Bosch 26618-01 18 Volt Impact Drill

My Rating for the Bosch 26618-01 is 4.75 Stars

Bosch 26618-01Review Summary: The Bosch 26618-01 18 Volt Impact Drill Driver has power, high impact, and a great battery system.


Detailed Review of the Bosch 26618-01 18 volt cordless impact driver

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Impacts per Minute (IPM) Grade: Good

The Bosch 26618-01 has a top IPM of 3200 IPM. The average top IPM of 18 volt cordless impact drivers is 3016 IPM. An impact driver delivers blows in a rotational way as opposed to a hammer drill which delivers blows into the work. The higher the IPM of a cordless impact driver the faster a screw or bolt will be installed or removed. If you are looking for a cordless impact driver with more impacts per minute, check out my review of the Makita BTD144 18 Volt Impact Driver. It is rated at 3400 IPM.

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Power Grade: Excellent

The Bosch 26618-01 has a power rating of 1500 in/lbs. The average power rating of a 18 volt cordless impact driver is 1369 in/lbs. The power of a cordless impact driver 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: Excellent

The Bosch 26618-01 has a top speed of 2800 rpm. Higher speeds help you drill holes quicker and cleaner. The average speed of a 18 volt cordless impact driver is around 2518 rpm.

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Battery Run Time: Good

The battery run time is 2.6 amp hours. The average for 18 volt cordless impact drivers 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 26618-01 comes with 2 Lithium Ion batteries. Most newer cordless impact drivers 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: Excellent

The Bosch 26618-01 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 26618-01 cordless impact driver from multiple stores.

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Tool Weight: Heavy

The Bosch 26618-01 weighs 4.2 lbs. The average 18V cordless impact driver weighs about 3.7 lbs. Tool weight comes into play when you use it for extended periods of time or you hold it in awkward positions. If the weight of this tool is an issue for you, then you may be interested in the Bosch 25618-01 18 Volt Impact Driver. Check out my review of the Bosch 25618-01 18 Volt Impact Driver. It is rated at 3.8 lbs.

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Bosch 26618-01 Cordless Impact Driver Strengths

  1. High impact rate
  2. Fast and good torque
  3. Fast battery charger
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Bosch 26618-01 Cordless Impact Driver Weaknesses

  1. Shorter warranty time
  2. Above average weight

Some other features of the Bosch 26618-01 include:

  • Carrying case
  • LED work light
  • Electronic Cell Protection
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Reviewed by Jon Sevenson on 6/12/12.

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