How to Deal With Kickback from Your Drill - Guide

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In this guide we'll focus on the challenge of preventing "kickback" from certain drilling applications.

First off, what is "kickback"?

The Power Tool Institute defines it as follows;

Kickback – Sudden and unintended movement of the tool or workpiece. It is typically caused by binding or pinching of the workpiece.

BOSCH ELECTRONIC ROTATION CONTROLIn practical, job-site terms, kickback from your drill will occur when you're attempting an application that your drill doesn't have the grunt to complete, or the bit isn't up to scratch, or your bit gets snagged somewhere in the surface you're drill into (such as an unseen screw or nail).


No one wants kick-back from their powered drill as it often results in injuries, particularly when working at height. To that end, Bosch has engineered technology into the new GSR & GSB 14.4/18 VE-2-Li Robustseries drills.

What's Bosch's Solution to "Kickback"?

The solution bosch has come up with is Electronic Rotation Control, or ERC.


ERC electronically manaages the rotation of the drill, limiting the rotary movement of it should it encounter a "kickback" situation. The system is controlled via an intergrated acceleration sensor within the tool. It detects sudden movements of the tool, and when one occurs immediately cuts power to the motor, protecting you from a broken wrist, arm or worse, and the tool itself.

The restart the drill, simply depress the trigger and you're good to go again.

We asked Martin from Bosch to quickly demo ERC to us at Bosch's recent product launch, watch his demo on Toolstop TV by clicking here, on in our player below.


Who Needs an ERC Enabled Drill?

We reckon any of you who regularly need to drill at height using large bits, drilling deep holes. Basically anyone who's at risk from experiencing "kickback" from their drill.

Of course, we fully realise that not everyone is in the market for a drill upgrade, so until you're ready to move up to Bosch new Robustseries drills, check out our Toolstop University Guide to how to properly set up the side handle on your drill to keep you safe while you work.

What safety features on your power tools have helped prevent you injuring yourself or others? Tell us in the comments section below!

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