Following hot on the heels of the newly redesigned PS21 Pocket Driver is Bosch’s new PS31-2A 12 volt 3/8″ cordless drill/driver, which improves upon their PS30 model. The newest addition to Bosch’s lineup of compact lithium-ion cordless tools is lighter, more compact, and stronger than its predecessor.
Bosch PS31-2A 12 Volt 3/8″ Drill Features
- Single sleeve 3/8″ chuck
- 2-speed settings: 0-350 and 0-1300 RPM for high torque and high speed applications
- 20+1 clutch setting (20 fastener driving modes + a drilling mode)
- 265 in-lbs max torque
- Improved LED to illuminate work areas
- Battery fuel gauge to ensure that you don’t run out of juice unexpectedly
- Lightweight at 2.1 lbs
- Ultra compact with a mere 7″ head length
- Kit includes the drill/driver, 2 12V lithium ion batteries, 30 minute charger, and a carrying case
Bosch PS31 vs PS30 Comparison
While we won’t know for sure until we handle one firsthand, it looks like the size and balance of the PS31 slightly improves upon the PS30. The PS31 looks to be a bit more streamlined and slender than the PS30, which could account for how Bosch was able to shave its weight down from 2.4 to 2.14 lbs.
Aside from the shape of the body, the major external components of the PS31 appear to remain unchanged except for minor tweaks here and there, probably to improve the ergonomics of the tool.
The PS31’s greater torque capabilities and slightly higher no-load speeds are sure to please many, but we think that users will also be very interested in the PS31’s improved worklight and newly implemented battery gauge.
This new 12V drill driver will be available both as a kit (PS31-2A) and bare tool (PS31B). Since the tool has not yet been released, pricing information is a bit uncertain. The kit is currently available for preorder at $150-165, and the bare tool at about $105.
Note: Purchases of the PS31-2A kit through May 31st 2010 are eligible for the same mail-in rebate for a free PS20B pocket driver, BAT411A spare battery, or FL11A flashlight as previously discussed. Details and the rebate form are available here.