It seems that Bosch has quietly released their brushless 12V Max cordless FlexiClick multi-head drill/driver here in the USA, model GSR12V-300FCB22.
It looks like the upgrades are minor, when you compare the specs between this kit and the brushed motor kit, but fans will probably be excited nonetheless.
On paper, the new brushless FlexiClick gives you a bump up in max torque, from 265 in-lbs to 300 in-lbs, and also faster speeds – from 0-400/0-1300 RPM to 0-460/0-1750 RPM.
It looks like Bosch was also able to make the new 12V Max brushless FlexiClick drill/driver a bit more compact as well.
- 300 in-lbs max torque
- 0-460, 0-1750 RPM (no load)
- Weighs 1.3 lbs
- 4.5″ length
- LED worklight
- One-click attachment interface
As with the brushed motor kit, this brushless FlexiClick comes with 4 modular head attachments. Without the attachments, it can still function as a cordless screwdriver.
With No Attachments: The 12V FlexClick still has a magnetic bit holder without any attachments.
Bit Holder: Why use this locking bit holder? To ensure you don’t lose drill bits or screwdriver bits, which is possible when no attachments are used.
Drill Chuck: Keyless chuck, used for drilling holes.
Offset Adapter: Who hasn’t gotten into a bind, where a tool just couldn’t fit close enough to an obstruction or non-movable surface?
Right Angle Adapter: Need a right angle screwdriver? Maybe a right angle drill? A right angle and offset driver to fit into really right and awkward spaces? No problem.
Price: $229 for the 2x battery kit
Note: Bosch has also quietly released the 18V brushless FlexiClick system, available now on Amazon, which we’ll talk about another time. Maybe I missed it, but I can’t find any press materials about it, which raises questions about why Bosch isn’t more excited about their new tools. Either way, thanks to Tool Nut for the heads-up, they sent out a newsletter in February.
Milwaukee’s M12 Fuel brushless installation tool poses strong competition to Bosch’s FlexiClick system:
There’s not much that needs to be said about the new Bosch brushless FlexiClick drill/driver kit. We’ve posted about the brushed motor kit a bunch of times now, mostly when there were deep seasonal discounts. It’s a versatile problem-solver of drill and cordless screwdriver, and now you can get the kit with a brushless base handle.
Higher torque, faster motor speeds, and a smaller size are all slight upgrades by themselves, but they add up. The $229 price is higher than I expected, compared to the current $129 pricing for the brushed motor kit. But to be fair, it’s only $30 more than the original launch price for the brushed model. Maybe we can anticipate seasonal discounts and price-drops as we saw with the brushed motor FlexiClick.
Do any of you plan to upgrade to the new Bosch 12V Max brushless FlexiClick kit?