Source: TOOLS OF THE TRADE Magazine
Publication date: April 19, 2012

By Greg DiBernardo

Bosch Compact Tough (DDS181-02)

StoryID
1858896
ToolNumber
1
ComponentId
tcm:78-1630437

Battery: 18 volts; 1.5 Ah
Battery gauge: Yes; on battery
Weight: 3.42 pounds
Lenght 7-1/4 inches
RPM 0–500; 0–1,700
LED headlight: On base; no delay
Belt hook: Included
Web price: $190


Includes: Two batteries; charger; blow-molded plastic case
Warranty: 1 year tool, battery, and charger;
1 year free service; 30-day satisfaction guarantee; register for free ProVantage plan (3 years tool,
2 years battery, 1 year charger)
Country of origin: Mexico
Comments:—
Pro: Very short front-to-back; responsive trigger; includes battery gauge; available as bare tool (DDS181B)
Con: Light has no delay function

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Bosch Brute Tough (DDH181-01)

StoryID
1858896
ToolNumber
2
ComponentId
tcm:78-1630437

Battery: 18 volts; 3.0 Ah
Battery gauge: Yes; on battery
Weight: 4.72 pounds
Lenght 9-3/8 inches
RPM 0–380; 0–1,600
LED headlight: On base; no delay
Belt hook: Not available
Web price: $295


Includes: Two batteries; charger; side handle; blow-molded plastic case
Warranty: 1 year tool, battery, and charger; 1 year free service; 30-day satisfaction guarantee; register for free ProVantage plan (3 years tool,
2 years battery, 1 year charger)
Country of origin: Malaysia
Comments:—
Pro: Comfortable grip; responsive trigger; includes battery gauge; available as bare tool (DDH181B)
Con: Light has no delay function

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DeWalt 20V MAX (DCD780C2)

StoryID
1858896
ToolNumber
3
ComponentId
tcm:78-1630437

Battery: 18 volts; 1.5 Ah
Battery gauge: No
Weight: 3.50 pounds
Lenght 7-11/16 inches
RPM 0–600; 0–2,000
LED headlight: Above trigger; 20-second delay
Belt hook: Included
Web price: $200


Includes: Two batteries; charger; plastic case
Warranty: 3 years tool, charger, and battery; 1 year free service tool and charger; 90-day satisfaction guarantee
Country of origin: China
Comments:—
Pro: Very compact; thin comfortable grip; high top speed; right-sized case just big enough for what it needs to hold
Con: Feels somewhat less powerful than other compact models; chuck partially blocks light and creates a blind spot

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DeWalt 20V MAX (DCD980L2)

StoryID
1858896
ToolNumber
4
ComponentId
tcm:78-1630437

Battery: 18 volts; 3.0 Ah
Battery gauge: No
Weight: 5.22 pounds
Lenght 9-3/8 inches
RPM 0–575; 0–1,350; 0–2,000
LED headlight: Above trigger; 20-second delay
Belt hook: Sold separately
Web price: $280


Includes: Two batteries; charger; side handle; plastic case
Warranty: 3 years tool, charger, and battery; 1 year free service tool and charger; 90-day satisfaction guarantee
Country of origin: Mexico
Comments:—
Pro: Good power; three-speed gear box; noticeably higher max rpm than other models; thin comfortable grip, sturdy metal side handle
Con: Heavier than average; belt clip not included; trigger not very sensitive; chuck partially blocks light and creates a blind spot

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Festool T 18+3

StoryID
1858896
ToolNumber
5
ComponentId
tcm:78-1630437

Battery: 18 volts; 3.0 Ah
Battery gauge: Yes; on tool
Weight: 4.22 pounds
Lenght 8 inches
RPM 0–450; 0–1,500
LED headlight: Above trigger; 1.5-second delay
Belt hook: Two included; one on either side of battery
Web price: $625


Includes: Two batteries; charger; Centrotec chuck; right-angle chuck; eccentric chuck; Systainer case
Warranty: 3 years tool, battery, and charger; 30-day satisfaction guarantee
Country of origin: Germany
Comments:—
Pro: Good power; superior runtime; includes four chuck options: standard, right angle, offset, and Centrotec; brushless motor; very sensitive trigger; electronic clutch; drill/drive modes separate from clutch
Con: Expensive; clutch adjustment wheel is easily knocked off setting; dual-sided belt hook is nice idea but harder to use than others; only tool in the battery system

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