Bosch GSB18-2-LI 18V Combi Drill With L-Boxx
Posted by Mark Hunter - January 21, 2011
It's hard to know what to talk about first when you open the L-Boxx to get your hands on Bosch's GSB 18-2-Li combi drill.
Obviously it has what you'd expect from a professional Bosch cordless power tool; its a well-built, powerful machine that's robust, durable and all of the other superlatives power tool fans apply to tools of this kind.
But there's more to the GBS18-2-Li than perhaps first meets the eye. In fact, it isn't until you've wrapped your mit around its grip that you realise you're holding something a bit different.
It's not the 'synchro-mesh' pivoted gear-selector, a piece of Bosch technology that you can't see or touch; this is the motor technology inside the GSB 18-2-Li's metal gear housing that protects the gear box and allows smooth selection of the tool's 16 gears.
It's not Electronic Cell Protection technology that Bosch have built into the lithium-ion batteries. Again, that's not visible to the naked eye either. It's working inside the battery to protect the cells from over-heating and dangers unique to lithium-ion batteries.
Instead it's the size of the thing.
Check out the stats:
- it weighs in at 1.5kg, the lightest tool in its class
- it's also the shortest head in its class, measuring a mere 204mm
- finally it's got the smallest grip circumference of only 126mm
Well, it means the tools has a better balance when in the hand and, perhaps more importantly, it's easier to grip meaning you're going to avoid grip fatigue, that ache you get in your wrist.
The whole package put together means you've got a combi drill with ECP battery protection, a robust gear mechanism in a package so compact and light that you're going to be able to work overhead, and in tight spaces, for longer.
However, it's easier to miss something else when you're dealing with the GSB18-2-Li.
And that's the box it comes in.
We've talked about these before, we think they're a great idea. Not only are they robust, so they're going to protect your precious tools, but they're customisable, and that's something we think is very useful.
You're able to buy different inserts for the L-Boxxes that allow you to swap out which tools you carry with you.
Finally, if you're using the Sortimo Globelyst System in your van the L-Boxx will lock into it.
So, while it may seem we're just looking at another pro power tool from Bosch, we're actually looking at the smallest, lightest, easiest to handle combi drill in its class, all packaged in the innovative L-Boxx system.
We're impressed with what we've seen of the Bosch GSB18-2-Li 18v combi drill so far.
What stands out to you about it? Let us know in the comments.
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