|Review by lanwater||posted 07-02-2010 07:50 PM||3760 views||0 times favorited||18 comments|
This is a tool I picked up 2 weeks ago after my 18V power driver would not charge anymore.
I originally set to buy a Dewalt from Lowes but ended up buying the Bosch PS20. While shopping there, I noticed they had the smaller footprint driver I have seen in many magazines. As an owner of other Bosch tools I decided to grab the Bosch PS20.
Using it last week during assembly of one of my project was a delight. I liked it so much I decided to share a good tool with the LJ community.
The package came with the driver, a charger and an extra battery. That extra battery was one of my deciding factors. It is great to be able to continue working and not having to wait for a battery to finish charging.
Talk about charging: The manual state that it takes 30mn to charge. I guess mine wasn’t completely discharged; it took a mere 24 minutes. It did not get hot either. Subsequent charges were in the same range. Those batteries are lithium ion(12V) and should have more charging life than NiCad and NiCadMH.
Lithium ion batteries pack more punch than the older battery technology. I can certainly say that I drove some 24 3” screw without a hitch and still had power.
This tool is light and I worked with it for a long time without feeling my arm tired.
It is also great work in tight spaces.
It has an LED that comes very handy when using it the screw is not very visible.
Bosch also released the PS21 that has a setting for 2 speeds. Lowes was out of it and I got the PS20. It was on sale for $99 and an extra free battery, normally at $26. I have a total of 3 batteries.
PS: I could not locate my charger to include a picture (I am sure it is under a pile of wood somewhere) but it is very easy to use.
-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA