If you are a man that loves working with your hands, you would have or are close to buying a power tool. There are great brands, Dewalt and Bosch, some of the heavyweights, and choosing between them is often complicated. Let us compare the two brands and see who wins the fight for your money.
DeWalt and Bosch are both incredible power-tool manufacturers. DeWalt’s tool line is geared towards supplying construction, manufacturing, and woodworking professionals with powerful tools. Bosch’s focus is more on the DIY consumers, also providing tools for trade and industry.
DeWalt’s tools are known for their power (Flexvolt 60V line) and extraordinary battery innovations. Professionals love this brand even if it’s a little more expensive than others, while Bosch’s strong point is in the 12V power tool section. This article will discuss their history, warranties, and product lines to help you make an easy decision when buying a power tool to suit your needs.
With any rivalry, think Mercedes and BMW, products will outperform the other and vice versa. It’s called healthy competition, and the consumer gets to experience the best of the said manufacturer as they strive to be the leader in a specific field. It is the same with Dewalt and Bosch, although they have different portfolios and are not necessarily competitive in all categories.
The History Of DeWalt
It was in Pennsylvania (1923) where the American brand DeWalt was born. Its primary focus from the start was manufacturing power tools and machinery. Woodworkers were their primary client base until they branched out into construction and other areas.
The company’s head honcho and founder, Raymond E. DeWalt, was the inventor of the radial arm saw (circular saw mounted on a sliding arm.) DeWalt as a company has always been innovative. Black & Decker bought the company from American Machine & Foundry in 1960, and after going through a significant rebrand, they are known as the toolmakers for professionals.
The History Of Bosch
It was near Stuttgart (1886) where the German brand Bosch was born. Its primary focus from the start was precision mechanics and electrical engineering. More than half of the company’s business is creating technologies (mobility solutions) for the transport industry.
The company started to focus on the power tools business in 1932 and invented the hammer drill shortly after. Consumer goods like power tools, home appliances, other brands (Dremel) make up for a quarter of their business today.
DeWalt Vs. Bosch: Portfolio Of Products
Both DeWalt and Bosch have impressive and quite sizable product lines, but there are some differences in the variety of tools, in some of them:
- DeWalt’s 20V Max line offers clients over 200 different cordless products, enough to satisfy all of its customer’s needs.
- Bosch’s 18V line offers a similar impressive selection of cordless products; however, DeWalt’s tends to have an edge in power, durability, and offering more features.
Both DeWalt and Bosch boast a power-hungry tool portfolio, and this is how they compare:
- DeWalt’s Flexvolt (60V) has over 30 products that include a wide variety of hammer drills, saws, grinders, and an air compressor. This product line markets itself as being the best tool choice for professionals.
- Bosch’s 36V platform lacks the variety and heavy-duty selection of DeWalt and only includes hammer drills, drill drivers, rotary hammers, and reciprocating saws.
Last but not least, we get to their entry-level portfolios, and this is how they compare:
- DeWalt’s 12V Max series is relatively lean compared to Bosch’s and only includes some impact drills, mini-reciprocating saws, drivers, thermometers, inspection cameras, and radios for the job site. This range is just a selection of professional tools that don’t require a lot of power.
- Bosch’s 12V platform is enormous, focusing on the DIY consumer, including products like impact drills, drivers, jigsaws, multi-tools, planers, mini-reciprocating saws, impact wrenches, routers, and even a vacuum product should you need one.
DeWalt and Bosch offer an excellent selection of corded tools and accessories for all their models, including drill- and screwdriver bits, saw blades, and so forth. DeWalt’s tools are used by professionals rather than the average DIY dad, and when it comes to light-duty offerings, Bosch has the overall edge with its huge 12V platform.
Move over to the power tools, and you will find that DeWalt starts flexing its muscles with a wider variety in this genre. DeWalt has opted for 60V compared to Bosch’s 36V, and the extra voltage relates to more powerful equipment, although the cost of these higher-powered equipment tends to be higher than a similar Bosch model.
DeWalt Vs. Bosch: Putting Their Drill Drivers To The Test
Both companies are well-known tool manufacturers, although they target different people with their different product lines. We need to compare some of their tools, so let us focus on their respective drill drivers. DeWalt has a 20V professional driver, while Bosch offers an 18V consumer driver:
|Batteries||Two Batteries & Charger||Two Batteries & Charger|
|Speed Settings||Two Speed Settings|
500RPM & 2,000RPM
|Two Speed Settings|
|Inch-Pounds Of Torque||600||350|
|Weight||3.4 Pounds||3 Pounds|
|Battery Life||A Couple Of Hours||30 Minutes|
Verdict: DeWalt- Longer battery life and almost double the power gives DeWalt the win. Bosch will be a more affordable option for a DIY person, but a professional will go for the DeWalt, no question about it.
DeWalt Vs. Bosch: Pricing In General
DeWalt is known to be the pricier power-tool manufacturer of the two. The price differential is due to the different markets they cater to and the added power found in DeWalt power tools (60V vs. 36V and 20V vs. 18V). Spending a little more money makes perfect sense for the product that you receive.
Bosch power tools are a more affordable option as the company caters to a large consumer base in their 12V range. Their higher-power products are also cheaper than most DeWalt counterparts. However, it must be mentioned that in the serious power section, DeWalt is in a league of its own.
DeWalt Vs. Bosch: Who Is The Warranty King?
DeWalt and Bosch are known for their strict quality control measures. Regardless of where their products are made in the world, they are brands with solid and reputable reputations, and the end-product needs to be perfect.
However, even with the best quality control measures in place, nothing is perfect all the time, and there will come a time that you will need support from the brand. The service that you could expect to receive from the top brands is in the form of:
- Warranty Repairs
- General Repairs
- Availability Of Spare Parts
DeWalt offers a general limited warranty of three years on most of its power tools. This warranty translates to the following:
- DeWalt will repair a tool for free that has any defects that are their fault (some tools carry a warranty of seven years.)
- DeWalt offers a one-year service contract on their power tools that allows the buyer to get their tools serviced and get worn parts replaced, free of charge.
- DeWalt offers a 90-day money-back guarantee with no questions asked.
Bosch offers a general limited warranty of one year on most of its power tools. This warranty translates to the following:
- Bosch will repair a tool for free that has any defects that are their fault up to one year after purchase.
- Bosch offers a one-year service plan on their power tools that allows the buyer to get their tools serviced and get worn parts replaced, free of charge.
It’s evident that DeWalt’s warranty on their tools outclasses the one of Bosch. While most tools will last well over any of the warranty periods, there could be circumstances where the more extended warranty comes into play—something to consider before parting with your money.
As you can see by reading this article, DeWalt and Bosch are competing in different weight classes. If you are new to the world of tools, then Bosch may be your brand. Need a light-duty impact drill, multi-tool, planer, router, or mini-reciprocating saw? Then go for the Bosch model.
Are you looking for more power in your tools? Got some extra money to spend? Then DeWalt is the right choice, every time, especially when you need professional tools for professional work.