Discounted: Bosch CLPK232-181 18-Volt Lithium-Ion 2-Tool Combo Kit with 1/2-Inch Compact Tough Drill/Driver, Impact Driver, 2 Batteries, Charger and Case

Bosch CLPK232-181 18-Volt Lithium-Ion 2-Tool Combo Kit with 1/2-Inch Compact Tough Drill/Driver, Impact Driver, 2 Batteries, Charger and Case

Bosch CLPK232-181 18-Volt Lithium-Ion 2-Tool Combo Kit with 1/2-Inch Compact Tough Drill/Driver, Impact Driver, 2 Batteries, Charger and Case
’s CLPK23-181 max -tool kit is constructed to withstand the most demanding jobsite conditions. This kit is extremely and lightweight with professional grade performance tools. 18-Volt Max Kit At a Glance:
The DDS181-02 is fast, durable, and has a maximum of 600 inch-pounds of torque

The 25618 is compact, robust, and has a maximum of 1,500 inch-pounds of torque

Powered by Bosch 18-volt lithium-ion

Backed by a one-year warranty

  • Includes 18-volt compact drill/,18-volt impact , and two HC SlimPack batteries
  • Also includes a 30-minute and carrying case
  • Efficient 4-pole motor delivers top performance with strong power and run time
  • Impact driver features lightweight design for increased maneuverability in tight spaces and extended comfort
  • Impact driver has a high-performance motor and all-metal gears

List Price: $ 600.00

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    • CKE
    • May 22, 2013
    63 of 64 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A Video Review of The Bosch 18V Max 2-Tool Combo Kit, October 30, 2011
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    CKE (USA) –
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    This review is from: Bosch CLPK232-181 18-Volt Lithium-Ion 2-Tool Combo Kit with 1/2-Inch Compact Tough Drill/Driver, Impact Driver, 2 Batteries, Charger and Case (Tools & Home Improvement)
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    Customer Video Review Length:: 6:00 Mins

    The Bosch 18V Max 2-Tool Combo Kit provides everything that you would want in a rechargeable drill/impact combo.

    – High quality build – The construction looks and feels very solid. The drill features steel gearing and seems to have a solid internal clutch. It is tough to comment on dependability of a tool within the first 5 years of ownership. My expectation is that the Bosch was built to last.

    – Quick charge battery – it takes 30 minutes or less to fully charge the battery.

    – Indicator on the battery to show how much charge remains. This is a pretty cool feature, and one that if used properly will help extend battery life,

    **** quick comment on lithium batteries. Do not run the batteries completely down, and in fact, stop using the and recharge the battery once you begin to notice the charge to wane. Also, do not leave the battery on the charger for extended amounts of time…. it takes 30 minutes to charge the battery, so plan to remove the battery after 30 minutes.****

    – Battery life is listed at 6 hours – which is quite good for the 1.5Ah battery.

    – The drill/driver is variable settings (high/low) and the overall speed can be dialed in for the proper speed.

    – The “Impactor” impact feels very good in your hand – very well balance. It offers plenty of power and is a perfect tool for driving in screws. On small jobs and decking type jobs I switched from a cordless drill to a impact a few years ago, and it was a decision that I never looked back from.

    – LED – the Impact has a light that shoots straight down the screw head, but for some reason the drill/driver has a n LED that shines *up* from the battery pack. See the video… I am not sure why Bosch decided to do this.

    – Nice thick canvas carrying case.

    – Easy to install a new screw bit with just one hand.

    – Plenty of power – if you have never used a 18V tool you be shocked at how far the technology has come along

    A couple of other considerations,

    Unlike the Makita LCT300W 18-Volt Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless 3-Piece Combo Kit the Bosch set does not have (at least at the time of this review) a variety of additional tools – such as saws, grinders, blowers, and such. Not a big deal if you need this primarily for the drill and impact, but it is not quite as expandable.

    – Doesn’t seem like the batteries are quite as widely available as the Makitas.

    Final verdict – A very well built drill/driver and impact set. While it may not be quite as expandable as the Makita set, but for a vast majority of construction sites this will never be an issue. This is combo set that you can buy with confidence.

    5 Stars

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    • D. Matheny
    • May 22, 2013
    55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    It’s the little things…, October 30, 2011
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    D. Matheny (Austin, TX) –
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    This review is from: Bosch CLPK232-181 18-Volt Lithium-Ion 2-Tool Combo Kit with 1/2-Inch Compact Tough Drill/Driver, Impact Driver, 2 Batteries, Charger and Case (Tools & Home Improvement)
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    Well, I have to admit that I’m very hard on cordless drills, although I’m not really sure why since I’m just a DIY’er and I take very good care of my tools. I used to treat cordless drills as an almost disposable item – I would just use it for 6 months to a year and then buy a replacement when it broke.

    After a few years, I decided to move up from Ryobi and Black & Decker to a better quality brand in hopes that it would last a bit longer. I tried Ridgid, with not much better results than the previous brands, and also burned out a DeWalt cordless drill in less than a year…

    I finally discovered the Milwaukee M18 Tools, which has given me a solid set of cordless tools that I just can’t seem to break. I’ve had them for nearly 3 years of fairly heavy use. The reason for that brief history is to show that I tend to judge these tools mostly based on long-term reliability; and, also to show that my benchmark for reliability is currently the Milwaukee M18 tools.

    At this point, I’ve been using the Bosch combo for about 2 weeks while I’ve been completing the final stages of my new workshop. This is the stage where cordless drills and drivers see heavy use since I’ve been building shelves, benches, installing wall systems, etc…

    Now that I’ve had a couple of weeks, here are the things I like about the Bosch drill & impact driver:

    1) The ergonomics of this set are absolutely amazing! The grips are comfortable and the drill angle is perfect for reaching weird angles (a definite improvement over the Milwaukee for me). Both tools are also just a bit more compact than the Milwaukee tools I’m used to.

    2) I was initially skeptical that the 1.5 amp batteries would hold up to heavy use – but they’ve done incredibly well. I’m not sure why, but the battery life from these 1.5 amp batteries is fairly similar to what I’m getting from the much bulkier 3 amp Milwaukee batteries. I guess it’s possible that the older batteries just aren’t what they used to be and that I just hadn’t noticed the gradual performance decrease…

    3) The power of these tools has easily lived up to anything I’ve needed.

    4) The charger is excellent and fully charges the batteries in a very reasonable time.

    5) Although it seems to be more of a standard feature than it used to be, I will mention that I like the power level gauge on the batteries.

    Although these tools have definitely earned a place in my new workshop, they have fallen short in a lot of little ways. There aren’t any major problems; but, these are the types of things I’m talking about:

    1) The light placement on the drill is in the base instead of out in front. I use the drill lights all the time since I’m typically holding a drill when it starts to get dark and I don’t feel like looking for a flashlight – but this one just isn’t as handy as the light on the Milwaukee drill.

    2) The clutch on the drill feels cheap. I know I’ve only used it for a couple of weeks, but I get the feeling that it isn’t made to be adjusted a lot…

    3) There isn’t a bit holder on the drill – although there is one on the impact driver. Maybe it’s just me; but, I would have designed it the other way around. On a drill, I’m constantly switching between drill bits, but the impact driver tends to keep that #2 philips head about 95% of the time.

    4) I don’t expect top quality bits and accessories with new tools – but the bits that came with this set have set new lows. The magnetic bit holder doesn’t hold onto anything very well and I shattered the #2 bit on the very first use in the impact driver.

    5) Speaking of shattered bits, I can’t explain why; but, I’ve also shattered 2 of the DeWalt impact bits in this impact driver. In my experience, those bits tend to hold up a lot better than they are in this Bosch impact driver. Who knows, maybe I just got unlucky – but I kind of suspect the impact driver may be hitting harder than my Milwaukee impact driver does.

    Anyway, as I said before, overall I really like the feel and utility of these tools. Ergonomically speaking, they are excellent! It really is all the little issues that would give me pause when looking to buy these.

    I can’t make a reliability judgment yet since I haven’t had them long enough; but, I’ll post updates to this review if I run into issues.

    [*** UPDATE 12/2/2011 ***]

    Well, for everyone who read the first version of this review, I have to admit that I was incorrect when I said the bit sleeve on the impact driver was made of plastic. It turns out that it’s a metal sleeve with high gloss paint (feel free to read the comments for more info). I’m sorry about that dis-information.

    Also,…

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    • Terry R. Nye
    • May 22, 2013
    23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    high quality, high performance, October 27, 2011
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    Terry R. Nye (Kingsport, TN) –
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    This review is from: Bosch CLPK232-181 18-Volt Lithium-Ion 2-Tool Combo Kit with 1/2-Inch Compact Tough Drill/Driver, Impact Driver, 2 Batteries, Charger and Case (Tools & Home Improvement)
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    Bosch tools have a reputation for high quality and high performance. This set is no exception.

    The packaging for the tools is a little flimsy. My set arrived in the factory box with an address label/packing list taped on it. The impact driver (the owners manual calls it a “fastener”) is packed in a separate box within the carton, but the drill, charger, batteries, belt clips, and a spare screwdriver bit sit open in the carton. Atop all of them sits the fabric carry case. None of the items were damaged or missing in shipping, but I can envision it happening if delivery service was rough. Small parts sit loosely in the carton. Bosch tools are made to endure punishment at the job site, though, so unless the carton is badly damaged it would be difficult to damage the drill & driver in shipping.

    Both the drill and impact driver are built with the expected Bosch quality. They are lightweight but solidly built. You can tell by the feel that these are quality tools and not the cheap stuff you might find at Wal-Mart. Both the drill and driver have excellent torque to drive any screw or bolt you might want to use. Both have variable speed, and the drill has two speed settings along with the usual wide variety of torque settings. The impact driver has a small LED light near the tip to aid visibility. The drill has an LED light, too, but it is oddly placed at the top of the base where the battery attaches. It seems to direct light where it needs to be, but it just seems like a very odd location to put the light source. Included with the kit are belt clips that can be attached to the drill & driver and a couple of Phillips screwdriver bits. Bosch makes great drill and driver bits, and it would have been a welcome addition to have a bit set included, but in fairness most other drill/driver sets do not come with bits either.

    One nice thing that is not pointed out on the product advertising is the batteries are 18 volt Lithium Ion batteries. This is a huge plus as the Li-Ion batteries are smaller, lighter, hold a charge much better than NiCad batteries, and will not develop a charge “memory.” You do not need to drain these batteries completely before charging. The estimated 6 hour battery life is far superior to a similarly priced Makita 18 volt Li-Ion drill/driver set I own that has only 1-1/2 hour battery life. Even better, both included batteries have an LED charge indicator that allows you to tell at a glance how much charge is left. Very cool. When my set arrived I charged both batteries right away with the included charger. Each one took only 30 minutes to fully charge. Compared with the hour or longer that my other NiCad cordless tools require to charge this is a real time-saver.

    The included tool bag is okay, although I would have preferred a hard plastic case. The bag has good construction, though, and is heavy duty enough that these tools and more can be easily carried in it. I just don’t like the idea of them banging around inside a bag when they are moved around. In my opinion, at a MSRP of $582 and discounted price of over $200 a hard case should have been provided.

    In summary, the Bosch CLPK232-181 18V Max 2-Tool Combo Kit would be a great set of cordless drill and impact drivers to have for homeowners and construction workers alike. The higher price point compared with other similar sets is justified by the Lithium Ion batteries (cheaper sets will likely have NiCad batteries). The cheap tool bag is a disappointment, but you are still getting a great set of tools for the price. And you will never go wrong with Bosch quality.

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