A reader’s email (much more on that tomorrow) led me to discover out about Bosch’s newest cordless drill, the DDS181A.
At a glance, I can tell that the Bosch DDS181A is visually distinct from their DDS181, and a look at the specs describes changes beneath the surface.
Here’s a swift look at the Bosch DDS181A’s side profile. I can quickly see that the chuck is metal – or appears to be metal – and that the grip has some new overmolded texturing.
The adjustable clutch also appears different, which I can only tell considering that I own a DDS181 as my personal drill and know it very well.
Taking a appear at both drills side by side, with at attempt to scale them according to battery pack width and screw spacing, as properly as trigger switch length, the new drill appears to be comparable in size.
- 600 in-lbs max torque
- -500/-1700 RPM
- 7.″ length
Solution pages for the Bosch DDS181A drill don’t describe several variations. A sales page for the DDS181A kit that comes with compact battery packs reads the same as one particular for the DDS181. There are a couple of added details for the DDS181A kit that comes with FatPack batteries.
Sturdy, heavy-duty chuck – greater bit retention and excellent torque transfer.
The chuck does appear different, and it appears to be metal instead of plastic. (But… if you go by our current plastic vs. metal drill chuck post, it appears that despite the appeal of a metal chuck, couple of users have had concerns with plastic-sleeved chucks.)
Revolutionary, lighter 18V canned motor – more compact but the same power.
The DDS181A weight is listed as being four. lbs, whilst the DDS181 weight is listed as three.four lbs.
Comfy to use – weighs only 3.five lbs. and is only 7. In. extended.
Oh, so it’s three.five lbs and not four. lbs regardless of what the specs tables show for all DDS181A models?
This is a durable and beefy drill that can energy via the toughest materials.
Sorry, as significantly as I adore my DDS181, it could NOT energy by way of “the toughest materials.” For genuinely heavy duty drilling jobs, I’ve had to attain for my corded drill, even though these days competitors’ super-duty cordless drills may possibly suffice.
Searching at the product summary for the FatPack kit, it says:
The Bosch DDS181A-01 Compact Tough 1/2 In. Drill/Driver kit has a tool that attributes Bosch’s innovative canned motor, which offers the drill/driver the identical energy but at a lighter weight and a much more compact design and style.
And for the SlimPack kit it says:
The Bosch DDS181A-02 Compact Tough 1/2 In. Drill/Driver kit has a drill that characteristics Bosch’s effective, lighter canned motor, an innovation that offers the drill/driver the exact same energy with lighter weight and a far more compact style.
Okay, so it’s becoming a little clearer. Unless some of the advantages carried over from the DDS181, the main highlight of the DDS181A is that it is much more compact and lighter in weight, while delivering the identical level of energy and efficiency. Plus there’s that updated chuck.
I wonder why Bosch didn’t just give the new model its personal model quantity. DDS181A? That appears most likely to lead to some confusion.
Ah, hunting at the SlimPack kit on Amazon, it’s described as the metal chuck version, with the DDS181 described as the plastic chuck version. So perhaps that’s the principal differentiation after all.
Pricing: $ 159 for the 2 SlimPack battery kit, $ 229 for the 2 FatPack battery kit, $ 99 for the bare tool, $ 169 for the drill and effect combo kit
There will also be an L-Boxx kit, pricing unknown.
Acquire Now(Bare Drill)
Acquire Now(Compact Battery Kit)
Get Now(FatPack Battery Kit)
Get Now(Drill & Impact Combo)
So… the new drill looks to offer you two principal updates: a new metal chuck, and a lighter motor style that is stated to result in lighter tool weight.
It’s tough to make sense of all this when the new drill’s specs really show a greater weight (3.5 lbs or 4. lbs, based on regardless of whether you look at the specs table or description bullet points, vs. three.4 lbs).
But hey, surely it must be far better, right? Appropriate?
It looks to me like the drill has been redesigned from the ground up. So why give it a confusing model quantity, DDS181A? I would be a lot more understanding if Bosch had merely changed the plastic chuck for a metal a single. But the whole housings are various, the base location is distinct, the adjustable clutch is different, the grip is diverse, the vents are various.
The torque, motor speeds, and overall tool length are said to be the exact same, but that doesn’t seem like sufficient for this to merely be an “A” version.
I was initially excited to learn of a new Bosch cordless drill. Now, after attempting to locate out what’s new and improved, I’m a little confused and somewhat underwhelmed. Come on, Bosch, at least pretend that you want our money.