Bosch HDB180-02 18V Hammer Drill

My Rating for the Bosch HDB180-02 is 4 Stars

Bosch HDB180-02 18V Hammer DrillReview Summary: The Bosch HDB180-02 18V Hammer Drill is a well built tool for light duty holes in concrete and regular drilling.


Detailed Review of the Bosch HDB180-02 18 volt cordless hammer drill

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Blows per Minute (BPM) Grade: Below Average

The Bosch HDB180-02 has a top BPM of 21,000 bpm. The average top BPM of 18 volt cordless hammer drills is 27,525 bpm. The higher the BPM of a cordless hammer drill the faster the hole will be created in materials such as concrete. If you are looking for a hammer drill with more percussions per minute, check out my review of the DeWalt DCD775KL 18V Li-Ion Hammer Drill. It is rated at 29,000 bpm.

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Power Grade: Below Average

The Bosch HDB180-02 has a power rating of 360 in/lbs. The average power rating of 18 volt cordless hammer drills is 480 in/lbs. The power of a cordless hammer drill is measured by torque (inch-pounds). Torque is the measurement of the twisting force the drill applies when started. Power in DeWalt cordless drills is measured in unit watts out(uwo) which measures torque at different drill speeds.

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Speed: Below Average

The Bosch HDB180-02 has a top speed of 1450 rpm. Higher speeds help you drill holes quicker and cleaner. The average speed of 18 volt cordless hammer drills is around 1700 rpm.If more speed is what you are after, check out my review of the DeWalt DCD970KL 18V Li-ion Hammer Drill. It has a top speed rating of 2000 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 hammer drills is 2.3 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.

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Battery type and quantity: Good

The Bosch HDB180-02 comes with 2 Lithium Ion batteries. Most newer cordless hammer 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: Good

The Bosch HDB180-02 comes with a 45 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: $100-200

Prices may have changed since this review was done. Always check the most recent and best price for the Bosch HDB180-02 cordless hammer drill from multiple stores.

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Tool Weight: Very Light

The Bosch HDB180-02 weighs 3.2 lbs. The average 18V cordless hammer drill weighs about 4.8 lbs. Tool weight comes into play when you use it for extended periods of time or you hold it in awkward positions.

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Bosch HDB180-02 Cordless Hammer Drill Strengths

  1. Very light weight
  2. Fast battery charger
  3. Feels very solid and well built
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Bosch HDB180-02 Cordless Hammer Drill Weaknesses

  1. Below average power and speed
  2. Below average blows per minute

Some other features of the Bosch HDB180-02 include:

  • 3/8-inch keyless chuck with Auto-Lock
  • LED work light
  • Three-year limited warranty

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Reviewed by Jon Sevenson on 4/17/12.

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