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Now with 4.0 Ah battery and chisel function: The GBH 18 V-EC Professional cordless rotary hammer from Bosch with EC motor

  • About 35 percent longer runtime than predecessor model
  • Best power-to-weight ratio in its class
  • Very handy, robust and durable
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  • August 08, 2012
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Bosch is now replacing the GBH 18 V-LI cordless rotary hammer with a powerful tool that has a chisel function: the GBH 18 V-EC Professional. It is the first tool from Bosch to be equipped with the new 4.0 Ah battery gen¬eration. The tool therefore has an approximately 35 percent longer runtime than its predecessor.

The best power-to-weight ratio in its class
The GBH 18 V-EC Professional retains the advantages of the previous model in terms of weight and compact design. Just like its predecessor, it offers professional tradespeople the best ratio of power to weight of all cordless rotary hammers in the 18 volt class available on the market. It weighs only 2.6 kilograms and achieves a single impact energy of 1.7 joules. The efficiency of this rotary hammer is especially impressive due to the carbon-brush-free Bosch EC motor with an 80 percent degree of efficiency. Conventional DC electric motors achieve only 60 to 70 percent. Furthermore the motor is dustproof, durable, completely maintenance-free and extremely compact. The tool’s features also include an integrated LED light and a charge level indicator.

The robustness and longevity of the GBH 18 V-EC Professional will benefit professionals in harsh construction site conditions such as; electricians, air conditioning fitters and drywallers. The cordless rotary hammer remains fully functional even after falling from a height of two meters. Another advantage is its compact design which makes it easier to work in hard-to-reach areas or overhead. The optimum application range of the GBH 18 V-EC Professional is at drilling diameters of four to ten millimeters in concrete.

Premium batteries with long lifetime
The long lifetime of the Bosch Premium batteries used is thanks to the Electronic Cell Protection (ECP). It reliably protects the battery against overload, overheating and deep discharge. Bosch supplies the GBH 18 V-EC Professional cordless rotary hammer with a 45-minute quick charger as standard. Due to the “Hyper Charge” technology from Bosch, the batteries are charged to 75 percent after only half of the charge time. There is also no memory effect and the batteries are fully ready for use, even if they have not been used for months.

The Bosch GBH 18 V-EC Professional will be available from September 2012 onwards in the L-Boxx including two 4.0 Ah batteries and a quick charger at the recommended retail price of 499 euros plus VAT.

 Specifications GBH 18 V-EC Professional
(replaces GBH 18 V-LI Professional)
 Battery voltage/capacity 18 V / 4.0 Ah
 Impact energy 1.7 J
 Impact rate at rated speed 0 - 4,550 bpm
 Rated speed 0 - 1,400 rpm
 Max. drilling diameter
 in concrete with hammer drill bits
 18 mm
 Optimum drilling diameter
 in concrete
 4 - 10 mm
 Bit holder SDS-plus
 Weight including battery 2.6 kg


The Power Tools Division of the Bosch Group is the world market leader for power tools, power tool accessories and measuring tools. In 2014, its roughly 19,000 associates generated sales of 4.2 billion euros, about 85 percent of which outside of Germany. With brands such as Bosch, Skil and Dremel, the division stands for customer focus and great engineering progress. The core success factors are innovative strength and pace of innovation. The division generated about 35 percent of its sales in 2014 with products that have been on the market for less than two years. In 2015, Bosch Power Tools will again launch more than 100 new products onto the German market in its four business segments power tools, accessories, measuring tools and garden tools.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 360,000 associates worldwide (as per April 1, 2015). The company generated sales of 49 billion euros in 2014.* Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including its sales and service partners, Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2014, Bosch applied for some 4,600 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

Further information is available online at www.bosch.com and www.bosch-press.com, http://twitter.com/BoschPresse.

*The sales figure disclosed for 2014 does not include the former joint ventures BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH (now BSH Hausgeräte GmbH) and ZF Lenksysteme GmbH (now Robert Bosch Automotive Steering GmbH), which have since been taken over completely.

PI7839 - August 08, 2012

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