Tuesday, 12 July 2011

AEG 3 BSB 18LI 18volt Cordless Combi Drill Review

The AEG 3 BSB 18LI 18volt Cordless Combi Drill is one of the most affordable, versatile drills out there. AEG were the first to bring the world portable power tools over 100 years ago. They're not a brand that everyone knows about and if you want to stay away from the Makita and Dewalt crowd then this drill is for you. My dad uses Makita's and he's constantly has to keep an eye on his tools and can never leave them in the van, Makita's and DeWalts are so distinctive that any tea leaves can spot them a mile away. AEG does away with fancy design and soley concentrates on function. The AEG 3 BSB is a powerful cordless drill with it 18v power. This drill has a whole host of Functions.

18volt Power: 18volt is the perfect power output for a cordless drill it will handle anything. 12volt drills are quickly killed when doing anything a little labourious, 14.4's are silly to go for this output as the price difference between 14.4's and 18v's is minimal but the power difference between them is noticeable and the 24v are too heavy, the batteries are like car batteries and you might aswell switch to a mains powered drill if you need the power without the weight.

Combil Drill: This has 3 speed modes, and a hammer action. Most cordless drills do away with the hammer function, which is used for maisonary drilling, drilling brick work etc because most would switch to a mains operated drill to do this type or work but this is a great feature to have because if you work outside on sites with no power you can still get the job done. Having this fucntion doesn't increase the price. As this is a powerful drill the speed selection means you can do light work with this drill also.

24 Torque Settings: As previously mentioned as this is a 18v drill it is very torquey which is very useful and helps getting jobs done. But you don't always need the power so this has 24 torque settings so you don't snap drill bits and round heads when you don't that much power.

Heavy Duty Construction: You can by 18v drills for very little these days but with this comes less quality and construction. The AEG is a tough drill wich will take a pounding on site which means it will last for years under normal working conditions. Saving your wallet.

Ergonomic soft grip: A great feature. drilling for long periods of time at all different angles takes its toll, so rather than design a flashy looking cordless drill they've specifically focused on making the grip soft and comfortable.

Lightweight: No brainer really, boxed up with its charger it comes in at 2kg. This makes it very versatile and easy to manouver for doing those delicate jobs and precision drilling.
Drill in to tiles all day?

Quick release Battery and One hand chuck : The quick realease battery means no messing trying just to get started after a charge and the one handed chuck means you can go from different drilling modes quickly.

Cons: This drill only comes with one battery, so if you need something that you can use all day long you may want to look for something with two batteries or something flash like the Makita BHP452RFWX.

Pro's: The above doesn't really count if you want something realible around the home or if you don't require using a drill all day at work. What is also great about this drill is that it comes with a hard carry case and drill bit set which will save you money.


  1. What if I need the same cordless drill in 10v or 10.8v? Plus can I include it in discount power tools range?

  2. I brought 2 of these drills in late 2013 with 4 batteries all up, I hardly used them, and all but one battery is stuffed, think of the price you pay for these, they should last longer than this.

    I rang AEG who told me the dates on the batteries were over 2 years in some cases, but this is not my fault, I brought new and it seems BUnnings are getting rid of old stock, regardless of this, the batteries should last longer than 12 months, or even 2 years considering the price.

    When reviewers do their comments, they should do more research and not a one-time review in 30 minutes, these AEG drills, the batteries at least, are rubbish.

    I brought 2 real cheap drills years ago, 10 years ago, $29 each with spare batteries, and all but one battery is still working perfectly, but the drills themselves are a bit slower than the expensive ones, and I wish I had brought more of these drills at the time, but the store has closed down.

    So there’s one brand I never buy, and that’s AEG along with Metabo which are no better, I never buy AEG or Metabo because they are overpriced for what you get and life of the products are poor.

    No doubt someone will come along and disagree or say they have had their AEG or Metabo for years and still work perfectly, but this would be unlikely or just luck.

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  5. The AEG 3 BSB is a powerful cordless drill with it 18v power. This drill has a whole host of Functions.porter cable impact driver