Bosch 18V Impact Driver Socket Ready IDH182-B24 Review Cordless Drill Reviews & Impact Drivers

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Despite its seemingly mediocre results head to head, Bosch's Freak is one of my favorite impact drivers to use. It has the power to drive thicker screws and the hybrid square drive means I'm not shearing off adapters when I want to use a socket. This is one model that's more useful than its rating makes it seem. 

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Bosch 18V Impact Driver Socket Ready IDH182-B24 Review


Bosch 18V Impact Driver Sports Hybrid 1/4″ Hex and 1/2″ Square Drive

The Bosch 18V impact driver with socket ready drive isn’t a new player in the impact driver sector, but it’s getting a fresh look thanks to the Core18V battery. Earning a new nickname with the updated kit option, the Bosch Freak warrants your attention.

Bosch 18V Impact Driver Shootout Results

  • 18V Ranking: 13th out of 16
  • Speed Under Load: 540 RPM (6th place)
  • Fastening Torque: 1413 in-lbs (14th place)
  • Nut-Busting Torque: 2760 in-lbs (tie, 13th place)
  • Decibels Under Load: 101 dB(A) (tie, 6th place)
  • Weight: 2.3 lbs bare, 3.6 lbs with 4.0 Ah Core18V battery (11th place)
  • Footprint: 6.2″ head length, 7.7″ height (14th place)
  • Feature Set: Highlighted by hybrid 1/4″ hex, 1/2″ square drive (11th place)
  • Value: $349 kit with two 6.3 Ah Core18V batteries (10th place)

Takeaway

Despite its seemingly mediocre results head to head, Bosch’s Freak is one of my favorite impact drivers to use. It has the power to drive thicker screws and the hybrid square drive means I’m not shearing off adapters when I want to use a socket. This is one model that’s more useful than its rating makes it seem.

But there’s also more good news – an updated version of this model is on our way and we know it has even more power. Check back for updates!

*Results as of February 11, 2019. Check out our Best 18V Impact Driver page for the latest updates.

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Performance

With 2800 RPM and 3200 BPM rates, there’s clearly enough speed to cover your fastening duties. How much muscle it has comes in the torque rating – 1650 inch pounds. We like to see at least 1500 for a primary impact driver, so this Bosch 18V impact driver checks off that box. There are models that push 2000+ inch pounds that lead the class, though.

Bosch 18V Impact Driver Socket Ready IDH182-B24 Review

As an impact wrench, the torque translates to just under 140 foot-pounds. So what you’re looking at is a light-duty impact wrench. That’s not a surprise considering that the dual-purpose drive is geared toward construction with some automotive use.

There may be some concern about the strength of the square drive since it allows space for the 1/4″ hex collet. With the torque limited where it is, I haven’t come across any issues of failure at the drive, nor do I expect to. It would be a different story if we were looking at something around 400 foot-pounds or so.

Key Features

Brushless Motor

Longer life, more runtime, and more power are a few of the benefits you gain from Bosch’s EC brushless motor. You can read about the differences between brushed and brushless motors here.

Core18V Batteries

Bosch Core18V batteries take the cordless side of Bosch’s power tools business a big step forward. 2 of the 6.3 Ah batteries come with the kit to give you better performance and runtime. It’s more than just more capacity, though. Core18V runs coolers and is capable of delivering much greater power than Bosch’s standard 18V batteries.

Bosch 18V Impact Driver Socket Ready IDH182-B24 Review

There’s a 4.0 Ah slim pack and an 8.0 Ah pack coming soon as well.

Socket Ready Drive

What gives the Bosch Freak its name is the unusual drive design. On the surface, it looks like a standard 1/2″ square drive for sockets. A closer inspection shows it’s more hollow inside than others and hides a 1/4″ hex drive. At its core, the Bosch 18v impact driver with socket ready drive is an impact driver after all.

Bosch 18V Impact Driver Socket Ready IDH182-B24 Review

LED Lights

LED lights are common on nearly every cordless tool these days. The Bosch IDH182 is noteworthy because they include 3 that surround the chuck and give you much better visibility.

Bosch 18V Impact Driver Socket Ready IDH182-B24 Review

Fast Charger

With the new kit option, Bosch includes their fast charger. They promise you’ll get an 80% charge in just 41 minutes and a full charge in 55 minutes on the Core18V batteries that come with it.

Additional Bosch IDH182-24B Socket Ready Impact Driver Features

  • Electronic mode controls
  • Maximum impact endurance hammer/anvil design
  • Longer belt clip
  • CoolPack 2.0 technology for battery
  • Full Bosch 18V battery system compatibility

Missing Features

Only two things stand out as missing at this stage of the game for Bosch: smart controls and assist modes. Those are features that we see from the other Big 3 (Makita, Milwaukee, and Dewalt), but they don’t change the game so much that it feels like Bosch is missing out for not having them.

Are they convenient? Sure. Necessary? Definitely not.

Ergonomics

As a bare tool, the Freak weighs in at 2.4 pounds and 4.2 pounds with the Core18V battery. The battery certainly makes the tool hefty for all day use, but not horribly so. The recent addition of Core18V slim packs is good news if you’re looking to make this your primary impact driver.

Bosch 18V Impact Driver Socket Ready IDH182-B24 Review

Bosch’s handle ergonomics are excellent – it contours to my hand beautifully. The balance is on target as well. I’m not fighting the weight no matter what direction I’m fastening, though you will notice that it’s bottom-heavy with this battery.

Freakonomics

At $349, the Bosch IDH182-B24 clearly carries a premium price. For a driver that’s been on the market for several years that may be a surprise. Keep in mind that with standard 4.0 Ah batteries, the L-Boxx kit price is just $269 and it’s $159 as a bare tool. The extra $80 moves you up to the Core18V batteries and a fast charger.

Pro Buying Tip: For $50 more, you can get the same kit and add Bosch’s HDH183 brushless hammer drill.

Compared to other brands, Bosch is right on par with Makita’s XDT12 kit while Milwaukee and DeWalt run a bit less. The difference is none of them offer a kitted battery similar to Core18V.

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The Bottom Line

The Bosch Socket Ready Impact Driver checks off all the boxes for what we expect on a Pro-level impact driver. The major benefit is that whether you’re driving standard screws or a hex head bolt, you don’t have to go searching for an adapter before you put a 1/2″ socket on.

Bosch 18V Impact Driver with Socket Ready Drive Specs

  • Model: Bosch IDH182-B24
  • Power Source: Bosch 18V Battery (2 Core18V 6.3 Ah included)
  • Drive: 1/4″ Hex + 1/2″ Square Drive
  • No Load BPM: 0-3,200
  • No Load RPM: 0-2,800
  • Torque (in. lbs.): 0-1,650 / 0-900 / 0-400
  • Height: 7.75″
  • Length: 6.25″
  • Width: 2.93″
  • Weight: 4.14lb
  • Price: $349
  • Warranty: 1 year

Editor’s Note: This review originally published on August 21, 2018 and has been updated to reflect the Bosch 18V impact driver’s performance in our recent shootout. Look for the full shootout results starting Feb 11, 2019.

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This has maybe the best ergonomics of any impact driver out there