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Workers can finish jobs freaky fast with this versatile, connected driver/wrench—the only one
of its kind.
Nothing is more annoying than getting into a rhythm on the job and then having to stop and switch tools. And then stop and switch. And then stop and... you get the point. Thankfully, Bosch Tools
has come through with a fx: the Bosch Freak—half driver,
half wrench, and all impact. NED spoke with Theron Sherrod, Product Manager at Robert Bosch Power Tools to see
if this tool is really the answer to your fastening problem.
NED: What is the Bosch Freak and what industry/
workers will use it?
THERON SHERROD: The Bosch Freak, GDX18V-1800C, is
an impact driver and wrench at the same time to accomplish
any driving or fastening application. It has a ¼-in. hex bit holder
for driving screws and a ½-in. square drive so sockets can be
used to drive and/or fasten lag bolts and nuts. It is also Con-nected-Ready (when the Connected Tool Module is inserted
into the tool) to customize settings and includes Bluehound—
Bosch’s asset management and tracking solution—to track
the location of the tool. This tool can be used in any industry
where there is a driving or fastening application. The tool has
1,800 lb.-in. of torque that will satisfy many drilling/driving or
NED: What are the main features?
TS: In addition to the two-in-one bit/socket holder for impact
driver/wrench functionality, the Freak features an EC brushless,
cordless motor; Bluetooth connectivity to link the tool to the
free Bosch Toolbox app for customized settings and detailed
feedback; three speed/torque settings; a variable speed trigger;
and a single-focused LED for excellent illumination.
NED: What is your favorite feature and why?
TS: My favorite feature is the two-in-one bit/socket holder
because it allows me to work faster and easier. I no longer
need to set one tool down and pick up another, because I can
accomplish both tasks at the same time. With the Bosch Freak
I can easily place my socket over the screw-driving bit in the
Freak and drive bolts. When I switch to driving screws again, I
just remove the socket and continue working.
NED: How is this different than similar impact wrenches/
drivers on the market?
TS: The two-in-one feature is a Bosch exclusive; it is the only
combined impact driver and impact wrench on the market!
NED: What was the biggest challenge in making the
TS: The biggest challenge was developing the tool with a head
size that is comparable to competition, as they tend to boast on
the length of the head of tool. At 5. 2 in., the Freak can ft into
small working spaces while providing frst-class power and speed.
NED: Can you tell us something interesting about it we
won’t fnd on your website?
TS: One of the features called Soft Start is only accessible
when the tool is connected to the Bosch ToolBox App through
the Connection Module. This feature acts as a variable speed
trigger so that when the trigger is completely pressed, the chuck
spins slowly in the beginning, allowing the user to get control of
the work, and then ramps up the speed to the current speed
setting. This prevents loss of control of the tool, which could
cause “skipping” across the work piece or breaking of glass if
working near a window installation, for example.
NED: Anything else you’d like to add readers might fnd
TS: The GDR18V-1800C, which is an impactor with a ¼ inch
hex bit holder, has one of the best head-size to torque ratios
on the market, with a head length of only 4. 8 inches, to ft into
tighter work areas. The GDR18V-1800C has the same power and
speed as the Freak and is loved by drywallers who appreciate
the short head length and light weight of the tool.