Bosch IDH182-02 18-Volt Brushless Impact Driver Review
With its innovative chuck, exceptional performance numbers and cutting edge technology, the Bosch IDH182-02 18-Volt Impact Driver is a worthy investment. Here’s a look at how well the unit manages to transform paper specs into an exceptional performance every time you use it.
An Impact Driver/Wrench Combo
This IDH182-02 model is one of the top products in the Bosch impact driver lineup. It’s designed to offer you high torque fastening driving speeds. This unit is equipped with the best Bosch technology. At heart is a brushless motor capable of giving you 138 feet per lbs torque as well as 2,800 Revolutions per Minute, which are excellent numbers as far as the impact drivers’ world is concerned.
A unique Square/Hex drive combination chuck plus the 18V battery system makes this unit a good piece to have in any professional’s tool collection. New technology in this impact drill makes it more powerful, yet small enough. At a length of just 6.2 inches and 3.2 lbs in weight, the IDH182-02 is agile – compared to previous generation drivers. In a nutshell, it lets you work faster by becoming compact!
This unit’s build quality is excellent, as you would expect from any other Bosch product. The driver’s body is clearly designed to stand against abuse at the job site, including rough handling, dirty hands and even light rain.
Rubber covers the entire body and grip of the driver, which is slender and comfortable to hold. A deep, well-engineered belt hook is installable on both sides of the impact driver. The belt hook allows you to secure the IDH182-02 to your tool belt without the risk of it coming loose on its own.
Speed Selector and Work Light
Gear selection on this drive is done electronically through the press of a red button on the grip, just above the unit’s battery, and shifts your tool into one of the three gears. The current gear is indicated using three green LEDs in addition to an audible feedback from the motor.
Electronic gear selection makes things much more comfortable, but the lack of a mechanical gear means that the unit will not get more powerful on low gear. On this unit, the more moderate gear means merely a lower driver top speed, instead of the mechanical switching of gears found in a gearbox for increased torque. You can efficiently work on a small fastener in low gear. At the top end, torque is the same across all three gears.
Three white LEDs around the chuck provide enough light. Plastic lenses on the LEDs help focus the light on your project, something important if you are a diligent professional tool user. The light is activated by pressing the trigger and will turn off 10 seconds after you release the trigger. Use a button at the top of the battery housing to turn off lighting altogether.
Bosch IDH182-02 Impact Driver: Conclusion
This Bosch model uses the excellent strength Bosch 18V battery system that includes top-of-the-range professional grade chargers, batteries and tools. Overall, the Bosch IDH182-02 18-Volt Impact Driver offers users excellent longevity, reliability and performance even in the most demanding situations.
An innovative chuck and motor technology help increase its performance. This model comes complete with an 18V Lithium-ion 2.0 Ah battery, charger, double-ended bit, belt clip and carrying bag.