Here’s a sneak peek on the new Bosch 18V cordless impact driver, model GDR18V-1800C.
Features & Specs
- 1/4″ hex chuck
- 1800 in-lbs max torque
- 3 speed settings
- 0-1100, 0-2300, 0-3400 RPM (no-load)
- Up to 4000 IPM
- 4.9″ length
- Weighs 2.4 lbs (without battery)
- Single-focused LED worklight
- Compatible with optional Bluetooth connectivity module
- Kitted with next-gen CORE18V batteries with 21700 Li-ion cells
- Belt clip
The new Bosch brushless impact driver has an updated look, competitive specs, and modern features.
What’s interesting, aside from the great on-paper specs, is that it’s compatible with an optional GCY30-4 Bluetooth connectivity module, which will allow for customized tool settings. This is something that Bosch has talked about, and shown off for a couple of years now, but the technology has not been very visible in the North American market.
Buy the optional module if you want the added functionality, or don’t if you’re okay without it.
The new Bosch brushless impact driver will be kitted with a charger and (2) CORE18V 4.0Ah compact batteries. We talked about the new Bosch CORE18V battery packs previously.
Curiously, a Bosch CORE18V 4.0Ah battery is less expensive on Amazon than a 2-pack of 2.0Ah batteries. I think that compact brushless drills and impact drivers are well-paired with compact battery packs, but the idea of the impact being kitted with compact 4.0Ah battery packs sounds like a good one, if you don’t mind the slightly larger size.
The new Bosch impact driver looks a lot like the new upgraded 18V “Freak” 2-in-1 impact driver/wrench, which wouldn’t be surprising giving the similar specs.
I want to know more, and plan to discuss the new impact and other upcoming Bosch 18V cordless power tools in more detail, once those details are available.
Pricing is not yet available, but I would expect it to be a little less expensive than the new 18V 2-in-1 impact.
Is this everything you’d like to see from the latest Bosch cordless impact driver?
In a modern-day brushless impact, multiple speed and torque settings are the norm, at least for premium models. But, it has been increasingly common to see special fastening modes as well. That’s something the new Bosch impact seems to lack, however, it might be something that the Bluetooth module can enable via customization options.