bosch cordless drill review

Bosch GSB 18V-55




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The Bosch GSB 18V-55 cordless drill is one of the above-average devices in almost all monitored parameters. With a battery voltage of 18 V, the drill can handle demanding applications. The capacity of the 4 Ah battery is one of the higher ones and provides enough power for longer work. A second battery is also included. Charging the battery in 45 minutes is not the fastest in our test, but it is still among the above-average values. A great feature is the low weight of this model, namely 1 kg without a battery. This cordless drill fits both in the workshop of a do-it-yourselfer and in a professional suitcase.

Drilling ratings

The maximum diameter of a hole drilled in wood is slightly below 35 mm. On the contrary, thanks to the larger chuck size, it is possible to drill a hole with a diameter of up to 13 mm in the steel. A torque of 55 Nm is sufficient for all typical applications. The impact function allows you to drill holes in complex masonry, which can be described as a clear benefit. However, the performance of the cordless drill cannot be compared with the version of the cable model. Reverse and smooth speed adjustment allow easy work with the device.
Parameter Makita DHP485
Chuck Capacity 13 mm
No Load Speed (Hi) 0 – 1,800 rpm
No Load Speed (Lo) Unisex0 – 500 rpm
Voltage 18 V
Max. in Wood 35 mm
Max. in Masonry 13 mm
Max. in Steel 13 mm
Battery Type Li-ion
Weight 1 kg
Battery capacity (ah) 5 ah
Brushless Motor Yes
Reverse Yes
Max Fastening Torque (Soft Joint) 55 Nm

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Expert Review

A few dozen users, both long-term and short-term, have experience with this drill. Most agree that the drill is strong and reliable, its battery lasts a long time and charges quickly. They also confirm that it holds well and is not too heavy. A few users agreed that it is not very good at drilling in concrete. In this case, it stucks.


The advantage of the Bosch GSB 18V-55 drill is its low weight, including the presence of hammering. Most DIYers and tradespeople rate this drill as very capable for everyday use. We give a thumbs up and rate it four stars. If someone does not like the Bosch brand, they can look for an alternative from the Makita brand – Makita DHP485 18V LXT.