Hammer Drills and Drill/Drivers
Bosch has released the second generation of its Brute Tough nicad-powered cordless hammer drills and drill/drivers, which have a range of features designed to provide the durability to stand up to rigorous conditions: all-metal planetary gears, unibody construction that maintains clutch, gear train, and motor alignment, a DuraShield housing, specially designed battery-to-tool interface, and a metal collar around the chuck. The 15618 18-volt hammerdrill/driver (shown) runs 500 rpm faster and offers 50 more inch-pounds of torque and two times more bpm compared to the previous model. It drills 35% faster in wood and 63% faster in masonry, concrete, and sheet metal, the maker says. Price: $289. 877-267-2499.