Though a lot of people we’ve talked to don’t like the PS10 form factor — many seem happier with the drill-like PS20 pistol-grip style — I’ve always been a huge fan. The Bosch PS10 is hands down the best tool I’ve found for general light assembly and disassembly around the house and shop. For example, I used mine to quickly remove and re-drive about 30 machine screws to re-organize some 19″ rack mount gear in my studio. What makes the PS10 so great, IMO, is that the combination of its straight/90-degree shape and a trustworthy electronic clutch with soft-start — the trifecta for tasks like the ones I described above.
Admittedly, I’ve never really desired a drill-type chuck on the PS10, even though it does bear a strong physical resemblance to any number of small right-angle drills. But adding a chuck to the PS20 did wonders for its general usefulness. Does the same hold true of the PS11?
The specs seem to confirm that the PS11 is pretty much a PS10 + chuck. You get trigger-controlled variable speed (0-1,300 RPM) and torque maxes out at 101 in-lbs. — right in PS10 territory. But you also get a longer (and probably more comfortable) trigger on the PS11, a couple of small LED worklights, as well as a battery gauge and (most critically) a 3/8″ auto-lock chuck.
While I haven’t seen one of these in person yet, I suspect that (like the PS10) it’ll fall into a pretty narrow niche market — but will be the tool for that niche. If you’re constantly drilling small holes in relatively soft material in tight spaces, the PS11 would make a lot of sense. Now the big question: Who’s in that market? Maybe cable runners? Electricians? Help me out here. Is this something you’d use? How?
Expect to pay around $130-$150 for the -2A kit, which includes the tool, charger, two batteries, and a soft case — pretty much the same price as most of the PS-line of drivers.