Stumbled across this today...
Buy a Bosch PS40 (subcompact impact driver) kit, get a free PS20
(matching subcompact drill/driver) by mail.
Or you can buy a PS20 kit and get another PS 20 (driver only)
I've had my eye on this pair for a while; they've gotten great
reviews because of their l-ion power, light weight, and compact size.
The kit comes with 30 min charger and two batteries, I assume the
free tool doesn't come with battery, but it doesn't really say.
This is at lowes in NE Ohio, don't know if it's everywhere or not. If
you search their rebate center for tools, you can find it. (Doesn't
seem to work to search rebate center for Bosch for some reason)
Have you read the reviews on Amazon.com? They have it for 1/2 price, don't
know about Lowe's. Many good reviews but the bad ones mostly point to lack
of power and couple of them said the battery pack don't work when the
temperature is cold. Bosch look so cool and I wanted one until I tested it.
Anyway I was at the tool show a few of months ago and play around with the
Bosch and it didn't have power to drive a 3" screw half way down soft wood.
Went to the next booth and play with the Hitachi (higher voltage, bigger
with 15 minute charger, forgot which model). What a difference, that Hitachi
would sink 3" screws 1/2" below the wood without any effort.
Thanks for the thoughts folks. I've already got a big Milwaukee
cordless drill/driver/hammer drill that will handle the big jobs, just
looking for a smaller, lighter driver for routine tasks. For big
holes or bunches of deck screws, I'll use the Milwaukee.
As for not working well in the cold...I don't either anymore :-)
: Thanks for the thoughts folks. I've already got a big Milwaukee
: cordless drill/driver/hammer drill that will handle the big jobs, just
: looking for a smaller, lighter driver for routine tasks. For big
: holes or bunches of deck screws, I'll use the Milwaukee.
I have a similar pair, and think the Bosch is the bee's knees for smaller work.
If I'm drilling a 1/2" hole through broick, out comes the Milwaukee.
-- Andy Barss
I went to lowes, and they didn't know anything about it. The bosch
website has the promotion, however. the free ps20 is without the
battery!. 2 questions arise: 1. does the ps40 come with 2 batteries.
2. does the ps20 take a ps40 battery? If the answer is no, it's
probably not worth it.
On Tue, 3 Jun 2008 21:27:46 -0700 (PDT), email@example.com
The PS40 kit comes with two batteries, 30 min charger, PS40, and soft
case. The batteries fit both tools.
So if you buy the PS40 kit and use the promotion you end up with PS40,
PS20, 2 batteries, charger, and soft case.
You can also buy the PS20 kit and end up with 2- PS20s, 2 batteries,
charger and case.
There is a lot of that going around. ;-) Just bought a PS40 from
Lowes. $152. Had to pick it up myself.
Haven't even opened the box. Everything is still packed and I have
no room to work anyway. :-(
How does the rebate work? Do they send the tool or a coupon? I
wasn't thinking when I bought it (or I would have waited). We may
be moving (I hope) sometime in the next few weeks so won't be here
to receive a parcel. I put my UPS Store address on the form, so
hopefully they can take care of it in any case.
My rebate was a mail-in to Lowes. I filled out a "form" printed
with the receipt and sent it to a "Lowes" address. The receipt said
that nothing else was needed other than the information on the
The Lowes rebate is for purchase between 5/26/08 through 6/29/08 and
must be postmarked by 7/29/08. We'll see what happens.
I first heard about it here too and wasn't really considering the
tool. However, the thing kinda grew on me. When I saw the price
drop and the Lowes rebate I decided to jump.
Now all I gotta do is figure out where I'm going to be living so I
can unpack and play with all my new toys. :-(
I almost forgot... If you do the rebate through lowes, get a return
receipt. I've had problems in the past with them over rebates... (they
claimed they didn't get the letter, didn't have the right info, etc.)
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