Bosch 1034VSR Review

Bosch 1034VSR

Bosch 1034VSR Bosch
1034VSR

1/2" High-Torque Drill
Power Drill
1/2" Keyed Chuck
Price Level: $$
Power

8

Amps
Speed

550

Max RPM
Weight

5.3

Pounds
Capacity

1.5

In. Wood Bit
Warranty

1

Year

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor



KEY STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES
POWER The 1034VSR is 12% more powerful than average and ranks in the top 20% of power drills for amperage. The motor carries 0.8 amps more electrical current load than the average 7.2 amp corded drill.
SPEED This Bosch drill is 50% slower than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of power drills for maximum RPM. It can only run at top speeds that are 540 RPM less than the average 1090 RPM corded drill.  
WEIGHT It is 16% heavier than average and ranks in the bottom 20% of power drills for higher weight. It weighs 0.7 lbs more than the average 4.6 lb corded drill and may increase operator fatigue.  
CAPACITY This power drill has a higher than average wood bit capacity and ranks in the top class of corded drills. It can drill a hole in wood that is larger than the average 1-1/4" hole capacity for corded drills.
WARRANTY Bosch's 1-year limited tool warranty is shorter than the drill industry standard but is typical for many manufacturers. Shorter warranties can sometimes be an indicator of lower quality and reliability.  


Bosch 1034VSR Cordless Drill


PERFORMANCE RATINGS
Power 8 amps - The 1034VSR is 12% more powerful than average and ranks in the top 20% of power drills for amperage. The motor carries 0.8 amps more electrical current load than the average 7.2 amp corded drill.
Capacity
Wood
1.5" Hole - This power drill has a higher than average wood bit capacity and ranks in the top class of corded drills. It can drill a hole in wood that is larger than the average 1-1/4" hole capacity for corded drills.
Speed 0-550 RPM - This Bosch drill is 50% slower than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of power drills for maximum RPM. It can only run at top speeds that are 540 RPM less than the average 1090 RPM corded drill.  
Capacity
Steel
0.5" Hole - This power drill has a higher than average bit capacity for steel and ranks in the top 40% of corded drills. It can drill a hole in steel that is 1/8" larger than the average 3/8" hole capacity for corded drills.
Power
Ratio
1.5 P/W - The Bosch 1034VSR is designed with an average power-to-weight ratio that is standard for mid-range power drills. The average P/W ratio is about 1.6 for corded drills.  
Gear
Reduction
Triple - Gear systems with triple reduction generally provide the most torque for a given amperage. They operate more efficiently at lower speeds and the gears receive less wear, which extends the life of the drill.


DURABILITY RATINGS
Gear
Housing
All-Metal - The Bosch 1034VSR is manufactured with an all-metal gear housing that protects the transmission and prevents the drill from cracking when dropped onto hard surfaces such as concrete.
Gears All-Metal - The transmission contains all-metal gears that provide superior durability compared to nylon gears found in some drills. Gears spin at high RPMs and are susceptible to material break-down.
Warranty 1-Year - Bosch's 1-year limited tool warranty is shorter than the drill industry standard but is typical for many manufacturers. Shorter warranties can sometimes be an indicator of lower quality and reliability.  


CONVENIENCE RATINGS
Weight 5.3 lbs - It is 16% heavier than average and ranks in the bottom 20% of power drills for higher weight. It weighs 0.7 lbs more than the average 4.6 lb corded drill and may increase operator fatigue.  
Length 11-1/5 in - Power drill length is a personal preference, but shorter is generally better to help you in close quarters such as under a sink, or drilling in-between studs. Torque is harder to handle if the drill is too short though.  
Spindle
Lock
No Spindle Lock - This power drill has a keyed chuck with superior gripping ability. Spindle lock is only applicable to keyless chucks and allows the operator to change drill bits with just one hand.  
Belt
Hook
No Belt Hook - There is no provision to hang the drill on your belt and free-up both hands to perform other tasks. You may be able to purchase a separate belt clip that can be attached to the drill.  
Side
Handle
Side Handle Included - Higher torque levels can cause injury if a bit suddenly binds or the drill slips. A side handle is essential to handle more powerful drills and provides additional stability and control.
VSR VSR - Most cordless drills are equipped with variable speed capability that can be controlled with simple trigger pressure. Reverse is usually performed with the push of a side-to-side button.


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