Bosch HDB180-02 Review

Bosch HDB180-02

Bosch HDB180-02 Bosch
HDB180-02

18V Compact 3/8"
Hammer Drill Driver
3/8" Chuck
Price Level: $$
Torque

360

Max In-Lbs
Speed

1450

Max RPM
Weight

4

Lbs w Batt
Battery

1.3

Ah Capacity
Warranty

3

Year

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor



KEY STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES
POWER The HDB180-02 is 24% less powerful than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of 18V-class drills for torque and power. It generates 108 in-lbs less maximum torque than the average 468 in-lbs drill in its class.  
SPEED This Bosch cordless drill is 9% slower than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of 18V-class drills for maximum RPM. It can only run at top speeds that are 134 RPM less than the average 1584 RPM drill in its class.  
WEIGHT It is 15% lighter than average and ranks in the top 40% of 18V-class drills for lower weight. It weighs 0.7 lbs less than the average 4.7 lb cordless drill in this class and should decrease operator fatigue.
BATTERY This Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) battery has a 41% lower than average run-time with an amp-hour (Ah) rating that ranks in the bottom 40% of 18V-class drills. It has 0.9 Ah less 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 HDB180-02 Cordless Drill


PERFORMANCE RATINGS
Power 360 in-lbs - The HDB180-02 is 24% less powerful than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of 18V-class drills for torque and power. It generates 108 in-lbs less maximum torque than the average 468 in-lbs drill in its class.  
Speed
Settings
2 Settings 0-500 / 0-1,450 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
1450 RPM - This Bosch cordless drill is 9% slower than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of 18V-class drills for maximum RPM. It can only run at top speeds that are 134 RPM less than the average 1584 RPM drill in its class.  
Clutch 16 Settings - The Bosch HDB180-02 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 HDB180-02 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 0-21000 IPM - Generates a hammer impact rate that's 23% lower than average and ranks in the bottom 20% of hammer drills for IPM. It delivers 6000 less impacts per minute (IPM) than the average 27000 IPM drill in its class.  


DURABILITY RATINGS
Gear
Case
Non-Metal Parts - Some of the Bosch HDB180-02 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 Plastic Sleeve - Chuck sleeves made of tough plastic materials save on weight, but they are more prone to cracking than metal sleeves. It generally won't withstand repeated drops onto hard surfaces.  
Motor No Brush Access - The entire drill usually has to be taken apart in order to access the motor brushes. Motor brushes wear-out and must be replaced periodically, but repair costs can sometimes be prohibitive.  
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) SlimPack BAT609 - 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 1.3 Ah - This Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) battery has a 41% lower than average run-time with an amp-hour (Ah) rating that ranks in the bottom 40% of 18V-class drills. It has 0.9 Ah less 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 HDB180-02 that's charged and ready to go. Makes it easy to swap-out batteries during the job with minimal down-time.


CONVENIENCE RATINGS
Weight 4 lbs Tool Plus Battery - It is 15% lighter than average and ranks in the top 40% of 18V-class drills for lower weight. It weighs 0.7 lbs less than the average 4.7 lb cordless drill in this class and should decrease operator fatigue.
Length 8 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
Integrated LED Light - The Bosch HDB180-02 illuminates your work area and allows you to clearly see your bit position and depth while you're drilling or driving. Great feature that's now available on many cordless drills.
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
No Side Handle - Side handles are a great safety feature and should be considered if you plan to drive at higher torque levels. They can help prevent injury by providing increased 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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