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Today I’m abandoning a prototype design I’ve been working on this week between bouts of tending our gerund farm. I’d like to have a Viking funeral for this little end table, but I’m sure the fire inspector would scowl.

Despite the failed design, the experience hasn’t been a total loss. While Senior Editor Robert W. Lang wasn’t looking, I snitched his Bosch I-Driver, which I’ve been using all week. You see, I’m in the market for a new cordless drill. My 12-volt tools are more than five years old and feel like they weigh a ton compared to the newest generation of tools.

The I-Driver, what Bosch calls the PS10-2, is just about everything I want in a cordless tool. Where to start? The sucker is built like a tank. Everything is tightly constructed on this tool; many low-priced drills feel like they are going to fall apart on you (and we’ve had several flame out on us over the years as well).

Second: I love the pivoting head. The chuck pivots 90Ã?°, which allows you to get into places that no other drill will go. The low-profile chuck also aids in making this the sneakiest drill I’ve ever used. The chuck accepts Ã?¼” hex-shank tooling, which some will see as a downside, but I consider it a minor inconvenience for the low profile.

What else? The tool goes and goes. Yes, it’s only 10.8 volts, but it took me a long time to drain the battery , and these batteries are a couple years old and have lots of cycles on them. Other plusses: It has a fine clutch (not all right-angle dills do, which is stupid). Plus, the oversized trigger allows you to use two fingers, so your control of the speed is greatly enhanced.

I think I’ve found my next drill. Sure, it’s not going to easily spin 1/16″ twist bits, but that’s what I have my Millers Falls eggbeater drill for, right?

And now to see if we have any gasoline in the shop. I have a prototype to deal with.

– Christopher Schwarz

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  • Larry Wallace

    I bought the pocket driver awhile back and didn’t pull my 18 volt out again. Bought the PS10-2 for the rebate pocket driver. You gotta love Bosch.

  • flink

    I purchased one a couple months ago. I wasn’t certain if it would be right for me, but as I desperately needed a power screwdriver and didn’t want to lug another drill/driver around, that was the default choice.

    Turns out it’s a pretty sharp tool in my box. It’s perfect for most anything I’m doing. Not overkill like the impact driver or drill driver.

  • Rik

    You can afford to use GASOLINE to start a fire? No wonder my Woodworking magazine subscription is so expensive! I’m down using the last of my Kramer’s to keep my my diesel car running, but that’s European fuel prices for you.

  • Charles

    I also recently purchased the I-Driver and am pleased with it’s versatility. Bosch is currently running a deal through July 15 whereby if you purchase the I-Driver (or one of two other drivers) you’ll receive their pocket driver via rebate. A nice little deal… note: the pocket driver will not come with battery but the I-driver comes with two. Look for a deal on the I-Driver and you can really make out. Here’s the rebate:

  • Bob Lang

    So that’s where my drill got to. I thought it was buried under a pile of bench parts. Time to find a new hidey-hole for it.

    Bob Lang

  • Narayan

    I got an i-Driver several months ago when the brushes on one of my venerable, 8 year old Panasonic 12V drills gave out. I also find the Bosch a pleasure to work with. The slim profile makes it great for pocket hole screws in tight spaces (I just made a bunch of narrow drawers). And I’ve come to appreciate the slow start (drove me mad at first).

    It’s not a replacement for everything my Panasonic does (and will do again once fixed) but I suspect I’ll be reaching for the Bosch often.

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