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Forum topic by MrRon posted 06-28-2014 08:59 PM 612 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-28-2014 08:59 PM

I bought a Bosch impact driver 2 years ago as a reconditioned tool from CPO. It has worked fine up until a few weeks ago when the switch started to work intermittently. The cost of a new switch is $56. My choices now are another reconditioned one at $80 (includes 2 Li-Ion batteries and charger), new HF (includes one battery and charger) for $45 (with 25% off coupon) or replace switch at $56. I really like the Bosch. It is light weight and very comfortable in the hand. If I go the $80 route, I will end up with 4 batteries and 2 chargers, which is not too bad an idea. The HF I/D has half the torque of the Bosch and being it’s HF, questionable as to quality and durability. I really don’t want to shell out the bucks for Makita, Dewalt or Milwaukee. What do you think?

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#1 posted 06-28-2014 09:01 PM

In that situation, I’d go for the reconditioned. Better quality and keeps you in one battery platform, should you ever decide to add other Bosch tools in the future.

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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#2 posted 06-28-2014 10:40 PM

I have a cordless screwdriver from HF that is useless. The batteries run down and won’t recharge. They have changed to a different model and replacement batteries aren’t available. Keep that in mind as you move toward a decision.

What I do have and love, is a pair of Dewalt 12v cordless units. Actually, I have three – two drills and an impact driver. I use them all the time. They are light and easy to use. At least in a hobby type environment.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#3 posted 06-28-2014 10:43 PM

I have the really small Bosch driver, has a small cylindrical handle. If that’s the one you’ve got, man get another one. I love mine. So small, can fit inter tiny spaces and you can use it all day.

-- -Dan

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#4 posted 06-28-2014 10:58 PM

Mark down another vote for the bosch.

How on earth did a screw ever enter wood before these impact drivers were around. I truly don’t believe it actually happened.

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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#5 posted 06-28-2014 11:39 PM

Bosch. I’d never buy a drill from harbor freight.

-- "We build our workshops. Then we enjoy the fruits of our labor by laboring for more fruits." - Me

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#6 posted 06-28-2014 11:51 PM

I’m pretty happy with my Milwaukee one I’ve had a couple years without trouble. I know if might sound like more money but you might be money ahead going with a new one if it lasts over 4 years.

-- Trust me I'm an engineer.

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#7 posted 06-29-2014 12:07 AM

Thank you all for your replies. I’ve decided to go with the reconditioned Bosch for $80. I will get 2 additional batteries + a 1 year warranty. I’ve driven 1/4” lag bolts with it with no problem.

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#8 posted 06-29-2014 11:13 PM

Pull the switch and take it to an electrical supply house or Radio Shack. They might be able to match it and save you some money. Get the reconditioned one and, if you can fix the other one, use it as a backup tool. Good luck!

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#9 posted 06-30-2014 02:52 AM

Yep, I’d still try to fix the old one too. It might be something very simple.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#10 posted 06-30-2014 07:08 AM

I have the Ryobi with the 18v. lithium batteries. Very pleased with it. The batteries have to be at least 4 years old now, maybe more, and still take a charge and give good performance.

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#11 posted 06-30-2014 08:46 AM

Maybe buy the $80 recon and use the warranty to get
A new switch for your other one. I don’t know how their
warranty works though ! Best of luck

-- Andy, Alliance,Ohio

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#12 posted 07-02-2014 06:28 PM

Spend the $80. You cant get a charger and two batteries for 24 bucks, the difference between the switch and the reconditioned one

-- Improvidus, Apto quod Victum-- Improvise, Adapt, Overcome

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