|Review by Jim||posted 05-19-2009 08:11 PM||3391 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
My 18V Makita finally died and I needed a replacement. I decided to get a more compact drill driver because I wanted to be able to get inside drawers, tight spaces, etc., not to mention the handyness of carrying a smaller tool. The PS30 isn’t as small as the PS20. The chuck is 3/8” – which I also wanted. And that’s what I got—not as big as a 1/2” drive, not as small as a 1/4”. Heavier and more powerful than just a driver but not as heavy as an 18V. And of course it’s a Bosch. It’s well made, has good feel, and it has amazing torque and power for a small tool. On the ‘negative’ side, it almost has too much torque for its size. One doesn’t buy one of this size for driving screws all day. If you want to do that you need a heavier tool that balances out the torque. And then there’s the price. It’s expensive—somewhere between $140 and $180. I’ll still buy a bigger drill driver (and maybe with impact) for the bigger jobs. So maybe I should have gone with a smaller, less expensive driver? Maybe, but this does give me more versatality, and its higher rpms than just a driver mean I can drill metal too. I’d give it 5 stars for functionality and ability but I have to knock off a star for the price. I’m glad I went with the PS30 rather than a smaller driver only. I’ll use this for cabinet and furniture making, installation, and general handyman duties. Building a deck or drilling more than just a few holes in concrete and I’ll get out the 18V (or maybe there’s that 28V Milwaukee…).
-- Jim, www.greenteawoodworking.com