Bosch PS130-2A Review

Bosch PS130-2A

Bosch PS130-2A Bosch
PS130-2A

12V Max Li-Ion
Compact Hammer Drill Driver
3/8" Chuck
Price Level: $$
Torque

265

Max In-Lbs
Speed

1300

Max RPM
Weight

2.7

Lbs w Batt
Battery

1.5

Ah Capacity
Warranty

3

Year

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor



KEY STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES
POWER The PS130-2A is 45% more powerful than average and ranks in the top 20% of Compact-class drills for torque and power. It generates 82 in-lbs more maximum torque than the average 183 in-lbs drill in its class.
SPEED This Bosch cordless drill is 20% faster than average and ranks in the top 40% of Compact-class drills for maximum RPM. It can run at speeds that achieve 215 RPM more than the average 1085 RPM drill in its class.
WEIGHT It weighs about average and would be considered standard weight when compared to other Compact-class drills. The average cordless drill in this voltage class weighs about 2.5 lbs.  
BATTERY This Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) battery has a 20% higher than average run-time with an amp hour (Ah) rating that ranks in the top 20% of Compact-class drills. It has 0.3 Ah more capacity than the average 1.25 Ah battery in this class.
WARRANTY Bosch's 3-year limited tool warranty is a little longer than average for the cordless drill industry where the standard is about 2-3 years. Longer warranties can often indicate improved durability with fewer repairs.


Bosch PS130-2A Cordless Drill


PERFORMANCE RATINGS
Power 265 in-lbs - The PS130-2A is 45% more powerful than average and ranks in the top 20% of Compact-class drills for torque and power. It generates 82 in-lbs more maximum torque than the average 183 in-lbs drill in its class.
Speed
Settings
2 Settings 0-380 / 0-1300 RPM - Fitted with both Low and High speed settings that come standard on most cordless drills. Speed selection is an important feature to match drilling or driving RPM to each unique job.
Max
Speed
1300 RPM - This Bosch cordless drill is 20% faster than average and ranks in the top 40% of Compact-class drills for maximum RPM. It can run at speeds that achieve 215 RPM more than the average 1085 RPM drill in its class.
Clutch 20 Settings - The Bosch PS130-2A has an above average number of clutch settings that provide a wide range of protection for almost any job. The clutch acts like a brake and helps prevent stripping screws.
Power
Ratio
98 P/W - The Bosch PS130-2A has an 17% higher than average power-to-weight ratio and ranks in the top 40% of efficiently designed Compact-class drills. The P/W ratio is 14 higher than the 84 average ratio for this class drill.
Hammer 0-19500 IPM - Generates a hammer impact rate that's 28% lower than average and ranks in the bottom 20% of hammer drills for IPM. It delivers 7500 less impacts per minute (IPM) than the average 27000 IPM drill.  


DURABILITY RATINGS
Gear
Case
Non-Metal Parts - Some of the Bosch PS130-2A transmission components are made of non-metal materials that are more susceptible to failure. Gears spin at high RPMs and experience large rotational forces.  
Chuck Plastic Sleeve - Chuck sleeves made of tough plastic materials save on weight, but they are more prone to cracking than metal sleeves. It generally won't withstand repeated drops onto hard surfaces.  
Motor No Brush Access - The entire drill usually has to be taken apart in order to access the motor brushes. Motor brushes wear-out and must be replaced periodically, but repair costs can sometimes be prohibitive.  
Warranty 3-Year - Bosch's 3-year limited tool warranty is a little longer than average for the cordless drill industry where the standard is about 2-3 years. Longer warranties can often indicate improved durability with fewer repairs.


BATTERY RATINGS
Type Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) BAT412 - Newer technology rechargeable battery that provides higher capacity and longer run-time with less weight, but are more expensive than the older NiCd and NiMH batteries.
Capacity 1.5 Ah - This Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) battery has a 20% higher than average run-time with an amp hour (Ah) rating that ranks in the top 20% of Compact-class drills. It has 0.3 Ah more capacity than the average 1.25 Ah battery in this class.
Charge
Time
30 min Bosch Charger - Battery charge-time is quicker than average. Nice feature for those times when you don't have a charged replacement battery ready to go and you're in the middle of a job.
Fuel
Gauge
No Battery Fuel Gauge - Not equipped with a battery charge indicator that alerts you to remaining battery life or if the batteries are running low. Sudden battery failure during the job is a common frustration.  
Backup 2 Batteries Included - It's important to have a second back-up battery for the Bosch PS130-2A that's charged and ready to go. Makes it easy to swap-out batteries during the job with minimal down-time.


CONVENIENCE RATINGS
Weight 2.7 lbs Tool Plus Battery - It weighs about average and would be considered standard weight when compared to other Compact-class drills. The average cordless drill in this voltage class weighs about 2.5 lbs.  
Length 7.3 in - Cordless 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 - The double-sleeve chuck requires two hands to unlock and change the bit. It is significantly more cumbersome than spindle-lock drills. Most cordless drills now have one-hand bit change.  
LED
Light
Integrated LED Light - The Bosch PS130-2A illuminates your work area and allows you to clearly see your bit position and depth while you're drilling or driving. Great feature that's now available on many cordless drills.
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
No Side Handle - Side handles are a great safety feature and should be considered if you plan to drive at higher torque levels. They can help prevent injury by providing increased stability and control.  
Bubble
Level
No Bubble Level - This feature is only available on a few drills and can be helpful in situations where precision holes are critical for alignment. Most projects can be performed with just visual sighting.  
Keyless Keyless Chuck - Nearly all cordless drills are now equipped with keyless chucks that can be tightened with both hands (double-sleeve) or just one hand (single-sleeve) without the use of a key.
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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