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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice one (again), Bosch!, 5 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Bosch PSR 18 Cordless NiCad Drill Driver with 2 x 18 V Batteries, 1.2 Ah (DIY & Tools)
I bought two of these to replace a couple of 'other BranD' cordless drills that had packed up on me.

The drill is solid yet nicely balanced. The battery release is easy to operate and doesn't require 'jiggling' to remove the battery. There's a handy light in the base which illuminates the drill tip - useful in dark places. The light comes on before the drill starts turning - another plus point! Just watch that your little finger doesn't cover the light. There's a 10-position clutch on the screwdriver selection and the keyless chuck, standard on most drills these days.

There are two points about which I am not happy. The first is the keyless chuck which is a two-handed operation. Bosch have produced one hand operated chucks before now and they are much easier to use when changing out bits. Maybe not such a big problem now for me as I have four cordless drills on the go at any one time. But for a budding DIYer, it might get a bit irritating to have to hold the drill between your knees while your hands both lock and undo the chuck, swapping bits or drills.

The second negative point is the inclusion of the two LEDs on the top of the body, representing forward or reverse motion, depending on the position of the direction switch. I feel they are superfluous as the switch is clearly marked with arrows to indicate the direction of the drilling or screwing.

I thought it would be a bit mean to haggle for 4.5 stars as it is still a well made drill and should provide many years of service. One of the drills this replaces is over 16 years old...

It doesn't have hammer action but there are an array of specialist masonry bits that do not require hammer action. Usually available on-line from shopping channel websites or other e-tailers.

It comes in a nice solid carry case, not a flimsy, blow-moulded box. There's a solid loop for securing with a padlock. Everything, including the batteries, drill and charger fit neatly inside and it's not a heavy thing to carry when full.
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Initial post: 22 Mar 2010 15:36:16 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 16 Sep 2010 16:20:59 BDT
The chuck is surely adjustable, if you need to use a big drill bit you can loosen the chuck. I don't understand what you're mean...

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Nov 2010 16:49:19 GMT
Purple Baron says:
I suspect he wants to know what size drill bits will fit into the chuck, cordless drills typically have slightly smaller sized chucks (12mm) so you cant get large 13mm drill bits in them. However for those rare occasions you should be looking at using a corded drill as you will need as much power as you can get to turn a massive bit!

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Nov 2010 17:02:19 GMT
Ahhhh... so it's the maximum size that's important. That does make much more sense! (Surely though no drill would have a max bit size of 8mm?)

R.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 May 2011 10:52:28 BDT
Gaz E says:
try doing some research elsewhere rather than flying off the handle.

i always cross-reference my purchases elsewhere.
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