Bosch IDH182-02 Cordless Impact Driver Review

Bosch IDH182-02 Cordless Impact Driver is designed to provide power, control, and versatility. It is the first in the industry to provide an impact driver with a socket-ready adapter allowing a 2-in1 tool. It can smoothly shift from between ¼ inch screwdriver bits and ½ inch sockets.

 This tool combines vital functions of screwdrivers and wrenches into a handy, cordless and powerful tool.

I. Bosch IDH182- Specifications

1. Motor

The Bosch IDH182 is equipped with an EC brushless motor that comes with twice the motor life, longer driving runtime, efficiency, and no maintenance.

2.Torque

 The Bosch IDH182 delivers 1,650 in-lbs. of torque for maximum efficiency with tougher applications. It is the most powerful impact driver in its category.
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3. Drive System

This impact driver is a socket-ready tool (socket-ready adapter included) with a ¼ inch hex and ½ inch square drive. The hex bit, square drive sockets and other attachments can be installed in the dual-purpose chuck at the top portion of the tool.

The tool’s Bosch-built hammer and anvil system offers superior impact endurance and increased performance when used in metal and wood.

4. Speed

This impact driver comes with a Bosch Performance Control System equipped with 3 torque settings and driving speeds to minimize damage on the fasteners and maximize the power of the tool. It has a maximum speed of 0-2800 RPM and a no-load speed of 0-3200 IPM.

5. LED Lights

To provide illumination while working on dark and tight spaces, this impact driver comes with 3 LED lights. Its control buttons are on beside the toggle. They provide illumination without any shadows.

6. Battery

The Bosch IDH182 is powered by an 18V lithium-ion battery. This type of battery lasts 50% more than normal batteries without sacrificing efficiency and power.

7. Design and Construction

The Bosch IDH182 comes with a slim built and a small soft-grip rubber handle. It has one of the best comfort and ergonomics making it a stress-free tool for all-day use.

While small yet powerful, this impact driver comes with built-in motor protection to prevent

8. Size and Weight

The compact and lightweight Bosch IDH182 is 6.2 inches and 3.2 pounds making it easy to handle and store.

What’s in the Box?

  • 18V Cordless Impact Driver
  • (2) 18V Lithium-Ion SlimPack Batteries
  • (1) Battery Charger
  • Double-Ended Impact Bit
  • (2) Exact Fit Insert Trays
  • Belt Clip
  • Soft Carry-On Case

II. What Users Say about Bosch IDH182

An entire construction screw is extremely impressed with the fact that this tool is both an impact driver and impact wrench but does not need a socket adapter when used as an impact driver. They praised the balance, durability, and ergonomics of the tool.

A new DIYer says he is so impressed with this tool. He says it is small and easy to manipulate yet super powerful. He also loves the fact that it comes with two batteries because using both interchangeably is convenient.

A user says that while it is small in size it comes with tons of power and a long runtime. He finds the combination of the 1/4" hex and 1/2" square a genius idea.

PROS

  • It is equipped with a brushless motor for more power and battery life.
  • Enhanced endurance and power on metal and wood surfaces
  • It is a 2in1 tool combining a ¼ inch hex with a ½ inch driver
  • Comes with a 3-level speed selector
  • Boosts of a powerful maximum torque of 1,650 in. lbs.
  • Designed to prevent overheating and overloading.
  • Equipped with an Advanced Cooling System
  • Comfortable to hold because of its soft grips.

CONS

  • Battery quickly drains when tool is used with LED lights ON.
  • Its ½ inch square driver does not fit (too big) for most sockets.
  • Most bits are too big for its hex chuck.

III. Who should buy DeWalt IDH182?

The Bosch IDH182 is ideal for professional use. Home do-it-yourself enthusiasts are also most likely to love this tool.

IV. Frequently Asked Questions - Bosch IDH182

1. Do you need to use an impact socket with this impact driver that is socket-ready?

It is recommended to use an impact socket with the IDH182.

2. Can this impact driver be used to attach plywood to a joist?

Yes it can because it is a powerful tool that can do almost anything.

3. Can this tool be used in cars?

Yes it will work on cars as long as you do not use it for things you would instead use a pneumatic impact wrench.  It will not for instance work on loose or lug nuts, rusted fasteners, or suspension nuts and bolts.

4. Does it come with a 110V or 220V battery charger?

The battery charger that comes with this kit is 110V.

5. Can this tool fasten and loosen car wheel nuts?

No it cannot. Lug nuts on cars will need high torque limits. This tool has 1,650lb/in or 137lb/ft of maximum torque.

6. Does this too have a bit holder?

Yes it does.

7. What is the difference between the IDH 182-01 and IDH182-01L?

The only difference between these two kits is the carrying case. The IDH182-01L carrying case is stackable with other L-Box. It is more durable, too. 

8. Can this tool remove screws from a dryer vent cap which is mounted on concrete?

It most probably can. This is an extremely powerful tool than can efficiently do many jobs.

9. What are the warranty details of this tool? 

The seller, Robert Bosch Tool Corporation, provides to the original purchaser a one-year warranty from date of purchase against material and workmanship defects for all BOSCH portable and benchtop power tools.

Bosch cordless tools come with a free 3-year ProVantage Tool Protection Program. You need to register your tool with this program to qualify for this program.  The warranty in this program includes:

  • Tool replacement on the 1st year.
  • Free tool repair on the 2nd and 3rd year.
  • Standard one year charger warranty.
  • Two battery replacement guarantee
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