Once I’d looked at, and just about fell in love with, the first impact driver on my list, I knew I had to have more. I know what you’re thinking, but I’m no different than any other power tool fan, I’m just more honest and open about my deep-seated desire to acquire and spend time with that which gives me joy in life. Their strength and beauty… the feel of them in my hands… their sweet whisperings (or roaring) upon my ear… come hither, my sweetness… I find myself hopelessly basking in your glory… my love, my passion, thy name is power tools! Come to me, all ye impact drivers, and be mine until the end of time!
Wow. Ok, that was weird, even for me. I apologize for my outburst and promise I will do my very best not to let myself lose control like that again. Let’s get back to the business at hand which, for the moment, is my next review. This time I’m taking a look at the Bosch PS41-2A 1/4-inch hex impact driver kit. It’s called a kit because it comes with two batteries, a battery charger, and a case to keep everything in one place. It’s a simple concept, I know, but I did feel the need to let you know all the goodies you get with this little bugger. Bosch has put together quite a nice package here, and the driver itself is pretty impressive on its own. So pull a chair up to the workbench with me and let’s take a look, shall we?
Good Things Come In Small Packages
I really liked the idea of a relatively small, lightweight impact driver that would be powerful enough for light to medium duty tasks, that would come with everything in one package, along with some really nice features if I could get them, and with a pricetag that wouldn’t choke a horse – or even a cocker spaniel. Ok, I don’t advocate any kind of animal cruelty, so I really didn’t want the pricetag to choke any animal, including me.
What I found, and it meets all the above criteria, is the Bosch PS41-2A Impact Driver Kit. I bet you didn’t see that coming, did you? But seriously, this little beauty seems to have it all. I already mentioned what comes in the kit, so I won’t go over that again. The first thing I was really looking for was size and weight – small and light. The PS41-2A is, if not the lightest weight impact driver, pretty darn close to it, weighing in at only 2 pounds and, according to Bosch, this little guy is absolutely the most compact driver in its class.
Plenty of Power
So how much power can the most compact and lightest weight impact driver in its class actually have? Well, it turns out that it’s quite a decent amount. Powered by a 12-volt Lithium-Ion battery, the PS41-2A puts out 930 inch pounds of torque with a max rpm of 2,600 and 3,100 max ipm (impacts per minute). That’s right, 3,100 ipm! That’s… well, that’s just amazing! According to reviews I’ve read through several different sources, this mighty mite of a driver can do just about anything you could expect it to. People use it for all sorts of jobs – plumbing, hvac, automotive, electrical, hanging conduit, freeing rusted bolts, even drilling through stainless steel.
Extra! Extra! Read All About It!
Well, you might not need or want it for reading, but the work light on this little impact drill is like nothing I’ve seen before. Most work lights are one LED light, typically located above the driver head and at just a slightly wrong angle for really lighting up the area you need to see. But this one is something special. Maybe I’ll see more of these as I continue investigating different tools, but for me, this is a first. You see, there’s not just a work light, there are work lights – 3 LED work lights, to be exact, which surround the driver head so the entire area you need lit up is actually lit up!
A couple of additional “extras” that are included are a power gauge which is easy to read so you can keep an eye on your battery, a soft ergonomic handle for comfort, side bumpers to protect the surrounding work area, and a manufacturer’s one-year limited warranty.
Bosch Durability and Dependability
The last thing I want to mention is, basically, the high quality of the PS41-2A. Like all Bosch power tools, this one is built to stand up to the use and abuse that’s rampant on many job sites, without falling apart or wimping out. I’ve read accounts of this very tool being used in various conditions – greasy, wet, rainy, freezing, even dropped in snow. And after all that, along with daily use on job sites, some users have said they’ve had the same PS41-2A for 5 or more years and they’re still going strong. How often do you hear that about any 12-volt power tool? I know it’s not anything I’ve heard often, at all.
The Bottom Line
I have to say that it’s pretty difficult to be objective about a tool when you’ve scoured several sites for information and you just can’t find anyone complaining about it. Seriously, people rave about this impact driver and how great it is, and when it comes with all the goodies that make it a “kit”, unless you need a super heavy duty impact driver on a regular basis, this little Bosch has to be on just about anyone’s shortlist. Check it out for yourself and see what everyone is talking about.