Today Bosch released four “kits” — a drill/driver and hammer drill/driver with various combinations of batteries — that make use of their new flexible power system (FPS). The FPS lets you select between a “SlimPack” 1.3 Ah battery to lighten the tool for shorter jobs or a 2.0 Ah “FatPack” for the longest possible runtime. Bosch says that thanks to li-ion power, even the SlimPack offers 15% longer runtime over other NiCd 18V tools.
Both drill/drivers bring 600 in-lb of torque to the table.
The kits come in the following FPS combinations:
- The Drill/Driver w/2 SlimPacks (Bosch #38636-01)
- The Hammer Drill/Driver w/1 SlimPack & 1 FatPack (Bosch #18636-01)
- The Hammer Drill/Driver w/2 FatPacks (Bosch #18636-02)
- And the Hammer Drill/Driver w/2 SlimPacks (Bosch #18636-03)
Bosch also tacked on their “Brute-Tough” name to the new drivers, which means Bosch claims they’ll survive multiple 10-ft drops onto concrete due to their shock absorbing ABS/Nylon blend external housing, steel-reinforced collar front end, and all-metal gearbox.
Look for a Toolmonger hands-on with these monsters in the near future.