Bosch just announced a new compact and lightweight 18V rotary hammer (RHS181) that is said to be the most powerful compact SDS-Plus model on the market. Whether or not this is true and stays true for long is at the back of my mind – I just can’t get over the diminutive size of the tool!
The new rotary hammer was also designed with improved ergonomics and handling in mind. It features a variable speed trigger, 2 drilling modes: hammer-on and hammer-off, increased power, extended tool lifetime, amplified stall torque, and an LED work light.
Runtime is rated at 100+ 1/4″ x 1-1/2″ holes per battery charger. No-load speed is 0-1050 RPM and 0-4950 BPM. With battery the rotary hammer is 10.9″ long and weighs 4.6 lbs.
The kit (RHS181-01) includes a charger and single 18V fat-pack lithium ion HC battery with integrated fuel gauge, and is priced at $285. A bare-tool version will also be available.
And should a rotary hammer prove to be too much for your needs, don’t forget that Bosch’s PS130 12V hammer drill will soon be released as well.
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A bare tool version, model RHS181B, is also available.