Hammer time! Hammer Drill Bosch HDS181-02 Review

Currently $270 BELOW RETAIL PRICE!
See Special Price

Surely one of the best hammer drills on the market today! Our Bosch HDS181-02 Review will show you why this compact, powerful hammer drill is getting such good ratings all round! Incredible Lithium Ion battery life, clever features, and all for a remarkably low price!
Assembled Depth19"
Assembled Height4.5"
Assembled Width14.5"
Batteries Included?Yes
Battery TypeLithium Ion
Battery Charge Time60mins
Blows per Minute27,000 bpm
Certifications and Listings1-UL Listed, CSA Listed
Charger Included?Yes
Chuck Size1/2"
Chuck TypeKeyless
Color FamilyBlue
Manufacturer Warrenty1 Year, 3 Year ProVantage
Maximum Speed1,700 rpm
Product Weight10 lb
Returnable30 Day Money Back Guarantee
Side Hole IncludedYes
Variable SpeedYes
Voltage18 V

Click here to see Latest Amazon Discount for Bosch HDS181-02 



  • 4-Pole Open Frame Motor gives high power in a compact size
  • Ergonomically designed and with soft grip giving a comfortable hold
  • Durashield housing gives greater protection from external impacts and damage
  • Optional Flexible Power System (FPS™) Provides Choice of Max Run Time or Minimum Weight
  • One handed bit changes
  • LED Light focuses on front of drill for ease of placement
  • Soft-Grip Wrapped Housing – Fits comfortably in hand for extended working time
  • Variable Speed Trigger for full control over various task requirements
  • Bosch Lithium-ion HC batteries – Provides up to 50% more runtime, and performs excellently even in cold temperatures
  • Bosch Advanced Lithium-ion Technology delivers optimized performance through Electronic Cell Protection (ECP™), Unique Pack Design which keeps the battery cooler, and Electronic Motor Protection (EMP™) which protects motor in heavy duty applications


  • Comes with standard chuck. You may need to add a quick connect bit yourself if you prefer.

Date first available: JUNE 2011

Top Rating

The Bosch HDS181-02 is already something of a legend. Read our Bosch HDS181-02 review to see why. This is the model that many people attribute to making that first decision to purchase a hammer drill, many having heard through word of mouth. The spark for this rush to purchase was the product’s initial reviews on Amazon – which for a while were running at a perfect 5.0, something that is very rare in any field, not just power tools. At last check it is still performing incredibly (4.9), but that perfect 5 got a lot of buzz going for the HDS181-02.

Powerful and Compact

In my opinion (and clearly many others too) the HDS181-02 lives up to the hype. It’s compact, comfortable, easy to grip and only weight 3.6 lbs, but don’t let all this fool ya – it still wields considerable power. Power enough to drill a 1/2 inch hole in cement in a few seconds, with over 600 in-lbs of torque and up to 27,000 blows per minute. If you use a carbide bit you could probably sign your name in the sidewalk in a matter of minutes.

Long-lasting, Quick-charging

It lasts a long time too on the batteries (I highly recommend getting the kit that comes with the high capacity batteries, charger and case) and the high capacity batteries charge in about 30 mins. Perfect time to grab breakfast and a coffee before you head out the door to work all day. You’ll need to stop and recharge yourself more than you’ll need to recharge the drill!

One Handed Changes

If you are working a lot on a variety of different tasks as well, you’ll likely find the speedy one handed but change to be a real timesaver. It’s one of those simple features that can really make a difference over the course of hours, days and weeks working with the same tool. The same goes for the light at the bottom of the drill – this nicely illuminates where you are working, which can make a nice difference.

Incredible Value

Bosch HDS181-02 Review: As far as price goes, the most I have seen this advertised at is $450, the lowest I have found it at is on deal at Amazon for $219 (And free shipping). If you need a cordless hammer drill, getting this excellent piece of machinery for a couple hundred bucks is well worth it.

Click here to see Latest Amazon Discount for Bosch HDS181-02

Go here to see more hammer drills.


ProVantage logoAt a Glance


HDS181-02 useHDS181-02 main