MT. PROSPECT, IL - The Bosch DDB181 packs a big punch in a small package. The lightest, most compact 18V 1/2-inch drill driver on the market, the DDB181 is the first 18V drill driver available in a 12V size, making it a must-have for professionals.

Just 7.1 inches long and weighing only three pounds (including the Bosch BAT611 1.5Ah battery), the DDB181 is especially effective in tight spaces. From assembly and installation applications to everyday drilling, it's a convenient and comfortable solution for all-day usage.

"It may be small, but it doesn't compromise on performance," said Jim Bohn, Bosch product development director. "he Bosch DDB181 packs a big punch in a small package. The lightest, most compact 18V 1/2-inch drill driver on the market, the DDB181 is the first 18V drill driver available in a 12V size, A more compact size means less user fatigue and ultimately increased productivity."

Featuring two speed settings and a soft grip for better ergonomics, the DDB181 also offers 350 inch pounds of maximum torque and fast drilling at 1,300 rotations per minute for both wood and metal applications.

For 18V system users, the DDB181 fills the void for a powerful, basic-duty drill/driver with a 1/2-inch chuck for all-day work.

"This is the only 18V solution for users in need of an ultra-compact 1/2-inch drill driver who want to maintain their 18V system," said Bohn. "The DDB181 comes with a 1.5Ah battery, but as part of the Flexible Power System, also works with any Bosch 18V lithium-ion battery that many users may already have as part of their cordless system."

For maximum performance in a wide variety of applications, the tool also features:

Two speed settings - optimized torque for screw driving and speed for drilling - that are easily adjustable via a sliding switch on the top of the tool

20 clutch settings and a motor brake for precise screw driving

1/2-inch tool-free auto-lock chuck

A variable speed trigger for accurate speed regulation

An LED light to illuminate dark work spaces

Soft grip for better ergonomics

The DDB181-02 kit, which comes with a charger and bag in addition to the two 1.5Ah batteries, will be available in September 2014 at authorized dealers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $159 ($169 CA). The DDB181 is also available in an 18-volt combo kit (CLPK26-181) with the IDS181 impact driver, perfect for tackling all light-duty fastening and drilling jobs. The kit includes two 1.5Ah batteries, charger and a bag for the suggested retail price of $199 ($229 CA). To learn more about the Bosch DDB181 or to locate a dealer, visit BoschTools.com or call 877-BOSCH-99.

About Bosch:

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services, active in the fields of automotive technology, energy and building technology, industrial technology, and con­sumer goods. According to preliminary figures, more than 306,000 associates generated sales of 52.3 billion euros ($67.2 billion) in 2012. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 350 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Bosch spent some 4.5 billion euros ($5.8 billion) for research and development in 2012, and applied for over 4,700 patents worldwide.

The Bosch Group's products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is "Invented for life." Additional information is available online at www.bosch.com and www.bosch-press.com.

In the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial drives and control technology, power tools, security and communication systems, packaging technology, thermotechnology, household appliances, solar energy, healthcare telemedicine and software solutions. Having established a regional presence in 1906, Bosch employs over 22,500 associates in more than 100 locations, with sales of $9.8 billion in fiscal year 2011. For more information, please visit BoschUSA.com, Bosch.com.mx and Bosch.ca.

About Robert Bosch Tool Corp:

Robert Bosch Tool Corp in North America, was formed in January 2003 when Robert Bosch GmbH combined its North American power tool, accessory and lawn and garden divisions into one organization. As a manufacturing pioneer with more than a century's worth of experience, the Bosch name has become synonymous with engineering excellence. With 18,000 employees worldwide and 3,500 in North America, the Robert Bosch Tool Corporation is a world leader in the design, manufacture and sale of power tools, rotary and oscillating tools, accessories, laser and optical leveling and range finding tools. For more information, call toll free 877-BOSCH-99 (877-267-2499) or visit Boschtools.com, Dremel.com, Skiltools.com, Rotozip.com, CSTBerger.com, VermontAmerican.com.

Source: Bosch Power Tools

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