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Bosch Green PSB or Bosch Blue GSB?

At our DIY Divas workshops we promote the Bosch Green range of power tools, but with all the Bosch Blue specials going on, what is the best tool to buy?

13/08/2019

 

The DIY Divas present a range of DIY workshops that cater for beginner DIY enthusiasts. One topic that we touch on in the workshops is the best value for money tools that you can buy to add to your tool collection.

Until recently, we recommend the Bosch Green PSB impact drill. But times they are a changing, and the Bosch Blue GSB can usually be bought on special offer or discounted price - coming in cheaper than the Bosch Green equivalent. So which tool should you buy... Bosch Green PSB or Bosch Blue GSB?

 

 

 

 

To answer this question we should first look at the technical specifications for these similar tools.

 

Max. torque
38 Nm
Torque (soft/hard/max.)
24/63/- Nm
Torque (soft/hard/max.)
13/30/- Nm
No-load speed
 (1st gear / 2nd gear)
0 – 400 / 1.350 rpm
No-load speed
(1st gear / 2nd gear)
0 – 500 / 0 – 1900 rpm
No-load speed
(1st gear / 2nd gear)
0 – 380 / 0 – 1300 rpm
Drill dia. wood
30 mm
Drill dia. wood
38 mm
Drill dia. wood
20 mm
Drill dia. steel
10 mm
Drill dia. steel
13 mm
Drill dia. steel
8 mm
Drill dia. masonry
10 mm
Drill dia. masonry
13 mm
Drill dia. masonry
8 mm

 

From the table above you can see that the Bosch GSB 120-LI is comparable to the PSB 1800-LI-2. The main difference between the two is the compact design of the GSB 120-LI and the configuration of the battery pack.

 

 

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All three models can be used to drill in wood, steel and masonry (brick), with the GSB 1800-2-LI offering the most bang for your buck. However, both the PSB 1800-LI-2 and the GSB 120-LI are the ideal drill for the home DIY enthusiast, and if I had to choose between the two, my choice is the GSB 120-LI because it is lightweight and ideal when you need to drill into walls.

Taking the above comparison into consideration, the next thing we have to look at is price. The Bosch Blue GSB 120-LI retails at around R1 469 and the Bosch Green PSB 1800-LI-2 at around R1 999. The Bosch Blue GSB 1800 2-LI retails at around R 2 375. I took these prices from takealot, as the other suppliers didn't have all 3 models in stock.

From a price comparison you can clearly see that there isn't a huge difference in price, and the GSB 120-LI is actually the cheapest of them all. If you are looking at adding a drill / driver to your tool collection, compare the above and your needs but definitely DO buy one of the latest Bosch models that has an integral 'hammer' function, as this allows you to drill into wood, steel AND masonry.

 

 

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