Note: This Bosch UK or EU product is not available in the USA.
Over in Germany, Bosch has announced several new 14.4V, 18V, and 36V cordless drills and hammer drills that are engineered with an Electronic Rotation Control (ERC) feature to prevent kickback.
Unpredictable counter-twisting of a drill and loss of control, or kickback, can occur whenever a powerful drill binds or jams during operation. If you’re not holding onto a drill securely enough and it jams, the tool can rotate hard and fast enough to really hurt you.
Drill kickback and counter-rotation can result in impact injuries, such as if the bottom of the drill smacks you in the face, it can throw you from a ladder, and it can even break your wrist. This is why more powerful drills must be shipped with auxiliary handles to pass UL safety inspection. Securely gripping an auxiliary handle in addition to the primary grip can significantly increase a user’s ability to withstand kickback and drill counter-rotation.
To go an extra step in preventing kickback, Bosch’s new drills are designed with an integrated sensor that can detect when a jam occurs during drilling or fastening operations. When such an event is detected, the ERC circuit immediately sends a signal to shut down the motor, preventing unwanted counter-rotation of the drill.
A new auxiliary handle design features a profiled collar that can be quickly and tightly clamped in any of 23 different angle positions, with placement right behind the adjustable clutch.
Bosch says that the new Electronic Rotation Control and auxiliary handle design make their new drills especially comfortable to use and easy to control, even in the toughest drilling and screwdriving applications.
- Head length: 8.4″ (drill), 9″ (hammer drill)
- Drill speeds: 0-400/0-1700 RPM
- Hammer drill speed: 0-440/0-1850 RPM
- Hammer drill impact speed: 0-27,750 BPM
- Max torque: ~708 in-lbs (drill), ~752 in-lbs (hammer drill)
- Weight: 5.3 lbs (drill), 5.5 lbs (hammer drill)
- Kits are bundled with 4.0Ah batteries
The new drills will be available in Europe starting in September.