Bosch PS11-2A Drill Driver Review – Don’t Be a Daredevil

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Bosch ps11 vs ps10Way back many moons ago, in 2009 to be exact, we reviewed the Bosch I-Drive articulating head drill driver. The PS10 saved my bacon during a DIY duct installing that had some very difficult to access fastener points. The PS10 was great for what it was; a compact driver ideally suited for smallish screws and possibly a little small diameter drilling. But what if you wanted to key-up a nice beefy drill bit for running some Romex through a stud bay or two? That’s where the new, more burly Bosch PS11-2A steps in. Little did we know that after Bosch sent us one to review, we would almost declare it a deadbeat tool.

Bosch ps11 vs ps10 switches
The PS11 sports a new larger paddle switch

Before we get into our actual tool-testing, let’s cover a few basic design and spec’s, as well as compare the new PS11 to its younger sibling. As you can see below, the new PS11 Right Angle Drill Driver has a massive edge in RPMs and a significant boost in torque.

PS10 I-Driver
0-600 RPM
80 in-lbs
2.2 lbs

0-1,300 RPM
101 in-lbs
2.75 lbs

Bosch Daredevil bits
Initial testing with Bosch Daredevil bits did not look promising
The PS11 had no issues with a conventional spade bit

To kick off the testing, I slapped in a fresh battery and clamped a 2×4 into our beloved Wilton Vise. I thought, what better way to test the PS11 than with a Bosch Daredevil bit? The Bosch tool and Bosch accessory will be so happy together! I picked a 5/8″ Daredevil bit thinking it was a reasonable size bit for the drill driver to handle. Unfortunately, the drill bogged to a rapid stop just after the nose of the bit dug into the wood. Hmmmm. I then swapped out the 5/8″ Daredevil bit for the smallest one in the kit, a 3/8″ Daredevil. It too bogged down almost immediately. I tried swapping out the battery again to no avail.

It was at this point that I started to imagine my phone call with Bosch:

Me: Uh, your PS11 sucks.
Bosch: What are you talking about?!
Me: It won’t even drive a brand new 3/8″ Daredevil bit through a 2×4″!
Bosch: Oh. That sounds bad.
Me: Will you take it back? We can’t write about it. We know you normally make great tools, but this one sucks.

Thankfully, that conversation never happened, and here’s why:

The PS11 smoothly handled a full one inch standard spade bit but didn't like the higher torque needs of Daredevil bits

Bosch, Meet Irwin

The PS11 met its match with this bit

Despite the risk of crossing corporate DNA, I grabbed a set of Irwin spade bits. First up, a 3/8″. The Bosch PS11 absolutely tore through the 2×4″ with it. I was actually a little shocked at how effortlessly it drilled given my experience with the Daredevil bit. I then moved up to 5/8″ and 1″ standard spade bit and the PS11 blasted through with no issues again. I then threw on a 1-1/2″ spade bit. At this point, the PS11 understandably started to struggle. It made it about half way through the 2×4″, but the handle of the drill started to get uncomfortably hot. I might have been able to get all the way through, but decided to throw in the towel.

So Are Daredevil Bits Bad?
My emphatic answer to that is no, they’re actually great drill bits. However, as I learned here, you really need to use them with a tool that has some pretty serious torque. If you don’t believe me, check out a Bosch Daredevil bit spanking an Irwin spade bit in this drill-off we filmed at a Bosch media event:

Clearly, with a full size or simply higher power drill, the Daredevil spade bits can work magic.

We learned a couple things during the course of this review:
1) Don’t use Bosch Daredevil bits with the 12v Max 3/8″ Articulating drill driver and
2) If you’re driving most conventional screws or drilling holes under 1″ or so with regular bits or standard spade bits, the PS11 is a great tool for close-quarter hand to wood combat. The solidly engineered chuck brings welcome versatility to Bosch’s previous PS10 model.

Where the magic happens. Articulating heads make right angle or sub-right angle work far less awkward
The PS11 ditches the previous clutch

The PS11-2A also forgoes the clutch settings of the previous generation. And while the PS10 had what could still be described as a paddle switch, the PS11 steps that up substantially with a longer paddle switch that we found quite comfortable. With the greater torque and rpm spec’s comes a bit more bulk. The PS11 is longer than the PS10 and has a larger head due to the chuck assembly, and it’s also a touch heavier. While the PS11 loses some of the compactness of the PS10, we think it’s a reasonable trade-off for performance and chuck versatility. All in all, the PS11 is still a very compact tool that can nose its way into some pretty cramped quarters. We found the fuel gauge light useful but not as clear as some other fuel gauges on the market. The integrated LED on the new model is also a very welcome addition for a tool that’s often tucked into areas with minimal available light. Of course, the articulating head of both tools make getting into awkward spots more like parallel parking a Mini Cooper than a stretched-out limo.

The new LED brings welcome light to those dark corners you'll inevitably shove the PS11 into

You can find the Bosch PS11-2A 12V Max Cordless Lithium-Ion 3/8-in I-Driver from our sponsor Tyler Tool for around $139 for the kit, which includes the case, charger and two 12v Max Lithium Ion batteries. Tyler also has the tool only version for around $100.

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About Marc Lyman

Marc grew up under a brave single mom who "encouraged" home improvement on the family home. Early toddler gifts included a tool set, and even a cordless Bosch drill when cordless drills first came out. In grade school (give or take a few years), Marc's mom said, "We need to cut down some trees. . . . here's a chainsaw." A father figure also involved Marc in many home improvement projects, including a summer of home remodeling in Palo Alto, CA. Toss in some Obsessive Compulsive personality traits researching everything home improvement related. The end result: a genetically pre-disposed, socially sculpted home improvement machine! For his complete profile, please visit our About page. Really, it's worth it.

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