Screwing Made Easy
Nov 3, 2011 (Updated Nov 11, 2011)
Review by seakins5100
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Very light, compact, run time, simple, nice petite package, 12V expansion
Cons:Expensive for less versatility/power than drill/impact
The Bottom Line: This is a fine package of a household use tool, weighing almost nothing and having broad user appeal...just don't make any plans to build a deck with it.
I'm a fan of large obnoxiously powerful tools. If I can create an excuse to use my rotary hammer for hanging blinds, then I'll do it. If I have to use my chainsaw to cut twigs, that's good to go too. I've found in my time that not everybody agrees with my mentality, especially women. I'll even admit it, though: there's a time and place for the little guys. The Bosch PS20 is among those little guys, so let's see how it fares.
Recommend this product?
The PS20 is packaged in a little sturdy cloth "framed bag" which is shipped in a cardboard box. I'm not really sure if it qualifies as a case or a bag, but I will call it a case from here on. This case has cloth outers and a frame of some sort, making it a very very handy lunchbox type container. The color is nice Bosch blue with a Bosch logo extruding from the front, and a round plastic carry handle is attached with synthetic cloth.
Inside the case, velcro straps hold down the driver, spare battery and charger. A small plastic divide retains the manual (and possibly driver bits). A dedicated spot for driver bits would've been nice. Oh well.
Overall, this is a very petite package for petite individuals. I can't overemphasize just how delightful this little package is; I much prefer it to my numerous hard cased tools and big bags of tools.
The features on this unit are fairly straightforward. One LED light, quick-change hex shank chuck and variable speed trigger. The LED activates with a slight pull of the trigger and turns off as soon as it's released. The LED can be activated without running the driver. I prefer the newer DeWalt system that keeps the LEDs activated for a time after trigger release. There is an adjustable clutch, but once it's set in drive mode (max), it's good to go; this seems quite unnecessary given the already limited torque output of the driver.
No speed range selector or adjustable chuck. Nothing like that. It's a driver...plain and simple.
This is a very very lightweight and comfortable unit. It's like holding absolutely nothing in your hands. Bosch really does a fantastic job of packing everything into a compact and lightweight package. The grip is a straight style with overmolding. It's comfortable, but I prefer the DeWalt's more contoured design. It's a matter if "Glock vs XD", for those of you familiar with guns (the Bosch being Glock here). As usual, Bosch has thoughtfully placed rubber overmolding where beneficial.
Ergonomics is really where this thing shines. This feels to me like the lightest little driver in this price range, still delivering class-leading torque in a tough package. This thing is an absolute joy to use because of the weight (or lack thereof).
Well, it does what it is intended to do. With 80 in-lbs of torque, it's not exactly a wrist snapper. This is a driver obviously meant for lightweight indoor or automotive interior tasks. It is absolutely NOT a large project driver. Equipped with hex shank bits, it can also be used for drilling...only pilot holes ideally. Don't expect to drive too many 3" deck screws with this, but it will handle moderate sized 1-2" screws all day without issue. For the type of use this will see, battery should never be an issue given the short charging time and the length of charge.
Regular drivers are inherently more limited than drill/drivers or impact drivers. They aren't as versatile as drills and nowhere near as powerful as impacts. If it were me, I'd probably just use an impact instead or this, or a drill with a quick change system. However, having had the experience of teaching a woman to use tools, I recognize the value in this. It's basically foolproof in its design, and it doesn't have enough torque to accidentally destroy the workpiece or screw. Another advantage this has? It won't scream quite as loud as an impact. I suppose you could use it for tearing apart the interiors of cars, but at this price point, I'm not sure it's the most cost-effective option.
Now hear me out, I'm not being misogynistic, I'm merely expressing the difference in mechanical cognition between males and females that naturally exists (see inferior parietal lobule for starters). For women intimidated by power tools, this is a great little helper around the house. I taught a lady friend to use a drill, but she loves this far more than the 18V drill for sheer size and simplicity.
Guys, if you're considering this for yourself, do yourself a favor and get a 12V impact instead...unless you plan only to do small indoor projects or automotive projects. If you'd like to get your woman enthused about power tools, though....this is absolutely fantastic - the color scheme might be more attractive to them than that yellow and black brand. With hex shank drill bits it can serve as a "most indoor project" tool.
Is it worth the price? It is awfully expensive for what it is, but you're also getting the Bosch 12V setup, which allows for further expansion; and if it gets your woman excited about power tools....well, think about it.
I find it a little hard to rate this item. I really love the size and small convenient package, but personally, I'd rather have it in impact form. It doesn't have any particular advantage other than simplicity, low noise and safety (e.g. lower power). However, what it does, it does well: basic household chores and projects in a very simple, lightweight and nonintimidating format, suitable for every user. With that said, I'd give the tool class itself a 2-3 star rating for limited utility and the product itself a 4 star rating.
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