December 4, 2009

Bosch 3-Mode 18-Volt Impact Driver

Bosch_3_mode_impactor.JPGSince reviewing Bosch's 18-volt Impact Driver back in September, we've continued to work the tool harder than the horse from Animal Farm, and each day it shrugs off the abuse like it was nothing. For an essential day to day tool, it's exceeded our expectations for toughness, portability, and power. But still, we need a drill around for all of our precision work. Or do we? Maybe we just need Bosch's new 3-Mode Impact Driver.

Tailor made for today's impact driver-obsessed carpenter, the new tool is an impact driver that has the ability to toggle in and out of impact mode. So now, you theoretically only need one tool for drilling and driving. This is a nice idea, but because the tool has a 1/4" quick-change chuck it means that you'll probably need to go and get a new drill bit set.

We're not sure how much we'd use this tool. To date nothing has ever stopped us from putting a drill bit in our impact driver and, in fact, we find it to be pretty effective, particularly for rough tasks. Also, because the new tool doesn't have a clutch setting (and what impact driver does?), it's not going to replace the cordless drill/driver for all tasks, so you'll still want a regular old screw gun, at the very least, in the gang box - you just might not have to take it out every day. When it comes down to it, the 3-Mode Impact Driver is all about the streamlined work day and productivity. If you're in a fast-paced situation where you're constantly going back and forth between tools, this new item from Bosch might be a good thing for you.

They're calling it a three mode because there's a high speed, a low speed, and the impact setting.

This fella is going to retail for about $370, which includes 2 Fat Pack batteries. With the added technology on the tool, this price makes sense given that the straight up impact driver goes for about $315.

The full press release is after the jump and there's more info at Bosch.

Bosch's New 3-Mode 18V Impact Drill/Driver Offers Best-in-Class Torque, Versatility and Runtime

The fastest growing segment within the professional cordless power tool category is impact drivers. Yet some users have been hesitant to adopt the tools because they still needed a second tool for drilling. Bosch Power Tools & Accessories is removing that barrier this week by introducing the 26618-01 18V Impact Drill/Driver. By combining typical drilling and driving capabilities with the added power of impact fastening, Bosch's multi-function tool offers pro users the power and versatility to tackle any number of common jobsite applications.

Bosch's 26618-01 offers an ideal combination of torque, speed and control, all within a single tool. The result is incredible versatility. A two speed motor (0-750 / 2,800 RPM) offers users the choice between high speed for small diameter drilling and high torque/low speed for drilling with spade bits or precision driving applications. When it's time to tackle large diameter driving and fastening applications, users can effortlessly switch to impact mode and let the tool's best-in-class 1,500 inch pounds of torque (3X more than a standard drill/driver) do all the work. Even with all that power, the tool's compact 7" length enables users to accomplish tough tasks in tight spaces.

Powered by Bosch's proven 18V Litheon battery platform, the 26618-01 offers best-in-class performance in almost every meaningful measure. Bosch's powerhouse delivers 40 percent faster screw driving, 20 percent faster drilling, two times more holes drilled per charge and 50 percent more screws driven per charge. This high level of performance is thanks to side-by-side battery and tool engineering that yields highly efficient power output in every application. The 26618-01 is compatible with Bosch's 18V Litheon SlimPack batteries, a feature unique to Bosch's tool that offers even greater user flexibility on the jobsite.

The 26618-01 is also built to withstand the rigors of heavy duty usage. Bosch's Electronic Motor Protection (EMP) , for example, protects the motor from damage due to stalling and Electronic Cell Protection (ECP) protects the batteries from overloading, overheating and deep discharging. The result is the best runtime and longest battery life in the cordless tool category, even in demanding applications.

In terms of user comfort, Bosch's soft grip surfaces reduce user fatigue and slippage, while the spring-loaded impact mechanism reduces the torque reaction and minimizes screw cam-out. Bosch's patent-pending white light LEDs offer phenomenal visibility in dark or tight spaces. A sturdy metal belt hook, which can be mounted on either side of the tool, frees up hands to move materials into place.

And the ultimate user benefit? The money saved by replacing multiple tools with one. The Bosch 26618-01 is currently retailing for $369 through authorized Bosch retailers nationwide. Bosch's multi-function Impactor technology is also available in the 26614-01 14.4V Litheon platform To find out more, users may visit or call 877-BOSCH-99.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at December 4, 2009 5:55 AM
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We bought a few of these Bosch 3-Mode 18-Volt Impact Drivers so we could see how well they ran and how easy it was to replace a broken part. Overall we definitely suggest the Bosch Impact Driver and have created several guides on replacing the Bosch Parts in this unit.

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Posted by: Brandon at December 4, 2009 6:22 PM
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