I’ve heard about Snap-on’s new 7.2V cordless screwdriver (model CTS561) from a number of sources, and when I saw their email campaign today offering free shipping it goaded me into actually taking a close look at the specs. Snap-on wants $130 for the CTS561 — almost exactly what Bosch is asking for the PS-20 “Pocket Driver,” which makes them an obvious comparison.
After the jump we pit these two mini-drivers against one another in a “battle of the spec sheets.”
First of all, the tale of the tape:
(Snap-on CTS561 on the left/PS-20 on the right)
- Torque (mfr. claimed): 60 in-lbs/80 in-lbs
- No-Load RPM: 375 / 0-400
- Voltage: 7.2V / 10.8V
- Weight: 1.2 lbs / 1.8 lbs
There are also some significant differences in construction:
- The Snap-on features a rocker-switch-style trigger to engage forward or reverse while the PS-20 requires you to engage a separate switch. Of course, this means that the Snap-on is a single-speed driver while the PS-20 offers trigger-controlled variable speed.
- The Snap-on is a bit smaller than the PS-20 — though not much — and might fit in some areas where the PS-20 wouldn’t.
- Snap-on claims that their model “can drive 35 #10 screws per charge” — far less than the PS-20’s 80+ 3″ wood screws.
- The Snap-on’s batteries require a 55-minute charge while the PS-20 recharges in 30 minutes.
The PS-20 wipes the floor with the Snap-on.
For me, the lack of variable speed alone puts the PS-20 in a different class, but I can’t see why anyone would be willing to give up (a very significant) 20 in-lbs of torque, 25 minutes of charge time, and a ton of useful runtime as well just for the Snap-on name — even taking into account the fact that you can make Snap-on warranty exchanges right at the truck.
Of course, you might have a different opinion, and if you do, feel free to share it in comments.