A few months ago, I gave away all of the Bosch 12V Max cordless power tool samples I had held on to – well, most of them – and almost immediately missed them.
I like Bosch’s 12V Max lineup, a lot. The product family includes strong “core” tools, a couple of convenience tools, several problem-solvers, and a few unique tools. There are some interesting new tools on the way, too – a new compact router, a compact planer, and higher capacity battery packs.
Bosch will be a ToolGuyd sponsor for the next couple of months, funding my exploration of their 12V Max lineup in a way that I could never accommodate over the course of a traditional review process. I already like Bosch’s 12V Max tools, and have always been able to recommend them, but I want to dig deeper. Can I complete a typical project only using their 12V tools? Can their 12V tools keep up with the power tool accessories I typically use with 18V tools?
The sponsorship is structured like a research project, and as always I’ll be transparent with you every step of the way.
To kick things off, what better way than to hold a giveaway! After a little back and forth, it was agreed that a Bosch 12V Max combo kit would be a nice prize.
The winners will receive everything they see here. There’s a PS31 cordless drill/driver, which is one of the tools I gave away and miss, a PS60 compact reciprocating saw, and a new compact LED flashlight, plus a charger, carrying bag, and (2) 2.0Ah battery packs.
I tend to prefer slim tool handles, but have always found these to be comfortable. Here’s what I said about the grip in my July 2010 review:
As mentioned, I love the grip of these drivers. It thins out slightly at the top of the grip, and then thickens up to accommodate the battery. While not as flat-bottomed as tools with slide-style batteries, the PS21 can be set to stand up with ease.
I haven’t used the compact reciprocating saw yet, but understand that they’re popular for light one-handed cutting tasks, such as pruning trees and branches, and some demo work.
The LED flashlight is a compact worklight. I don’t have too much hands-on familiarity with it yet, but one thing is for certain – it offers more than power tool brands’ LED flashlights from a few years ago.
I see this combo kit as a starter set that includes a good taste of what the Bosch 12V Max lineup offers.
How to Enter
Leave a comment in response to this post, and tell me your thoughts on 12V Max-sized cordless power tools.
If you find yourself not knowing what to say, you could consider these questions: Do you find yourself using 12V-class tools as all-around tools, or as complements to 18V-sized tools? What would you use these tools for, if you won the giveaway?
Also, fill out this form with your shipping address:
There will be (2) winners, selected at random.
The entry period ends at 11:59pm ET, today, 5/11/2018. The winning comments will be selected, and then I will grab your shipping address info from the form, linked above.
If the shipping information is incomplete, I will select another winner. The address and shipping information entered into the form will only be used for the purpose of this giveaway.
Contiguous USA addresses only. One entry per person.
The winners’ contact information will be provided to Bosch for fulfillment of the giveaway.