Over 2-1/2 years ago Bosch came out with a 3-mode impact drill driver. It was an interesting concept, but from what we’ve heard, it never really sold too well. Some hybrid combination tools sell well, some don’t. Bosch went back to the drawing board and came up with something we believe might be a bit more successful – a combination cordless impact driver AND impact wrench.
The GDX 18 V-Li – that’s its EU designation – features a 1/2″ square drive and a 1/4″ hex chuck, all in one. So you get an impact wrench and an impact driver in a single tool.
Maximum torque specs are a little different for the two parts of the chuck. As a 1/2″ square drive impact wrench, the tool can deliver a maximum torque of 180 newton meters, or nearly 1600 inch-lbs. As a 1/4″ hex-bit impact driver, it can deliver 160 Nm of torque, or slightly more than 1400 inch-lbs, which is still plenty of power.
Tool weight with an 18V 1.3Ah compact battery is 1.6 kg (~3.5 lbs), and lenth is 166 mm (~6.5″). The motor is rated at 0-2800 RPM and impact mechanism at 0-3200 BPM.
There’s no word as to if or when this model will be released in the USA, but it will be available in the EU starting around September 2012.