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Bosch DDS181-03 18V Compact Tough Drill Driver with (1) 1.5Ah and (1) 3.0Ah Batteries

by Bosch
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Bosch DDS181-01 18V Compact Tough Drill Driver with (2) 3.0Ah Batteries Bosch DDS181-01 18V Compact Tough Drill Driver with (2) 3.0Ah Batteries
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Product Features

  • 4-Pole High Performance Motor - For maximum power in the most compact size
  • New Patented Gear Train and Clutch - Enables most compact design in its class and lightest weight
  • Flexible Power System - Both DD and HDD are compatible with every 18V Li-ion Bosch battery
  • Ergonomic Grip Zone - Smallest diameter in market enables better gripping and greater comfort
  • New Ergonomic Design - Modified orientation relative to handle increase comfort

Product Information

Technical Details
Part NumberDDS181-03
Product Dimensions48.3 x 36.8 x 12.7 cm
Item model numberDDS181-03
Voltage18 volts
Item Package Quantity1
Batteries Included?Yes
Batteries Required?Yes
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #6,946 in Tools & Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight4.9 Kg
Date First AvailableJuly 29 2011
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Product Description

Amazon.ca Product Description

Ready for heavy-duty drilling applications in materials ranging from wood to metal, the small yet powerful Bosch DDS181-03 Compact Tough 18-volt lithium-ion 1/2-inch drill/driver's 7-inch head length is the smallest in its class, yet it delivers top performance. It works with all Bosch 18-volt lithium-ion batteries, and this kit includes one SlimPack 1.5 Ah HC (high-capacity) battery and one FatPack 3.0 Ah HC battery. They provide up to 50 percent more runtime over standard lithium-ion batteries and include an electronic battery fuel gauge to ensure you have enough power for the job.

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Compact and lightweight with included Slim Pack HC battery (view larger).


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Fast Speeds, High Torque, and Durable Construction

The DDS181-03 has two optimized speeds--one ideal for high-torque applications (0-500 RPM) and one ideal for high-speed applications (0-1,700 RPM)--and it provides a maximum of 600 inch-pounds of torque. The 4-pole open frame motor and newly developed gearbox provide exceptional power for such a compact drill/driver. The 18+1 clutch settings included in this Compact Tough model and a variable-speed trigger help you match the best speed to the job, so you can achieve precise results. It can drive 500 screws per charge using the included 3.0 Ah HC battery.

Balanced Design and Easy Bit Changes

The ergonomically designed handle and soft-grip wrapped housing offer a comfortable fit for extended working time. The DDS181-03 comes complete with a single-sleeve 1/2-inch auto-lock chuck for one-handed bit changes, as well as increased drill-bit capacity for versatility. And for even greater convenience, LEDs provide illumination when you are working in dark or enclosed areas.

Flexible Power System

In addition to the 1.5 and 3.0 Ah HC lithium batteries included in this kit, this drill/driver can be used with Bosch's batteries from its 18-volt line--including the 1.3 Ah Slim Pack battery (model BAT609) and the 2.6 Ah Fat Pack battery (model BAT618). If you're looking for a lightweight option, the SlimPack is the perfect choice. If longer runtime is what you need, the FatPack will do the job.

ProVantage Guarantee

The DDS181-03 comes with the ProVantage three-year protection plan, which guarantees two years of battery protection and one year of tool protection. Under this plan, you can receive two years of free battery replacements, tool replacement for one year, and a free tool repair package for the second and third years.

What's in the Box

One Bosch DDS181-03 Compact Tough drill/driver kit with one SlimPack 18-Volt HC Lithium-Ion 1.5Ah battery, one FatPack 18-Volt HC Lithium-Ion 3.0Ah battery with fuel gauge, one 30-minute charger, one carrying case, bits, and operating instructions.

At a Glance
Bosch DDS181-03 Compact Tough Drill Driver Kit
At a Glance:
  • Powered by Bosch 18-volt lithium-ion batteries

  • Maximum runtime from 1.5 Ah SlimPack HC & 3.0 Ah FatPack batteries (one of each included)

  • Two speed settings (0-500 RPM and 0-1,700 RPM)

  • Maximum of 600 inch-pounds of torque

  • 18+1 clutch settings and a variable-speed trigger

  • Three-year ProVantage protection plan
At a Glance

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From the Manufacturer

Complete the job with ease with the BOSCH Best Built 18-Volt Compact Tough 1/2-Inch Lithium-Ion Drill/Driver Kit. It is ready for all materials from wood to metal. Enjoy the benefit of having the lightest, most compact and most comfortable heavy duty 18V Lithium-Ion drill with Bosch. A powerful and highly efficient 4-Pole motor delivers top performance with strong power and runtime maximizing your efficiency on the job site. This drill/driver works will all of Bosch 18V Lithium-Ion batteries and chargers for maximum versatility. This kit includes a convenient 30-minute lithium-ion charger, (1) Slim Pack 18-Volt HC Lithium-Ion 1.5Ah battery and (1) 18-Volt HC Lithium-Ion 3.0Ah battery with fuel gauges and a tough hard case.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Pierre
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I really appreciated this powerful drill driver, used to tap maple trees near my sugarhouse in Quebec, Canada. The 3.0 Ah HC battery last for more than 110 maple trees per charge. I hope to be able to produce a lot of tasty maple syrup in the spring of 2013!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Quality Drill for the Price Jan. 27 2013
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I purchased this drill on sale but having had it for a few weeks now, I wouldn't hesitate to buy this at full price - it is that good.

The torque and easy of use for a battery powered tool makes it a valued part of my tool kit. The fact it ships with 2 batteries and the batteries are part of the warranty make it all the better - not having to worry about running out of power in the middle of a project.

The only reason I didn't give it a 5* rating was that it only shipped with one bit. I recognize that most people will have their own drill bits already however given the normal price of the unit and the fact it is a drill driver - having a few of the most common bits would be appreciated.

Overall, a great item to have and certainly a testament to the quality of most Bosch products.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Given as a gift April 4 2013
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This drill was given to my brother as a gift, to replace his original 70's Bosch which was still working well, but looking kind of tired and worn. He was happy to get it and is very pleased with it's versatility and light weight design. It is light enough and easy to work with, as well as tough and loaded with power, to do just about any drilling/driving job that he is faced with. He was especially happy that it came with the two rechargeable batteries. The quick charge option is great when he has to do a repair, but doesn't have the time to wait to power up, after having not used the drill for awhile. It is fully charged in a very short time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very well built and engineered product! Dec 27 2012
By Tony M
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A very well built and engineered product! It does the job very well and the spare battery is very useful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good tool June 12 2014
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great price on sale with impact driver have used for awhile no problems so far have had others ,battery probs. these are fine
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Drill May 11 2014
By Earmotion TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I am a convert. I have owned and used many small tools in my life from various manufacturers. My tools chest used to be mostly red (Milwaukee) but recently it is starting to turn Blue(ish). I still love my old, Milwaukee Sawzall and my Portaband and older cordless hammer drill but Milwaukee's latest cordless tools just don't cut it for me. On the other hand these Bosch cordless drills a great. They sit in the hand very well, have excellent power for their weight and have great battery life. Bosch is definitely keeping their quality high, unlike some of the other tool manufacturers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Drill Jan. 15 2014
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I work in construction with a small crew and have two Bosch impacts and two of these drills. Best drills around IMHO.
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