Over at Amazon, they have a new Bosch 18V cordless power tool combo kit listing, GXL18V-496B22, and it’s priced at a surprisingly-low $179. (Update: There’s some funny business behind the product listing, so don’t get your hopes up as I did.)
In a post the other day, I spent some time looking into combo kit options, to find the Best Dewalt Cordless Combo Kit available right now. The first comment was by Jared, who said: “The one I would buy would be any Bosch combo kit ?.” So, that got me looking at Bosch 18V cordless combo kits, something I hadn’t done in a very long time.
It didn’t take long before I found a new Bosch 4-tool combo – so new it isn’t shipping yet – at almost too good to be true pricing.
This GXL18V-496B22 combo kit comes with:
- DDS181A 18V compact tough 1/2″ drill/driver
- GDX18V-1600 1/4″ and 1/2″ 2-in-1 bit/socket impact driver
- GSA18V-083 compact reciprocating saw
- GLI18V-300 articulating LED worklight
- (2) 2.0 Ah SlimPack battieres
- Carrying bag and starter accessories
But, looking closer at the Amazon listing, there are numerous errors and inaccuracies. I compiled the tool list by cross-referencing the model number with Bosch. Bosch’s description matches up with the model number and product photo, but Amazon’s description is for a completely different product.
Amazon’s product description says that this kit comes with a GSR18V-190B22 drill/driver, which from this separate listing looks to be a brand new entry price point cordless drill that’s more powerful than their previous offering (DDB181). (Note, DDB181 is the previous budget entry, DDS181 and DDS181A are Compact Tough models.)
Bosch’s listing, and the photo, shows the DDS181A, which is their typical “Compact Tough” model, which delivers up to 600 in-lbs of max torque.
Amazon’s listing mentions GDR18V-1400 as the 2-in-1 impact driver. I guess that would be a new lower-priced and less powerful version of their recent GDX18V-1600 2-in-1 impact driver/wrench. The 4-tool combo is said to include the GDX18V-1600.
In addition to including the standard drill/driver and new standard impact driver/wrench, the 4-tool combo kit comes with a compact reciprocating saw and the new LED worklight.
It looks to me like Amazon’s description is for a new entry price point version of a recent Compact Tough and 2-in-1 impact driver/wrench combo kit. That new combo kit was recently listed at $199.
It’s unclear what’s going on here. Either the model number and photo are inaccurate, or the product description is inaccurate.
The model number and photo shows a Bosch 18V 4-tool cordless combo kit at an extremely appealing and hard to pass up $179 price. But the product description describes the combo kit as an entry price point 2-tool combo kit.
Part of me wants to place an order to see what happens, the other part of me is a little hesitant. Since they show a 4-tool combo kit in the photo and product listing, and the model number agrees with that, any error on their part, such as if they ship a 2-tool combo instead, would likely be eligible for free “inaccurate website description” return.
All I know is that, if this Bosch 18V 4-tool cordless combo kit does ship is promo-priced at $179, that’s an excellent deal.
Ah, what the heck, I’m in for one. *Crossing my fingers* that it’s not a mistake, or if it is, it’s one in my/our favor.
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The listing says temporarily out of stock, which usually means they’re waiting for initial inventory.
It’s got to be a mistake. Right?
*I’m in for one!* (2 minutes later…) Wait. No. *Cancelled my order.*
Note: ToolGuyd is not responsible for any raised hopes, expectations, or eventual hassles or frustrations you might experience if this “deal” turns out to be a big mistake. Logically, it HAS to be a mistake.
My initial belief was that the product description is wrong. I’ve seen that happen before, quite often in fact.
But now, I’m wondering if perhaps the model number and photos are all wrong.
Ah, this brings back memories. Back in 2011, I upgraded from Hitachi 18V to Bosch, thanks to what had turned out to be a pricing (or promo?) mistake on a Bosch 18V drill and impact driver combo kit.
A small part of me is holding onto the hope that the model number, photos, and price are all accurate, and it’s the description that is not, and that this is some kind of loss-leader “special buy” that Bosch hopes bring plenty of new users to their 18V platform.
But after working through this post, rewriting major parts of it several times, and going through the process of placing and then cancelled my order for 1 of the kits, I’m heavily leaning towards believing this to all be a big mistake, and not one that would work out to our favor.