Bosch sponsored some of our projects, with a focus on their 12V Max cordless power tools. I’ve been a little slow on the projects (or rather I keep changing my mind about every small detail), but I’ve been working on a lot of different things in the meantime, and those Bosch tools are often front and center.
I already wrote a love note to the Bosch PS32 drill/driver, but Bosch’s 12V-class tools keep impressing me.
For the past few years, I’ve bounced around a lot, when it comes to drill and driver use. Sure, I’d test new tools with spade bits, standard twist drill bits, small fasteners, large fasteners, hole saws, and other standard accessories, to give me a good feeling about how they perform.
But when it comes to project use, I sometimes use my personal tools (Bosch 18V), but most often I pick up another tool that needs a little more natural-use testing.
I’m fitting some cabinets with new drawers. It’s not a terribly big project. I fitted 6 drawers, something came up, and then I did 12 more. I have another 12 to do.
For the undermount drawer slides I’m using, it involves screwing “locking devices” to the drawers, which then clip in to the slides.
I took a “staging” photo for Instagram, because everyone tells me I need to be more active on social media, and then got things done. The Bosch PS32 brushless drill worked perfectly.
I used the Bosch drill for the first 6. I drilled all my holes first, and then drove in the 24 screws for the 12 locking devices. I dialed in the clutch to where I liked it, and everything went smoothly.
The pilot holes require a 2.5mm drill bit (sometimes I use 3/32″), and the screws are #6 x 5/8″ self-drilling Spax screws.
Then came the second batch of drawers. The Bosch drill had been moved upstairs, and I had another 12V-class drill nearby. I figured it would work just the same, after all 12V compact and brushless is 12V compact and brushless, right? Wrong.
With that other drill/driver, I over-drove a couple of screws, stripping out the wood a little. Sometimes. Other times, the clutch triggered. I thought it was me, as I realized that I was being too easy on the trigger. The clutch worked as expected when I was heavier on the trigger, working at faster speeds. That’s counter-intuitive. I didn’t want to drive these tiny screws so fast – I needed control more than I did speed. Dialing the clutch to a lower torque setting didn’t help either. There was just that one setting that worked best, but only if I worked fast.
Back to the Bosch for the final few, I sunk the screws to perfect depth, and without stripping out the holes. When I wrapped up and had to hang another wall cabinet, I took a break to retrieve the Bosch drill and impact.
The Bosch simply provided the more satisfying experience, with respect to actually using the tool, and the quality of the work.
In some regard, my less than optimal work with the other drill was partly my fault. But it was also the drill a little too… rough?
The Bosch simply had more finesse to it.
As soon as I’m done with the drawer fronts, which tools do you think I’ll use to install them, and then the 40 handle pulls? It’ll either be the Bosch PS32 drill/driver or Flexiclick modular drill system, both provided by Bosch for the sponsored projects. If I didn’t have that Flexiclick, I’d be tempted to pick up a PS22 brushless screwdriver, currently on sale.
Expect to see some more well-deserved praise for these tools – I’ll be spending all afternoon clearing out my workspace to make better progress on a few projects. Just when I thought I knew the drill well, it showed me another way of how good and perfectly tuned it is.
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P.S. Yes, I know – maybe if I had managed to build my Ultimate Bosch 12V compact cordless power tool station already, I wouldn’t have misplaced my PS32 drill and been too lazy to retrieve it.