DeWalt and Bosch are definitely two of the best names in the industry. Both have been around for many years and are highly trusted by DIY-ers, woodworkers, home-builders and other professionals.
Choosing between them can be a difficult task. Hopefully, between taking a look at the two brands’ history and comparing tool kits each currently has available, I can at least attempt to simplify your decision-making process.
A Little History on DeWalt
DeWalt has been in business for 92 years. It all got started when Raymond E. DeWalt invented the radial arm saw back in 1924 in Leola, Pennsylvania. From there, the company grew very quickly through the 1940s, due to a high demand for national defense and wartime machinery requirements during World War II. They officially became DeWalt Inc. in 1947.
DeWalt has definitely become a popular brand among contractors and other similar professionals. Their first line of power tools for these types of folks came on the market in 1992. In 1994, DeWalt played a big hand in creating the new “revolutionary” system of cordless tools. In 2010, their cordless tools with lithium ion batteries hit the market.
Today, DeWalt has over 200 hand tools and 800 accessories available for their consumers. Their tools are made in various other countries, including China, Mexico, Thailand, Japan and Korea. In 2013, they also launched their “Made in USA with Global Materials” program and they now have seven manufacturing facilities here in the United States in Connecticut, Maryland, Kentucky, Indiana, South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee.
A Little History on Bosch
After being around for 130 years, it is easy to say that Bosch definitely has a deep history. Its history begins in Stuttgart, Germany, where Robert Bosch created the “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering” in 1886. Here, they entered the business world with their birth of the spark plug and better ignition systems.
As far as tools go, Bosch first entered this business sector in 1932 with their invention of the hammer drill. This was the first electric drill that could strike and rotate at the same time.
From then until now, Bosch has had their hands in a multitude of different areas of the business world, from the automotive industry to Telehealth. To list all of their innovations could take pages, but a few examples include a round electric fridge, the first mobile hydraulic lift, three-way catalytic converters, electronic antilock braking systems for vehicles, hybrid vehicle technology and eBike drives.
Today, the Bosch group includes four business sectors: mobility solutions, industrial technology, consumer goods (which includes power tools), and energy and building technology. Specifically, Bosch’s power tool division was started in 2003. Most of their products are made in Malaysia, Mexico, Taiwan, and China but there are still some products manufactured in Europe; specifically Germany and Switzerland.
DeWalt vs. Bosch Quality
Comparing these two brands’ tool offerings is a daunting task, to say the least. Both companies have a good reputation and have been trusted by their consumers for many years. I will do my best to point out a few pros and cons of each, based on two similar tool kits each has out on the market currently.
DeWalt vs. Bosch Combo Kits
The DeWalt kit includes a hammer drill, reciprocating saw, an impact driver, a flashlight, a circular saw, two 20 volt batteries, one 12-20 volt battery charger, and a carrying case.
The Bosch kit includes a hammer drill, a reciprocating saw, a circular saw, a flashlight, two 18 volt batteries, one charger and a carrying case.
The first and most obvious benefit of the DeWalt tool kit is that each tool uses a battery with a maximum of 20 volts. This, of course, equals more power.
The second most obvious benefit is that this kit includes a fifth tool, an impact drill.
Beyond that, the pros and cons of each kit become slightly more nuanced.
The batteries in each charge quickly and are long-lasting. The DeWalt 20 volt batteries may take slightly longer to charge, but again, you get the trade-off of two extra volts of power.
As far as both the reciprocating and circular saws go, Bosch seems to have the upper-hand.
Both saws have slightly better design and innovation. While both DeWalt and Bosch’s reciprocating saws include a variable speed trigger, Bosch’s also includes two speed ranges. This can help consumers to better match their job at hand.
Bosch’s circular saw has a 50 degree bevel, while DeWalt’s can only be put in one position. This, of course, makes Bosch’s a little more versatile. The blade included with DeWalt’s circular saw is also not the best quality.
Bosch’s hammer drill includes something they refer to as “active response technology.” What this means is if the drill gets hung up or bound while in use, it will automatically stop. For someone using this tool on a regular basis, this could be really important for preventing injury. In my opinion, this makes Bosch’s hammer drill also slightly better than its DeWalt counterpart.
Finally, we come to what I believe to be the least important tool included in both kits: the flashlight. DeWalt takes the cake on this one. The flashlight included in its kit has an LED bulb, while Bosch’s only includes a regular bulb. LED bulbs are noticeably brighter and also tend to be longer-lasting.
Ready to choose?
Wow, that sure was a lot of little details. After all that, choosing between Bosch and DeWalt tools can seem more than a little bit confusing. Ultimately, though, it comes down to each individual’s personal preferences and needs.
For me, when it comes to these two tool kits specifically, I would probably go with the DeWalt kit for the impact drill alone. The inclusion of this extremely useful tool is worth the extra money and what seems to be slightly worse quality in the other tools. The extra two volts of battery power also make me lean towards this kit.
For others, this decision can easily be muddied with what tools you may already have.
Maybe you have already started a collection of Bosch 18 volt tools that can be used with the batteries and charger included with this kit. It is also important to note that DeWalt does not have a wide range of different tools in their 20 volt collection currently available. I could go on and on…
Ultimately, the decision is yours. The best thing I can say is, whatever choice you make, good luck and may the best tools be with you!