If you are reading this post you are in for a real treat. This is our first installment of Tools in Action Pro. While we visit a lot of job sites, we rarely ever document our encounters with the pro. Mainly because of the time factor involved in trying to align schedules and the amount of time we have to spend on each video. Our normal videos take hours of time between creating and editing the videos. Being on site with a contractor is much more involved because there are so many variables out of our control, plus all the extra time involved of the interviews, editing the hours of footage and more. However on this occasion we decided to do something different and officially introduce Tools in Action Pro. Tools in Action Pro is a new segment where we take you on-site, with real professionals in real environments.
Before I get started on the run down of the Bosch IDH182 Socket Impact, I would like to give a special thanks to Dan and all the time he put into this video. Not only did he do all the editing, he also did all the interviews and all the action shots. I can't even begin to tell you how much time he took for this video. I would also like to say thanks to Bruceski's Marine Construction, not only for letting us film them and take away from their work, but also having to deal with Dan. My intent was to do a review on the Bosch IDH182, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized I can't do it justice. The real justice is watching the video. However I do want to talk a little bit about the Impact.
As you may or may not know, Bosch is the first to bring this innovative tool to market. What makes it so innovative? Well you get two tools in one. The IDH182 has 1/2″ square drive for sockets and a 1/4″ quick-change hex, how cool is that? For Bruceski, it works out perfect. As you can see they built a lot of different things with this tool. One item was a boat house where they were putting supports up high. We all know one main goal is to lighten up our tool belts. But this is even more important when you're working above the ground. This tool allowed them to bring up one tool, the Bosch IDH182. They were able to use the 1/2″ sockets to attach their main supports, but they also needed a 1/4″ for smaller screws and fasteners. The 1/4″ drive also allowed them to use an adapter for their 3/8″ sockets. Instead of dealing with two tools, they completed the job with just one.
Now Bosch didn't just stop with the two tools in one, they also made this bad boy with a brushless motor, which means you get a longer life from this tool. As the famous infomercial says, but wait that's not all. On the base of the tool, a user can push a button and adjust between three different speeds. This adds versatility to the tool and allows it to be used for a variety of applications. Plus there is another button to control the three LED lights where you can leave them or off, a great feature to take away shadows and save battery life. As a contractor, it's up to you if you want longer run times or less weight. Bosch has a couple different kits, including the bare tool version. If you want a lighter tool, you can buy this with 2.0A/h batteries or if you desire longer run times, you can go with a 4.0A.h battery. With 1650 in. lbs of torque, its hard to find a job this can't tackle. While it is not the most powerful 1/2″ impact on the market it is one of the most powerful 1/4″ Hex impacts on the market.
Without going to much more into this tool, mainly because I want you to watch the video, I am going to end it here. Bottom line Bosch built an incredible tool that is not only innovative, but a tool that really helps the contractor with their daily work and allows them to become more efficient. The ergonomics of this tool in our and the contractors opinion are best in class.
Before I end this post, I also want to ask everyone for a favor. We want to hear your feedback about Tools in Action Pro and your feedback of your experience with the Bosch IDH182. If you like this video and segment, we encourage you to share this video with your friends, contractors you know and anyone who may be interested in the Bosch IDH182 Socket Ready Impact.
|Battery Chemistry||Lithium Ion|
|Drive||1/4″ Hex + 1/2″ Square Drive|
|No Load BPM||0-3,200 / 0-2,600 / 0-1,100|
|No Load RPM||0-2,800 / 0-2,000 / 0-1,300|
|Torque (in. lbs.)||0-1,650 / 0-900 / 0-400|
(2) – 18V Lithium-Ion 2.0 Ah Slimpack Batteries
(1) -Battery Charger
(1) – Lboxx 2
(2) – Exact Fit Insert Tray
(1) – Double-ended Impact Bit
(1) – Belt Clip