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Even more ergonomics for do-it-yourselfers: The new cordless drill driver generation from Bosch Small, lightweight and handy thanks to brushless e-motors

  • 20 percent smaller and ten percent lighter than previous cordless drill drivers
  • New ergonomic design to minimize user fatigue
  • Recommended and certified by Aktion Gesunder Rücken (AGR) e.V. (Campaign for Healthier Backs)
  • Particularly powerful thanks to brushless e-motors and 2.5 Ah batteries
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  • March 18, 2015
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With the PSR 18 LI-2 Ergonomic cordless drill driver and the PSB 18 LI-2 Ergonomic cordless impact drill, Bosch is launching two tools onto the market that are noticeably different at first sight. They are 20 percent smaller and ten percent lighter than conventional cordless drill drivers. It is their new design that is especially noticeable: the tool axis and the recessed grip, which the hand automatically nestles into during screwdriving and drilling, are in line with each other. This results in optimum power transfer. Moreover, do-it-yourselfers can also use the drill drivers comfortably with two hands thanks to the additional arched handle that gives the tools their characteristic appearance.

Ergonomics and comfort – recommended by independent experts
The switch function for forward/reverse rotation has also been modified to make it intuitive to use. Slide the switch forwards and the tools will drive screws; slide it backwards and they loosen them. In addition, both tools have a kickback stop, which means that if during work the integrated sensor detects sudden jamming, for example due to tilting in metal or a hard object in wood or masonry, the motor immediately shuts down and prevents the tool from further turning. This is advantageous, for example, when the do-it-yourselfer is standing on a ladder and could lose his balance if the tool jolts suddenly. This unique combination of compact design, low weight, strength-saving, easy operation and kickback stop makes it so ergonomic to work with the PSR 18 LI-2 Ergonomic and PSB 18 LI-2 Ergonomic that Aktion Gesunder Rücken e.V. (AGR) (Campaign for Healthier Backs) has awarded these drill drivers its seal of approval. Whether one-handed or two-handed, right-hander or left-hander, man or woman – the Ergonomic models make screwdriving and drilling easy.

Small, lightweight, powerful thanks to brushless e-motors and 2.5 Ah batteries
The PSR 18 LI-2 Ergonomic and the PSB 18 LI-2 Ergonomic are the first two cordless drill drivers for do-it-yourselfers on the market to be equipped with a brushless e-motor. This motor enables their compact design in the first place. Unlike conventional motors, the e-motor is also wear-free, which leads to a longer lifetime of the motor. The features of the drill drivers are completed by a 13-millimeter Autolock chuck and 20 torque settings plus a drill or impact drill setting. The drill drivers are powered by a 2.5 Ah battery. The new AL 1830 CV quick charger that goes with this battery charges it to 80 percent in only 40 minutes, and to 100 percent in 60 minutes. The charging speed is therefore double that of the previous system.

Great flexibility due to interchangeable battery
Both of these Ergonomic drill drivers are part of the 18 volt “Power4All” cordless system. This means flexibility for the user because the 18 volt lithium-ion battery can be used in 15 different garden and DIY tools from Bosch within this voltage class. A logo on the packaging indicates which tools are “Power4All” tools.

The PSR 18 LI-2 Ergonomic cordless drill driver and the PSB 18 LI-2 Ergonomic cordless combi drill will be available at retail outlets from October 2015 onwards in the following versions:
  • In a carrying case including one battery and a quick charger for 199.99 euros and 219.99 euros respectively.
  • In a carrying case including two batteries and a quick charger for 239.99 euros and 259.99 euros respectively.
  • In a carton without battery and charger for 119.99 euros and 139.99 euros respectively.
All prices are recommended retail prices including VAT.

 Specifications PSR 18 LI-2 Ergonomic PSB 18 LI-2 Ergonomic
 Battery voltage/capacity 18 V lithium-ion/2.5 Ah 18 V lithium-ion/2.5 Ah
 No-load speed (1st gear/2nd gear) 0 - 400/1,340 rpm 0 - 400/1,340 rpm
 Impact rate - 0 - 22,500 bpm
 Max. torque
 (hard/soft screwdriving applications)
 32/28 Nm 32/28 Nm
 Max. screw diameter 10 mm 10 mm
 Max. drilling diameter
 (wood/steel/masonry)
 38/13/- mm 38/13/11 mm
 Dimensions (length x width x height) 164 x 55 x 218 mm 181 x 55 x 218 mm
 Weight including battery 1.1 kg 1.4 kg

The Power Tools Division of the Bosch Group is one of the world’s leading providers for power tools, power tool accessories and measuring tools. In 2015, its roughly 20,000 associates generated sales of 4.5 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 one third of its sales in 2015 with products that have been on the market for less than two years. In 2016, 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 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. 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 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations 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.

PI8830 - March 18, 2015

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