Thanks for taking your time to read our UK review of the Bosch Easyimpact 550 hammer drill. This is classed as an impact drill with a powerful 550W motor. That larger motor size allows for effortless drilling in all materials, including concrete. When compared to other hammer drills on the UK market, this 550 model delivers 25% faster drilling time in concrete due to the new design of the impact mechanism.
Bosch have also kept this drill lightweight and the most compact in it's class. It has an anti slip handle and a 2 sleeve chuck.
Below. we review this drill/driver from the Bosch brand in more detail. Just before that we have provided come basic background information on the Bosch brand.
Bosch - The Company and Brand
Bosch are a popular brand choice for many UK buyers and home owners. Bosch operates in the UK as Robert Bosch Limited. They employ around 5,200 people across 40 locations in the UK. In 2017, Bosch generated revenues in the UK of £3.5 billion, and the UK is the second largest European market for Bosch after Germany.
Bosch are a German based company and they own a number of brands including Rexroth, Buderus, Dremel, Dynacord and Worcester Bosch (Gas Boilers) They make very high quality tools for the home and garden as well as operating in many other sectors.
Bosch EasyImpact Summary Description
As mentioned, Bosch have two main ranges of tools:
- Dark Blue Colour - the dark blue colour tools are part of their "Professional range." That is they are designed for the professional or tradesman. As such they will usually have metal gears and tougher bodies, as they are designed for building site and heavy duty use. These will also be used frequently and in tougher weather conditions. It also makes them more expensive.
- Green Colour - These are designed for home use and are a more affordable option for home owners. These are still very good quality, but they are not designed for persistent use, or for working in tougher conditions.
The model we are reviewing here, the Bosch Bosch EasyImpact is part of the home range of Bosch tools.
This drill is an electrical corded drill and as such runs off the UK electrical supply 230/240 Volts.
Bosch EasyImpact Features
At a Glance Features:
Lightweight & Compact
This drill only weighs 1.5 kg and has been designed with an ergonomic design with a soft grip giving the end user maximum handling and control.
This 550 model has a twin-sleeve keyless chuck, which simply means that bit changes are quick and easy and can be done using one hand.
This drill is versatile as it can be used for screwdriving and normal drilling, but also impact drilling. You simply ick the mode from a function switch.
This model has Bosch Electronic speed control using the trigger switch, and that allows fingertip control of the power, e.g. when starting to drill in smooth surfaces and when driving screws.
In Depth Feature Explanation
Just about every brand of cordless drill/drivers uses a keyless chuck. This simply means that you can tighten the chuck by hand, which makes for fast drill bit and screwdriving bit changes.
This Bosch Easyimpact uses a twin-sleeve keyless chuck that makes bit changes quick and easy without the need for any other tools. It does require the use of both hands to release and tighten the chuck.
The chuck capacity on this drill/driver is 2 - 13 mm.
When you see "torque" mentioned on a cordless drill/driver, it refers mainly to the screwdriving features of the drill. Torque really means the force or pressure at which the drill operates. Imagine you were driving screws into a hard wood, that would require a lower speed and more torque than if you were drilling soft wood.
Having the right torque setting selected helps you to control the depth of your driving. Over driving screws will happen if the torque is too high and may cause wood to split. Not enough torque and the screw will struggle to go in.
The other issue that setting the right torque accomplishes is not stripping the head of the screws. Again if the torque is too high it will strip the head, and even if too low can also cause stripping.
Torque is measured in newton-metres. For drill/drivers the following is a very good guideline:
- 4-15 Nm - ideal for smaller driving tasks and soft wood
- 15-30 Nm for medium screw sizes
- 35Nm+ for longer or larger screws
So at a setting of 1 the torque will be very low and at 20 will be high.
Different torques are used for driving through different materials.
This Bosch 550 model has a rated torque of 1.2 Nm. It also has a no load speed ranging from 50-3,000 RPM. The impact rate of the hammer feature is 33,000 bpm, which is one of the highest hammer drilling rates available.
Drilling & Driving Diameters
- Maximum drilling diameter in wood - 25 mm
- Maximum drilling diameter in steel - 8 mm
- Maximum drilling diameter in masonry - 10 mm
- Measures 37 x 38.6 x 12.5 cm
- Weighs 1.5 Kg
- Has a 550 watt brushed motor
- Has an auxiliary handle that attaches to the drill using a fin and groove mechanism. That is then locked in place with a bolt, ensuring a secure control for precision handling
- Has the usual forward and reverse function
- It also comes with a depth stop which can be inserted into the auxiliary handle and adjusted.
- It also comes with a hard plastic carry case
- Cable length is 2.5 metres
- It has soft grip handle
How Buyers Rate the Bosch EasyImpact 550?
- 78% of all online buyers gave this Bosch drill/driver a full 5 star review
- 3% of all buyers gave this a poor review
This is based on 2,000+ online buyer reviews at the time of writing this review
What Buyers Say About the Bosch EasyImpact 550
Buyer Pros & Cons
We have summarised below what those 2,000+ online buyers had to say, after they had bought and used this impact drill.
There is a high quality affordable corded drill that can get through wood, steel and masonry. It is light, compact and one of the easiest drills to use. It has enough features to make using the drill easy and not over complicating it.
Our Verdict on the Bosch EasyImpact 550 Hammer Drill
Bosch have designed this drill as a lightweight and compact design. That along with the soft grip handle make this model comfortable and easy to use.
It is versatile and can be used for screw driving, drilling or hammer drilling into materials such as wood, metal and masonry. That does make this a very good all rounder for using in the home, workshop or in the garden.
It's exceptionally comfortable and easy to handle, providing a solution to any drilling task around your home. It also comes with a user manual.
This corded drill is part of the newer range of Bosch drills and sells really well on the UK market.
The fact that there are over 2,000 online buyer reviews is proof that it sells really well. That information along with a 94% buyer satisfaction also shows that buyers really rate this drill very highly. The number of complaints are really minor complaints and also very low, which is always a very good sign.
The only word of caution we would offer is about heavy concrete drilling. Most heavier duty hammer drills use a keyed chuck to tighten the chuck. That ensures that the masonry drill bit is held in place and doesn't slip. This model uses a keyless chuck, and although that makes changing bites easier, they are prone to loosening.
That happens when under a heavy load such as drilling a wall. Any complaints there are about this drill are about the chuck slipping when drilling masonry. It will still get the job done, but can also be frustrating.
If this is not the cordless drill/driver for you, then you can check our top 10 list of Bosch cordless drill/drivers by clicking here. Alternatively, you can read our top 10 list of all brand cordless drill/drivers by clicking here.
Bosch After Sales Service
Information for Great Britain
Robert Bosch Ltd. (B.S.C.)
P.O. Box 98
North Orbital Road
UB 9 5HJ
At www.bosch-pt.co.uk you can order spare parts or arrange the collection of a product in need of servicing or repair.
Tel. Service: (0344) 7360109