My new bosch PS20 pocket driver

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Review by lanwater posted 07-02-2010 07:50 PM 6523 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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

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#1 posted 07-02-2010 07:56 PM

I concur with your review. I have this tool also and it has been invaluable as it has great power in such a nicely compact size – there are many times I choose this over my full sized battery drivers. That is an excellent price too….I received mine free during a promotion (I bought a bosch router) at my local tool store but I have seen them up to $149.00. I have charged the batteries several times and they show no signs of depleting.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#2 posted 07-02-2010 08:17 PM

I also have the same tool and agree with your assessment. I like mine the most for electric and plumbing work in tight spaces. It fits great in my tool pouch where my bigger ones don’t fit.
I had one battery go down after about 6 months. Took it to the local store Bosch recommended and it was exchanged by mail for free in less than a week. I’d say if you had a regular retailer handling Bosch it would probably be a direct exchange.
Overall, I like mine. The slower speed is sometimes a drawback but many times it gives so much better control for small fasteners.
Thanks for the review, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#3 posted 07-02-2010 08:46 PM

Great review. I have a Ryobi version of the similar product. There is a big price difference and you outlined the reasons for it quite well. I do like having a mini-driver. They are great to have in the apron, can do a fair percentage of the work the larger drivers do, and you don’t have to lug the 18v around all day. Plus, with the lithium batteries, you can touch up the power without the full discharge and recharge required for a nicad. Thanks for sharing your experience and review.


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#4 posted 07-02-2010 09:47 PM

when i went out to buy myself a cordless drill, i hesitated between this one and the larger 14.4v model. the price of the ps20 being quite attractive.
but i went for the larger 14.4v compact one because there was a special offer at $250 (yes tools are verry expensive in belgium) while the european version of your ps20 was at $192.

but after working with it for some time now, i can see the use for a dedicated tool like the ps20. no more need to constantly switch between drilling and screwing. i think this one will sooner later be on my shelf!

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#5 posted 07-02-2010 10:30 PM

More tools… I have a mini driver somewhere but I have not used it much.. I have a few other drill drivers and they are in constant use..I must look for the little one and get it out…thanks for the reminder..

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#6 posted 07-02-2010 11:19 PM

I purchased the two speed PS30 with a standard keyless chuck and chose the PS20 as my rebate. The sales rep at the tool event also gave me an extra battery and a tee shirt. For a total of $109.99, I couldn’t be happier! The PS30 is better for drilling and has more torque, but the power to weight of the PS20 is quite good plus I can fit it in my pocket. I’m not sure I will ever use my sluggish Makita 14.4s any more.

I did get a bad charger and Bosch told me to return it to where I purchased it. Denny Lumber Co. exchanged the charger and also gave me a holster for my trouble.

-- Jeff, Dayton, OH

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#7 posted 07-03-2010 12:35 AM

I agree Greedo tools are very expensive in Belgium. But it is a wonderfull country.

Jeff: It looks like you got an even better deal! The drill/driver combo is on my list.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#8 posted 07-03-2010 12:40 AM

I have Makita’s 10.8 volt version of this and it is also awesome : )

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#9 posted 07-03-2010 02:19 AM

I agree with your 5 star rating. I would add that it has near perfect variable speed control.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#10 posted 07-03-2010 02:20 PM

I’ve had this tool for 2 years now. I use it daily in my job repairing medical imaging equipment, and it’s the best tool I’ve bought yet. The batteries are still strong after this amount of time, and the clutchr is superb at ‘finessing’ delicate screws without destroying them. I liked this tool so much I bought their Multi-X oscillating tool, the i-driver right-angle tool, and the impact driver, so I now have 8 batteries.

-- Gene T

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#11 posted 07-03-2010 04:16 PM

I also own the PS20 and never hesitate to recommend it. It is probably the most comfortable driver grip that I have used and I have put it through its paces fastening several thousand deck screws. Great tool!

-- Jeff

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#12 posted 07-04-2010 08:15 AM

Mine is about 3 years old, batteries are still great. Had to change out 350 telephone backplates in a jail working with 2 others with bigger drivers. They were running for chargers by lunch, my Bosch ran all day. Probably the best hand tool I have ever bought.

-- Bill, Michigan "People don't come preassebled, but are glued together by life"

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#13 posted 07-04-2010 03:09 PM

I have had a PS20 for several years and use it in a commercial cabinet shop on a daily basis. It performs flawlessly and the original batteries are still going strong. I was so impressed with it that I have also purchased the Impactor, I-driver and the PS30 chuck-type drill as needed. I don’t use the I-driver as much as the others, but it sure is handy in a pinch.
I usually use the PS20 for installing hardware. The lower speed and clutch adjustments are great for small machine screws. I much prefer the impactor for driving bigger stuff.

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#14 posted 07-08-2010 05:36 PM

Found my PS20 for $80 Canadian at HD. Awesome little driver. Weighs almost nothing.


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#15 posted 07-08-2010 06:31 PM

Just for kicks, I looked on Amazon…

They have a Reconditioned one for $69.99 w/ 1 yr warranty, etc.

What do you think about this? Worth trying?

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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