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.

18 Volt Cordless Combo Kit Head to Head

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.

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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.

About the author

Philip Benevides

Phil is a 28-year old Air Force Veteran who decided to transform his passion for construction and home improvement into a career. Inspired by his Grandfather who built his home from the ground up with his bare hands in Portugal, he received his formal training in Carpentry at the North Bennett Street School in Boston, MA. Phil continues to grow his skills as a lead carpenter, managing job sites in and around Boston, and a Captain in the Air National Guard bettering himself as a leader. He loves exploring new building products and construction methods to solve job-site problems and reviewing tools for the pro-contractor and serious DIYer.

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10 Comments

  1. Bryndin

    Sorry but I disagree with the ridgid even with the warranty it’s brutal batteries suck and either are stuck in tool or won’t click in and if you take it back chances are the warranty is life time but they will hold on for ever in getting it fixed and back to you if it breaks just go but something else really.

    1. Todd Fratzel

      Bryndin – I’ll have to disagree with your assessment. I use Ridgid cordless tools all the time, and my crew does as well, and they have performed very well. We’ve never had trouble with batteries getting stuck or not clicking into place. If you properly fill out the warranty there really isn’t an issue at all getting them replaced.

      1. Bret T

        I agree, although I own Milwaukee M-12 and M-18 lines, I’ve been purchasing Ridgid tools for my individual crew members who don’t take care of their tools . . . i.e. misplace and or trash them rapidly . . . I clean and where possible service my tools weekly, most of my men do not. That being said, I’ve used and watched Ridgid tools being used and abused. Rigid is a quality product and the value is truly outstanding. Are the Ridgid products as good as the M-12 and M-18 line???? Certainly they are not as extensive, not quite as powerful but they feel solid in ones hands, they do the job asked of them, albeit not quite as powerfully as the M18’s. If the Ridgid line were as extensive as the Milwaukee, if it updated and offered new selections of tools more frequently, there is no way I could justify buying M-18 line because of the $$ premium one has to pay for the Milwaukee line. The truth is, from my experience . . . Rigid, Milwaukee, Dewalt, Makita, and Bosch all offer tools that I could only dream of 20 years ago . . . . heck , , I’m not even sure I could dream of these tools 20 years ago they are all so good. For me, the most important determinant of tool line is “one battery for all tools” and extensive tool line. If I were starting from scratch . . . and I will be doing just that in a few months . . . It would be a very difficult decision on which line to build a foundation on.

        1. Todd Fratzel

          Bret – Couldn’t agree more. Ridgid is a hidden gem in our industry. Not many people realize, but Ridgid is owned by the same parent company that owns Milwaukee (TTI).

  2. Michael Frontera

    Great review guys! I know this was a tremendous amount of work. I am an electrician and have always been a DeWalt guy But Milwaukee as of late has really been killing it. I already have some M12 tools but I just can’t do another battery platform. I have already invested in about 9 or 10 DeWalt 20v max batteries. Thanks Guys!

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  5. Aaron

    I’ve used rigid cordless tools for the last 11 years. My first set, including the hammer drill, impact and sawzall worked great and lasted 8 years. Since then I’ve been replacing tools one after another. If I could I would replace them all with the originals. Despite their weight and size they were by far the best I’ve ever owned. The new ones weigh less are more compact and break far too easy. Now I have to decide weather I go with the Milwaukee m18 fuel or the dewalt.

  6. Steve

    Just a comment about battery voltages. ALL the tools have 18-volt batteries. Some claim 20 volt, but that’s misleading. Li-Ion cells are all 3.6 volts. All the tools have 5 cells. 3.6 x 5 = 18 volts. Sure, after a full charge you might be about to read 20 volts with a meter, but that would be the case with any of the manufacturer’s batteries.

    1. Todd Fratzel

      You are correct Steve. Marketing mumbo jumbo!

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