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Bosch BSH180-01-RT 18V Cordless Lithium-Ion 2-1/2 in. Portable Band Saw Kit Review

The Bosch BSH180-01-RT 18V Cordless Lithium-Ion 2-1/2-inch Portable Band Saw Kit is ideal for electricians, plumbers or anyone who needs to cut material in tight or overhead spaces. It’s compact, cordless and can precisely cut a variety of materials, including metal, copper pipes and plastic piping.

Features of the Bosch BSH180-01-RT 18V Cordless Lithium-Ion 2-1/2 in. Portable Band Saw Kit:

  • With a cutting capacity of 2-1/2 inches x 2-1/2 inches, the saw can cut through common materials used for electrical, plumbing and mechanical applications.
  • Up to 60 percent lighter than deep cut saws, and up to 40 percent more compact.
  • Designed to accommodate working in tight or overhead spaces.
  • Integrated LED work light illuminates cut lines when working in poorly lit environments.
  • Lightweight, rugged aluminum base allows for convenient portability.
  • Electronic cell protection (ECP) protects the battery from overload, overheating and deep discharge.
  • Flexible power system (FPS) enables the band saw to operate with FatPack or SlimPack batteries.
  • Made to endure tough working conditions.

Pros

  • Up to 60 percent lighter than deep cut saws and up to 40 percent more compact.
  • Integrated LED work lights help you see the cut line in the dark.
  • Longer cycle life. Powered by an 18-volt lithium ion battery and equipped with Bosch’s electronic cell protection, this model promises a cycle life five times that of competing lithium-ion batteries, by monitoring output levels to avoid overheating.
  • Weighing only 8.5 pounds, including the FatPack battery, this band saw is lightweight and easy to carry around, ideal for overhead applications like electrical jobs.
  • The band saw’s battery pack is strategically placed above the handle for a more balanced feel.
  • Flexible Power System. Like all tools in Bosch’s 18-volt line, this band saw can be used with a 1.3 Ah SlimPack battery, a 1.5 Ah SlimPack HC or a 2.6 Ah FatPack battery. If you want something lightweight, opt for the SlimPack batteries. For a longer runtime, go for the FatPack.
  • Fast cutting speed.

Cons

  • According to several people who reviewed this product, this band saw is not ideal for cutting large materials.
  • Because it’s factory-reconditioned, this model may have some cosmetic blemishes. It may not come with some of the consumables that new versions come with, like bits or sanding papers.

Verdict

This band saw has great features, and you can pick them up as factory reconditioned, which means that you can get them for a lot less than a saw straight off the factory line.

Product Comparison

ProductBosch BSH180-01-RT 18V Cordless Lithium-Ion 2-1/2 in. Portable Band Saw KitDEWALT DCS371B 20V MAX Lithium-ion, Bare ToolDEWALT DWM120K 10 Amp 5-Inch Deep Cut Portable Band Saw Kit
DimensionLength: 13 inches8.7 x 12.2 x 15.38 inches14.2 x 23.5 x 7.9 inches
Weight8.5 pounds10.2 pounds15 pounds
Warranty1 year3 years3 years
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If you’re on a budget, but still need a good-performance band saw for electrical and plumbing applications, a this band saw is a decent choice. As an added bonus, it’s portable and handy for overhead applications. With a FatPack battery and charger included, it’s a great bargain.

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