HDClown Posted November 19, 2011 Report Share Posted November 19, 2011 I have a mostly complete collection of Bosch 12V Li-Ion tools: PS10 I-Driver PS20 Pocket Driver PS40 Impactor Fastening Driver 4 12V Li-Ion Batteries (BAT411) 2 12V Chargers (BC430) 2 soft cases - one holds the PS10/2 batts outside of the tool/charger, one holds the PS20/PS40 with 2 batts in the tool These are the 1st generation of the tools from the 12V line. What I consider to be missing to complete the 12V collection is a traditional chucked drill/driver, the PS30/PS31 Today I saw the DeWalt DCK312S2 kit, which includes the DCD710, DCF815, DCF610, 2 12V batteries, and 1 12V charger for $199 (normally $249). Since the kit ends in "S2", I assume the tools in side are the "S2" as well, even though the picture of the box doesn't list the "S2" after each tools model. I also believe I saw that Lowes is running the promotion again where you get a free battery with purchase. I think the allure of the lower price and the promotion is catching me more than being realistic, but I'm consdering buying the DeWalt kit. I'd end up having exact duplication of tools, so this seems awefully silly, so I'm wondering if there are things that are simly better about the DeWalt 12V MAX vs my current Bosch tools? For some reason, DeWalt tools always call to me, and I'm not sure why. Something I'm most interested in is form factor. The DeWalt tools have a more comfortable traditional form factor IMO, but the Bosch ones are not uncomfortable. However, the DeWalt form factor seems like they would take up more space in a small hand bag. The Bosch ones just look much smaller, but maybe that's deceiving? If I got the DeWalt, I'd probably try and sell the Bosch tools, with the exception fo the I-Driver, as that's not a form factor DeWalt has in the 12V MAX line. They do have one using NiCd batts, but I'm trying to limit my battery styles and chargers (one reason I started to buy the Bosch 12V line), so I see no reason to switch to that one. However, my goal of limiting batteries/chargers goes out the window if I kep the I-Driver in the mix. But, it's also a tool I have found not much use for, and I really have no need to bring around much, so it would be mostly "sit on the shelf for that are occasion", so it's kind of an odd man out in the collection in general. In terms of other tools, I have a 5 piece Bosch 18V set, but no batteries for it (they died and they haven't been replaced). That set has a hammer drill/driver, circ saw, jig saw, sawzall, and light, all in a big soft bag. I also have a 2 piece DeWalt 18V set with drill/driver and sawzall, using NiCd XRP batteries, which was given to me as a gift. I told myself I'm going to switch to DeWalt and switch to the 18V Li-Ion batts, but have had no luck selling the Bosch tools to help fund building out more 18V tools. Then the 20V line dropped with new battery styles and I found myself saying I need to start all over again and ditch my DeWalt 18V pieces too, for no real good reason! Ah, what to do Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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