Bosch 18V Power for ALL cordless tool system product review from BBC Gardeners' World Magazine

Bosch 18V Power for ALL Cordless System review

An extensive range of easy-to-use cordless garden tools.

Our rating 
4.3 out of 5 star rating 4.3

In a nutshell

This comprehensive range of cordless tools includes a choice of batteries and chargers and the tools are light and comfortable to use. They feel a little flimsy but have good manoeuvrability and they come with a two-year warranty - three years if registered within 30 days.
Set up
4.0 out of 5 rating 4.0
Handling
5.0 out of 5 rating 5.0
Performance
3.0 out of 5 rating 3.0
Value for money
5.0 out of 5 rating 5.0
Pros: Extensive range of tools in the system

Choice of batteries and chargers

Very light and comfortable

Good manoeuvrability

Tools have some good features
Cons: Feel flimsy

Lack power

Short run time
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What is the Bosch 18V Power for ALL Cordless System?

One battery fits all the tools in this extensive range and all tools are available to buy with or without a battery. You can therefore expand your range of tools easily and economically using the same battery and charger and the batteries are also compatible with old and new Bosch tools.

What tools are in the Bosch 18V Power for ALL Cordless System?

There are 20 home and garden tools including grass trimmers, a leaf blower, lawn mower, hedge cutters and telescopic pruner in the range. A pressure washer, hand drills, sander and saws are also included in the DIY range.

Is there a range of batteries available in the Bosch 18V Power for ALL Cordless System?

Batteries come in 2.5, 4 and 6 Ah and two sizes of chargers are also available including a fast charger. The batteries themselves don’t have charge indicators but the chargers have indicator lights that signal when the battery is charging and fully charged.

What are the tools in the Bosch 18V Power for ALL Cordless System like to use?

We tested the Universal Hedgecut 18-500 and the Universal Grasscut 18-260 and they were simple to set up and use – only the grass trimmer needed putting together and the battery is easy to swap and recharge. Both tools feel really well balanced and light, partly due, we’re sure to the small size of the battery and testers particularly liked the comfortable way the grass trimmer’s battery tucked under the arm and the ergonomic design of the handle and shaft.

The hedge trimmer has an ‘Antiblocking system’ to stop growth getting caught and jamming the blades, which at 50cm are longer than some tested. The trimmer is less powerful than some tools tested and feels a little flimsy.

The grass trimmer feeds the cord automatically, rather than by the ‘bump and feed’ method. The head rotates easily for trimming under benches etc. but the cutting diameter is quite small. The edging function is also helpful, just a click to change the angle of the head and the addition of wheels ensures a neat line.

Who is the Bosch 18V Power for ALL Cordless System most useful for?

These simple, lightweight tools are best for weekend gardeners and for use in smaller gardens.

Is the Bosch 18V Power for ALL Cordless System good value for money?

With other tools available to add to the range and for their simplicity and ease of use we think these are good value for money. They also come with a two-year warranty – three years if registered within 30 days of purchase.

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Product Specifications

Product

Brand Bosch
Name Bosch 18V Power for All Cordless System
Battery Size 18V
Battery price £50.99 Battery price depends on the ampere size. This price is for the 2.5 Ah battery.
Battery price note
Charger price £31.99

Features

60min(s)
Warranty 3YEAR
Tools tested Grass trimmer and hedge trimmer
Feature notes

The battery run time is 180m2 to 450m2 depending on the battery and tool. 


Charge time depends on the charger and battery size 


The warranty is two years, three if registered within 30 days.