Bosch Drill/Driver PS20 clutch - toss or repair?

Henry W

HenryW
Senior User
What would you do faced with this tool failure?

I have a lightly used Bosch PS20 12V Li ion drill driver; a tool I have had for likely 10+years. Never heavily used.

Recently the clutch has become noisy, then it stopped transmitting power at all. I just disassembled it to the point that it was obvious that several small gears were loose. Reassembled in what presumably was the proper position, and it worked! Well, it worked long enough for me to reassemble it, well pleased with myself. Then I think I moved it to some other orientation and heard a small click, then the symptom reappeared - no transmission of power to the chuck. I hear the motor rotating, but the chuck does not.

I love this little tool for in shop use - especially for small screws because this is not a high speed driver. Great control for smaller parts.

So
- is this worth sending to a repair shop?
- now that the DeWalt repair place on Capitol has closed, where might I send this?
- I believe Home Depot has some tool repair facilities at select stores (where they have tool rentals) . In greater Raleigh area that is Strickland Rd store and Fuquay Varina store, if I recall correctly - neither of which is anywhere close to me (near Crossroads in Cary).
- Is there an online store that you could recommend for replacement parts?

I don't NEED this (having just replaced it with a CL purchase of the same tool), but I might consider a repair of it weren't too many $$.

EDIT - I just found the Epicycloidal Gear train for $43+ on e-replacements parts
Epicycloidal Gear Train Part Number: 2606200229 Bosch Availability: Special Order [ more info ] Price: $43.32

What would you do?
 
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Henry W

HenryW
Senior User
Further question
What are that chances that an impact driver gear box would be a drop in replacement for this gear train? Model nuber different by 1 in last digit
Is the difference between the drill/driver and impact driver only in the gear box or do they have separate/distinct driver circuitry?

Doesn't someone here work for Bosch? PM please me if you have inside info that might help.
 

kserdar

Ken
User
I recently went thru a similar exercise with my Black&Decker 20V drill.

New drill and battery - $39. Shipped for free (Amazon Prime).

What my original need was brushes for motor. Then motor is sealed, thus making brush replacement very , very hard.
OK, new motor - The only place that had the motor, wanted $30 for it.

So brand new drill and battery for $9 more than replacement part. No brainer and now I have 2 batteries.
 

Raymond

Raymond
Corporate Member
I just retired from Bosch in DEC 2019. If I am not mistaken Bosch no longer makes the PS20. They are currently selling the PS21 - Standard motor and the PS22 - Brushless motor.
 

Alan in Little Washington

Alan Schaffter
Corporate Member
I had what sounded like similar indications- turned out it was just the clutch ring was not in a detent. Rotated it to the nearest detent and all was good.
 

Bas

Recovering tool addict
Bas
Corporate Member
What would you do?
10 years is pretty good for a drill. If there's no easy fix/ repair (which from your description there isn't), I'd replace it. Even if you can find the right parts, something else is bound to go next. Plus, with a new tool, you also get new batteries.
 

Henry W

HenryW
Senior User
Thanks Pete - I have seen those, but I already have two other impact drivers (a 12V and an 18V; other brands).
I have decided this is not worth the cost of repairs - the cost of the part with shipping is about 1/2 of a new one. I do have another tool that can use the batteries, although 4 lightly used batteries for one lightly used drill is a bit much. Anyone want to buy 2 Bosch 12V batteries and a charger?
 

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