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Bosch Blue 2 Piece Heavy Duty Kit with ProCORE18V 8.0ah Battery and Fast Charger $299 @ Bunnings

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Amazing price for this kit and now available at your local Bunnings. I assume this is the introductory price since the Bosch Blue 18V GSB 18V-85 C skin sells at Bunnings for $309 on its own. My local Bunnings has it in stock and a few other stores I tried too so I guess it would be a nationwide special

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  • +4 votes

    Might be price-matching Total Tools, which has them at same price delivered.

    • +1 vote

      Possible but for me Bunnings is a lot more convenient. Firstly you have it on every other corner and secondly, I like to use Openpay for the tools I keep buying but never end up using.

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      As a member of Bosch blue club, I received an email of this offer. It is a great offer and I didn't want to miss out.
      Click on link in Bosch email went directly to total tools. Checked it again , same thing. Ordered it from total tools.
      Next day Bunnings sends email about same offer available 20th May. To late for me.
      Am still waiting for delivery from total tools, local Bunnings has it in stock where I can return it for warranty, don't know what I have to do for total tool warranty.
      I feel conned as Bosch made this offer appear only available from total tools, but would of bought from Bunnings if I could for return purposes.
      I live in Coffs Harbour.

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        It's short notice, but I just received an SMS from Total Tools at Coopers Plains indicating a 20% cash back voucher on anything in store. Looks to be in store only and ends today. Not sure if there's something similar for other outlets, or if it's just at this store due to Sydney Tools opening up their Brisbane store down the road today.

        Effectively brings the price down to $240 (with a $59 voucher to spend in store on more tools).

  • +6 votes

    Was considering this, till this test. It came last! 19:50 24:30. https://youtu.be/pvqar-4ZelA

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      I posted that video and about this point in the previous (TotalTools) thread for the same package. (https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/456565#comment-7265828)

      I think this is a special promo by Bosch designed to clear out stock of the old impact wrench/driver (GDX18V-EC) to make way for the new one (GDR 18V-200 C).

      I have the old wrench/driver. As I wrote in the other thread, it is underpowered compared with the competition, but it is fine for DIY. I used it the other day, and it's more convenient than switching tools on simple jobs. If you are driving 120mm coach screws into lumber without pilot holes, then this is not for you.

      I haven't used the drill, but it looks good, and it's the new one. I have >6 cordless drills already across Bosch/Makita/DeWalt, but am tempted to get just. one. more. Especially since my Bosch ones are old and relatively low end, and even though I love the Makitas and have been using the crap out of them. (Best drills I have ever used)

      The price is excellent, and the deal is worth it for the battery alone. That's what's tempting me, with the drill as a bonus (and give away the impact driver).

    • +2 votes

      I've had one of these impact drivers since they came out, and it's one of the most frequently used tools in my garage. It's been incredibly reliable, and it's never struggled with any jobs I've asked of it.

      As interesting it is to know how these tools compare to each other in somewhat extreme situations, perspective is important. When you're buying into an 18v ecosystem, you care about the range of tools, the overall performance of the range, the average pricing of the range, reliability and the availability of support and repairs etc. You shouldn't be basing your decision on whether or not this single tool is slightly faster or slower at a task 99% of people will never ask of their cordless impact driver. Unless of course you're buying it specifically for this one task, in which case this is a very useful video. :P

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        I was in the market for a circular saw and impact driver and came across the 6 piece Ozito power x change kit from a previous [deal] (https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/457018). Was hard to pass up considering the other items available in the range. 5 year warranty is a big bonus too.

        I am still skeptical of the quality but time will tell.

  • +2 votes

    The battery on its own is $219. Even the single drills I have I make sure I have two batteries, so this adds up really quickly if you want to get more batteries.

    • +3 votes

      8.0aH is a crazy capacity though. Most kits like this will have a 4.0aH for decent/more expensive units, and 1.3ah or 2.0ah for the cheaper end of town.
      battery must be heavy as hell. Would likely make the drill-driver less user friendly.

      • +4 votes

        It is, but something like 2 X 4Ah would be better if you're doing a job that's likely to deplete it. Work with one, charge the other. That way you've always got something usable.

        The weight probably isn't too bad. All my battery hand tools are still either NiMH or NiCad and they're heavier for a lower capacity, but still manageable. I'd not complain if they were lighter though!

      • +2 votes

        Yeah I think it is ridiculous to use these with 8AH batteries. I'd rather get a few 2AH ones and swap them around. Must be an ordeal especially when you need to use the drills above your head. These 8AH batteries make more sense for garden tools.

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          I wish I had a 8AH for my mower that is for sure!

        • +3 votes

          Have you actually weighed these batteries or are you just making assumptions?
          Here are the weights of the bosch blue 18v batteries I have-

          1.3AH Slimpack = 300g
          3AH = 600g
          4AH = 600g
          6AH - 620g
          6.3AH procore 690g
          8AH procore 955g

          If you look at the 1.3AH slimpack versus the 8AH, you get 6 times the capacity for 3 times the weight.
          The 8AH is only slightly bigger than a Makita 5AH and runs for twice as long.
          If you can't hold an extra 355g above your head you seriously need to visit a gym to build up your arms.
          It's not only the extra capacity, you also get more power when using high power output tools like angle grinders.
          What other manufacturer offers 6 years warranty on the tools AND the batteries??
          I roofed my 10.5 metre x 7.7 metre shed with a 6AH battery with one charge, your body will need recharging before these 8AH batteries :) .
          Unless you are using a grinder of course, which is understandable because they have the same power as a lot of plug in grinders.

  • +3 votes

    Also see this redemption page. https://boschbluecrew.com.au/Promotions It says buy selected 2 piece 18V compact brushless kit and receive a 18V 3.0Ah battery valued at $109 by redemption. This appears to be such a kit, however they do not specify which kits meet the criteria on the promo page. Last year I wrote to them about a similar promo and they fixed me up with a redemption item even when one purchase was actually a dollar short of the target amount, very accommodating.

  • +1 vote

    Don't do it!
    I bought a similar set during a previous sale and it has needed repairing twice already in less than a year.

    I was looking for accessories in Bunnings one day, a stranger said "don't do it!". I had to admit that it was too late and i already had a set and had already had problems. Then he told me about all the problems he had.

    Definitely wouldn't buy again.

    • +2 votes

      @Bugs, I have several Bosch Blue kits, used for years and even the tools which I have dropped from ladders still work fine. That is actually something Bosch is quite proud of and shows in their promo videos. From what I understand they offer a 6 year warranty if you register the tools online. So what problems have you and your helpful stranger encountered, would the cons outweigh the pros? I have other branded cordless tools, not particularly loyal to any brand, I just found your comment lacking in clarity.

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        I agree, i've got over 20 Bosch Blue tools and around 15 batteries that I have bought over the last seven years. I use the tools all the time in my trade and have not had one failure from the tools or batteries in that time.
        Bosch Green is a different story though, they are rubbish imho.

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        Have you had one of these newer ones?

        My drill has been totally fine.
        Its the driver. 2 separate but similar issues. First time, every 4-5 times it would shudder and do nothing. Keeping the trigger pulled, after 5-10 seconds it would work. But at least I could keep using it.
        Now I drive a screw in, the next one does nothing. As if the battery is dead. Wait 20 seconds and it works. Really frustrating trying to do a deck.

        I don't need it for my work, just using it around to house. It would be unusable for work.

        The "helpful stranger" was using his for work. One thing I remember him saying is he was using it on formwork and it couldn't keep up with the other guys tools. He was embarrassed to use it.
        He got rid of it and bought something else.

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          Yes, I agree Bugs. I've mentioned this in another Bosch thread and got negged for it but Bosch Blue shouldn't ever be regarded as 'bulletproof'. It may be hit & miss and/or I was very unlucky however I had two very expensive ($600-$700) Bosch Blue tools that had only done very light work for their first few years then due to circumstances were put into storage but then a couple of years later I got them out to begin restoring an old house and they both catastrophically failed within the first few hours of use even though they were still 'as new'! Absolutely disgusted I purposely went out of my way to build up a new 'low grade' Power Tool collection in the form of Ozito Power-X-Change mainly due to the incredible instant replacement warranty offered by Bunnings and I've gotta say apart from one or two issues it's all been absolutely fantastic. Definitely not for a Tradie but for a serious weekend warrior like me basically rebuilding a 115 year old workers cottage from scratch I'm blown away by the Ozito stuff… and the best bit is that my entire Ozito collection cost about the same as ONE of the Bosch Blue tools mentioned above.

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          Yes Bugs, i've got the exact same impact driver in this kit and have had it for several years (bought it when they first came out) and use it nearly every day without any issues at all.

    • +1 vote

      If you have family/friends in the States or travel there once in a while, Hilti is a much better choice at reasonable price over there. I suppose you will lose their "legendary" support for parallel import though. However, you rarely run into problems with Hilti if you just use it as a DIYer/tradie instead of heavy construction abuse. My experience with Bosch wasn't that pleasant either(which was in the NiMH era and I have stopped buying them for a long time) Just buy some batteries locally as you can't bring back the big ones with you on a plane.

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      Yep, my impact driver broken straight out of box, only rotate in counter-clockwise but not the other way.
      Got the whole set replaced yesterday and initial functions test passed so give it a benefit of doubt. will see how presure test goes when time comes.

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      I bought the 2.0ah kit similar to this a few years ago, been really good, no issues.

  • +1 vote

    Bosch deal is good but if you are considering other options for same $299price look at AEG 2 piece brushless kit with 2x 4.0ah batteries
    Also the driver is 180nm similar to the Bosch

    https://www.bunnings.com.au/aeg-18v-4-0ah-2-piece-combo-kit_...

    https://www.aegpowertools.com.au/power-tools/products/detail...

    • +1 vote

      The Bunnings $299 Deal is " Brushed " How About the Brushless 3 Piece Combo is excellent value for $399 or $379.05 with PowerPass https://bit.ly/2YFrPk0, I have a AEG 2 Piece Brushed set with 2.0Ah Batteries, I find the quality very good and has served me very well. I had a Bosch unit set aside at Total Tools although decided against it and will stick with AEG.

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    Is there a reason people seem to buy so many drills?
    I'm passing up on a lot tool deals because I already got a brushless AEG Hammer drill with a few batteries, what do people do with multiple drills? They'd already have an impact driver for the screw part.
    Upgrading? Just love a bargain?

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      American love their guns. We love our portable tools :).

    • +3 votes

      I use multiple drills/drivers every time I work on my house restoration/renovation. A big brushless Drill with large battery for drilling holes, a basic brushless Drill with smaller battery permanently setup for a countersinking then a brushless Impact Driver with large battery for driving in fixtures. That triple-set saves SO much time versus changing bits each time you need the separate functions plus also spreads the wear & tear and battery life across three tools too! This wouldn't be an issue for the general DIYer but maybe there are others out there who do the same as me hence why people go crazy for multiple drills/drivers.

        • +1 vote

          Ditto again, plus 3 angle grinders beside ;) I often have 3 drills, + bench drill going too. 3 different things in drills. 1mm disc in 5 1/4" grinder, grinding disc in another, plus flap wheel in another. I hate swapping stuff in and out when you are doing lots of jobs or the same things over and over…

  • +2 votes

    Will get one for my husbands late push present. Thanks OP.

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    I bought one of the kits a couple of years ago, can only fault the chuck on the drill, you think it’s tight until it isn’t. Not all the time, just randomly, enough for it to be a thing, YMMV.

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    How does this compare to the de walt Brushless set?

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    I am not sure if I need it.. but I am waiting for a deal on Dewalt brushless too.

  • +1 vote

    180Nm is like a toy. Thats fine for a 1/4" hex driver, but for 1/2" thats a waste of time.

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      Not really, most 1/2" socket sets go down to 10mm. This will easily undo a lot of smaller nuts and bolts. They couldn't put a 3/8" drive on it because it wouldn't fit with the internal hex. I use mine for 3/8" drive sockets with a 1/2" to 3/8" adapter.
      I have the larger 18v impact wrench ( 650Nm ) for wheel nuts and other heavy duty stuff.

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    As a member of Bosch blue club, I received an email of this offer. It is a great offer and I didn't want to miss out.
    Click on link in Bosch email went directly to total tools. Checked it again , same thing. Ordered it from total tools.
    Next day Bunnings sends email about same offer available 20th May. To late for me.
    Am still waiting for delivery from total tools, local Bunnings has it in stock where I can return it for warranty, don't know what I have to do for total tool warranty.
    I feel conned as Bosch made this offer appear only available from total tools, but would of bought from Bunnings if I could for return purposes.
    I live in Coffs Harbour.

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      Bosch's 6 year warranty is through them. You send your tool to them, they'll fix it/replace it and return it to you. Then reimburse you whatever it cost you to post it.

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