can't do without, but could be better

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Review by Greedo posted 09-12-2010 11:25 AM 2811 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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i saw this one being sold in a “dual pack” along with the GSR 10,8 drill driver for an interesting price where you basically get the GSR almost for free, but with only 2 batteries for both. (those are the european names)
and yesterday i had my first “on site job” and i simply could not have done the job without this tool as i had to remove screws from inside tight boxes.

it comes in a soft mallet with 2 bits wich i thought was another gadget i would never use, but it turns out to be an ideal tool case for smaller jobs. yesterday i fitted all my drill bits, a fold meter, a roll of sandpaper, a spare battery, pencils and a paint brush plus the drill driver itself in this little mallet and it was all i needed for the job. so i certainly won’t toss it away.

positive points:
- it feels solid and robust and it’s quite larger and more heavy than you might think.
- the angle can be adjusted in 5 positions from 0 to 90 degrees by pushing on the side of the head.
- the shortest head on the market
- easy to adjust torque setting.

negative points:
- it lacks power for screws bigger than 4mm, it has 13nm wich is barely enough. it will give up as soon as it gets too hard, BUT it starts with such a high torque boost that you can still get the screws in as deep as you want by giving little pumps on the trigger.
- the head is just as wide as a the widest part of my 14.4v driver, only it’s so close to the bit that you cannot go as close to the corners as with a regular driver.
- it’s quick adapt bit holder seems to only be able to clamp the long and medium bits wich are 2-4 times longer than the Bosch bits i normally use. wich makes the drill longer?? thats quite stupid, unless there are short bits available with the quick adapt butt.
(for my job i had to use short bits otherwise the drill wouldn’t have fit in the tight space, only the bits tended to fall out…)

i certainly do not regret buying this tool, it will get me out of situations no other tool could.
but it certainly isn’t THE tool for all the tricky situations, wich is quite regretfull.

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#1 posted 09-12-2010 10:16 PM

Curious as to why 4 stars with the lack of power and the bit shortfall? I have the Bosch driver kit… similar in power and battery but not right angled. It does a great job even on 3” screws into hard wood (has great torque) long as the battery is charged up. I was looking at one of these right angle mini’s also as I wanted one to reach into tight situations – your review certainly clears up the questions I had in that regards….I have a similar problem with the short bits in the driver….they tend to be too short and you have to use an extender…which of course puts you into more tight situations. I use this Bosch more then a regular drill as it is lighter and more compact.

Good review…thank you for posting.

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

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#2 posted 09-12-2010 10:55 PM

i initially put 3 stars, but i thought that might be too course. it still does a good job within it’s range. i did some more testing today by driving 5×60mm screws into solid oak and by surprise it did the job. while the GSR drill driver i bought with it (PS20 in the states) had alot more trouble to drive the same screws with the same battery. so maybe my first use was maybe too hard for it, though it was screwing 18mm mdf to melamine tabletops 3,5×35mm screws.

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#3 posted 09-12-2010 11:27 PM

Is it possible that you had the clutch setting too low? These things don’t “ratchet” like most other tools, the motor simply “stalls”. It is a bit odd and takes some getting used to, the slow start-up does too, but it is a great tool for tight spaces.

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#4 posted 09-13-2010 11:22 AM

I agree….not enough juice….and it just stalls out….but gets into some very tight spots. Love my Bosch 12v set. Want to add the adjustable chuck drill to the collection.

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#5 posted 09-14-2010 04:25 PM

this is a great driver. ive had mine for almost 1 year. but i went to use it a couple of weeks ago and it would not work..took it apart and found the circut board fried..cost about $60 to replace..found out these go out very bad because i loved this driver..

-- larry

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#6 posted 09-16-2010 01:13 AM

I’ve had this tool for over a year & a half (oddly enough, HD had them on clearance for $89) I agree that it’s indispensable for close-quarters work, but I find it clumsy and difficult to use as a regular driver. Other than this tool, I have fallen in love with the other Bosch tools, so I have the drill, Multi-X, impact driver, and regular pistol-grip driver.

-- Gene T

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#7 posted 09-16-2010 07:41 AM

another example of how outrageously cheap tools are in the states, converted to dollars i payed $294 or €227 wich is actually a good deal here cause i got the ps20 with it, valued at $207

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