Hands on with the Bosch Pocket Driver
We recently got to spend a couple of days with the new Bosch Litheon 10.8V tools in the IT office. After playing with them a bit, I’ve got to say I really like them. But don’t just take the easy answer, let me tell you what all I like about the Pocket Driver.
The balance on the pocket driver is amazing. Regardless what I was doing with it, this tool never felt cumbersome. The small handle seemed like a great fit for not only myself, but for just about everyone that tried it. Of course, that brings me to the next thing I liked…
Being small isn’t everything, but for most of the jobs I do around here it can count for quite a bit. A drill is just too big for most things. For example, assembing a PC doesn’t require the bulk or the power of a cordless drill. Assembing a desk or other office furniture is the same way. Installing equipment into a server rack, driving screws into wood, etc. – small size makes a bigger difference than big power. The size of the pocket driver allowed me to do just about anything I wanted to with minimal inconvenience. As you can see from the picture, it is a fraction of the size of a 12V compact drill, yet boasts a reasonable amount of…
What good is a small tool if it doesn’t have any juice? Well, it’s got plenty for most everyday jobs. Granted, it’s not going to replace a drill for drilling, but 80 in. lbs. of torque really makes for a reasonable amount of power for a driver. Driving most screws doesn’t take the 475 in. lbs. of torque that a 14.4V drill will produce. This isn’t a drill, after all. This is only a driver – as in screwdriver. I thought that the clutch felt pretty good for the jobs I was doing, too.
For around $130 with 2 batteries, a charger and a case, this seems like a pretty good buy. I guess I forgot to mention that 2 batteries should do just fine, as it can drive 100 3″ screws on a charge and each battery charges in 30 minutes. If you’re trying to drive more than 200 screws per hour, I’d suggest something with a cord. Otherwise, this seems like a great value. It’s most certainly on my short list of future tool purchases.