Ask any construction worker or DIYer about Bosch, and they’ll tell you that it’s the name of a trusted power tool manufacturer. Bosch is the German engineered, innovative makers of tools for the construction site or the home. They are well-known for their products that offer premium quality and reliability.
Bosch has created power tools that have become staples of most tradesmen and plain homeowners’ toolboxes. They are more commonly known as makers of home appliances but is now one of the leaders in the power tool industry.
Like their competitors, Bosch has come up with combo kits of their best drills and drivers. We placed two of their combo kits side by side to determine which one you should consider getting.
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Bosch CLPK27-120 12-Volt Max Lithium-Ion 2-Tool Combo Kit
The CLPK27-120 combo kits consist of the PS41 impact driver and the PS21 compact drill/driver. It comes with two BAT411A 12V Max Lithium-Ion batteries, the BC430 charger, and a smart and sturdy carrying case. At around $155, this is a very affordable kit, much like getting two tools for the price of one.
The impact driver can do most standard-size impact driver applications, thanks to Bosch’s hammer-and-anvil system. It has a no-load bpm of 0 to 3,100 and a max 2,600 rpm. Weighing 2.13 pounds and a head length of 5.4 inches, it allows you to work longer even at difficult angles with less fatigue.
The compact drill/driver delivers 265 in. lbs. of torque, a no-load high speed of up to 1,300 RPM and 350 RPM of low speed. It comes with a 1/4-inch keyless hex chuck for easy, one-handed drill bit changes. It also comes with 21 clutch settings for different tasks and applications.
Both tools are equipped with LED lights, the pocket drill has one LED light while the impact driver has three that are located around the chuck. When you press the trigger slightly, the light will turn on but not the tool, this tool now doubles as a flashlight.
These tools are designed with ergonomics in mind. They have handles that are covered with a soft grip for easier and more comfortable handling.
Pros: Ideal for HVAC, carpentry, electrical works, and other home repairs and DIY projects. Its power, size, and weight make it the ideal power tool for smaller jobs.
- Lightweight and compact design
- The impact driver delivers up to 930 in. lbs. of torque
- The drill/driver gives you 265 in. lbs. of max torque
- Ergonomically designed
- Equipped with LED lights
Cons: The tools in this kit are not recommended for all-day working. They are specifically designed for simple repairs around the house and not for heavy duty construction work.
- Not for heavy-duty applications
- The impact driver is slightly slower than its 18V counterparts
Bosch CLPK22-120 12-Volt Drill/Driver and Impact Driver Combo Kit
The CLPK22-120 combo kit contains the PS41 impact driver and the PS31 compact drill/driver. Also in the kit are two BAT414 12V Max 2.0Ah Lithium-Ion batteries, the BC330 60 minute-charger, encased in a handy carrying bag. Priced at just under $100, this is a great value for your buck combo kit.
The impact driver in this kit is the same as that in the CLPK27-120, so let’s get straight to the compact drill/driver. The drill/driver is capable of delivering 256 in. lbs. of max torque and has a two-speed gearbox with low speeds of 0 to 350 RPM, and 0 to 1,300 RPM in the high speed. It has 20+1 clutch settings that will allow you to adjust the torque for different types of materials and uses.
Both tools use batteries that are compatible with all Bosch 12-Volt Max tools and chargers. These batteries have a 2.0Ah capacity that lets you work even in cold temperatures down to -4 degrees Fahrenheit.
These tools are equipped with LED lights that are ideal for use in dimly-lit areas. They are both lightweight, the compact drill weighs a little over 2 pounds and has a 7-inch length. Perfect for use in cramped spaces and hard to reach areas.
Pros: This is a kit for home-owners, woodworkers, contractors and other light to medium jobs.
- Has dual speed settings and 20+1 clutch settings
- Comes with a 1/4 in. hex drive with quick release
- Built-in LED lights
- Has ergonomic soft grip handles
- Equipped with battery fuel indicators
Cons: This kit is versatile but not suitable for use in heavy-duty tasks such as drilling through hard concrete walls.
- Doesn’t come with an inbuilt torque setting
- Not recommended for heavy-duty applications
The CLPK27-120 is more expensive than the CLPK22-120 mainly because of the compact drill/driver. Both kits come with the same impact driver. The batteries they come with are different, but that’s hardly not the reason the CLPK27-120 seems the better choice.
The compact drill/driver in the CLPK27-120, which is the PS21, has more features that you’ll love than the PS31 of the CLPK22-120. It has more torque power than the PS31 so it can do more jobs. Its LED lights work better than the PS31 that is shadowed by the tool’s chuck.
The balance of the PS31 seems a bit unstable, too, as compared to the PS21. If you place it on a table, it would probably tip over especially when you insert a drill bit. The PS21 may work better, but we’re quite stumped why it doesn’t have a fuel gauge like the PS31 or the PS41.
Both of these combo kits are highly recommended. They are both high-performers and with the Bosch name, you know they are durable and reliable. Only the compact drill/driver makes the difference in the two, so choosing one depends on how you’re going to use it.
Both kits are feature-rich, so you’d be hard-pressed on which one to choose. They are both designed for light to medium applications. If you plan on doing more work and tasks that require more torque, then go for the CLPK27-120.
If you want a kit to use around the house for simple projects and you don’t want to spend too much money on it, the CLPK22-120 offers the better deal.