New Drill-Drivers from DeWalt and Bosch
Impact drivers are a hot item because they make driving screws almost effortless and their amazing run time means you can work all day without running out of juice. But an impact driver won’t replace your conventional cordless drill. The hex-shanked bit holders don’t accept traditional drill bits without an accessory chuck and the impacting action–which kicks in when the tool encounters sufficient resistance–makes for slow drilling in hardwood. Given these limitations, many power tool manufacturers offer kits that include an impact driver and a cordless drill. Recently, however, engineers have been able to pack driving and drilling modes into a single tool.
Both DeWalt’s drill and impact driver have
compact housings and use 18-volt lithium-
A switch on the top of the Bosch housing
allows you to select between one impact
mode and two drilling modes.
To see if these new do-it-all platforms work as well as advertised, we tried the all-in-one Bosch 26618 and compared it to a two-tool kit from DeWalt (DCK265L). Both manufacturers use 18-volt lithium-ion batteries for less weight and longer run times, but the similarity ends there. At 3 lb., the DeWalt impact driver is lighter than most 18-volt drills and its compact housing can fit almost anywhere. Conversely, the 4.3-lb. Bosch is about the same size and weight as a large 18-volt cordless drill. Even though the Bosc performed well in all of our tests, we felt furniture makers would be better served by the DeWalt kit. For starters, you’ll have two tools, so you can use one for pre-drilling and one for driving. YOu’ll also be able to use your existing collection of bits in the DeWalt drill’s standard chuck. And at $280, the DeWalt kit is $110 less than the single Bosch tool. All that said, the Bosch performs well and its do-it-all convenience would likely make it a great tool for home remodeling and repair. For more information, got to dewalt.com or boschtools.com.
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