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The name says it all.
Bosch CSB 550RE
Member Name: gryphon
Bosch CSB 550RE
Date: 06/04/01, updated on 06/04/01 (3573 review reads)
Advantages: Reliable all round performer
Disadvantages: not ideal for screwdriving
With an amazing thoroughness, the makers of this drill have told us all they think we need to know in its name:
BOSCH CSB 550 RE
The only trouble is that I can't remember what all the letters mean, so I'll have to make it up as I go along.
My old drills had been from Black & Decker, and expired with distressing regularity, as I could only ever afford to buy their DIY range, which appeared to be built to a price.
But hope appeared in the shape of my dad who had a hardware shop, and could source Bosch tools at a reasonable price- at last I could buy a drill with a chance of surviving the daily abuse I was likely to give it.
My first need was for a drill with enough power not to complain when asked to go through walls: at 550 watts, this drill has given me no trouble in this department, and as a bonus, there was an auxiliary demountable handle, to help with control of the drill, and a depth stop for those times when I didn't want to go right through the wall.
I needed to be able to cope with drill bits up to half inch [12.5 mm, now that I've almost gone metric], and this drill has a 13mm key operated chuck [made in germany] that has performed well- the chuck key has a long bar so that you can get plenty of leverage without hurting your hand.
The chuck key stores in a push through holder
on the cable saver, so it's always to hand, and harder to lose [one less customer for a replacement key from my dad!].
The good quality cable has a moulded plug, and is long enough to nearly reach the ceiling of most rooms with the socket/extension lead still on the ground. This makes life a lot easier and safer when you are doing jobs round the house.
The idea of putting screws in and out with a drill, rather than by hand, appealed to my energy saving [lazy] nature, so it was good that this drill has electronic speed control- anywhere from 0 to 3000 rpm just by varying finger press
ure on the trigger. It is also possible to preset a maximum speed on the drill by using a little rotating dial on the trigger.
A convenient switch lets you choose reverse at will.
I have to say that I haven't used the drill for as much screw driving as I expected- I found it easier not to constantly change bits, but to use a dedicated screwdriver, while my Bosch got on with the holes for the screws .
The drill has a standard [32mm, I think] collar just behind the chuck, so that it can be mounted in;
A drill press- I do this mostly when cutting wooden plugs for hiding screw heads, but also for precise vertical holes in other materials [eg peg holes in a crib board]
A drill stand- for attaching a pigtail with a polishing wheel on for polishing metals with a suitable compound [eg a presentation fireman's axe], or for attaching an arbor for a grinding wheel to sharpen tools, scissors, chisels etc.
When doing any operations in the drill stand, the drill can be locked in the 'on' position using a little button on the side of the handle.
The case is thoughtfully shaped so as to be comfortable to use; I particularly like the shaping at the rear above the handle, where you can push as hard as you like with your spare hand, without getting dug into or slipping off.
Sometimes, even the hammer action doesn't work as well as you'd like, especially if your bit is a little blunt, but that's my fault for not sharpening the bit or replacing it.
Although a little more expensive to start with, the drill has served well for well over two years now, and has coped with everything that I've asked it to do- not bad for a tool in the company's 'DIY' range.
Well, I still can't remember what 'CSB' stands for but:
550 = Wattage
R = Reversing
E = Electronic speed control
As I said, 'The name says