18 Volt Cordless Combo Kit Head to Head
Bosch 18-Volt Lithium Ion Cordless Tool [Purchased Individually] 5-Piece Kit
No Model # – $737
1 Year Limited Warranty
Bosch is very focused on promoting their L-BOXX or “Click and Go” system, and been pushing their customers to embrace the integrated storage system by including them with a purchase of certain tools. This is a rugged, stackable storage box, that has become their main focus of Bosch’s brand and cordless tool platform, as a result we decided to pair the Bosch tools with their respective L-BOXX’s, to present the unique way Bosch approaches tool storage. Now this concept comes at a price, both literally, and figuratively. The kit compiled clocked in at a whopping $737 average price and if you aren’t a L-BOXX kind of person, maybe you prefer bags or rugged cases that get abused in trucks or job-boxes, this may be too niche for you. Regardless these Bosch tools are top of the line and well worth the cost.
We looked at the following Bosch 18-volt tools:
- CCS180BL Circular saw [4.0 Ah battery with charger] Paired with Exact-Fit tray, and L-BOXX-3.
- CRS180BL Reciprocating saw operates at 2700 SPM, has a 1-1/8 inch blade stroke and weighs 6-pounds.
- IDH182 Impact driver [IDH182-02L] [2- 2.0 Ah batteries with charger] features the Socket Ready all-in-one tool holder, which combines a 1/4-inch hex and 1/2-inch drive into receiver and “Performance Control System,” [PCS].
- HD182 Drill driver delivers up to 1,700 RPMs for drilling applications; alongside the additional hammer drill function for drilling in masonry
- CFL180 Work light is a lithium-ion flashlight, uses a Halogen bulb, and operates for 4 hours on one battery charge.
Bosch’s CCS180 18-volt circular saw was the crews favorite tool in this 5-tool kit. It is heavy duty, powerful, and ideal for the professional contractor. We tested run time on 3⁄4-inch AdvanTech sub-floor plywood and this saw ripped 228 feet on one battery charge. Read more about this test in A Concord Carpenter’s 18 Volt Cordless Circular Saw Head to Head. The saw is paired with an L-BOXX3 and weighs 15-pounds. The 6 1/2-inch saw blade just makes it through framing material. The lower guard has an anti-snag design that allows easy thin material and angle cutting, easing into the work piece. I found this saw accurate, controllable, light, and the best part extremely long runtime. This saw came with a Bosch 4.0Ah Lithium-ion battery and charger, a $ 100 value if purchased separately.
The Bosch CFL180 lithium-ion flashlight uses a Halogen bulb and is the weak link in this Bosch cordless kit. It’s almost as if the Bosch engineers outsourced this tool design to Fisher Price. Operationally, it hangs easy, gives 360 degree coverage and is compact but the wide angle beam and light quality is not great. The light operates for 4 hours on one battery charge. Having a compact, durable high quality light is important in my book. Bosch needs to rethink their strategy on this one.
The Click and Go system allows several L-BOXX’s to be clicked together allowing you to move and transport tools using two transport modes; a four wheel cart called a L-DOLLY and a two wheeler called an L-CART. Although these are add on accessories, we felt this aggressive strategy to incorporate storage system is worthy enough to include with Bosch’s kit.
We give the Bosch cordless kit a 4 out of 5 stars, it was a top performer in our testing and definitely professional quality. The L-BOXX kits provide a unique way to improve productivity by allowing customizable organization, better transportation and storage. The L-BOXX is the double edged sword for Bosch providing innovative storage solutions but trending blue away from a complete kit. Perhaps with a 5-piece kit including all L-BOXXes and accessories Bosch could score a perfect 5 out of 5 stars.
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