Toolstop Power Tool Spy: Bosch GSB162-2 RE Professional Impact Drill

We knew 2011 was going to bring some corkers with it and Bosch certainly have been keen to make sure we're not disappointed.


Our power tool spies have unearthed some stats and details about their new professional impact drill, the Bosch GSB162-2RE, which we can "exclusively" reveal here on the Toolstop blog (we didn't win best international blog for nothing, you know).

Let's break down the numbers first of all:

Bosch are publishing a power rating of 1500W. Yes, that's TWO zeros. In a class traditionally dominated by Makita, Bosch claims the GSB162-2 RE blows the Makita offering out of the water, running as it does at 850W.

50Nm of torque via the two-speed gear box. Again, Bosch claims this trumps Makita, who's best-in-class offers 11.2Nm via its single-speed box, a claim it may be hard to argue with.

This torque is controlled via a safety clutchand restart protection. There's no point in having all that power if it's going to break your arm. Good to see Bosch coupling the power with safety.

Other "new for 2011" features on the GSB162-2RE include:

  • a new, robust 16mm keyed chuck
  • extra large axial and radial secured side handle for enhanced comfort
  • variable speed trigger with an adjustable speed dial allowing you to more accurately dial into all of that power

Bosch are making a big deal of the "HeavyDuty D handle", stating:

"The heavy Duty D handle Impact Drill with ‘unlimited’ power and excellent overload capacities for hardest applications even dry diamond drilling."

bosch_gsb_2And leads us nicely on to what our spies have heard about core drilling.

Bosch are officially publishing that the GSB162-2RE will drill cores up to 162mm. However, we're hearing unofficial rumours that it'll actually do up to 200mm.

If this is true, it's quite a feat.

We reckon you guys are the best qualified to let us know whether the 200mm is possible in the real world, so don't hesitate to tell us in the comments what you've been able to get your Bosch GSB162-2RE to do.

To help us compare what this new offering from Bosch is bringing to the market, they've helpfully compiled a "Trump card", detailing the specs of the GSB162-2RE with the typical market leader from Makita.

Bosch GSB162-2 RE

Our Toolstop Power Tool Spy managed to get his hands on the new Bosch GSB162-2 RE and get a photograph taken with a Makita P-74712 Diamac diamond core drillattached. We have altered the image to protect his identity.

spypic01So it's clear that Bosch is gunning for the Makita 8406.

However, do you think the new Bosch GSB162-2 RE is actually better, considering the facts we've unearthed?

Would you buy it?

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