September 24, 2010

Bosch PS41-2A 12-Volt Max Lithium-Ion Impact Driver - Review

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Are you sick of us talking about Bosch's 12-volt drill/drivers yet? Well, if you're not, then you'll be happy to know that they sent us one of their new 12-volt impact driver to review. We've previously covered both the driver and the drill/driver in this second generation of li-ion madness and found them both to be exceptionally powerful. And the verdict on the impact driver is....

bosch_12v_impact_w_others.jpgIt's really no shocker that the impact version falls in the same "it's really damn powerful" category as the other two. For looks it takes after the driver with it's stubbier-than-thou feel. It's actually so compact it almost looks like part of it is missing. It has the nice LED that circles the chuck and leaves no shadows, as opposed to the single beam from below like the other Bosch 12-volts. It also has a battery gauge which is a solid feature for any li-ion tool. And that's really about it for features.

It functions just like you'd expect. Noisy and powerful (powerful, that is, for a 12-volt system). It weighs just over 2 lbs, has a max rpm of 2,600 and torque of 930 in/lbs, both of which top out the Milwaukee (2,000 and 850). One thing that's worth noting though is that there doesn't seem to be any overload protection in the Bosch 12-volt line (while there is in the Milwaukee). We discovered this when we recently produced a nice smokey, burning smell from our Bosch 12-volt drill driver while pretending it could do everything that our 18-volt could do. So, while this is powerful for its size....don't push it too far.

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All in all, it's is a nice tool, but is it a necessary one? We guess it depends on what you're looking for, but of the three Bosch tools, our preference stands with the drill/driver due to the added functionality of the 3-jaw chuck (it can hold a driver bit or a drill bit). We also suggest checking out the DeWalt 12-volt line as well, with its emphasis on ergonomics.

The impact is also pretty expensive at $165.

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I bought one of these and I love it! Its worth its weight in gold


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