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Bosch DDS181-02 18-Volt Lithium-Ion 1/2-Inch Compact Tough Drill/Driver Kit with 2 High Capacity Batteries, Charger and Case

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4.8 out of 5 stars 252 customer reviews
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  • Four-pole high-performance motor for maximum power in the most compact size
  • New patented gear train and clutch enables most compact design in its class and lightest weight
  • Flexible power system--both DD and HDD are compatible with every 18-volt lithium-ion Bosch battery. Includes two Slim Pack 1.5 Ah HC (high-capacity) batteries
  • Ergonomic grip zone--small diameter enables better gripping and greater comfort
  • Modified orientation relative to handle increases comfort
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Ready for heavy-duty drilling applications in materials ranging from wood to metal, the small yet powerful Bosch DDS181-02 Compact Tough 18-volt lithium-ion 1/2-inch drill/driver's 7-inch head length is the smallest in its class, yet it delivers top performance. It works with all Bosch 18-volt lithium-ion batteries, and this kit includes two Slim Pack 1.5 Ah HC (high-capacity) batteries. They provide up to 50 percent more runtime over standard lithium-ion batteries and include an electronic battery fuel gauge to ensure you have enough power for the job.

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Compact and lightweight with included Slim Pack HC battery (view larger).

 

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Fast Speeds, High Torque, and Durable Construction

The DDS181-02 has two optimized speeds--one ideal for high-torque applications (0-500 RPM) and one ideal for high-speed applications (0-1,700 RPM)--and it provides a maximum of 600 inch-pounds of torque. The 4-pole open frame motor and newly developed gearbox provide exceptional power for such a compact drill/driver. The 18+1 clutch settings included in this Compact Tough model and a variable-speed trigger help you match the best speed to the job, so you can achieve precise results. It can drive 500 screws per charge using the BAT619G 3.0 Ah HC battery (not included).

Balanced Design and Easy Bit Changes

The ergonomically designed handle and soft-grip wrapped housing offer a comfortable fit for extended working time. The DDS181-02 comes complete with a single-sleeve 1/2-inch auto-lock chuck for one-handed bit changes, as well as increased drill-bit capacity for versatility. And for even greater convenience, LEDs provide illumination when you are working in dark or enclosed areas.

Flexible Power System

In addition to the 1.5 Ah HC lithium batteries included in this kit, this drill/driver can be used with Bosch's batteries from its 18-volt line--including the 1.3 Ah Slim Pack battery (model BAT609), the 2.6 Ah Fat Pack battery (model BAT618), and the 3.0 Ah HC Fat Pack battery (model BAT619G). If you're looking for a lightweight option, the Slim Pack is the perfect choice. If longer runtime is what you need, the Fat Pack will do the job.

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The DDS181-02 comes with the ProVantage three-year protection plan, which guarantees two years of battery protection and one year of tool protection. Under this plan, you can receive two years of free battery replacements, tool replacement for one year, and a free tool repair package for the second and third years.

What's in the Box

One Bosch DDS181-02 Compact Tough drill/driver kit with two 18-volt lithium-ion Slim Pack batteries, one 30-minute charger, one carrying case, bits, and operating instructions.

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Bosch DDS181-02 Compact Tough Drill Driver Kit
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  • Powered by Bosch 18-volt lithium-ion batteries

  • Maximum runtime from 1.5 Ah Slim Pack HC battery (two included)

  • Two speed settings (0-500 RPM and 0-1,700 RPM)

  • Maximum of 600 inch-pounds of torque

  • 18+1 clutch settings and a variable-speed trigger

  • Three-year ProVantage protection plan
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Technical Details

Part Number DDS181-02
Item Weight 6.9 pounds
Product Dimensions 13.6 x 11.4 x 3.9 inches
Origin Malaysia
Item model number DDS181-02
Size 0.5
Color Blue
Style Tool
Finish N/A
Power Source battery-powered
Voltage 18 volts
Item Package Quantity 1
Type of Bulb LED
Measurement System Inch
Special Features compact
Included Components case
Batteries Included? Yes
Batteries Required? Yes
Battery Cell Type Lithium Ion
Warranty Description 30-day money back guarantee, 1 yr warranty

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ASIN B0052TZCSY
Customer Reviews
4.8 out of 5 stars 252 customer reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #13,081 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#10 in Industrial & Scientific > Industrial Power & Hand Tools > Industrial Hand Tools > Screwdrivers > Cordless In-Line Screwdrivers
#19 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Power Tools > Screw Guns & Screwdrivers > Power Screwdrivers
Shipping Weight 6.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First Available June 7, 2011

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By Mr. Brody TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 16, 2011
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I've been searching for the perfect drill to suit my budget and basic needs for almost an entire year now. The Bosch DDS181-02 drill fits the bill! I am not a professional, so my review is from a DIY around the house handyman.

First impressions out of the box. This box is HUGE! It doesn't include many extras and the box itself has inefficient use of space. However, that is of minor concern considering this will be used for small jobs around the house and in the garage. The drill itself is impressive.

By far the most refined drill I've held in the price range. The balance is perfect, the size is compact, and everything is where it should be. The led light is bright and my hands don't get in the way. The forward/reverse selector is appropriately placed and is easy to switch. The batteries slide in and out very smoothly and include a neat feature to quickly check battery level (has 3 increments). The chuck spins well and clamps without issue. The included belt hook can be placed on either side.

Now on to the areas of improvement. There is no drill bit holder on the drill itself or any sort of level. Cheaper drills often include these features and it would have been a big bonus in my opinion. This particular model comes with 2 1.5 Ah lithium ion batteries that charge in 30 minutes. This is right in the middle of its competitors. Other drills in the same category and price range charge from as fast as 15 minutes to 40+ minutes.

Bosch has multiple variations of this drill with very little differences. I believe this is the best out of the bunch, since the similarly priced Bosch DDS180-02 comes with standard 1.3 Ah batteries that don't include the charge indicator on the battery.
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Summary: Price, Power, Weight. Pick any two - the Bosch is the no-compromise cordless drill to get if price is not an issue. Lighter weight ideal for extended use, smaller size ideal for smaller hands. Battery packs that you can actually fit in a pocket or tool belt is a big advantage!

Whether you are repairing trim, hanging curtains, fixing the deck or assembling a book shelf, a cordless drill is perhaps THE most useful tool for the average homeowner. I started out ~15 years ago with a 12V Dewalt DW972. I eventually upgraded to a professional grade 12V Dewalt DW980XRP - I stayed with the 12V drill because the 14.4 higher voltage tools were just too heavy to work with for extended times on a ladder. When those batteries eventually started showing their age I bought some consumer grade Black and Decker 18V cordless drills - lighter because of all the plastic in them, but still sturdy enough to stand up to DIY use. In other words, weight can be a big deal.

I gave the DW972 to my sister but still had the other three kicking around (see picture You can see that the Bosch is the smallest of the three and also the lightest. Surprisingly, the B&S PS1800 was a close second in weight, despite the much larger battery. No doubt this is due to the extensive use of plastic in the body as well as the lack of a transmission - there is one medium speed and that's it. The B&D Firestorm FS1800 was the heaviest, but it comes with a removable chuck for when you want to use it strictly with quick release hex bits.

Bosch DDS181 3.4 lbs
Dewalt DW980 4.95 lbs
B&D PS1800 3.85 lbs
B&D FS1800D 5.
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I ordered the Bosch DDS181-02 despite reading the negative review about chuck wobble. I thought maybe it was a random flaw and I'd get a good one, or a design flaw that has been corrected. Wrong! I love the weight and balance, but I didn't bother drilling even one hole. I put a 3/8" transfer punch in the chuck and gave it a spin. The tip of the punch described a circle that had to be at least 3/16" in diameter. No way could you drill an accurate hole with this chuck.

I gave it 2 stars instead of 1 because it might be usable for things like rough construction (holes in 2x4s for wire routing, maybe). It is not usable for any fabrication work that requires precision.

It's on its way back to Amazon for replacement. Amazon has an amazingly good return arrangement - thank you! Now I'm hoping Amazon will let me exchange it for another model if my second DDS181-02 has chuck wobble.

UPDATE! Amazon sent the replacement lightning fast, and it's acceptable. This one has chuck wobble, but it's not bad enough to get in the way of the type of work I do. I bumped the drill from 2 to 3 stars because it is usable. I made a video that demonstrates the chuck wobble so you can decide for yourself if it's too much.
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THIS is the drill for women who do their own repairs. The handle diameter is smaller and it is MUCH lighter than my old Black and Decker 18V drill. The Lithium Ion battery makes a huge difference. Not only is it lighter, but the balance is much better. When you hold it in your hand it is not pulling on your arm from the weight of the battery. It weighs 55.3 ounces 3.4 pounds, about 1.6 kilos). For comparison a gallon of milk weighs about 8.5 pounds, a typical thing us moms are hauling around. My old drill was nearly 80 ounces and when you are holding it up above your head, or using it over and over the lighter weight really makes a difference.

On the battery itself is a button, that when depressed, tells you if you have full power, 2/3rds or 1/3rd left. Lithium Ion batteries don't suffer from "memory" problems like Ni-Cad (from a partial charge) and they charge faster and hold their charge longer during storage. They also have more power by weight (which is why they can be lighter). With two batteries and a 30 minute charge rate you should be able to continuously work, unless you are trying to drill through very dense material (like concrete) or large holes in less dense material.

A light at the base easily illuminates whatever you are drilling/screwing.

I am not sure why Bosch does not provide the following information on Amazon so I will list it here:

Battery/Charger: Fast Charger
Chuck Capacity: 1/2" keyless chuck
Chuck Size: 1/2"
Clutch Settings: 18+1
No Load RPM: 0-500 / 0-1,700
Torque (in. lbs.): 600
It is also compatible with every 18V Bosch Li-ion battery (according to Bosch).
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