Although the Bosch PSB 1800 LI-2 Cordless Combi Drill has been around for a few years it is still a popular choice for a combi drill. The manufacture prides them self on power tools for the enthusiasts so they ensure there tool perform well. Consumer like the balance of weight, power and easy of use that comes with this drill.
Reviews however show that not everything is to be loved about this product and it comes down to how you will use the drill. From a DIYer, to handy man to contractor you will all use it differently and will need to weight up weather it will do the job you need it for.
The function of the Drill
This drill is a combi drill and hammer drill combined, which means you can do all your screw-driving, drill and impact drill with one tool. There is a sliding ring behind the chuck which giving you the 3 symbols and you just have to selected which one you want for the job at hand.
In my research the day to day use of this drill is great and you can drill through sheet metal with it but if you are looking for a good hammer drill you will need to pay the extra so that you can get through the tougher material. However if you are a DIYer or a renovator looking for a light weight easy to handle tool that can screw and drill holes then this might be the tool for you.
Type of Drill Chuck
This drill has a key-less chuck with auto lock. This means that you don’t need to look for a chuck key when you want to change the drill bit. This makes using the tool as a drill and a electric screwdriver much quicker and easier.
So when you are putting up a shelf and you need to drill a hole for the wall plug, then switch to a screwdriver bit for attaching the shelf mount its as easy as 1, 2 ,3 to change the drill bit to screw bit.
This drill comes with 20 pre-selectable torque setting which means that you can adjust the torque to the job at hand so that you get enough power to where you need it without ruining the material that you are working on.
This drill has a rating of 38 newton meters. Newton meter is the maximum torque a drill can deliver. For a cordless drill they range from 14nm up to 60nm. With the average drill having about 10nm. So overall this drill is well above average for a drill. So to put this into context it will do most jobs around the house for all you DIY.
This drill comes with a two- speed, high performance gearbox at a maximum of 1350rpm to deliver a smooth performance. It has a sliding button to switch between forward and reverse. The drill also has an indicator on top of the drill where it lights an arrow up in the direction the drill is drilling.
Type of battery
This drill comes with Bosch Lithium-Ion battery technology which means they have no memory effect (the term use when a battery remember the last change point and doesn’t charge past). Also is has Bosch Electronic Cell Protection which will protect your battery from full discharge, overloading, and overheating so that the battery will have a longer life.
With a full charge the drill will be able to screw in more than 300 screws. Also it comes with an 1 hour charger so that you can get back to work quickly.
The dimensions of the drill are 38.4 by 34 by 9.6 when the drill is fully complete with battery. So it puts it about medium in size when you compare it to other similar drills
Overall the weight of the drill in its box is 3kg once deliver. However for normal use the drill weighs 1.25kg which includes the battery.
What do you get in the box?
Bosch PSB 1800 Li-2 Cordless Hammer Drill
1 hour charger
2 x battery
Since this drill has been out for awhile there are a lot of review about it with most people giving it a good rating. Consumers like that its lightweight so don’t put much strain on you when carrying around of using it. Its batteries charges up really quick so if you are like me and forget to charge them then you don’t need to weight long and since it comes with two batteries you should have one charged most of the time.
It is also equipped with a key-less chuck and auto lock feature which make it quick and easy to change drill bit and screw-driving bits. And with 38 newton meters it pack a punch for a lightweight drill.
As you get in life you also get it in review where some people love the product and some people hate the product or think its just no up to the task.
When it come to the hammer function of the drill in my research some people have stated that it isn’t as powerful as they have need when going through stone. So it comes down to expectation, of the drill and what it can actually do.
If you are looking for a good all rounder drill that will suit most DIYer and home renovators then this is a good drill but if you need to to go through concrete, stone and masonry time after time like a hot knife through butter then this might not be what you are looking for.
The are a lot of reviews on amazon for this product and most of these rate this product with flying colours so it no wonder that it has a such a high rating.
Its not the cheapest on the market but it comes with two batteries (where the batteries normally cost quite a bit each) and a carry case where if you bought everything separate it would cost you more. Amazon are usally the cheapest and you can check out there deals here.