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There are few power tools as useful and versatile as a Bosch drill. They put the power to drill holes, file and unscrew in your hands in a single package, tailored to the job you need and with unrivalled quality.

You are probably already aware that the quality of Bosch drills is simply unparalleled, as they are on the lips of everyone who works with these tools. Even though we can simply recommend them all, we prefer to bring you this buying guide so that you get just the one you need.

To do so, we have studied Bosch drills, both the tools and the brand, in order to give you all the information you need to make an efficient purchase. Here we will show you what purchasing factors influence you when buying them, where to buy them, and even how much to pay for them.




Summary

  • Bosch drills are power tools, used in a multitude of DIY and handyman applications. They can be used for drilling holes, filing objects and surfaces, screwing and unscrewing and, in some cases, hammering.
  • Bosch drills come in many varieties. They can be divided into those that need to be plugged into a wall socket, and cordless ones that use batteries. Also by the way they grip, and even whether they are capable of hammering or not.
  • Always make sure you buy your Bosch drill according to the jobs you will demand the most from it. Start by choosing the way it will take its power, as this defines its manoeuvrability and usage time. Then choose its power by looking at the voltage - 4 to 8 is for light applications, 12 to 18 for heavy ones.

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Buying Guide

You may have heard a lot about working using a Bosch drill, but you may not know things like where to buy them, their prices, or what to choose over their competition. We'll cover all that in this section of our buying guide.

A cordless Bosch drill will give you greater manoeuvrability. (Photo: ljupco / 123rf.com)

What is the difference between Bosch drills and other brands?

When it comes to brands, brand loyalty tends to outweigh the purchasing factors themselves. This is not always the best decision, as some brands are simply better or offer tools with different capabilities. Here we will explain the characteristics of Bosch and DeWalt drills.

Bosch is a German company that has been in existence for over 100 years. Their drills have a distinctive dark green colour, and often have options such as multiple speeds. Their prices are on average much cheaper than the DeWalt brand.

Bosch drills have the advantage that they all come with Durashield housings, which protect against accidental drops. In addition, many of them include settings to change their speed, giving you the power to choose how best to use them. On top of that, they are very economical in contrast to their quality.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a Bosch drill?

Bosch drills have always been a high-end line of power tools, ensuring not only optimal performance and long service life, but also reliable technical support. In addition, they all incorporate vibration reduction technologies and hard housings, resulting in fewer accidents and greater safety.

Many Bosch drills are made in Mexico, which greatly reduces manufacturing costs and consequently, sales costs. They have always been preferred by contractors, laborers and home remodeling fanatics.

Advantages
  • Many are made in Mexico
  • Long service life
  • Less vibration
  • Good cost-efficiency ratio
  • Wide variety of models
Disadvantages
  • Can be expensive
  • Some models must be imported
  • No 20v power line

Fun facts: what you didn't know about Bosch drills

The features of Bosch drills may be reason enough to buy them, but we still want to reassure you that you're buying quality. Here we will show you some interesting information related to these tools.

How do I get service for my Bosch drill?

Since many Bosch drills are manufactured in Mexico, the official technical service is fast and very efficient. You can contact them in case of breakdowns by visiting the after-sales service section on the Bosch Professional de México website.

Drills with various speeds allow you to use them for screwdriving or drilling. (Photo: bilanol / 123rf.com)

Can I get warranty information?

On the Bosch Professional de México website there is a section dedicated to informing buyers about their warranties. There you will find everything from contact numbers to directions to authorised service centres near you.

Did you know that the first Bosch drill was built in 1932? This was the first of its kind as it was not a common model, as it was the first one capable of hammering while rotating, which made them the inventors of the rotary hammer

Buying criteria: Factors that allow you to compare and rate the different Bosch Drill models

You already know all the basics about Bosch drills and even a little bit more, you just need to know what to look out for when you go to buy them. Here we will teach you everything you need to know about them and their applications, so that when you buy one, all you need to do is point it where you need it and pull the trigger.

Power supply

Bosch drills can get their power in two ways, directly from a power outlet or from high-powered batteries. The way they get it does not change the way they are applied, but it does change the maximum usage time and the places where they can be used.

Corded Bosch drills: These are plugged into a wall socket. Their main advantage is that they can be used indefinitely, and that they have a higher average rotational power than battery-powered ones. Their disadvantages are that their cables get in the way and that they need to be close to a power source.

Cordless Bosch drills: These are models that do not plug into an outlet, but operate using rechargeable batteries located in the bottom of their grip handle. Their main advantage is the manoeuvrability they offer, as they can be used away from power sources, their disadvantage is that they need to be recharged regularly.

Power

Each material to be drilled needs different wattages, so you should take this factor into account when buying them. Voltage is what usually defines how powerful a Bosch drill is, while RPM refers to its revolutions per minute or speed.

4 to 8 V 12 to 18 V Up to 700 RPM 700 - 1,000 RPM Over 2,000 RPM
Type of applications Light Heavy Drilling wood, screwdriving Drilling steel Drilling aluminium
Common uses Screwing, filing, drilling light materials Drilling dense materials Carpentry, do-it-yourself Construction, industrial use Construction, industrial use

Chuck

The chuck of a drill is the part that holds the bit used for drilling, filing or unscrewing. It is a part that is often overlooked by first-time buyers, who are unaware that, ultimately, it is the chuck that holds what will make contact with the surface to be drilled.

Chuck size: Bosch drills can come with 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" chucks. This indicates the maximum bit size it can hold, as well as the jobs the drill can be subjected to.

Size 1/4 3/8 1/2
Applications Light Medium, household Heavy, job site use
Examples Screwdriving, filing and drilling low density objects All of the above, use with light dense woods and cements All of the above, concrete and metal work

Additional features

Now that we've covered all the important buying factors, it's time to look at those features that, although sometimes overlooked, can make all the difference to your purchase. These will make using your Bosch hammer an easier and more useful experience, but they are still optional.

Reverse function: Sometimes, when driving screws into wood, small mistakes can occur, such as placing them in the wrong places or at sharp angles. This function allows you to fix those mistakes by turning the drill in reverse.

Built-in lights: When working in dark places, a lack of light can lead to poorly positioned holes or a very awkward job. A Bosch drill with a built-in torch will help you with such problems.

(Featured image photo: Sergey Mironov/ 123rf.com)

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