New Bosch Drills Offer Active Response Technology™

Bosch’s Active Response Technology™

One of the exciting new product features that Bosch is introducing this year is their Active Response Technology™. This year at the 2014 World of Concrete I had a chance to experience this new technology and I was blown away. Have you ever been using a heavy duty drill when it bound up? Did your wrist feel like it was going to snap off? Maybe you took the handle in the ribs? No need to worry about that with the new Active Response Technology™.


Active Response Technology™ on DDH181X and HDH181X

Mount Prospect, Ill., March 25, 2013 -Bosch Power Tools is introducing two innovative 18V heavy duty drill and hammer/drill drivers – the DDH181X and HDH181X, respectively – designed to answer trade demands for greater control, maximum power and best-built durability. Both tools feature the innovative Active Response TechnologyTM, which allows professionals to tackle high-torque applications efficiently and effectively while reducing the risk of dangerous kickback.

Superior Control

The DDH181X and HDH181X are equipped with Bosch’s patent-pending Active Response TechnologyTM, which reduces the risk of harmful torque reactions in bind-up situations. An integrated acceleration sensor limits the tool’s rotation by detecting sudden movements and cuts off motor current, thus stopping the tool and making handling easier and more convenient.

Both tools are compatible with all Bosch 18V Lithium-Ion batteries and are well balanced, weighing five or less pounds and measuring less than nine inches in length. A new auxiliary handle included with each drill/driver features 23 positions and a tongue-and-groove locking structure for maximum control.


Ultimate Jobsite Durability

Working efficiently sometimes means that tools take a beating on the jobsite. This is why Bosch created the DDH181X and HDH181X to be Brute ToughTM. Built with the exclusive Durashield™ housing and all metal gearbox, these new drivers are capable of surviving 20 drops from a height of 3 meters onto solid concrete – more than 20 times as many drops as competitors.* They also come with electronic motor and cell protection to help prevent overheating and overloading to extend the tool life and runtime.

Maximum Power

An optimized 4-pole motor delivers maximum power and efficiency through 700 inch-pounds of hard-torque in the DDH181X and 750 pounds of hard-torque in the HDH181X to handle the toughest drilling and driving applications, such as using holesaws and spade bits. And with a two-speed transmission and 25 clutch settings, Bosch has optimized available soft-torque for precise screw driving and improved speed for drilling.

Both drivers also feature Bosch’s Flexible Power System, making the tools compatible with every 18V Li-ion Bosch battery – a lightweight SlimPack for working overhead or a FatPack for longer runtime. All Bosch batteries feature Cool Pack Technology, which extends battery life through an advanced heat conductive housing. New in 2014, the addition of a 5.0 Ah FatPack to the Bosch battery offering, will add 25% more runtime (sold separately).

The Bosch 18V DDH181X Drill Driver retails for a suggested price of $279, while the Bosch 18V HDH181X Hammer Drill Driver retails for a suggested price of $299. Both 18V drivers will be offered in a kit with two 4.0 Ah FatPack batteries and charger, and will be available in May 2014 at authorized dealers nationwide. To find out more or to locate a dealer, visit or call 877-BOSCH-99.

*According to Bosch internal testing.


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Todd Fratzel

Todd Fratzel is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Tool Box Buzz, and the President of Front Steps Media, LLC, a web based media company focused on the Home Improvement and Construction Industry.He is also the Principal Engineer for United Construction Corp., located in Newport, NH. In his capacity at United he oversees the Residential and Commercial Building Division along with all Design-Build projects.He is also the editor of Home Construction & Improvement.

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