In this review, we take a look at the Bosch PSB 18 LI-2 Cordless Combi Drill.
Bosch PSB 18 Li-2 Ergonomic Combi Drill Review
The Bosch PSB 18 LI-2 Combi Drill is a lightweight and ergonomic drill from Bosch that doesn’t hold any punches.
The Bosch PSB 18 LI-2 builds upon Bosch’s experience in creating great value DIY tools and takes it up a notch by delivering it in a lightweight and ergonomic package.
Just like its smaller brother, the PSB 1800 (check out our review), the Bosch PSB 18 LI-2 is equipped with twin batteries however these versions are uprated to 2.5Ah offering an extended working time of up to 700 screws on a single charge.
The PSB 18 comes equipped with Bosch’s standard 18v charger offering quick, reliable charging and minimising downtime between uses. A sturdy hard case is also included in the package to keep your drill packed away safely when not in use.
Although the Bosch PSB 18 LI-2 doesn’t have as much torque as its sibling (32Nm as opposed to 29Nm) we feel that this doesn’t really detract from our overall impression of the drill. Where this drill really shines is in its weight and ergonomics. We feel that the PSB 18 is ideal for applications around the home where extended use is required, such as drilling masonry.
The drill features a handy twin handle design to maximise power transfer and minimise strain on the user and has been recommended by Aktion gesunder Rücken (AGR) (Campaign For Healthier Backs) in Germany. Like other drills in Bosch’s range, this features the Syneon chip that managed power transfer between the battery pack and the gearbox, delivering power exactly where you need it.
Bosch PSB 18 – Vital Statistics
The Bosch weighs in at around 1.3Kg with a battery attached, and the twin handle design allows for longer running times with less strain on the arms and the back. Included in the package:
- Bosch PSB 18 Li-2 Ergonomic Cordless Hammer Drill
- Fast charger (1 hour charge time)
- 2x 2.5Ah batteries
- 13mm chuck
- A blow moulded plastic carry case
- Instruction manual
When we originally reviewed its smaller brother, we found that it was best in its class. While the PSB 18 does cost nearly double of the PSB 1800 we think that if you are after the extra capacity, runtime and ease of use then it’s well worth the extra investment.
Bosch’s warranty period is amongst the industries best, with a standard 2-year warranty included out of the box and a free 3rd year if you register online. With Bosch PSB 18 LI-2 you know you are investing is a great tool thats sure to last.
Bosch PSB 18 LI-2 – Recommended Accessories
Bosch do a very handy 91 piece bit and screwdriver set as part of this range, that is well worth checking out if you are purchasing a combi drill for the first time and don’t yet have any drill bits. It is less than half the price of the drill and features a ratchet screwdriver, all the bits you could need, plus 11x masonry, 11x metal and 8x wood drill bits to get you going. Click the image below to check out the 91 piece Bosch Drill and Screwdriver Bit Set with Ratchet Screwdriver and Magnetic Stick.
Bosch PSB 18 LI-2 – What we like!
- 20 different torque settings, something for every situation.
- The Bosch Autolock keyless chuck, makes changing of bits so simple.
- Integrated work light.
- Batteries that are compatible with the rest of the range.
- Dual handle design and soft grip.
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