Even with all the excitement around 18V cordless power tools these days, many heavy duty users still prefer the strength, runtime, and features of 36V-class Li-ion tools.
Two of Bosch’s 36V cordless power tools caught my attention a while back – their drill/driver (DDH361) and hammer drill (HDH361), and I have meaning to talk a little more about them. They’re part of Bosch’s existing 36V platform, which also includes an SDS Plus rotary hammer (RH328VC-36K).
These heavyweight drills have a Bosch-exclusive Kickback Control feature, where an integrated acceleration sensor shuts down the motor with sudden movements are detected. This should help mitigate injury risks in bind-up situations.
They also feature a 25+1 precision chuck, 360° Sure-Grip side handle, and flexible Durashield housing that can helps the drills withstand accidental drops on concrete.
- 4-pole brushed motor
- 885 in-lbs max torque
- 0-450/0-1800 RPM
- 0-27,000 BPM (hammer drill)
- Weighs 4 lbs (drill), 4.25 lbs (hammer drill)
The kits both come with a 36V charger and (2) 4.0Ah battery packs.
List Price: $499 for the drill kit, $529 for the hammer drill kit
Street Price: $430 for the drill kit, $467 for the hammer drill kit, as of the time of this posting
Here is how the original press release email started off:
There are times when the job requires a high-powered tool that offers both strength and safety. Bosch’s newest 36V drill/driver and 36V hammer drill/driver are just the tools you need.
That about sums it up perfectly.
While I wouldn’t consider myself in the market for a 36V-class cordless drill/driver or hammer drill, I do know that some users specifically prefer tools of this size and class. Maybe it’s about the single-battery runtime, or the extended performance under heavy duty applications. Or maybe it’s about tradition. I am regularly asked for news on 36V-class tools, and am happy there are modern tools to point reaers towards.
Even with Bosch’s new higher output CORE18V battery packs and the next-gen tools designed around them, I think there’s plenty of room in the market for 36V Li-ion options.
The anti-kickback accelerometer sensors seem like a great safety touch, and a measure that I hope to see in even more tools in the future. With drills this powerful, it seems like a must-have.
There is still strong demand for 36V Li-ion cordless power tools, and it’s good to know that Bosch is answering that demand with current 36V Li-ion core tool offerings.