Bosch 32618 User Manual

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General Safety Rules

! WARNING Read all instructions. Failure to follow all instructions listed below may result in electric shock, fire and/or serious injury.The term “power tool”

in all of the warnings listed below refers to your mains-operated(corded) power tool orbattery-operated(cordless) power tool.


Work area safety

Keep work area clean and well lit.

Cluttered or dark areas invite accidents.

Do not operate power tools in explosive atmospheres, such as in the presence of flammable liquids, gases or dust. Power tools create sparks which may ignite the dust or fumes.

Keep children and bystanders away while operating a power tool. Distractions can cause you to lose control.

Electrical safety

Power tool plugs must match the outlet. Never modify the plug in any way. Do not use any adapter plugs with earthed (grounded) power tools. Unmodified plugs and matching outlets will reduce risk of electric shock.

Avoid body contact with earthed or grounded surfaces such as pipes, radiators, ranges and refrigerators. There is an increased risk of electric shock if your body is earthed or grounded.

Do not expose power tools to rain or wet conditions. Water entering a power tool will increase the risk of electric shock.

Do not abuse the cord. Never use the cord for carrying, pulling or unplugging the power tool. Keep cord away from heat, oil, sharp edges or moving parts. Damaged or entangled cords increase the risk of electric shock.

When operating a power tool outdoors, use an extension cord suitable for outdoor use. Use of a cord suitable for outdoor use reduces the risk of electric shock.

Do not use AC only rated tools with a DC power supply. While the tool may appear to work, the electrical components of the AC rated tool are likely to fail and create a hazard to the operator.

If operating the power tool in damp locations is unavoidable a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) must be used to supply the power to your tool. GFCI and personal protection devices like electrician’s rubber gloves and footwear will further enhance your personal safety.

Personal safety

Stay alert, watch what you are doing and use common sense when operating a power tool. Do not use a power tool while you are tired or under the influence of drugs, alcohol or medication. A moment of inattention while operating power tools may result in serious personal injury.

Use safety equipment. Always wear eye protection. Safety equipment such as dust mask, non-skid safety shoes, hard hat, or hearing protection used for appropriate conditions will reduce personal injuries.

Avoid accidental starting. Ensure the switch is in the off-positionbefore plugging in.Carrying power tools with your finger on the switch or plugging in power tools that have the switch on invites accidents.

Remove any adjusting key or wrench before turning the power tool on. A wrench or a key left attached to a rotating part of the power tool may result in personal injury.

Do not overreach. Keep proper footing and balance at all times. This enables better control of the power tool in unexpected situations.

Dress properly. Do not wear loose clothing or jewelry. Keep your hair, clothing and gloves away from moving parts. Loose clothes, jewelry or long hair can be caught in moving parts.

If devices are provided for the connection of dust extraction and collection facilities, ensure these are connected and properly used. Use of these devices can reduce dustrelated hazards.


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Keep handles dry, clean and free from oil and grease. Slippery hands cannot safely control the power tool.

Power tool use and care

Do not force the power tool. Use the correct power tool for your application.

The correct power tool will do the job better and safer at the rate for which it was designed.

Do not use the power tool if the switch does not turn it on and off. Any power tool that cannot be controlled with the switch is dangerous and must be repaired.

Disconnect the plug from the power source and/or the battery pack from the power tool before making any adjustments, changing accessories, or storing power tools. Such preventive safety measures reduce the risk of starting the power tool accidentally.

Store idle power tools out of the reach of children and do not allow persons unfamiliar with the power tool or these instructions to operate the power tool.

Power tools are dangerous in the hands of untrained users.

Maintain power tools. Check for misalignment or binding of moving parts, breakage of parts and any other condition that may affect the power tools operation. If damaged, have the power tool repaired before use. Many accidents are caused by poorly maintained power tools.

Keep cutting tools sharp and clean.

Properly maintained cutting tools with sharp cutting edges are less likely to bind and are easier to control.

Use the power tool, accessories and tool bits etc., in accordance with these instructions and in the manner intended for the particular type of power tool, taking into account the working conditions and the work to be performed.

Use of the power tool for operations different from those intended could result in a hazardous situation.

Use clamps or other practical way to secure and support the workpiece to a stable platform. Holding the work by hand or against your body is unstable and may lead to loss of control.

Battery tool use and care

Recharge only with the charger specified by the manufacturer. A charger that is suitable for one type of battery pack may create a risk of fire when used with another battery pack.

Use battery tools only with specifically designated battery packs. Use of any other battery packs may create a risk of injury and fire.

When battery pack is not in use, keep it away from other metal objects like paper clips, coins, keys, nails, screws, or other small metal objects that can make a connection from one terminal to another.

Shorting the battery terminals together may cause burns or a fire.

Under abusive conditions, liquid may be ejected from the battery, avoid contact. If contact accidentally occurs, flush with water. If liquid contacts eyes, additionally seek medical help. Liquid ejected from the battery may cause irritation or burns.

Ensure the switch is in the off position before inserting battery pack. Inserting the battery pack into power tools that have the switch on invites accidents.


Have your power tool serviced by a qualified repair person using only identical replacement parts. This will ensure that the safety of the power tool is maintained.

Develop a periodic maintenance schedule for your tool. When cleaning a tool be careful not to disassemble any portion of the tool since internal wires may be misplaced or pinched or safety guard return springs may be improperly mounted. Certain cleaning agents such as gasoline, carbon tetrachloride, ammonia, etc. may damage plastic parts.



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Safety Rules for Cordless Drill / Drivers

Hold tool by insulated gripping surfaces when performing an operation where the cutting tools may contact hidden wiring.

Contact with a “live” wire will make exposed metal parts of the tool “live” and shock the operator. Do not drill, fasten or break into existing walls or other blind areas where electrical wiring may exist. If this situation is unavoidable, disconnect all fuses or circuit breakers feeding this worksite.

Always hold the tool with both hands. If the bit jams two hands will give you maximum control over torque reaction or kickback.

Always wear safety goggles or eye protection when using this tool. Use a dust mask or respirator for applications which generate dust.

Secure the material being drilled. Never hold it in your hand or across legs.

Unstable support can cause the drill bit to bind causing loss of control and injury.

Disconnect battery pack from tool or place the switch in the locked or off position before making any assembly, adjustments or changing accessories. Such preventive safety measures reduce the risk of starting the tool accidentally.

Position yourself to avoid being caught between the tool or side handle and walls or posts. Should the bit become bound or jammed in the work, the reaction torque of the tool could crush your hand or leg.

If the bit becomes bound in the workpiece, release the trigger immediately, reverse the direction of rotation and slowly squeeze the trigger to back out the bit. Be ready for a strong reaction torque. The drill body will tend to twist in the opposite direction as the drill bit is rotating.

Do not grasp the tool or place your hands too close to the spinning chuck or drill bit. Your hand may be lacerated.

When installing a drill bit, insert the shank of the bit well within the jaws of the chuck. If the bit is not inserted deep enough, the grip of the jaws over the bit is

reduced and the loss of control is increased.

Do not use dull or damaged bits and accessories. Dull or damaged bits have a greater tendency to bind in the workpiece.

When removing the bit from the tool avoid contact with skin and use proper protective gloves when grasping the bit or accessory. Accessories may be hot after prolonged use.

Check to see that keys and adjusting wrenches are removed from the drill before switching the tool "ON". Keys or wrenches can fly away at high velocity striking you or a bystander.

Do not run the drill while carrying it at your side. A spinning drill bit could become entangled with clothing and injury may result.

This tool may be used with sanding and polishing disks, grinding wheels, wire wheel and wire cup brushes. These accessories must be rated for at least the speed recommended on the tool warning label. Wheels and other accessories running over rated speed can fly apart and cause injury.

Avoid bouncing and snagging the wheels, discs or brushes especially when working corners, sharp edges, etc. This can cause loss of control and kickback.

! WARNING Some dust created by power sanding, sawing,

grinding, drilling, and other construction activities contains chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. Some examples of these chemicals are:

Lead from lead-basedpaints,

Crystalline silica from bricks and cement and other masonry products, and

Arsenic and chromium from chemicallytreated lumber.

Your risk from these exposures varies, depending on how often you do this type of work. To reduce your exposure to these chemicals: work in a well ventilated area, and work with approved safety equipment, such as those dust masks that are specially designed to filter out microscopic particles.


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Before using battery charger, read all instructions and cautionary markings on

(1) battery charger, (2) battery pack, and

(3) product using battery.

Use only the charger which accompanied your product or direct replacement as listed in the catalog or this manual. Do not substitute any other charger. Use only Bosch approved chargers with your product. See Functional Description and Specifications.

Do not disassemble charger or operate the charger if it has received a sharp blow, been dropped or otherwise damaged in any way. Replace damaged cord or plugs immediately. Incorrect reassembly or damage may result in electric shock or fire.

Do not recharge battery in damp or wet environment. Do not expose charger to rain or snow. If battery case is cracked or otherwise damaged, do not insert into charger. Battery short or fire may result.

Charge only Bosch approved rechargeable batteries. See Functional Description and Specifications. Other types of batteries may burst causing personal injury and damage.

Charge battery pack in temperatures above +40 degrees F (4 degrees C) and below +105 degrees F (41 degrees C).

Store tool and battery pack in locations where temperatures will not exceed 120 degrees F (49 degrees C). This is important to prevent serious damage to the battery cells.

Battery leakage may occur under extreme usage or temperature conditions. Avoid contact with skin and eyes. The battery liquid is caustic and could cause chemical burns to tissues. If liquid comes in contact with skin, wash quickly with soap and water, then with lemon juice or vinegar. If the liquid contacts your eyes, flush them with water for a minimum of 10 minutes and seek medical attention.

Place charger on flat non-flammablesurfaces and away from flammable materials whenre-chargingbattery pack.

The charger and battery pack heat during charging. Carpeting and other heat insulating surfaces block proper air circulation which may cause overheating of the charger and battery pack. If smoke or melting of the case are observed unplug the charger immediately and do not use the battery pack or charger.

Use of an attachment not recommended or sold by Bosch may result in a risk of fire, electric shock or injury to persons.

Battery Care

! WARNING When batteries are not in tool or charger, keep them

away from metal objects. For example, to protect terminals from shorting DO NOTplace batteries in a tool box or pocket with nails, screws, keys, etc. Fire or injury may result.

! WARNING To prevent fire or injury when batteries are not in

tool or charger, always place protective cap onto end of battery pack. Protective cap, guards against terminal shorting.



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Battery Disposal

! WARNING Do not attempt to disassemble the battery or

remove any component projecting from the battery terminals. Fire or injury may result. Prior to disposal, protect exposed terminals with heavy insulating tape to prevent shorting.


If equipped with a nickel-cadmiumbattery, the battery must be collected, recycled or disposed of in an environmentally sound manner.

“The EPA certified RBRC Battery Recycling Seal on the nickel-cadmium(Ni-Cd)

battery indicates Robert

Bosch Tool Corporation is voluntarily participating in an industry program to collect and recycle these

batteries at the end of their useful life, when

taken out of service in the United States or Canada. The RBRC program provides a convenient alterative to placing used Ni-Cdbatteries into the trash or the municipal waste stream, which may be illegal in your area.

Please call 1-800-8-BATTERYfor information onNi-Cdbattery recycling and disposal bans/restrictions in your area, or return your batteries to a Skil/Bosch/Dremel Service Center for recycling. Robert Bosch Tool Corporation’s involvement in this program is part of our commitment to preserving our environment and conserving our natural resources.”


If equipped with a nickel-metalhydride battery, the battery can be disposed of in a municipal solid waste stream.


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IMPORTANT: Some of the following symbols may be used on your tool. Please study them and learn their meaning. Proper interpretation of these symbols will allow you to operate the tool better and safer.








Voltage (potential)










Frequency (cycles per second)



























Size of drill bits, grinding wheels, etc.




No load speed

Rotational speed, at no load


Revolutions or reciprocation per minute

Revolutions, strokes, surface speed,








orbits etc. per minute





Off position

Zero speed, zero torque...

1, 2, 3, ...

Selector settings

Speed, torque or position settings.



Higher number means greater speed






Infinitely variable selector with off

Speed is increasing from 0 setting








Action in the direction of arrow



















Alternating current

Type or a characteristic of current







Direct current

Type or a characteristic of current













Alternating or direct current

Type or a characteristic of current













Class II construction

Designates Double Insulated














Construction tools.














Earthing terminal

Grounding terminal













Warning symbol

Alerts user to warning messages



















Ni-CadRBRC seal

Designates Ni-Cadbattery recycling

















This symbol designates that this tool is listed by Underwriters Laboratories.

This symbol designates that this tool is listed by the Canadian Standards Association.

This symbol designates that this tool is listed to Canadian Standards by Underwriters Laboratories.

This symbol designates that this tool is listed by Underwriters Laboratories, and listed to Canadian Standards by Underwriters Laboratories.

This symbol designates that

this tool complies to NOM Mexican Standards.


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Functional Description and Specifications

! WARNING Disconnect battery pack from tool or place the switch in the locked or off position before making any assembly, adjustments or changing

accessories. Such preventive safety measures reduce the risk of starting the tool accidentally.


Cordless Drills/Drivers

































FIG. 1













































Model number





Voltage rating

9.6 V

12 V

14.4 V

18 V

No load speed 1

n0 0-300/min

n0 0-400/min

n0 0-400/min

n0 0-400/min

No load speed 2

n0 0-1000/min

n0 0-1200/min

n0 0-1200/min

n0 0-1300/min

Maximum Capacities




Chuck size





Screw sizes

#12 x 3"

#14 x 3"

#16 x 3"

#16 x 3"

Mild metal





Hard wood





Soft wood






BC001-6& BC016

BC001-6& BC016

BC001-6& BC016

BC004-6& BC016


BC130 & BC230

BC130 & BC230

BC130 & BC230

BC130 & BC230

Voltage rating

120 V 60 Hz

120 V 60 Hz

120 V 60 Hz

120 V 60 Hz

Battery pack




BAT025 & BAT026






BC006 charger requires 12 V DC input



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Operating Instructions



Your tool is equipped with a variable speed trigger switch. The tool speed can be controlled from the minimum to the maximum nameplate RPM by the pressure you apply to the trigger. Apply more pressure to increase the speed and release pressure to decrease speed. This accurate speed control enables you to drill without center punching. It also permits you to use as a power screwdriver. Bits are available for driving screws as well as running bolts and nuts.



Your tool is equipped with a forward/ reversing lever and trigger lock located above the trigger (Fig. 1). This lever was designed for changing rotation of the chuck, and for locking the trigger in an “OFF” position to help prevent accidental starts and accidental battery discharge. For forward rotation, (with chuck pointed away from you) move the lever to the far left. For reverse rotation move the lever to the far right. To activate trigger lock move lever to the center off position.



Do not change direction of

rotation until the tool



comes to a complete stop. Shifting during rotation of the chuck can cause damage to the tool.


Your tool is equipped with two separate gear ranges, low gear and high gear. Low gear provides high-torqueand slower drilling speeds for heavy duty work or for driving screws. High gear provides faster speeds for drilling lighter work. To change speeds slide switch, to the high or low position.

ATTENTION: If your tool appears to be running, but the chuck will not turn, check to make sure the gear shifting switch is pushed fully into desired setting.


Your tool features 15 clutch settings. Output torque will increase as the clutch ring, is rotated from 1 to 15. The drill “” position will lock up the clutch to permit drilling and driving heavyduty work, and also enables bits to be changed quickly and easily in the keyless chuck.


When the trigger switch is released it activates the brake to stop the chuck quickly. This is especially useful in the repetitive driving and removal of screws.


Your tool is equipped with a bit storage adapter that will allow you to store a longer bit if desired. To install bit adapter, remove bit from standard storage area, then snap adapter into it’s place. To use, hold bit adapter in place when removing bit (Fig. 1).


Move reverse switch lever to the center “OFF” position. Remove battery pack and rotate the clutch ring to the drill bit symbol “ ”. Rotate the chuck sleeve counterclockwise viewing from chuck end, and open chuck to approximate drill bit diameter. Insert a clean bit up to the drill bit flutes for small bits, or as far as it will go for large bits. Close chuck by rotating the chuck sleeve clockwise and securely tighten by hand.

! WARNING Do not use the power of the drill while grasping

chuck to loosen or tighten bit. Friction burn or hand injury is possible if attempting to grasp the spinning chuck.


Rotate the clutch ring to the drill bit symbol “ ”. Open the chuck all the way, removeleft-handthread screw inside chuck by turning it clockwise (Fig. 2).

FIG. 2



Insert the short arm of a 3/8" hex key wrench and close jaws on flats of wrench (Fig. 3).


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Strike long arm of wrench sharply counterclockwise, remove wrench and unthread chuck from spindle (Fig. 3).


FIG. 3

Always keep the spindle threads, the threads of the chuck and securing screw free of debris. To install a chuck, reverse “removing the chuck” procedure.


Release battery pack from tool by pressing on both sides of the battery release tabs and pull downwards. Before inserting battery pack, remove protective cap from battery

pack. To insert battery, align battery and slide battery pack into tool until it locks into position. Do not force.


1.The battery pack accepts only about 80% of its maximum capacity with its first few charge cycles. However, after the first few charge cycles, the battery will charge to full capacity.

2.The charger was designed to fast charge the battery only when the battery temperature is between 40˚F (4˚C) and 105˚F (41˚C).

3.A substantial drop in operating time per charge may mean that the battery pack is nearing the end of its life and should be replaced.

4.If you anticipate long periods (i.e. a month or more) of non-useof your tool, it is best to run your tool down until it is fully discharged before storing your battery pack. After a long period of storage, the capacity at first recharge will be lower. Normal capacity will be restored in two or three charge/discharge cycles.

Remember to unplug charger during storage period.

5.If battery does not charge properly:

a.Check for voltage at outlet by plugging in some other electrical device.

b.Check to see if outlet is connected to a light switch which turns power “off” when lights are turned off.

c.Check battery pack terminals for dirt. Clean with cotton swab and alcohol if necessary.

d.If you still do not get proper charging, take or send tool, battery pack and charger to your local Bosch Service Center. See “Tools, Electric” in the Yellow Pages for names and addresses.

Note: Use of chargers or battery packs not sold by Bosch will void the warranty.