|Item Weight||6.9 pounds|
|Package Dimensions||13.6 x 11.4 x 3.9 inches|
|Item model number||DDS181-02|
|Batteries||1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Battery Cell Type||Lithium Ion|
|Warranty Description||30-day money back guarantee, 1 yr warranty|
Bosch DDS181-02 18-Volt Lithium-Ion 1/2-Inch Compact Tough Drill/Driver Kit with 2 High Capacity Batteries, Charger and Case (Discontinued by Manufacturer).
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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 2.0 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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From the manufacturer
Bosch DDS181A-02 18-Volt Compact Tough 1/2-Inch Drill/Driver Kit
Complete the job with ease with the Bosch best built 18-Volt Compact Tough 1/2-Inch Lithium-Ion drill/driver kit. It is ready for all materials from wood to metal. Enjoy the benefit of having the lightest, most compact and most comfortable heavy duty 18-Volt Lithium-Ion drill with Bosch. A powerful and highly efficient 4-pole motor delivers top performance with strong power and runtime maximizing your efficiency on the job site. This drill/driver works will all of Bosch 18-Volt Lithium-Ion batteries and chargers for maximum versatility.
(2) 18-Volt Lithium-ion SlimPack Batteries, (1) Lithium-ion Battery Fast Charger, (1) Double-sided Philips Drive Bit, (1) Carrying Case.
- Battery Chemistry: Lithium Ion
- Width: 3.5-Inch
- Battery Voltage: 18-Volt
- Battery/Charger: Fast Charger
- Chuck Capacity: 1/2-Inch Keyless Chuck
- Chuck Design: Keyless
- Chuck Size: 1/2-Inch
- Length: 7.0-Inch
- No Load RPM: 0-500 / 0-1,700
- Torque (Inch. Lbs.): 600
- Weight: 3.4 Lbs
More efficiency and toughness
It was engineered with an upgraded heavy-duty all-metal chuck that prevents drill bits from slipping during high-torque applications, thanks to high clamping force. The single-sleeve, keyless 1/2-Inch auto-lock chuck provides for quick bit changes. It has a redesigned canned motor, which is lighter and more compact, but it provides the same power as conventional 18-Volt motors. It provides outstanding operation and durability, making this drill as tough as the professional who uses it.
A powerful and maneuverable drill/driver, the Bosch DDS181A boasts an all-metal gearbox that helps to produce 600 Inch-Lbs. of torque. This power drill is capable of performing a broadest range of heavyweight applications. This variable-speed drill allows the user to select one of two speeds – the first (0-500 rpm) with extra torque for larger bits and one (0-1,900 rpm) high-speed setting for small-diameter bits. The motor brake on the drill delivers immediate stop for fast repetitive driving.
With a head-length of only 7.0 Inch, the Bosch DDS181A drill/driver is one of the Bosch Compact Tough drills – in a line of tools that are expressly designed to give users abundant power while working in very tight spaces. This drill has the shortest head-length in its class, providing top-notch leverage for overhead work. This cordless drill weighs only 2.8 Lbs., so it is light enough to be the professional's go-to tool for all day work, while still delivering outstanding toughness.
Long lasting and easy to use
Long lasting and easy to use The Bosch DDS181A cordless drill/driver features Electronic Motor Protection system, which protects it from overload and helps to ensure the longevity of the tool. This tough tool can stand up to all the abuse that a jobsite metes out, because of its Durashield housing. This is a tough ABS/nylon composite. The power drill has a built-in LED light. This kit comes with two 18-Volt 2.0 Ah SlimPack batteries and an 18-Volt charger.
Flexible power system provides choice of max run time. Electronic Cell Protection and Electronic Motor Protection increase battery lifetime and prevent misuse in heavy duty applications. Specs: 4-pole open frame motor, 0-500/0-1700 rpm, 600 in-lbs max torque, LED light, ratcheting single sleeve chuck, 18+1 clutch positions. Includes two lithium-ion HC SlimPack batteries, 30-minute charger, double-ended philips drive bit and carrying case.
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I love that it has two batteries and that they both have a charge-state indicator on the back. It means that I never have a dead drill and am always ready to go. My friends are even asking to borrow it now. Maybe I can convince them to buy their own in time!
I can't speak to it's suitability for professional contractors or every day use.
But for the casual to intermediate at-home DIY projects, I am quite satisfied with the product.
I bought this product based solely on online reviews and hadn't seen it in-person. As soon as I opened the box and saw how small it was, I thought I had made big mistake. But it's underwhelming size packs a whopping punch.
Lightweight, high-speed, high-torque and 18-Volts power and super easy to handle and maneuver over-head and around corners.
No chuck required, so changing bits is quick and easy.
The only negative:
It does have a weird gyroscopic effect which makes the whole body move. This simply takes a firmer grip to overcome, but may detract from precision drilling capabilities. I believe this is due to its unusual light weight not having enough mass to counteract what may occur in other drills, but be unperceived in other hand drills with larger batteries or simply more mass in/below the handle.
For this reason, I took off 1-star.
In all other respects, I absolutely love the drill.
I appreciate having two batteries, especially since they're what I would consider lower capacity at 1.5Ah. But that helps keep the unit so easy to handle and I accept this trade-off.
The battery charger only accepts one battery at a time and does not have any way to wall-mount. And the angle at which the battery sits would not allow it to hang, even if I wanted to make it. Bosch, please redesign this with a wall-mount option.
But all in all, the drill instills confidence and I'm sure is capable of much more than I will need of it - no matter how often my wife keeps adding to my Honey-Do List.
I researched for days on Amazon and DIY forums and this stood out as the most useful and highest rated.
I would definitely buy again.
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.