Bosch 12V Max Lithium Ion Impact Driver Review

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Bosch has an update to their compact impact driver with this 12V Max Lithium Ion Impact Driver (Model PS41-2A). It delivers more torque and higher RPM than the previous model but weights .2 lbs less at 2lbs.
We like the improved form factor of the blunt casing as opposed to the rounded off body of the earlier version that looked like a Star Trek laser gun.
Hits: 3 LEDs, smooth variable powerband, 2 batteries
Misses: Wish the base was more stable
Uses: Drives screws and bolts with ease. Great for working on cars or building flat-pack furniture
Form
We love the way this tool looks. It’s sturdy shape gives the impression that it means business and it really delivers as evidenced by its best in class 2600RPM and 930 lbs of torque.
It’s a tight compact size so you can use this in almost every application including small spaces but Right Angle Impact Driver from Craftsman might have an advantage in a few situations but the Craftsman model is also longer.
The forward-reverse toggle switch is easy to access and locks in place. There is also a nice battery indicator light along the left side of the tool.
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Let There Be Light
Placing the LED’s at the front of the tool in the ring formation is our favorite location and Bosch has done that with their newest impact driver. It’s very similar to the DeWALT 12V MAX Screwdriver but maybe not quite as bright. It does fully illuminate the work area and with a slight pull you can operate the light without engaging the motor which is a nice plus when placing a screw.
Standing Tall
The unit will stand on it’s end and seems fairly stable but we do wish the batteries form factor flared out a bit more. It seems that in the heat of battle it would easily knock over. Even if it does this impact driver is encased in hard rubber in all the right places so it’s doubtful that it would damage countertops or floors. Still it would be best to lay this flat when not in use.
Final Word
Among impact drivers the compact category is growing and Bosch has a winner. The variable speed and smooth powerband really offer concise control. We recommend this versatile tool and with the right attachments it has unlimited uses around the house or at the jobsite.
More features:
+ Shortest Head Length in Class – 5.4″
+ High Torque 930 in.-lbs. with Pocket Size Body – Can cover 80% of standard size impact driver applications
+ Light Weight – only 2 lbs.
+ Highest Speed in Class at 2600 RPM
+ Fuel Gauge – Easy battery management
+ LED Light Ring — 3 LEDs illuminate work area for use in dark areas
+ Variable speed Trigger – For complete control
+ Ergonomic Soft Grip Handle — For extended comfort and control
+ Bumpers on Side of Tool — Protect work surface and prevent slipping
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Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.