The newest tool on the block is Bosch’s 26618-01 3-mode multi-function cordless impact drill/driver. Bosch stepped things up a notch with this Impactor by incorporating two conventional speed settings as well as a selectable impact mode.
With the combined capabilities of a standard drill and an impact driver, Bosch’s new 18V drill/driver offers the power and versatility to handle many application that the two separate tools would normally be used for.
More specifically, the three modes include a high-torque 0-750 rpm setting, a high-speed 2800 rpm setting, and a 1500 in-lb impact mode. This cordless is also quite compact, with an overall length of 7″.
Other features of this new drill/driver are Electronic Motor Protection to protect the motor from damage due to stalling, Electronic Cell Protection to protect the batteries from overload/overheating damage, and soft grip surfaces for less user fatigue and reduced slippage.
One more thing to note is that this 3-mode drill/driver has a 1/4″ hex drive chuck. If you plan on using it to bore holes, make sure that you pick up a set of uni-bodied hex shank drill bits or other high quality hex shank bits. At least definitely avoid cheap slip-on shanked hex bits.
We are definitely liking Bosch’s ingenuity and innovativeness, and hope that they continue their thinking outside the box approach with future tool designs.
The 26618-01 18V 3-mode drill/driver is initially priced at about $369, and should soon be available through authorized Bosch retailers.
Personally, we would probably opt for the somewhat cheaper 2-tool drill & impact driver combo kit. But then again, we don’t have to lug separate tools around all day at a jobsite.