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Brute-Tough 18V Cordless Drill 33618

Bosch - Brute-Tough 18V Cordless Drill 33618

Bosch’s Brute Tough 18v drill-driver features a steel-reinforced collar for added protection against falls.

$240 (As of 3/1/2003)

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Editor's Review:

by Rex Alexander

review date: March 1, 2003

I used this 18v drill a lot and I’ve seen it dropped from the top of a tall ladder more times than I can count, yet it’s never failed me. With more torque than many other cordless 18v drills, it powers spade bits through any size lumber. I even drove a 2 1/8 in. boring bit with this drill.

Editor Test Results:

Runout N/A
Ergonomics N/A
Tool Balance N/A
Endurance on a Single Charge N/A
Torque 500 in./lb. (manufacturer measured)
Transmission N/A
Chuck Quality N/A

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Bosch
Manufacturer's Web Site
Manufacturer's Phone Number 877-267-2499
Chuck Type/Materials single sleeve, ratcheting
Clutch Settings N/A
Chuck Capacity 1/2 in.
Speed 0-400, 0-1,300 rpm
Volts 18v
Corded/Cordless Cordless
Recharge Time One hour
Battery Type 2.4 A-h

Work for an electrical contractor. Company provides the drills. The only saving grace is our warranty. Compared w/ the dewalt(previous company tool) the bosch is barely adequate for the weekend warrior. The collar that adjusts the clutch and hammer function detaches from the drill after a few months. A 1'' unibit will smoke the motor in a few minutes. The chargers fail on a regular basis. Falls, how about broken drive shaft from 12'? As a company, even the warranty(full service for 3 years vs nothing for the dewalt), is not enough to keep these tools(we are field testing several). Dewalt went thru some growing pains(e.g. nylon gears) but nothing like the fragility of the bosch. ~ 30 employees and no one likes the bosch. The office, which only cares about $(we got a deal on the tools), see lost productivity(my crew at present ~12 w/ maybe 5 functioning tools at any one time. Even worse are their recip saws, but that is another review.

This one of the finest drills that I have used. My ownership goes back several years on Bosch dills. The 18 volt is a little heaver than some other 18 volts on the market. I have dropped the drill from as much as 20 feet on to concrete and it may have knocked the battery out but it did not fail me. I had it setting on a drain sink and someone knocked it into standing water. I wiped it of the best I could but after a few days the chuck locked and I sprayed some WD40 into it, worked it around and it is working just fine now. One thing I feel is very good is the chuck holds the bits much better than anothers I have used and the battery life is as good as the best of them. Some of the other Bosch drills I have is a very old 14.4 Volt that is nice, small a Brut 14.4, severak Brut 18 volt one being a hammer drill. The battery lasts very on the older 14.4 but it doesn't have the battery life like the 18 Volt. I did purchase a Brut 14.4 volt drill think I would like it as I do the older 14.4 but it much heavier, in fact it is almost as heavy as the 18 volt. Bottom line is purchase the Brut 18 volt.

by far the best cordless I've ever owned!

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