Bosch PS10-2A 12-Volt Max Lithium-Ion Driver Kit
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- 80-Inch --pounds. of Torque & no. 8212; Drives 100 3-Inch screws per battery charge
- Ultra-Compact Head Length & no. 8212; 3.5-Inch total head length - 3 times shorter than most popular competitor
- 90-Degree Articulating Head & no. 8212; Rotates and locks-Inch to five positions for-increased versatility
- 7+1 Electronic Clutch & no. 8212; Precision driving, eliminates over torque-Inch soft base materials. Drill mode allows pilot and other small bore holes.
- Quick Change Chuck & no. 8212; Prevents bit loss-Inch drill or drive mode - pull to-insert or release 1/4-Inch hex shank bits
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2611-7697 Features: -Cordless Drill.-The ultra compact head is just 3.5'' total head length allowing the I-Driver to fit where traditional drills, even right angle drills, cannot go.-90 articulating head with five position locks helps the user get to hard to reach spots with ease.-80 inches per pound of torque gives you the power you need for driving screws.-The Litheon advanced lithium ion battery drives one hundred 3'' screws per charge.-Revolutionary variable speed trigger design provides increased sensitivity and control.-Reversible drive allows the pocket driver to be equally useful at driving or removing screws.-Seven setting electronic clutch enables precision driving and eliminates over torque in soft base materials.-The drill mode allows pilot and other small bore holes. Dimensions: -Built -in quick change chuck allows quick change between bits while preventing bit loss, simply pull to insert or release 1/4'' hex shank bits.
From the Manufacturer
We'd wager there have been plenty of times you tried to maneuver a drill/driver into a spot that just wouldn't allow it and wished you had a small, powerful tool that would drive a screw where others just can't go. Here it is. The PS10-2A is one of the handiest, most powerful little drivers we've laid hands on. It's impressively powered by "litheon," which Bosch calls "the industry's most advanced lithium-ion battery technology." We can attest that there's absolutely no lag in power, and the run time is great; more than 100 drives per charge. Recharge time is just 30 minutes, so you should never have to wait for a battery. The best feature, of course, is the clever design. Instead of a pistol grip like most drivers, this one has a sturdy tool body and an articulating head that has five detents, letting you set it however you need it. The head itself is just 3-1/2-Inches long, so it's no struggle at all to slip it into tight spaces suchas in between studs, under-sink cabinets, between joists and other tricky situations. If it's length you need, just flip the head to the vertical position and it's literally like having a screwdriver at your fingertips; it's not quite a-foot long at its full length. It uses 1/4-Inch hex bits, and they're easy to change. We would have liked to see some on-board bit storage, but that's a small point. The two-finger trigger is comfortable, and it's quite sensitive, so take care not to strip your fasteners while you're on the learning curve. In all, we're really pleased with this little driver, and we think there's a place for it in just about every toolbox. Includes: tool, (1) carrying case, (2) 12-volt batteries, (1) 30-minute charger, (2) 1.5-Inch drive bits.
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It's powerfull enough to handle most driving applications and even some light drilling with an adapter, it has allowed me to reduce the amount of time I carry my full size drill by about 70%, my knees are thanking me it.
Roughly half the weight of my 18V drill (RIDGID X3)
The 5 position head is versatile and make a lot of tasks easier or at least more comfortable.
The batteries last a long time and charge quickly.
Quick change chuck upside is it allows for very fast and simple bit change, using it with a set of magnetic nutdrivers saves a lot of time and effort!
Quick change chuck downside is that the bits have some play in the chuck, althougth they cant fall out, they are not not held firmly in the tool
The play in the chuck makes drilling unstable and imprecise, it cannot remplace a drill at all for making holes bigger than 1/4inch.
The driver only starts turning after you have pressed through the first 1/4inch of travel of the trigger, which makes using the variable speed a bit akward at first and requires some getting used to, but it's quite precise once you get the hang of it. You may strip out screw holes EASILY if you try to learn this while driving screws in soft materials like cabinets.
The useless hanging pin keeps getting in the way, I removed it on the second day. thankfully it is not permenantly attached to the tool
Overall I accomplished my goal of reducing the weight of my tool belt, this tool is not perfect but still VERY, VERY usefull.
Quick change chuck
Gets in tight places
Uses Li-Ion batteries with fast charge cycles
Comes with 2 batteries so you can keep going
Has (effectively) 2 speeds
Has multi torque electronic "clutch" settings
Has 2 speeds: fast & too fast
Has 2 torque settings: too much and WAY too much!
After owning other Bosch tools, I bought this with some confidence it would work well. The first one had one speed/torque setting (despite the dial settings): HIGH. I exchanged it for another which had multiple settings as (apparently) designed. These proved to be:
SPEED: The first 10% of the trigger travel immediately invokes the next to highest speed and the other 90% invokes the highest speed - hardly suitable for delicate or precise work. My 20 year old Black and Decker is more sensitive.
TORQUE: The slide switch has 7 settings plus a "drill" setting (max. torque?). Setting these at any setting apparently invokes random torque settings - anything from "strip the screw out of the hole" to "rip the head of the screw off". Once or twice the driver did stop when it approached a certain set point - albeit different than what I had in mind about where it should stop.
At first I thought Bosch didn't understand what "variable speed" and "torque control" settings meant. But then I thought "they MUST understand that - they're in the tool business...".
I then bought a Bosh combo kit consisting of a 12v Max driver - Model PS20, and an impactor. They both have variable speed controls that work - really slow speed at first, then gradually increasing. I've been using them for over 2 years with excellent results - which seems to refute the fact that Bosch doesn't know how a variable speed system should work. And the torque clutch on the driver also works well.
So, you gotta' wonder. If Bosch can get it right in their other tools, what happened here? Was this particular (electronic control) design contracted out to a design firm in Lower Slobovia with limited design resources? Having worked for a major German manufacturing company in an earlier life, I find it hard to believe there was no design review prior to production release. So, how was such a product released?
UPDATE 1/3/10: After sending a brief version of this review to Bosch, here's their response:
"The PS10 clutch is electronic so there's no ratcheting & the lowest setting is still pretty heavy, but won't activate on some low torque applications like drywall and we're finding on some small screw applications where they either snap off the head or drive INTO wood. If it appears that the lowest clutch setting on the PS10 is not low enough to clutch out. It is not broken it is just not triggered by the resistance of the sheet rock or the small screw size into wood. Just to verify it is not broken, drive a 3 inch screw into a piece of wood at the lowest setting and see you get a clutch reaction. If you do, then it verifies that the lowest clutch setting is not low enough for the application. If it is not low enough, then we would recommend using the PS20 as others who do not feel the PS10 is low enough are reporting that the PS20 does work for them."
I find the Bosch response above amusing, but particularly the line: "...and we're finding on some small screw applications where they either snap off the head or drive INTO wood". Aren't you supposed to "find out" this kind of stuff during the design phase of a product, and not via customer feedback from the field??
Anyway, bottom line (still) is that this is a really cool piece of gear re versatility in terms of fitting in tight places, battery life, etc. BUT, if you need a true variable speed, variable torque driver, look elsewhere. I rarely use this driver anymore unless I need the "tight fit" or angled head features - I wouldn't buy this again.
I've had this particular model for 2 years and have come to really like it. The shape with the rotating head is, or was unique until others started copying that too. 600 rpm is fast for a 1 speed and it really has good power for the size. The trigger took a little getting used to being that it turns on an instant after you hit it, but it's not a 1/2 second as another reviewer said, and it varies the speed quite well unlike said reviewer found. He may have gotten a defective unit.
I really like the clutch, an electronic rather than mechanical one. I find it very accurate and easy to work with and find that I rarely use it in the "drill' position. But on a recent occasion I did, and this drill saved me from having to go out and find a 5 foot flexible bit, which would have cost me $40+.
I was in a basement needing to drill a hole through the top plate into a wall so I could install a thermostat. It was double plated(2 2x6) and my cordless drill wouldn't fit in the space between the floor jousts, so my only other option was get a flexible bit and drill up from the hole I'd cut in the drywall. Then I thought of the PS10 with a spade bit. I used a 1/2 inch bit and it took a while but the drill performed well, though I didn't let it heat up. Yet another handy application.
Though excellent, it's not perfect. I would still prefer a 2 speed gear box, but other than that, it's pretty trick.