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1.0 out of 5 stars I have changed my mind from good to awful, 6 Dec. 2012
This review is from: Bosch PSB 18 LI-2 Cordless Lithium-Ion Hammer Drill Driver with 1 x 18 V Battery, 1.5 Ah (DIY & Tools)
I bought the drill 2 years and 14 days ago. At first I liked it, the only negative was that the chuck was a bit flimsy and tended to come loose because of the over-active braking action.
The drill stopped working today. I don't mean it slowed down or a bit broke off. I mean it just stopped altogether and is totally unusable. When I squeeze the trigger it just flashes the pilot light and the three battery condition lights. The manual says this indicates an under/over temp or overload cut-out. Well, this was after I took it out of the cupboard and out of the box, so neither condition can apply.
Of course, the 2-year warranty expired 14 days ago so I am left with an unusable heap of junk. As it cost around £100 this has turned out to be a very poor investment at a rate of £50 a year for a lightly used drill.
I think I'll go back to the cheap and nasty drills I used to get. They represent far better value.
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Initial post: 20 Feb 2013 11:04:59 GMT
Mr. Ah Shane says:

Posted on 2 Apr 2013 11:38:15 BDT
Dave says:
I too had a similar thing happen to me: first the lights flashed and it lost the ability to work at a gradual speed (trigger went from 0 to full speed) then the whole unit just shut down and only the light worked.

I sent the body back to Bosch to see what they would charge to repair it. They want £90.
In perspective the unit plus 2 batteries and charger cost me £99 and a new bare body would cost me ~£60.
Bosch have now kindly offered to send it back in pieces - how nice of them!

Posted on 2 Apr 2013 21:24:23 BDT
S Jones says:
Working fine on saturday by tuesday, dead as a dodo apart from lights. Took it apart, including switch, visual check came up with nothing, multimeter across switch power outputs made no sense. My guess is that some part of the electronics has broken, probably due to vibration as no sign of distressed components.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jul 2013 21:58:35 BDT
Electronic board was burned (transistors, power MOSFET). It is some kind of faulty board made by Bosch. The same problem happened to me (Poland). I will try to replace those transistors (2 pcs), but don't know if it helps, the cost would be around 13 GBP for parts (link to transistors: (there is some unknown reason the transistors get burned)

Posted on 20 Sep 2013 20:17:18 BDT
Drastic says:
Me too. Mine went the same way as the others. Stopped working & flashes lights! even with just light use.

I'm not buying another, this is a expensive drill, I expected quality from Bosch, but did not get it.
Clearly theres a design fault, but Bosch don't want to help!

Posted on 14 Mar 2014 11:30:10 GMT
Del says:
Same happened to mine. Bosch used to be good but now rubbish. Have bought a De Walt which is great.

Posted on 11 Jul 2014 23:51:21 BDT
D. Mckee says:
Same thing happened to me after charging the battery the drill flashed no power going to the body and Bosch customer service is a joke I feel ripped off

Posted on 9 Nov 2014 20:32:16 GMT
Same thing just happened to mine! Rediculous known problem that happened after light use - what's the point, I would not recommend this brand any longer!

Posted on 12 Jul 2015 09:13:26 BDT
Al says:
I don't believe the amount of posts with this problem. I've only used mine about 20 times and today it just died. The light flashes and nothing from the drill. I won't buy Bosch again!

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jul 2015 13:30:01 BDT
Drastic says:
Same here, their useless. Bosch can suck it in the future, I've had a Worx cordless for about 3 years now & no problem.
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