Over in Europe, Bosch has come out with a new FlexiClick 18V cordless multi-head drill/driver system. Model numbers are Bosch GSR 18 V-EC FC2 Professional and GSR 18 V-LI FC2 Professional.
I know what you might be thinking, and you’re right – the EC indicates that there will be a brushless base handle.
There are also 14.4V brushless and brushed motor versions, but the 18V screwdriver bases have a higher chance of making it to the USA market. Right now there hasn’t been any word about a USA release.
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I don’t like to speculate, but I really hope that the Bosch FlexiClick product family will be released in the USA, and soon.
The FlexiClick system consists of compact 18V cordless screwdriver base handles with all of the features you would expect to see, such as a 1/4″ hex bit holder with quick release, an adjustable clutch, and LED worklight. But at the front, there is also a connection point for several types of attachment heads.
Also, all of the attachments can be rotated and locked into different positions, although you will see most benefit in doing so with the offset screwdriver and right angle drill attachments.
There are 16 different positions around a full 360° range. What’s especially nice about this is that you can rotate and lock each attachment into a new position without first having to remove it from the tool.
We have seen similar technology on an older Black & Decker drill, Festool’s CXS compact drill system, a limited-edition Milwaukee M12 4-in-1 drill/driver, and an AEG 4-in-1 interchangeable drill/driver attachment system.
There are 4 new FlexiClick tools and attachments included in Bosch’s Click & Work product family, plus 1 more that’s built into cordless screwdriver. So that’s where Bosch’s 5-in-1 functionality claims come from.
- 1/4″ hex screwdriver (built-in)
- 1/2″ drill chuck
- 1/4″ hex offset screwdriver
- 1/2″ right angle drill chuck
- SDS-Plus rotary hammer
There’s no indication that there will be 12V FlexiClick tools as well, but there’s definitely the potential for this. Perhaps, if Bosch does come out with a 12V base handle, it will work with all of the same attachments.
It is also unclear as to whether the brushed and brushless models are being released to all markets.
Bosch FlexiClick Screwdriver
The 18V drill/driver can of course be used as a screwdriver. It’s rare to see 18V screwdrivers these days, but they’re definitely still useful for low and medium torque fastening applications. You get better control and repeatability than with an impact driver, and the adjustable clutch helps to prevent over-torquing.
The compact length can also be helpful for working in tight but not ultra-tight spaces, compared to using a drill or the Flexi-Click drill adapter.
Bosch FlexiClick Drill Chuck Attachment
And with the drill attachment, it looks like an ordinary drill/driver, perhaps only a tiny bit longer.
Bosch FlexiClick Offset Screwdriver Attachment
There’s also an offset screwdriver attachment that provides access for when you need to drive fasteners in tight corners.
This attachment can be rotated and locked into different positions, providing flexibility for working in tight spots.
Bosch FlexiClick Right Angle Drill Chuck Adapter
The right angle drill chuck allows you to drill holes and drive fasteners in places where the driver or driver with drill chuck just cannot fit.
Bosch FlexiClick Rotary Hammer Attachment
It doesn’t look to be available separately yet, but there will be an SDS-Plus rotary hammer attachment added to the lineup. That’s right – this is not a hammer drill chuck – it’s an SDS rotary hammer attachment. It comes with a removable auxiliary handle with adjustable depth stopper.
There will be several purchasing options available. Right now, it looks like the FlexiClick screwdriver base handles will only be bundled with the 1/2″ drill chuck. Additional attachments can be purchased separately.
119 GBP ($180 USD) for the bare kit, 309 GBP ($466 USD) for the kit which comes with a charger and (2) 4.0Ah batteries. Both kits come with an L-Boxx and L-Boxx inlays.
The drill, offset screwdriver, and right angle drill attachments are available for 47 GPB ($70 USD) separately. That the drill attachment is available separately indicates that there might soon be a bare no-attachment option as well.
Technical Specs & Additional Features
- Brushless version max torque: 50 Nm (hard), 31 Nm (soft)
- No-load speeds of 0-500 and 0-1700 RPM
- 18 + 1 adjustable clutch
- 1/2″ drill chuck has “auto-locking” sleeve
- LED worklight
- Motor brake
- Belt clip
- Screwdriver can drive up to 826 screws (6 x 60mm in softwood) with 4.0Ah battery
Attachments: 1/2″ drill chuck (GFA FC2), offset screwdriver (GEA FC2), right angle drill chuck (GWA FC2), SDS-Plus rotary hammer adapter (GHA FC2)
Here are a couple of non-English videos showcasing the new Bosch FlexiClick system:
You’re a little interested, maybe even excited by now, right? Well, I sure am.