Best 18 Volt Cordless Drill

If you are looking for a powerful work drill, you probably have decided on an 18 volt drill. There are many 18 volt cordless drills available today. But which one is the best for you? When I use an 18 volt cordless drill its because I need power. That’s the most important feature for me. If I am building a deck or working with the drill above my head for long periods of time, then the lighter weight drill is very important to me. The jobs I use an 18 volt drill for are usually big and demanding. So, a well built and sturdy constructed drill is important to me.

Bosch DDS180-02Given the 3 most important features I look for to complete big and tough jobs, the best 18 volt cordless drill is the Bosch DDS180-02. I have several Bosch tools that I like just for the feel and quality alone. But, the Bosch DDS 180-02 18 volt cordless drill has more than just a quality feel to it. It has impressive features that I look for in this class of tool.

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The average power rating of 18 volt cordless drills is 450 in/lbs. The Bosch DDS180-02 completely dominates other 18 volt drills with a power rating of 600 in/lbs. It has a top speed of 1700 rpms and a quality chuck with no wobble which makes for cleaner holes.

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Tool Weight

The Bosch DDS180-02 weighs 3.4 lbs. The average 18V cordless drill weighs about 4.0 lbs. The main reason the Bosch is so light is because of its lithium-ion batteries. They are much lighter than ni-cad batteries. The batteries do not have the run time that some other 18 volt drills have, however, with a 30 minute charger you can quickly charge one while working with the other.

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Quality Construction

I have already mentioned that the chuck was solid and there was no wobble and it gives clean holes. Well, the casing has a quality feel too. It has a sturdy plastic called Durashield that can withstand falls from under 10 feet.

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One drawback for a homeowner or DIYer is the price. The Bosch DDS 180-02 is in the $200-300 price range. However, anyone who has ever attempted a big project that required an 18 volt cordless drill will attest to the fact that the better the tool the easier the job. Professionals already know this. If you want this tool but price may be factor then check here for the latest best price on the Bosch DDS 180-02 18 volt cordless drill.


Anonymous said...

Thanks very much for the great review.After doing online research on this drill and reading your great article,I purchased this drill yesterday on Amazon for a great deal of the day price of $129.00 including free shipping.All of the cordless drills that I have previously owned were very low end cheap drills.I really look forward to my new drill.Thanks again for your expertise.

Jon Sevenson said...

Thanks for the kind words and I am glad you got such a great deal. That Bosch just feels right when you pick it up to handle a big job.

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