Bosch’s 18V IDH182 is a brushless cordless impact driver AND an impact wrench. It’s a hybrid 2-in-1 impact.
The new hybrid impact tool allows you to use 1/4″ hex screwdriver bits and 1/2″ impact sockets, without having to hunt for an adapter.
We previously mentioned the hybrid impact in our Bosch 18V brushless drill driver roundup, but maybe you haven’t seen or heard of it before. In that case, you’re probably wondering one of two things:
Wow, what a great idea!
Ick, what a gimmick!
Yes, the hybrid impact wrench/driver (or is it an impact driver/wrench?) looks a little unusual, but it is rather practical. You could use it with common screwdriver bits or hex accessories to drive or remove smaller fasteners, or sockets to drive or remove larger ones.
Bosch actually came out with a similar hybrid impact driver wrench in Europe a while back, and it seems to have been positively received, otherwise Bosch wouldn’t have designed a brushless version for the US and international markets.
We received an IDH182-02L kit for testing, and while I haven’t used it a lot yet, thus far I like what I’m seeing. It really is nice to be able to switch between screwdriver bits, nutdriver bits, and sockets without having to switch tools or track down the right adapter.
Because of its extended nose, the Bosch hybrid impact is not quite as compact as the latest and greatest impact drivers. This leads me to want to call this an impact wrench/driver, rather than a driver/wrench. It seems to me that the cordless impact will be more appealing to users who tend to use impact wrenches, or impact drivers with square drive adapters, more often.
This might not be the best tool for someone who uses 1/4″ hex screwdriver bits 95% of the time and sockets 5% of the time. Users who tend to go back and forth between an impact wrench and driver, or those that use impact wrenches with screwdriver bits, will probably like the new hybrid a lot better.
- 1/4″ hex bit chuck (quick-change) and 1/2″ square drive chuck (hog ring)
- 6.2″ length
- Brushless motor
- 3 speed and torque settings
- High: 1650 in-lbs max torque, 0-2800 RPM, 0-3200 BPM
- Med: 900 in-lbs max torque, 0-2000 RPM, 0-2600 BPM
- Low: 400 in-lbs max torque, 0-1300 RPM, 0-1100 BPM
- 3.2 lbs
- IDH182-02 kit comes with (2) 2.0Ah lithium-ion batteries, 60-min charger, double-ended impact bit, belt clip, carrying bag
- IDH182-02L kit comes with an L-Boxx as well
Buy Now: via Amazon | Home Depot
(Prices are via Amazon, on 2/27/14)
The kits all come with Bosch’s latest 2.0Ah or 4.0Ah Li-ion battery packs, which have built-in fuel gauges.