Bosch Turning Heads with PS11 12-volt Angle Drill/Driver
Issue: Issue 285
Posted Date: 10/4/2011
Cordless right-angle drill/drivers have been around for some time, but Bosch
has added several industry-first features to their new 12-volt Lithium-ion PS11
. It is the only tool in its class to include two LED lights mounted in the tool's articulating head to brighten dark workspaces. Also new to this driver category is a three-jaw auto lock chuck with 3/8-in. capacity that will grip either drill or driver bits. It swivels to five different positions from 90 to 180 degrees. Bosch says the new PS11 is "significantly faster than the current competition," with a variable-speed motor that spins the chuck from zero to 1,300 rpm. The tool's compact size, 2.75-lb. overall weight and soft grip handle should all be helpful details for working in confined spaces and corners. It offers 115 in.-lbs. of maximum torque. A built-in fuel gauge will inform you how soon the battery will need a recharge, but the drill/driver comes with a spare battery and a charger that refreshes them in 30 minutes. The kit (PS11-2A) costs around $149. You can also buy the drill/driver alone as model PS11B, but pricing has not yet been made available for this option.