Bosch 35618 Review

Bosch 35618

Bosch 35618 Bosch
35618

18V Brute Tough
Drill Driver
1/2" Chuck
Discontinued
Torque

600

Max In-Lbs
Speed

1800

Max RPM
Weight

6.6

Lbs w Batt
Battery

2.4

Ah Capacity
Warranty

3

Year

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor



KEY STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES
POWER The 35618 is 29% more powerful than average and ranks in the top 20% of 18V-class drills for torque and power. It generates 132 in-lbs more maximum torque than the average 468 in-lbs drill in its class.
SPEED This Bosch cordless drill is 14% faster than average and ranks in the top 20% of 18V-class drills for maximum RPM. It can run at speeds that achieve 216 RPM more than the average 1584 RPM drill in its class.
WEIGHT It is 41% heavier than average and ranks in the bottom 20% of 18V-class drills for higher weight. It weighs 1.9 lbs more than the average 4.7 lb cordless drill in this class and may increase operator fatigue.  
BATTERY This Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) battery has a 10% higher than average run-time with an amp hour (Ah) rating that ranks in the top 40% of 18V-class drills. It has 0.2 Ah more capacity than the average 2.2 Ah battery in this class.
WARRANTY Bosch's 3-year limited tool warranty is a little longer than average for the cordless drill industry where the standard is about 2-3 years. Longer warranties can often indicate improved durability with fewer repairs.


Bosch 35618 Cordless Drill


PERFORMANCE RATINGS
Power 600 in-lbs - The 35618 is 29% more powerful than average and ranks in the top 20% of 18V-class drills for torque and power. It generates 132 in-lbs more maximum torque than the average 468 in-lbs drill in its class.
Speed
Settings
2 Settings 0-450 / 0-1,800 RPM - Fitted with both Low and High speed settings that come standard on most cordless drills. Speed selection is an important feature to match drilling or driving RPM to each unique job.
Max
Speed
1800 RPM - This Bosch cordless drill is 14% faster than average and ranks in the top 20% of 18V-class drills for maximum RPM. It can run at speeds that achieve 216 RPM more than the average 1584 RPM drill in its class.
Clutch 25 Settings - The Bosch 35618 has an above average number of clutch settings that provide a wide range of protection for almost any job. The clutch acts like a brake and helps prevent stripping screws.
Power
Ratio
91 P/W - The Bosch 35618 is designed with an average power-to-weight ratio that is standard for mid-range 18V-class cordless drills. The average P/W ratio is about 100 for cordless drills in this voltage class.  
Hammer This cordless drill is not equipped with a hammer function that can deliver several thousand impacts per minute. Hammer drill drivers are usually a little heavier and costlier, but they are effective on tougher jobs such as drilling into concrete.  


DURABILITY RATINGS
Gear
Case
Non-Metal Parts - Some of the Bosch 35618 transmission components are made of non-metal materials that are more susceptible to failure. Gears spin at high RPMs and experience large rotational forces.  
Chuck All-Metal - Drills are commonly dropped-off ladders onto concrete and the chuck often bears the brunt of the impact. An all-metal chuck with metal sleeve helps prevent damage and costly repairs.
Motor External Access Brushes - Motor brushes must be replaced periodically and external access makes the job a much easier DIY task. No need to take your drill into the repair shop for complete disassembly.
Warranty 3-Year - Bosch's 3-year limited tool warranty is a little longer than average for the cordless drill industry where the standard is about 2-3 years. Longer warranties can often indicate improved durability with fewer repairs.


BATTERY RATINGS
Type Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) BAT181 - The oldest and original cordless drill battery that is still found on many drills, but is significantly larger and heavier than the newer high-capacity Lithium-Ion batteries.  
Capacity 2.4 Ah - This Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) battery has a 10% higher than average run-time with an amp hour (Ah) rating that ranks in the top 40% of 18V-class drills. It has 0.2 Ah more capacity than the average 2.2 Ah battery in this class.
Charge
Time
30 min Bosch Charger - Battery charge-time is quicker than average. Nice feature for those times when you don't have a charged replacement battery ready to go and you're in the middle of a job.
Fuel
Gauge
No Battery Fuel Gauge - Not equipped with a battery charge indicator that alerts you to remaining battery life or if the batteries are running low. Sudden battery failure during the job is a common frustration.  
Backup 2 Batteries Included - It's important to have a second back-up battery for the Bosch 35618 that's charged and ready to go. Makes it easy to swap-out batteries during the job with minimal down-time.


CONVENIENCE RATINGS
Weight 6.6 lbs Tool Plus Battery - It is 41% heavier than average and ranks in the bottom 20% of 18V-class drills for higher weight. It weighs 1.9 lbs more than the average 4.7 lb cordless drill in this class and may increase operator fatigue.  
Length Cordless drill length is a personal preference, but shorter is generally better to help you in close quarters such as under a sink, or drilling in-between studs. Torque is harder to handle if the drill is too short though.  
Spindle
Lock
One-Hand Bit Change - This single-sleeve chuck has auto spindle lock. The drill bit can be changed with only one hand by simply spinning the chuck open to release the bit, and counter-spinning it to tighten.
LED
Light
No LED Light - The Bosch 35618 does not have an integrated LED light that Illuminates your work area. This feature is extremely useful, but is obviously not essential if you have secondary lighting available.  
Belt
Hook
No Belt Hook - There is no provision to hang the drill on your belt and free-up both hands to perform other tasks. You may be able to purchase a separate belt clip that can be attached to the drill.  
Side
Handle
Side Handle Included - Higher torque levels can cause injury if a bit suddenly binds or the drill slips. A side handle is essential to handle more powerful drills and provides additional stability and control.
Bubble
Level
No Bubble Level - This feature is only available on a few drills and can be helpful in situations where precision holes are critical for alignment. Most projects can be performed with just visual sighting.  
Keyless Keyless Chuck - Nearly all cordless drills are now equipped with keyless chucks that can be tightened with both hands (double-sleeve) or just one hand (single-sleeve) without the use of a key.
VSR VSR - Most cordless drills are equipped with variable speed capability that can be controlled with simple trigger pressure. Reverse is usually performed with the push of a side-to-side button.


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