Bosch has come out with a new 18V socket-ready impact driver, model GDX18V-1600. The new impact tool can work with 1/4″ hex screwdriver bits, as well as 1/2″ square drive impact sockets.
The new brushed motor impact driver joins a brushless version that has already been on the market for a few years.
It delivers 1600 in-lbs of max torque, with motor speeds of 0-2800 RPM and 0-3600 BPM. It weighs 2.7 lbs without a battery pack, and features a head-mounted LED.
The new Bosch 18V combination impact tool lacks some features and a little bit of power compared to the IDH182 brushless model, but comes with a much lower price tag.
Price: $109 for the bare tool ($119 MSRP), $179 for the (2) 2.0Ah battery kit.
At first, I couldn’t tell the difference between this and the existing model, and so I asked.
Bosch wants to have a product at every price point. The GDX18V-1600 is a mid-priced product. The GDX18V-1600 incorporates the two-in-one Socket Ready design. Bosch did not have brushed version before.
I think that this is a good motivation behind the new tool.
While one can always use a 1/4″ hex to 1/2″ square drive adapter with an impact driver, or 1/2″ square drive to 1/4″ hex bit holder with an impact wrench, it’s not always ideal to do so. With this tool, you have both chuck types right there on the tool. Anyone who has ever lost or misplaced bit holders or socket adapters will surely appreciate this.
Compared to the brushless model, there’s slightly less max torque, and this is a single speed tool whereas the brushless version has 3 speed and torque settings.
The bare tool is $30-40 less than the brushless version, depending on whether you by MSRP or Amazon’s street price. The kit is $20 less.