Bosch HDS182-02

 

Pros

 

As a rather reliable machine, it uses a brushless motor and an electronic protection system to ensure resistance to stress and long operating life.

It has a very tough housing and has been tested to resist drops on concrete from up to 10 ft.

One of the most compact items in its class, it can be conveniently used in narrow spaces.

Very easy to handle, light and well balanced, some added convenience features like a bit holder.

 

 

Cons

 

Not exactly what you would call a defect, but its performance specifications are fairly average, with the notable exception of maximum torque.

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Main features explained

 

The German manufacturer accentuated reliability when designing the 182 series of hammer drills, outfitting it with a brushless motor and an electronic protection system. Removing the brushes from an electric motor decreases friction, which makes for a lower running temperature, thus less risk of over-heating and an overall longer lifespan.

Bosch boasts that their powerplant should last up to 2x as long as a classic layout, which only time can tell if it’s true or not, but what’s certain is that a brushless motor is also significantly more energy efficient than a more traditional design.

This can only be a good thing for the HDS182, as the 18 V Li-Ion battery it works isn’t the best you’ll find out there in regards to holding a charge, with only 2.0 Amp hour of energy. This is also used to power the aforementioned electronic motor and cell protection, which is intended to safeguard against overloading and overheating.

Another notable feature of the HDS182 is its compact size, with only 7.4 inches front to bottom at a weight of 3.7 lbs. Users also remarked that it’s well balanced and very easy to handle with only one hand, despite the relatively high torque it produces at the slowest speed of 0-500 RPM.

Its transmission allows for two speeds (and reverse) with the highest setting going up to 1,700 RPM with no load. This might not seem that much for an item in its class, but the fact that lightweight and resilience seemed to have been priorities should be considered.

The hammer and drill function, which can be selected for alongside a drill only setting, doesn’t hit it out of the ballpark either, with a maximum of 25,000 beats per minute.

The ½-inch auto-lock chuck allows for one-handed bit changing and the clutch has 18+1 settings, which further increase the ease of use. As an additional convenience feature, you’ll also get a bit holder at the base of the handle.

 

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