As fans of the other two tools in Bosch’s still-relatively-new 10.8V line, we’ve been eagerly anticipating the release of the PS40 10.8V Litheon Impactor. So as you might imagine, we were pretty excited when we received one of the first marketing samples of from Bosch. After playing around with it a bit, though, we found ourselves in a quandary. How could we show you the crazy-mad power this little sucker puts out?
We decided the best way was to stack it up against a totally unfair opponent: Bosch’s classic 14.4V Impactor — the PS40’s “older brother” that hangs out with the in-crowd and spends too much time at the gym.
Read on past the jump for the results of the showdown plus lots and lots of pictures and video.
Unboxing: 10.8V Impactor
As you can see from the pictures, this is an early marketing sample direct from Bosch, so we can’t show you what it’ll look like in retail packaging. We’d guess, though, that it’ll ship inside its soft case packed in a photo-labelled box pertty much as the PS20 and PS10 did.
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And speaking of the soft case: it looks identical to the PS20’s. If you’re into soft cases, you’ll like it. It looks quite durable, has a rubber handle on top, and features the Bosch logo prominently.
After opening the case to reveal the 10.8V Impactor itself we were happy to discover that it’s quite tiny — just barely larger than the PS20. Actually, it’s better to describe it as “fatter” than the PS20 as opposed to “larger.” It’s definitely a little heavier.
The composite and thermo-plastic rubber (TPR) grip is also like the PS20’s, including the TPR up around the motor’s rear vents which really helps with comfort. Its 10.8V standard batteries insert in the base of the handle, fitting in tightly like the clip in a gun. Sean’s comment about the PS20 — “it feels like a Glock” — applies here as well.
The bright red trigger controls the PS40’s variable speed, ranging from 0-1,800 RPM and 0-3,000 beats per minute (BPM). A switch just above the trigger extends through the tool horizontally and selects direction of rotation, as indicated by the arrows underneath the switch.
One of the coolest new features of the PS40, though, is its innovative lighting. Most lighted drivers feature an LED somewhere on the handle shining up at your work, and it’s surprisingly easy to block the light with your hand, arm, or even workpiece. On the PS40, Bosch installed a ring of three LED lights into the front casing of the tool just behind the chuck, shining directly on your work from a very short distance. This is an awesome solution, and we hope to see it propagate throughout the Bosch cordless line.
The chuck is a (quite beefy) 1/4″ quick-release type that feels sturdy. In fact, everyone around the shop who picked up the PS40 commented on how tight and solid it feels in terms of build quality. I suppose this isn’t too surprising considering the similar comments we’ve heard — and made — regarding the other Litheon 10.8V tools.
The PS40 ships with two 10.8V li-ion batteries, a quick charger, and
Read on to page two for our unboxing of the 14.4V Impactor.