The Bosch Brushless 1/4 In. and 1/2 In. Socket-Ready Impact Driver – Two Tools in One
Review by austin
The Bosch Impact Driver IDH 182 is a tool I just upgraded to. I have been using the Bosch 25618 for the past three years and it has been a great Bosch impact. When I bought the impact it had the best specs available on the market at the time. With technology changing almost daily this was no longer the case with the old 25618. I recently had an opportunity to get the newest and best brushless impact driver that Bosch offers, the IDH182. I was very excited to use it being a brushless tool and hearing all the hype behind the brushless tools. This is the first brushless Bosch Impact Driver tool that I have owed or even used, so here are the details.
First Impressions of the IDH 182 Bosch Impact Driver
The first impressions on it are very nice. Ergonomics are key to an impact driver being the right tool. The handle feels smaller than the old model which makes it sit in my hand more comfortably. It also feels lighter than the old model and overall it’s smaller except in length, more on that later. With a 4AH battery this Bosch impact driver feels very balanced and easy to use when driving any type of fastener.
The Bosch Impact Driver IDH 182 is Feature Rich
This Bosch brushless impact driver is great when it comes to features. One of the first things you notice is the 3 LED lights which lights up anything you are working on with no shadows. There is a button at the base to turn the light totally off if you want but the best part is that the light stays on! When releasing the button the light stays on for about 5 seconds which is very helpful compared to the old model which only comes on when squeezing the trigger.
Next to the light button there is a torque setting button. Honestly I did not think I would use this feature but I was wrong about that. The button has 3 settings, low, medium, and high. Most of the time I have it in high but for a lot of little hardware items the low and medium settings are perfect. The lower settings allow for more control of the torque which has a lot of benefits when going at older screws that may be torn apart by higher torque.
The Bosch Impact Driver is Actually Two tools in One
One other feature the IDH 182 Bosch Impact Driver has, and one I have mixed feelings about, is the combo 1/2″ square 1/4″ hex driver head. I think its great innovation and for people switching between the two applications a lot. But I hardly ever use the 1/2″ square driver. The times I do use it I would be perfectly fine using a 1/2″ adapter. If Bosch offered a 1/4″ hex drive only I would prefer that. Also I feel like a 1/4″hex only version could make it a little shorter which would be shorter than the previous model but because of the combo drive, it is just slightly longer. Not saying this feature is a bad thing, props to Bosch for the innovation, I do wish they offered a few options for it though.
On the job with the Bosch Impact Driver IDH 182
Now all these features are great but the main thing that this brushless Bosch impact driver does is drive screws and it does it very well. I haven’t used the Dewalt impact driver or the Milwaukee impact driver, so I cannot comment on the Bosch’s performance against these competitors. But in my experience, it’s fast and powerful and doesn’t let me down.
It has no problems driving anything I have screwed in yet. The response on this Bosch impact driver drill is pretty much instant, it will put in screws as fast as you can load them on the impact. Like its predecessor lags are also no problem and as seen in this video it does it just a little bit better than the old one. The EC brushless Bosch impact driver is one of my most used tools now, and more often than not, the first tool that I grab on the job site. At the end of the day, the IDH 182 brushless impact driver from Bosch gets the job done quickly and with power to spare.
Bosch Impact Driver IDH 182 Video Comparison
Watch the video of my informal test of the brushless Bosch Impact Driver IDH 182 vs. the Bosch 25618.