Bosch PSB 1800 Li Cordless Combi Drill Review 2018 – 2019

You’re likely going to need a cordless drill when carrying out occasional DIY projects or home improvement projects. A good combi drill, in this case, should have longer battery life and should come with easy-to-use controls suited for several tasks. Since there are numerous cordless drills (differentiated by their manufactures and features), it can be daunting to find the best one.

In this particular review, Bosch PSB 1800 Li Cordless Combi Drill will be the main product under discussion.

Why Buy a Combi Drill?

Also known as a combination drill, a combi drill features drilling and driving screws and a hammer-drilling mode (for harder surfaces). The device can come in handy when working on DIY or home improvement projects involving both hard and soft surfaces. Among the tasks you can accomplish using a combination drill include constructing flat-pack furniture, hanging picture hooks, and drilling holes on brick walls.

What Factors Should You Consider?

The level of attention you pay when choosing a combination drill for your upcoming drilling project matters a lot. Choose a cordless drill that is versatile to help you efficiently execute different tasks. Ensure it has a keyless chuck to make swapping between various drill bits more comfortable and a hammer-action function for masonry projects. Highlighted below are the main features we advise you to look out for in a combi drill.

  • Voltage – A low power drill is ideal for light, indoor tasks such as constructing flat-pack furniture and putting up curtain poles. A high-powered one, on the other hand, is suitable for heavy-duty drilling projects.
  • Maximum torque & torque settings – The maximum turning force of a cordless drill helps determine whether it can drill into hard surfaces such as brick. Torque settings help you apply the right power onto a screw to avoid stripping the screw head.
  • Chuck size – The chuck size range for cordless drills is 3/8 inch (10mm) to 1/2 inch (13mm). A 13-mm chuck can accommodate larger bits (giving you more hole size options) while a 10-mm chuck can accommodate smaller bits.
  • Battery capacity – Since Ah is the standard unit for measuring battery capacities in drills, a battery that can last longer on a full charge has more Ah (Amp-hours). Note that a long charge time doesn’t automatically translate to longer battery life.
  • Charger – Though cordless drills come with a charger of recharge times ranging from 15 minutes to 3 hours, longer recharge time isn’t crucial for a charger. The charger should come equipped with tools such as feedback circuitry and temperature sensors to help protect the battery.
  • Speed – Choose a drill with a 2-speed switch and variable speed controls, which make it easier to slow down the pace when driving screws or increase it when drilling holes.
  • Clutch – With an adjustable clutch on your drill, it’s easy to disengage the drive shaft even when the motor is still running. The clutch settings help fine-tune the amount of power a cordless drill gives.
  • Handgrip – The texture and contour of the handgrip on a drill should help you comfortably use the device across different applications.

 

What is Bosch PSB 1800 Li Best Used for?

 

Bosch PSB 1800 Li is a cordless (2-speed) hammer driver/drill designed to deliver high levels of power throughout a drilling project. You can use PSB 1800 Li to work on drilling projects that require maximum endurance and optimum power thanks to the Bosch Syneon Chip attached to it. The hammer drill also features a second battery to act as a backup during power outages.

 

The Bosch auto-lock feature comes with an integrated keyless chuck feature. With this modification, it’s easier and faster than ever to change drill and screwdriver bits. Based on its design, PSB 1800 Li seeks to help users balance between torque and speed in drilling projects. The device features a 2-speed high-performance gearbox for efficient power transfer and increased smoothness.

 

Pros

  • Ideal drill for DIY enthusiasts since it an easy-to-use multipurpose drill with a soft-touch plastic grip handle (just like an impact driver)
  • Can work in dark areas thanks to the integrated LED light that offers optimum illumination
  • Lithium-ion battery lasts long and reaches full-power charge faster to provide limited power supply when working on a variety of drilling projects
  • Optimum power for every drilling application provided by the 20 pre-selectable torque settings and drill/hammer drill settings on the device
  • Excellent build quality that guarantees the highest degree of performance smoothness and efficient power transfer
  • Innovative chip technology that helps manage the coordination of gears, motor, and battery in the drill. Thanks to the intelligent chip, users get the right amount of energy needed for a drilling project.
  • Versatile since it can help facilitate impact drilling in wood, drilling, and screw driving

 

Cons

  • Motor burns out in less than two years making it difficult to continue using the device even in the most urgent drilling projects
  • The hammer drill can’t go through a wall built of standard red brick hence unsuitable for users with drilling projects that in brick houses/structures
  • Since it cuts out when it gets too hot when working on a thick piece of wood, the drill requires time to cool or else it becomes a health and safety hazard
  • The carry case lacks lidded compartments for storing screw bits and drills, among other small items. The few compartmented pockets on the case can’t securely hold small items.

 

Bosch PSB 1800 Li is a multipurpose combination drill with features suited for driving screws or drilling holes in both soft and hard surfaces. Among its impressive features (when compared to other drills) are multiple torque settings, integrated LED light, keyless chuck, and interchangeable batteries. You can comfortably use the device in confined spaces and dim-lit or dark areas at your convenience.