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Bosch The Freak IDH182 18V Brushless 1/2″ Socket Ready Impact Driver HONEST REVIEW

Bosch simply introduced a “new” cordless 1/2″ socket prepared brushless impression driver known as THE FREAK and it comes bundled with their Core18V 6.3 ah battery. It has a loopy cool head that accepts your commonplace 1/4″ hex driving and drilling bits to be used as an impression driver and likewise has a 1/2″ sq. drive to be used with 1/2″ sockets with out an adapter making it an impression wrench 2 in 1. If the Bosch Freak impression seems to be acquainted to you, that’s as a result of it’s. It’s the brushless IDH182 socket prepared impression driver launched over 4 years in the past in 2014 and it’s now rebranded as “The Freak”. Not solely does it get a brand new title however it’s going to additionally are available in a brand new package with a pair of their new CORE18V 6.3 ah batteries within the package mannequin # IDH182-B24 . Bosch despatched me evaluate pattern to check in and out this text we’ll see how this over 4 12 months previous device stacks up immediately with a mini trustworthy evaluate.


Bosch was form sufficient to offer the Freak 18V Brushless 1/2″ Socket Prepared Impression Driver (IDH182) without charge for evaluate. Nonetheless as with all my critiques, I’m not paid, sponsored, or obligated to provide a optimistic evaluate. This evaluate is my opinion of the product based mostly on my utilization and data and my evaluate will replicate what I like and dislike concerning the product. I’ll do my greatest to offer you an unbiased evaluate.

I reviewed the Bosch IDH182 over 4 years in the past and usually I don’t revisit and re-review instruments nonetheless I agreed to take action as a result of I used to be curious to see if the bundled CORE18V 6.3 ah battery would change my ideas on it and to see the way it stacks up in 2018. The Bosch IDH182 when it was launched in 2014 had some critical specs with then numerous torque at 1,650 in-lbs and it’s standout function was it’s distinctive 1/4″ hex impression driver chuck head with built-in 1/2″ sq. drive giving it the power to make use of 1/2″ sockets with out an adapter. Principally, this made this impression driver a 2 in 1 impression driver/impression wrench multi functional.


It additionally has some fairly prime rated specs together with 3 selectable speeds making this a 3 pace impression driver with 3 LED lights on the entrance for shadow free illumination. It even comes with a button to show the lights on and off if they don’t seem to be wanted which might probably save a little bit of battery runtime over the long term. One in all my second favourite options after the distinctive double obligation head is the slim and ergonomic deal with, which nonetheless to this present day is the very best on the market when it comes to consolation and ergo.


I seen that despite the fact that Bosch modified the title now to the Freak, the device I used to be despatched out nonetheless says IDH182 below the hood as seen within the pic under. I ponder if this can nonetheless have the previous mannequin quantity on new items or if the items that ship out will carry the brand new title afterward.


Again then it was a powerful performing impression driver nonetheless it didn’t have the identical form of efficiency as you’ll count on from compact impression wrenches when utilizing the 1/2″ sq. drive to run sockets. Should you wished the efficiency of a compact impression wrench, you’d should step as much as an precise 1/2″ compact impression wrench. Though this impression can run bigger (small) lags and bolts, on the finish of the day it’s nonetheless an impression driver so count on slower driving of small to medium sized lags. Bigger lags or bolts, neglect about it, you’ll must improve to an precise impression wrench, compact, mid measurement or full measurement.

Quick ahead to immediately and I used to be in a position to check out the Freak and put it by means of it’s paces with the CORE18V 6.3ah battery pack. Proper off the bat, the bigger fatpack battery makes the device taller and heavier than the slimpack 2.0 ah battery I examined it with 4 years in the past but it surely’s nonetheless mild even in comparison with immediately’s requirements.


I received to try it out with the standard assessments operating 3 inch #8 screws, a small 5/16″ x 3-1/2″ lag and a bigger 1/2″ x 3 inch lag to see the way it fares as an impression wrench. I additionally did some drilling with a few Irwin Speedbor Max bits in 3/4″ and 1-1/4″ sizes. The whole lot went properly and had loads of efficiency to drive the small screws, the small lag and drilling with each bits. The one check the place this unit chugged alongside was, you guessed it, the bigger 1/2″ lag screw. I preferred how I didn’t must convey my socket adapters and was in a position to slip on a 1/2″ socket onto the device head. Nonetheless I nonetheless wanted an adapter when driving the smaller lag as a result of the socket to drive that lag was a 3/8″ drive. Sadly I didn’t discover any efficiency bumps or will increase with the brand new bigger CORE 6.3 ah battery. I want it did but it surely didn’t and the efficiency was someplace center of the highway when it comes to driving and drilling pace and torque. Not the very best however definitely not the worst.


As with lots of my critiques, the easiest way to find out efficiency is by placing it up in opposition to it’s friends. Sadly for Bosch, most of the IDH182’s direct competitors is discontinued. That’s what occurs when 4 years passes by as 4 years is a very long time within the energy device realm. New instruments from the competitors have popped up since and plenty of of it’s opponents now have Gen 2 and Gen 3 mannequin upgrades. Within the above aspect by aspect video comparability, I examine the 4 12 months previous IDH182 to newer fashions from Ridgid, Ryobi and Milwaukee. The Ridgid mannequin is the 18V Stealth Power which can also be a brushless impression driver, nonetheless it’s a quiet hydraulic pulse driver mannequin. The Ryobi mannequin is the 18V Quietstrike impression driver which doesn’t have a brushless motor nonetheless can also be a quiet hydraulic pulse driver mannequin. It’s going to be attention-grabbing to see how a Bosch flagship goes in opposition to a finances model. Additionally a part of the comparability are two 18V Milwaukee brushless fashions with the Gen 2 M18 Gas impression driver and M18 Gas Surge hydraulic driver as direct impression driver competitors and I additionally included the Milwaukee M18 Gas Gen 2 compact 1/2″ impression wrench to see how the Bosch compares to a correct impression wrench.

Within the comparability video above, we are able to see that the Bosch retains up with all of them nonetheless in all of the assessments aside from one the Bosch Freak is in final place. That is attention-grabbing as a result of all the opposite impression drivers aside from the Ryobi are utilizing compact 2.0 ah batteries whereas the Bosch is utilizing a fatpack 6.3 ah battery. Though Ryobi is utilizing a smaller capability battery at solely 4ah, it nonetheless beats out the Bosch Freak in most assessments, and the Ryobi is a finances model. The one check the Bosch wins is when drilling utilizing the bigger 1-1/4″ Irwin Speedbor Max bit.

The aspect by aspect impression wrench battle on the finish of the video the place the Bosch Freak goes up in opposition to the Milwaukee 1/2″ compact impression wrench just isn’t a detailed one with the true impression wrench driving significantly sooner. It’s because on the finish of the day, the Freak remains to be an impression DRIVER however with a 1/2″ sq. drive inbuilt. Impression drivers aren’t as highly effective as impression wrenches and you actually begin to push the device to the max when attempting to drive bigger lags akin to this one, which actually isn’t a big lag in any respect.

The above comparisons present us how far the competitors has come within the 4 years for the reason that Bosch IDH182 camer out, now rebranded because the Freak. Whereas the competitors is now stronger, this doesn’t take away with the truth that the Bosch Freak remains to be a really succesful impression driver immediately as it will probably do the identical duties because it’s modern-day competitors, only a bit slower. Nonetheless it nonetheless has an ace up it’s sleeve as it will probably do what all different impression drivers immediately can’t, which is the power to make use of 1/2″ sockets with out an adapter.

So how does my impression of the Bosch IDH182 the Freak change after 4 years? Time has proven it’s age and whereas the IDH182 was a prime performing impression again then, now it has mid-range efficiency when in comparison with it’s modern-day competitors. It’s nonetheless simply as helpful because it was again then and it’s socket prepared head does make it a real 2 in 1 device nonetheless I nonetheless suppose this device is healthier suited to people who don’t want the true efficiency of a compact impression wrench and solely need to hold one impression driver device and have many 1/2″ sockets they need to use rapidly with out the usage of an adapter.

It’s nonetheless a great possibility as an impression driver and it’s particular 2 in 1 head makes it a jack of all trades but it surely’s efficiency (which matches it’s age) makes it a grasp of none. The two in 1 head additionally makes it longer than standalone impression drivers and that was again then with the competitors getting much more compact.


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To be honest I don’t suppose the expectation that the upper Amp hour battery goes to extend pace is correct. Velocity is extra a operate of voltage and gearing. The upper Amp hour will simply will let you run longer.

I completely agree with you nonetheless the rationale I clarify that, is as a result of there’s a flood of people who imagine in any other case. Try my Milwaukee vs Bosch impression driver video on YouTube the place tons of individuals conclude that larger amp hour batteries give out larger efficiency. I’ve additionally skilled, in some circumstances, the place decrease capability batteries do present decrease efficiency than larger capability batteries on sure instruments. Go on YouTube below my channel and watch my movies on the M18 9.0 battery evaluate and the Gen 2 Milwaukee gasoline round noticed and also you’ll see battery measurement makes a transparent… Learn extra »

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