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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 23 September 2011
Well, I read all the reviews both here and elsewhere, and on the basis that it's impossible to eradicate all flaws and gripes from most products, I went ahead and purchased. The drill performs excellently as described and is a great upgrade from my last Bosch which lasted around 13 years before the batteries finally gave up on me. The two gripes with this model (which I knew about before the purchase) were the fact that the drill bit can frequently work itself loose (it does!) and also the fact that the light only works when actually drilling and cannot be switched on and off manually. Having been made aware in advance of the purchase, the performance, in spite of these issues, is excelllent - as anticipated. I'm also very impressed with the length of time the batteries last between charges and the apparent lack of 'memory' within the batteries if they are recharged before being fully discharged. So far so good and I think this is an excellent tool for the price.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 6 May 2011
Great bit of kit and does a great job and worth paying extra for the Lithium Ion Battery if like me you want to leave it in its case and just take it out to use as and when its needed.
It will hold its charge even if stored for some time,it will be ready to use right away.

It is also very powerful and can tackle most jobs but the bad points are only provided with one screwdriver bit which is a bit tight in my opinion and the case is a bit flimsy but it does the job.

Worth buying a Bosch kit of drill bits and screwdriver bits etc to use with it which come in various sizesBosch PSB 18 LI-2 Cordless Lithium Ion Hammer Drill.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 June 2013
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I am seriously unimpressed with this drill. It looks OK, isn't too heavy, is quick and easy to charge (with a battery that doesn't have a memory) and has a keyless chuck that is simple to open and close. It also drills pretty good. So ... what's the problem? Two big issues for me.

1) The 'trigger' has very little travel, with the result that pulling it in to do 'slow' drilling is really difficult. It's not impossible but it is much more difficult than with my previous drill.

2) After releasing pressure from the drill is stops immediately. I mean it stops DEAD. I guess that this is a design attribute, but the result is that after two or three abrupt stops, the chuck loosens and the drill bit comes out. Grrr!

For me, these are two big problems. I really wish that I hadn't bought this drill, but now I'm stuck with it because I can't afford to get another. Thankfully, I'm not a heavy user, but it does me that every job that I do use the drill, I have to continually stop and re-tighten the chuck.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 21 March 2010
I am not really an expert on drills, but I needed a Hammer drill so I thought I would give this one a shot!

It is a fantastic piece of kit, it is very well built and comes in a secure case with everything that you could need.

When you take it out of the box, charging takes just one hour, which is incredibly fast when you consider an electric toothbrush takes 16 hours and this is a lot more powerful.

I have used it a couple of times now with no problems whatsoever. It comes with 32 torque settings and has a great drilling capacity. I am very happy with it, it works perfectly and I would definitely give this item 5*.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 18 July 2013
Nice drill, bosch usually have great quality. The drill is mega powerful but realistically 18v was overkill. I started to notice my bits were coming loose and then found it was happening when the motor brake kicks in..

Useless. A drill that doesn't hold a bit.. Not ideal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 13 May 2014
I'm on my third of these. Why? Well I bought the second because the first was so good: easy chuck, takes a pretty wide diameter drill bit, it's powerful enough for just about anything, in fact I haven't beaten it yet at either drilling into wood, metal or stone for extended periods; it's lightweight too. And I bought the third because I dropped one of them into a water tank, but it's getting fixed so no big deal.
Now the main thing about this drill apart from the above is the battery life - quite astonishing. I have three batteries but I almost never get into a second battery when I'm working. Oh and by the way, these drills are being used industrially.

I see a few complaints about the chuck. Look, with any modern 'automatic' chuck, you need to give it a good twist if you're going to ask the drill to work hard. Simply spinning it until it closes won't do for a tough job. I've had no problems in this regard. By the way, B&Q do it with two batteries for £98 but if it's for domestic or hobby use, you won't need an extra battery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2013
I bought this drill after several laps for real and virtual stores and I have to say that it is spectacular!

It's robust, and in the impressions which in substance, powerful and effective. Being a lithium battery 18V, it's very comfortable for small DIY jobs without bothering to worry about power loss charge level and allowing the use of a single tool to do a bit 'of everything: screw, milling, drilling all types of material, from wood to concrete. With a good set of tools (drill bits, hole saws, bushings depth for the anchors, drills, bits, etc..) You can really do anything. I used it to redo my apartment and it was great. The only thing you can not do with this drill are the traces of the wall (for which I need a good chipping and wire system with swing tire).

Considering the offer that is proposed here on amazon, ratio quality / price is unbeatable.

WARNING! IMPORTANT THING (to know before purchasing):
One final thing that concerns perhaps the only flaw of this drill (for someone really serious): reading various reviews, I noticed that many people complained that the tip falls after a few holes in the wall, making for them drill unusable. It 's true, the fault is present but not to the extent as to make less valid our tool. I'll explain it better: the detachment of the tip happens practically only in drill mode (not in the "screwdriver" mode) and is mainly due to what is a merit. I speak of the system of rotation lock, which serves to prevent the backlash in those who practice the hole (very dangerous because it hurts really). Basically, if you stop abruptly drilling, rotation lock loosens more and more close to the spindle to remove the tip. The workaround is to simply avoid the sudden stop button is pressed, and then slowly rather slow rotation. In addition it is good to give a fast hand-grip after a couple of holes, so as to always guarantee the close of the spindle.
Personally I much prefer to pay this little attention, rather than having a drill that breaks your wrist if you get the block in the wall ...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 4 September 2011
I am very happy with machine. You will be surprise to buy this machine if you are used to use the cheaper brands even Black & Decker or Draper stuff. But you may not be happy if your used to with Dewalt or Makita, obviously they are very good but very expensive as well. I will give five star as according to my need and compare to my Black & Decker 18v drill this machine is Brilliant/powerful, compact size, light weight, Long life battery. Can't ask any more for this price.
Negitive part : There is no space for drill bits to attach with the machine
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 18 January 2014
This drill does the job when the drill bit stays in the chuck. HOWEVER, the bit falls out regularly especially in hammer mode, leaving the bit either still in the wall or falling at your feet - this should not happen in a 'WHICH' best buy drill or in a brand like BOSCH - I did read other reviewers have same problem and thought they may have been doing something wrong but NO - I checked BOSCH website to no avail- a complete waste of time - returned for full refund, one star awarded for Amazon returns policy!!.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 13 October 2011
For an average DIY guy this drill is awesome. One reviewer commented that the hammer action was a little lacking, I have to disagree. It melted through the 1930s brick in my house that I know is much harder than more modern brick. It was similarly useful when I had to open a padlock for which I had lost the key (and also led me to wonder why we bother with padlocks if a 5mm HSS drill bit can open them in less than 30 seconds).
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