Bosch DDB180-02 Drill Review 2017

Bosch DDB180-02 drill/driver

The Bosch DDB180-02 is an 18-Volt Lithium-Ion drill, and a very popular choice with many buyers. With this kit you get a powerful 3/8-Inch Cordless Drill/Driver. It also comes with TWO batteries, the case, and a charger. There are close to 200 buyer reviews over at Amazon, and on average they rate this one at an extremely high 4.7 out of 5 stars.

For the money, this is a very good choice, and with ratings as high as this it is a very good buy, in my opinion. If you do not have time to read the full review below, then click here for the best prices and any discounts available. For those who prefer the detail, then please continue reading my full review below.

DDB180-02 Key Features and Specifications

Bosch DDB180-02 18-Volt Lithium-IonThe Bosch DDB180-02 18V measures 16 (L) x 15 (W) x 5.5 (H) inches, and has a head length of 7.6 inches. It weighs slightly over 3 pounds. It holds the proud ranking of being one of the lightest and compact drills/driver in its class. Like other Bosch drills, it also features Durashield housing and is wrapped in soft-grip n housing.

So this model is powered by an 18-volt, 1.5 Ah Slim Pack lithium-ion battery. Almost every brand these days has made the switch to the longer life Li-Ion batteries. In terms of torque, this drill achieves a maximum torque of 400 in-lbs, and comes with two variable speed outputs; 0-400 rpm and 0-1300 rpm.

Now if you need a good drill for more demanding duties, the longer lasting FatPack (18V, 2.6 Ah) can be used. This model also features a patented gear train, 15-position clutch setting, and a 3 /8-inch ratcheting keyless auto-lock chuck.

The Bosch drill comes with LED light and variable speed trigger.

What Are The Benefits of Using This Model

There is a newer model of this drill which is the DDB181-02 and it is also cheaper. You can read that review by clicking here. This one however has achieved higher ratings, so we decided to review this one, as buyers seem to prefer this particular model. Below we have listed the main benefits of making this one your choice.

  • Tough and Resilient – The Nylon/ABS composite Durashield coating is strong enough to withstand frequent use and resists breakage after dropping from a height as high as 10 feet.
  • Great Battery Life – The lithium-ion batteries offers twice the recharge cycle provided by other brands and up to 35% runtime. 160 three-inch screws can be driven from a single charge of battery
  • Electronic Motor Protection (EMP) – This will automatically cut off power to protect the motor from overheating.
  • Ease of Use – Handling and comfort has been improved by the use of contoured soft-grip wrapping, an ergonomic handle, and easy-to-reach triggers.
  • LED Light – Working in poorly-lit areas is not a problem as the drill has LED light that turns on easily. Besides the charger it comes with, the drill can still work with the high capacity 30-minute charger.

PROS

Fast Speed and High Torque

The drill comes with fast speeds that enable the drill and drive screws through most of the materials found in the home and workshop. It also comes with reliable torque that makes drilling and fastening screws easy.

Light and Powerful

The drill is quite light and you don’t feel overwhelmed or bogged down by its weight. This is further improved by the SlimPack batteries which are also quite light. Despite its lightweight and small nature the tool delivers ample power.

Durable and Reliable

The Bosch DDB180-02 drill/driver is made from sturdy material and comes with quality engineering. Under proper use, the tool should take you through many tasks and years. It puts up well against constant banging, dropping, or knocking. It is also quite reliable and can handle most drilling and fastening tasks with ease.

Compatible Battery and Charger

The SlimPack lithium-ion battery is reliable for small tasks. However, for more intensive duties the more powerful FatPack battery can be used. In addition to the BC30 charger, the drill is compatible with the BC60 charger.

CONS

No Battery Charge Indicator

It doesn’t come with a battery charge level indicator and will simply stop working when it runs low. This can be inconveniencing especially if the second battery is dead as well.

Low on Power

400in-lbs torque and maximum 1300RPM is a bit underpowered for professional use, or driving many screws longer than 6 inches. The drill is more suitable for home or light use.

Other Things To Consider

WARRANTY

The Bosch DDB180-02 18-Volt Lithium-Ion 3/8-Inch Cordless Drill/driver kit is backed by 1-year limited manufacturer warranty, 2-year warranty on the battery, and 3-year ProVantage plan for tool protection. It also attracts a 30-day money back guarantee.

What’s in The Pack

One (1)Bosch DDB180-02 18-Volt Lithium-Ion 3/8-Inch Cordless Drill/driver, two(2) SlimPack 18-volt lithium-ion (BAT607), one (1) 45-minute battery charger (BC630), double-sided Philips drive bit. One (1) storage clip and one (1) hard carrying case.

Summary & Verdict

Overall, the DDB180-02 is a very good drill and remains a great choice for many people. The reviews are high and remain consistently good. One buyer said this:

This BOSCH DDB180-02 is by far the most powerful and longest lasting battery drill I have ever used !

It is typical of the types of review that this model from Bosch gets.

Enda McLarnon
 

Enda McLarnon is now retired and is now enjoying writing about his love of power tools. All types of these tools are now available and they make working on projects and DIY jobs around the home a great deal of fun