Bosch SPS10-2 4-Volt Pocket Screwdriver - Review
Bosch has been one of the leaders in the 12-volt li-ion market and it seems that now they're branching off into the even smaller 4-volt category. We have no idea if they're going to get into tools other than their Pocket Screwdriver, and for the purpose of this review, we don't really care. We're here to review the SPS10-2 and that's what we're going to do.
As you would expect, the tool is pretty tiny with just the basic features. There's a forward/reverse switch, a little LED, and the 1/4" hex magnetized chuck. The tool has the slightly rubberized grip as well as that durable Bosch feel, so it looks like it has the ability to take a nosedive off an 8' step ladder and still be working.
Unlike most other 4-volt screwdrivers we've seen, Bosch has made the batteries removable, so it operates just like a full-sized drill. This translates into no lost time while the battery charges, making it suitable for tradesmen. Bosch's 4-volt battery looks like a shrunken version of their 12-vol and it actually uses the same charger, so if you've already bought a tool or two of their 12-volt line, the 4-volt screwdriver should fit nicely into your repertoire. Two smart moves by Bosch.
But how about power? How far are 4-volts going to get you? Honestly, a lot farther than we thought. This little screwdriver has some stones to it. While it struggled, it was able to sink a 2" drywall screw into a 2x4. It's not what the tool is meant for, but it's nice to know that you can hang a piece of sheetrock in a pinch.
But in a day to day sense, this is a finisher's tool, a touch-up tool. Not something you're going to be using for construction, but something for the final stages, when you're polishing the stone and making everything just right.
So it's the perfect tool for the cabinet guy or the carpenter trapped in the punch list phase of construction when it seems like all you do for days on end is go around, tighten hinges, adjust outlet covers, and straighten cabinet doors. And with the Bosch 4-volt, it really doesn't matter how cramped the space is, the tool is so little, it'll likely fit.
All in all, this is another nice tool by Bosch and when you think about it, the $60 that it's being sold for is a pretty nice value. Skil's ixo2 is currently going for a hair over $50 and that's with the on-board battery which means that when the battery's charging, you're waiting. Like we said earlier, with the Bosch, you can still work while you charge. This means nothing to someone who is looking for something to toss in their kitchen drawer, but to someone who needs efficiency in the work day, it means a lot.
The 4-volt screwdriver comes with two batteries, a charger, and the nice canvas carrying case similar to the that the Bosch 12-volt driver comes in. As mentioned, it costs about $60.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at June 23, 2009 5:18 AM