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The Bosch 10.8v I-Driver. Dang.

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

6 thoughts on “The Bosch 10.8v I-Driver. Dang.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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:

  5. 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

  6. 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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