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Our In-Depth Review of Bosch CLPK222-181 Combo Kit for 2019

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Editor Rating: 4.6/5

Excellent

Bosch CLPK222-181 Combo Kit Review

Reviewed by: Timothy Henderson

Last modifiedSep 25, 2019 @ 11:04 pm

  • Design
  • Functionality
  • Price

Review Summary:

Ever since combo kits appeared, more and more people decide on buying them. That’s because buying tools in bulk is cheaper, but it’s also more practical. Nothing makes you happier than getting a good deal on something. The CLPK222-181 Bosch tool set will provide all those benefits, plus, you’ll get a couple of handy, high-quality tools.

The impact driver and hammer drill found in this set look and function much like any other similar tools, but the main difference is in the LED battery level indicator. We can’t figure out why that’s not a standard feature for all cordless tools, but these have them, and they are efficient. Having a battery indicator helps you know how much juice is left in the batteries, so you can time your work without having to wait for the charger to do its thing.

The set includes the 25618 Hex impact driver and the HDH181X 1/2″ Brute Tough Hammer Drill/driver. They both have built-in LED work lights, and they come in a stylish carry bag for more comfortable carrying and storing. So, if it sounds good so far, wait until you get to the details of each tool!

Specifications:

  • Number of tools: 2
  • Weight: 14 lbs
  • Batteries: Two 2.0 Ah Li-ion batteries included
  • Voltage: 18V
  • Warranty: 1-year limited

Bosch CLPK222-181 Combo Kit – The Basics


As we said earlier, this Bosch tool set contains two tools: the impact driver and the very powerful hammer drill. They have all of the standard features shared with most other cordless tool manufacturers, but they also have some unique benefits to offer. The first one is, of course, the battery level indicator that completely changes the way we use these tools.

The 25618 Impact Driver is a standard feature in many different Bosch toolsets. It delivers up to 1,500 inch-pounds of torque and up to 2,800 RPM. When used to as an impact driver, it produces up to 3,200 blows per minute. It sits well in hand and feels balanced. The compact design allows you to squeeze into some tighter areas where other tools won’t fit, giving this device even more value for the money.

Then, we have the HDH181X 1/2″ Brute Tough Hammer Drill Driver, which is one of the best such tools we’ve tested. It produces up to 752 in. lbs. of torque and a maximum speed of 1,800 RPM. The impact rate maximum is 27,750, so there’s little that this hammer drill won’t be able to chew through. The included adjustable handle provides all the control you need to get the toughest of jobs done in no time. Without further a due, let’s get into the details.

The Features


25618 Impact Driver


A good impact driver should be able to cope with every task with ease. The 25618 helped us install 1/2″ lag bolts into pressure treated lumber without an effort, so it’s safe to say that this is a good impact driver. It’s got a quick-change chuck system that accepts all 1/4″ bits.

The high-performance motor with metal gears will drive the bit to 2,800 RPM and 3,200 BPM, providing enough power and control for almost any task. The tool feels well-balanced, and the soft padded handle provides a firm grip when you work. One of the most significant traits you get with this tool is the short head that allows you to use it in tighter areas where other devices can’t fit.

You will be able to drill a lot of holes on a single charge. We tried drilling holes on a 400 square foot deck, and the battery was only half-depleted when we were done. It will also help you loosen rusty nuts and bolts in a matter of seconds. Plumbers and other handymen widely use this great tool because it gets the job done without any issues.

HDH181X Brute Tough Hammer Drill Driver


The HDH181X hammer drill driver is just what you need when you want to hammer things out. It’s got 752 in.lbs. of torque, which will make short work of any type of project you might encounter. The ergonomics are impressive, but they’ve also added some extra features like the active response technology which reduces kickback.

You can say goodbye to sprain wrists as you won’t have to hit a nail by hand again. Drilling large holes through wood is also much easier with the HDH181X. The multiple speed settings allow you to choose between 0-420 RPM or 0-1,800 RPM. The impact rate is a jaw-dropping 27,750. Since the motor is so powerful, the hammer drill is a little heavier than the impact driver, but it feels well-balanced.

When the going gets tough, you can use the 320-degree adjustable handle for extra control. The tool-less chuck is easy to operate, easier than many other models on the market. Once it grabs a bit, it won’t be able to slip even if you put it under a lot of pressure. The depth gauge rod makes it easy for you to keep track of the depth of each hole.

Accessories and warranty


You will get a 1-year limited warranty with the purchase, but that can be extended to a full 3-year warranty for a small fee. Every purchase includes two 18-volt batteries and a charger, but you also get an auxiliary handle, a belt clip, a handy magnetic bit holder, 2 screwdriver bits, and the carrying bag.

25618 Impact Driver

Pros:

N

Powerful tools

N

Batteries included

N

Battery indicators

Cons:

N

The hammer drill is heavy

R

Things we liked about it

We tested out many different cordless power tools, but only Bosch tool sets have battery indicators. Both tools performed well on our tests. The hammer drill is super-powerful, and it doesn’t put a considerable strain on your wrists even during the toughest of tasks. Bosch tools are among our favorites for a reason. They always provide impressive results.

Q

Things we didn’t like

The hammer drill is a little heavier than what we were expecting, but that turned out to be positive in the end. Holding it up causes some fatigue, but the strain on the writs is reduced to almost nothing.

General Impressions


This is the best-rated Bosch tool set on the internet. Over 92% of users have given it a 5 out of 5 stars, which says more than we ever could. The comment we ran into the most is that both tools work as advertised, which is hard to find these days.

Conclusion


The Black & Decker BDEDMT definitely serves its purpose well with its speed adjustment feature, fast attachment changing, smart and ergonomic design, and a powerful 4.0 AMP motor.

It is, above everything else, a genuinely inexpensive but reliable power tool. In our opinion, it’s a quality choice for all those who’d like to save some money and space but still be able to perform various operations with their corded drill.