Product Type: Bosch Power Drill
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Bosch PSB 500 RES Impact Drill
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Bosch PSB 500 RES Impact Drill
Advantages: lightweight, well made, durable, excellent value
Disadvantages: some people might prefer a more modern keyless chuck
My parents wanted some help putting up a load of shelves in their old stable, which is now used as a large shed for the usual assortement of tools, random 'stuff', and also a large assortment of camping gear for groups doing the Duke of Edinburgh Award and Girl Guides. The shed has concrete brick walls and I only had a cordless hammer drill. After about 5 holes the battery was flat, and with another 100 or so to go this was going to be a long job!
I looked at various DIY store websites and decided to get the PSB 650 RE which was on special offer. When I got to the store however they had sold out, and not wanting to spend near £100 I opted for a cheaper drill, the Bosch PSB 500 RES Impact Drill available for around £40.
Being a Bosch power tool you know you are going to be buying a well made, durable piece of kit, which is one of the reasons I decided not to go for one of the less well known generic brands. It definately seems to be well made, and feels very solid in the hand and not at all 'plasticky'.
-------In the box-------
The drill comes in a smart plastic case, which contains the drill, a front handle, a depth gauge and a chuck key. There are no bundled drill bits, but usually bundled bits are complete rubbish anyway. The drill is also lacking in any modern gadgets too, which if you ask me is great as there is less to break or go wrong. The traditional key chuck is reliable, durable and easy to use.
There is a nice rubberised grip to the handle, which is very comfortable and helps absorb vibrations when using the hammer ability. The second handle can be adjusted through 360 degrees, and can easily be taken off completely. The drill comes in at a mere 1.5kg so is nice and light (my mum is very happy using it too).
-------Power and capability-------
This drill has a 500 watt motor, and the maximum stated drilling diameters are 13mm for concrete, 10mm for steel, and 20mm for wood. Obviously this depends on how tough the concrete is, and if it's oak or balsa wood you're drilling. I do a variety of DIY tasks, drilling into walls, building cupboards, making bird boxes and I've always found it to be plenty powerful enough.
There is a reverse function, which is handy if you get a drillbit stuck, otherwise it doesn't get used much.
This drill only has the one gear, but the variable trigger lets you vary this from 50-3,000 rpm.
The hammer action is good and strong, with 48,000 bpm being struck. The concrete block shed walls were quickly peppered with holes for afixing shelves. Putting up curtain rails is also a surprisingly tough job if you try drilling into reinforced concrete lintels, and again this job has been dispatched with ease a number of times.
If you do a search for corded screwdriving on the Bosch website then it brings up this drill along with some other bigger drills. I havn't tried using it for this yet as it doesn't have the torque settings that cordless drill/drivers have, and it doesn't have as much torque as them either.
This is a quality brand drill with a good spec in a light and compact product. I get the feeling from using it that it will last a long long time. Unless you have specific needs for drilling big holes, not deep remember but wide then this drill will meet your needs perfectly.
Summary: Quality brand drill that will do everything that 99% of people will ever need