Bosch 38636-01 Review

Bosch 38636-01

Bosch 38636-01 Bosch
38636-01

36V Brute Tough
Drill Driver
1/2" Chuck
Price Level: $$$$
Torque

600

Max In-Lbs
Speed

1400

Max RPM
Weight

6.7

Lbs w Batt
Battery

2

Ah Capacity
Warranty

3

Year

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor



KEY STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES
POWER The 38636-01 is 4% more powerful than average and ranks in the top 40% of 28V-36V-class drills for torque and power. It generates 20 in-lbs more maximum torque than the average 580 in-lbs drill in its class.
SPEED This Bosch cordless drill is 7% slower than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of 28V-36V-class drills for maximum RPM. It can only run at top speeds that are 100 RPM less than the average 1500 RPM drill in its class.  
WEIGHT It weighs about average and would be considered standard weight when compared to other 28V-36V-class drills. The average cordless drill in this voltage class weighs about 6.6 lbs.  
BATTERY This Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) battery ranks about average for capacity and run-time with an amp-hour (Ah) rating that is considered standard for 28V-36V-class batteries. The average battery capacity for this class is rated at 2.1 Ah.  
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 38636-01 Cordless Drill


PERFORMANCE RATINGS
Power 600 in-lbs - The 38636-01 is 4% more powerful than average and ranks in the top 40% of 28V-36V-class drills for torque and power. It generates 20 in-lbs more maximum torque than the average 580 in-lbs drill in its class.
Speed
Settings
2 Settings 0-400 / 0-1,400 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
1400 RPM - This Bosch cordless drill is 7% slower than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of 28V-36V-class drills for maximum RPM. It can only run at top speeds that are 100 RPM less than the average 1500 RPM drill in its class.  
Clutch 15 Settings - The Bosch 38636-01 has a below average number of clutch settings, but is probably still adequate for many DIY jobs. The clutch helps you to avoid stripping a screw with too much torque.  
Power
Ratio
90 P/W - The Bosch 38636-01 is designed with an average power-to-weight ratio that is standard for mid-range 28V-36V-class cordless drills. The average P/W ratio is about 94 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
All-Metal - The Bosch 38636-01 transmission has all-metal gears that provide superior durability compared to nylon gears found in many drills. Gears spin at high RPMs and are susceptible to material break-down.
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 Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) FatPack BAT836 - Newer technology rechargeable battery that provides higher capacity and longer run-time with less weight, but are more expensive than the older NiCd and NiMH batteries.
Capacity 2 Ah - This Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) battery ranks about average for capacity and run-time with an amp-hour (Ah) rating that is considered standard for 28V-36V-class batteries. The average battery capacity for this class is rated at 2.1 Ah.  
Charge
Time
60 min Bosch Charger - Battery charge-time is about average for this class battery. If you only have one battery, or you go through multiple batteries on the job-site, charge-time is an important consideration.  
Fuel
Gauge
Battery Fuel Gauge - Equipped with an on-board battery charge indicator that keeps you aware of the remaining battery life. Great feature that prevents frustration - no more dead battery surprises.
Backup 2 Batteries Included - It's important to have a second back-up battery for the Bosch 38636-01 that's charged and ready to go. Makes it easy to swap-out batteries during the job with minimal down-time.


CONVENIENCE RATINGS
Weight 6.7 lbs Tool Plus Battery - It weighs about average and would be considered standard weight when compared to other 28V-36V-class drills. The average cordless drill in this voltage class weighs about 6.6 lbs.  
Length 9.75 in - 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 38636-01 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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