA 18 Volt Cordless Drill.

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Battery type and quantity: Average

The Bosch DDS180-02 comes with 2 Lithium Ion batteries. Most newer cordless drills have 2 Lithium batteries included. Lithium are lighter , can hold a charge longer, and are more environmentally friendly than older NiCd batteries.

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Charger: Very Good

The Bosch DDS180-02 comes with a 30 Minute charger. The best chargers offer less than 1 hour charging and a maintenance mode that can extend the life of the battery.

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Price Range: $200-300

Prices may have changed since this review was done. Always check the most recent and best price for the Bosch DDS180-02 cordless drill from multiple stores.

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Tool Weight: Very Light

The Bosch DDS180-02 weighs 3.4 lbs. The average 18V cordless drill weighs about 4.0 lbs. Tool weight comes into play when you use it for extended periods of time or you hold it in awkward positions.


Bosch DDS180-02 Cordless Drill Strengths

  1. Compact size allows users to fit into tight spaces
  2. Can upgrade to longer lasting batteries
  3. Built to handle falls from 10 feet
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Bosch DDS180-02 Cordless Drill Weaknesses

  1. Shorter run time
  2. 4 pole motor makes slightly more noise

Some other features of the Bosch DDS180-02 include:

  • LED work light
  • Metal belt hook
  • Durashield Housing

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Reviewed by Jon Sevenson on 11/20/2011.

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