Bosch GSB18-2-LI 18V Combi Drill With L-Boxx

Bosch GSB18-2-LI 18V Cordless Combi Drill in L-BoxxIt'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.

Bosch GSB18-2-LI 18V Cordless Combi Drill in L-BoxxIt'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

Bosch GSB18-2-LI 18V Cordless Combi Drill in L-Boxx Why is a small grip circumference of note?

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.

Excellent stuff.

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.

Bosch GSB18-2-LI 18V Cordless Combi Drill in L-Boxx 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.

They're also stackable, allowing you to pile them high in the back of the van. You can even carry a few L-Boxxes at once (if you're strong enough!) from the van to the L-Boxx.

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.


Toolstop on Thu, 08 Oct 2015 06:43:53 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

Thanks for the comments Jas. We'd be interested to know if anyone else has any views on the Bosch combi drills

Jas on Thu, 08 Oct 2015 03:19:45 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

The biggest advantage is definitely the power/torque to size and weight ratio. I bought a Makita DHP458 first but exchanged it for the similar to this 'GSB 18v-Li' combi-drill. The Makita, though nice, was just too heavy for the size. The Bosch however is top notch. Very light and balanced and giving a very respectable 60nm+ torque.
The coolpack batteries are a great idea too. They run cooler so according to Bosch will last twice as long as ordinary Lithium Ion batteries.
It's the wireless charging version I've got, in the excellent LBoxx. I like how versatile this carry case is, with the 3 carry handles!
If you're thinking about buying one, stop thinking and buy it! You'll be glad you did.
(PS: I have no affiliation with Bosch whatsoever. Just a very happy customer).

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