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Bosch HDS182 Cordless Hammer Drill Review
Innovation brings performance improvements, but old mistakes remain
by Lorenz Prem on 07-20-2014 5:57 pm

This week it is hammer drill review time.Bosch's new HDS182 cordless hammer drill comes with the promises ofbrushless technology. Having reviewed tools by the hundreds I knowthat there is more to a tool than a well-built motor. Let's take alook, if all the features of the HDS182 are as advanced as itsmotor, and how all that tech translates into making dust on the jobsite.

The Bosch HDS182 Cordless Hammer Drill

The HDS182 is a professional grade cordless hammer drill fromBosch. It takes the place of a do-it-all

Craftsman BoltOn Cordless Drill Review
Versatility for homeowners
by Lorenz Prem on 06-21-2014 10:01 pm

A friend of mine loaned me his Craftsman BoltOnCordless Drill/Driver for review. At first I thought it wasidentical to the Black&Decker Matrix, a tool I reviewed sixmonths ago. Turns out the BoltOn has a few features that make itthe better tool. Let's take a look at how the Craftsman BoltOnmanaged to improve on the Black&Decker Matrix.

The Craftsman BoltOn System

The Craftsman BoltOn system combines a handle that houses themotor and the battery with a replaceable power unit. The basic kitcomes with

Porter Cable PCCK600LB Cordless Drill/Driver Review
Great value with only one drawback
by Lorenz Prem on 02-23-2014 1:59 pm

The new line of Porter Cable tools tries toimpress on the home center shelves with its angular looks. When Ifirst saw the PCCK600LB, Porter Cable's new cordless drill/driver,I was worried the designers chose form over function. Neverallowing an uninformed opinion to stand, I had to get thisdrill/driver into my shop. Let's take a look at what the PorterCable PCCK600LB can do besides look good.

The Porter Cable PCCK600LB

The PCCK600LB is a general purpose drill/driver from PorterCable. Built for commercial use it

Bostitch BTC400LB Drill/Driver Review
Quality VS Price Redefined
by Lorenz Prem on 02-08-2014 4:23 pm

It was inevitable that the Bostitch BTC400LBwould find its way into our shop. The promise of a well-pricedpower tool sold at Walmart that also offers good performance wastoo good to pass up. Destined to be a high volume item I feel thatI can help a lot of people by reviewing the BTC400LB. Let's take alook, if this drill/driver is the great deal it is supposed to be,or if the marketing got ahead of the tool's performance.

The Bostitch BTC400LB Cordless Drill/Driver

The BTC400LB is a medium-duty drill driver from

Bosch PS31 Cordless Drill Review
Not the best example of Bosch Engineering
by Lorenz Prem on 02-01-2014 9:58 pm

Another week, another L-Boxx to play with. Thistime the treasure contained within turned out to be the PS31, asmall 12V cordless drill/driver from Bosch. Designed forinstallers, product assemblers, and trade professionals the PS31comes with some very promising specs. Let's take look at what thePS31 can do in the Hingmy workshop.

The Bosch PS31 Cordless Drill

The build quality of the PS31 is up to the high standard we havecome to expect from Bosch. The monolithic body is covered withblack rubber in strategic pla

Bosch DDS181 Cordless Drill Review
Great Drill, Poor Chuck
by Lorenz Prem on 01-11-2014 12:19 am

Unpacking L-Boxx cases is a special pleasure forme. As a tool reviewer I get so many into my shop, I forget what'sinside of them. This makes opening an L-Boxx a special surprise.This week the treasure contained within turned out to be the DDS181drill/driver, a particularly well reviewed tool from Bosch. Let'stake a look, if the DDS181 can prove itself in the Hingmy workshop,or if I should burry it in the pretty box it came in.

The Bosch DDS181 Cordless Drill

The DDS181 is a general duty drill/driver intend

Makita FD02W Cordless Drill Review
by Lorenz Prem on 10-19-2013 6:58 pm

The Makita FD02W drill/driver found its way intoour shop as part of a larger kit. The specs place it far behind theleaders in the category and limit any attention it might get fromreviewers and customers alike. That does not mean, however, thatthe FD02W is a poor power tool. Let's take a look at the MakitaFD02W and find out how well it performs in the Hingmy workshop.

The Makita FD02W Drill/Driver

The FD02W follows Makita's alternate black&white colorscheme. The hard plastic white shell of the drill is coveredwith

Why does a Drill/Driver have a Clutch?
by Lorenz Prem on 08-15-2013 11:22 pm

The most complicated part of a drill/driver tounderstand is the clutch. Why is there an extra part on a tool thatcan only rotate in one of two directions? Let's take a look at whata clutch does and how to use it to produce better work.

What is a clutch and how does it work?

"The clutch of a drill/driver limits the torque output of thetool. This prevents over-driven fasteners, snapped off fastenerheads, and damage to the material being worked on."

The clutch on a power drill/driver works m

Bosch 11255VSR Bulldog Hammer Drill Review
by Lorenz Prem on 06-11-2013 10:51 pm

Reviewing the most widely used tools with thebest reputation is important to us. We want to provide our readerswith a reference point they can use to make educated comparisons.In the world of hammer drills this tool is the Bosch Bulldog.You'll see it on job sites all over the world. Naturally we had tohave a look ourselves. We picked the 11255VSR, one tool in the newBulldog Extreme line, as the tool to test. Let's take a look atwhat makes a legend.

The Bosch 11255VSR Bulldog Extreme

The 11255VSR is a large size hammer

Black&Decker 9099KC Cordless Drill Review
by Lorenz Prem on 04-05-2013 3:43 pm

One of the perks of writing tool reviews isgetting to play with best tools money can buy. This week we decidedto go the other way and take a look at the cheapest cordless drillthat could still be called a power tool. The Black&Decker9099KC fits this description. It is bargain drill sold in manydepartment stores under many different skus. Let's take a look atwhat happens when someone designs and builds the cheapest cordlessdrill possible.

The Black&Decker 9099KC Cordless Drill

Right from the start Black&Dec

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