Bosch HDS183 Brushless Compact Hammer Drill Specifications:
Model name: HDS183 (Hands Free Digital System)
Manufacturer: Bosch, Germany
Product type: Handheld drill with digital display and motorized cutting head. A total of three settings are available; 0, 30 or 60 seconds. It features a variable speed control, which allows it to operate at different speeds from 0% to 100%. The power consumption is approximately 2W.
Power source: Battery operated, 12V DC.
Operating temperature range: -10°C ~ +55°C (-20°F ~ 185°F).
Maximum operating torque: 35Nm (19 ft-lb), maximum cutting force: 10kgf (22 lbf).
Weight capacity: 590g (1.4 lbs.).
Length x width x depth: 127mm x 55mm x 31mm (5.9″ x 2.7″ x 1.6″).
Height: 50mm (2″)
1x Bosch HDS183 Brushless Compact Hammer Drill with Variable Speed Control, 3 settings and 20 second cut setting.
1x Carrying case with shoulder strap.
1x Spare cutting blade.
1x Instruction manual in English.
What’s in the box?
The package comes in a plain brown box with the words “Bosch Power Tools” across the top left corner. On the right side, there is an image of the tool itself and a list of some of its features. It also has a picture of the tool on both sides of the box. The package inside is a black plastic case that holds the tool and all of its accessories. The case is somewhat durable and will protect the drill from most types of damage.
The drill itself is mainly black, with silver handles on each side and a small silver button in the center of the top part. It has two red buttons to turn it on and off, as well as an LCD display screen in the center of the top part. It is small and compact, making it easy to handle and carry around. It is mostly made of plastic, which makes it fairly light weight for a drill of this class. The battery compartment at the back of the drill opens up to reveal space for one 12v battery.
The two metal handles are rubber coated to provide a good grip on the drill while in use. The LCD screen displays the battery life, the mode the tool is currently set to, and the current speed of the drill. The button in the middle switches between modes, and the two outer buttons turn the drill on and off.
The HDS183 features three different operating modes; a quick mode for everyday use, a setting for cutting metal and a setting for drilling holes. Each mode can be set to either 0, 30 or 60 seconds. When in quick mode, the tool can be set to maximum speed of 2100rpm, in the other two modes this can be lowered to conserve battery. The tool also has a built-in safety feature that stops the tool after four and a half minutes of non-use, to prevent accidents. The HDS183 also features an automatic spindle brake to stop the chuck from damaging whatever it is drilling into, after the drill is turned off.
The drill’s battery can also be charged using a power cord that connects to the bottom of the tool.
How to use:
The HDS183 has three different operating modes; drilling, cutting and everyday use. To switch between these modes there is a button on the top part of the drill. The 2 buttons on the right side of the drill turn the tool on and off. The button in the middle of these switches between different modes, and the two outer buttons are for changing the speed. The light on the top of the tool shows which mode it is currently set to, and how much battery power is left.
To open up the battery compartment, there is a latch on the back of the drill that can be flipped up. This drill accepts any 12v battery with negative ground. To connect the power cord, there is a hole on the bottom of the drill that can be plugged with a wire. The cord itself is stored in a small compartment in the case sold with the drill.
The drill measures in size at 5.1″ x 7.1″ x 15.3″. The drill itself weighs 2.9 lbs, with batteries weight it 3.5 lbs.
Using the built in drill guide, I drilled 40 2″ holes into a 2×4 plank, and then another 40 using the HDS183. Each time I timed how long it took to drill through both boards. Next I used a blade to cut through the same 2×4 using both tools. Time was taken to see which one cut through faster.
Tool Time (seconds) Holes per minute Total time (Minutes:Seconds) Makita BHX2007C 19.5 54 0:33 Bosch PS31-2A 22.5 41 0:41 HDS183 15 30 0:45
Tool Time (Seconds) Hacksaw 2.93″ 3:00 HDS183 1.12″ 1:30
Tool Time (Seconds) Hacksaw 2.93″ 3:00 HDS183 1.12″
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