Bosch CLPK232A-181 18V Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill Driver/Impact Combo Kit Review

Most soldiers may not actually look forward to going to boot camp or their weekend drill

(for obvious reasons), but the Bosch CLPK232A is definitely one of the more popular drills and comes from trusted company, rather than from those kind drill sergeants.

The company is known for their numerous power tools, so this model has a lot to live up to. Like other DIYers, we wanted to know how this Bosch impact drill measured up to the others, so that’s why we have this review.

So, is the Bosch impact drill worth buying, or should you look at other options? Here’s what we learned.


  • The Bosch impact drill is built for drilling and driving. To make it easier for the user, the package includes the ¼” 25618 Hex Impact Driver and the DDS181A ½” Drill/Driver, so you can quickly choose the one that is required for the task

  • The chuck has been updated from the previous version, so it is more efficient

  • The unit uses a specially designed motor to give it a longer lifespan and more powerful performance

  • Its impact driver is built specifically for various fastening and driving applications

  • The Bosch provides up to 1,500 in./lbs. of torque

  • A volt charger and slim pack batteries are included

  • A carrying bag is included with the impact drill

  • The DDS181 has a 0-500/0-1700 no-load RPM and 600 in./lbs. torque, while the 25618 has a 0-2800 RPM and 1500 in./lbs. torque


  • Portable design

  • Heavy-duty wrench

  • Compact but durable

  • Batteries included


  • Occasionally, chuck adjustments needed

  • Instructions could be better

Performance and usage

Make sure you’ve charged the Bosch before using it; the charger is included and it charges much faster than other impact drills. There’s also a button indicating the charge lights, eliminating the need for meters.

Once the unit is charged up, you can start drilling or driving. If you have experience using one of these tools the steps are easy. The Bosch is light but still has a solid feel, and is comfortable to hold. The grip won’t slip from your hand, and performance is reliable.

The battery’s lifespan is all right for most tasks, though you’re going to use it up more in heavy-duty work. But since charging takes only 20 minutes or so, it’s not really a big issue. The manual gives you a good idea of how to use the tool, and it’s one of the easiest-to-use impact drills online.

We also like the carry bag that comes with the tool as it is durable and holds the Bosch nicely. Also, since it doesn’t need a lot of effort, you can get a lot of work done without stressing yourself.

One of the things you will also notice with the Bosch is that it’s got better torque transfer than similar tools. Even if you’re not familiar with all the technical details, the 18-volt canned motor is an important part of the design as it makes the tools stronger and more durable. In terms of performance, there is really nothing more you can ask for here. It is ergonomically designed and it is reliable too,

Should you buy it?

The Bosch is most suited for those who need a powerful impact drill, but don’t want any of the complexity that comes with heavier units. Most DIYers, are looking for a compact design with power, and that’s what the Bosch delivers.

It’s not easy to find an impact driver which can provide the power you need, while still being light enough to carry. But the Bosch does, so your projects become less of a chore. Because it’s less than 4 lbs. you’ll be able to use this without tiring.

We also have to say its tools are very well-made. Both the drill driver and the hex impact driver are made for continuous use, so you don’t need to make additional purchases. The batteries included with the package are also high quality, and if you don’t do a lot of complex, heavy-duty projects, it’ll be a while before you need replacements.

This tool is also for those who want a good-quality chuck to go along with their impact drill. With some products, you can just throw away the drill bits that come with them because the quality is low. However, that’s not the case here since the chuck is durable and can be used in different ways.

If you’re into DIY and need a combo drill driver, the Bosch is one you should look at. It’s not the only combo impact drill out there, but for performance and usability, it is hard to match.


Impact drills are very much in demand among DIYers and homeowners, which have led to a surge in their production. Not all are of good quality, but we can say the Bosch impact drill is exceptionally good. It’s not perfect, but it’s more than enough for most users.