Bosch Flexclick GSR12V-140FCB22 Drill/Driver

Compact, light weight, ample torque, and multiple interchangeable chucks make this one of the most versatile drill/drivers on the market.

Bosch Flexclick GSR12V-140FCB22 Drill/Driver

Bosch Flexclick 5-In-1 Drill/Driver System



Drill/drivers with interchangeable chucks aren't new to the market – Festool, Metabo, and Fein all offer similar products. However, what's notable with the new Bosch FlexiClick drill/driver is it's compact size and light weight.

The concept of a multi-chuck drill/driver is very attractive – with one drill you get the practical utility of a standard keyless chuck, along with the 
flexibility of a hex chuck and right angle drill chuck (aka offset drive attachment). A drill like this comes in handy when you're constantly alternating between drilling and fastening. You don't need to have two separate drills on hand, or to remove the drill bit and attach a driver bit with a drill bit holder. You simply switch drive chucks.

Lets have a look at what the FlexiClick has to offer.

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The kit includes the drill/driver, four interchangeable chucks (what Bosch refers to as 'adapters'), two 12V 2.0Ah (21.6Wh) batteries, a fast charger (45 minutes for a full battery recharge), fabric carry case, and two 1-1/2" driver bits (flat head and Phillips #2). Everything fits snugly into the case, which makes it convenient if you'll be taking the FlexiClick to and from a job site.

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The FlexiClick (above photo, left) looks strikingly similar to the superb Bosch P31 (above photo, right), which has been my 'go to' shop drill for the past 7 years. Both have a brushed motor that delivers 265 in/lbs of torque and two speed setting – 1-350 and 0-1300 RPM. Coupled with the dual speed transmission you get a single sleeve chuck with 20 clutch settings (plus drilling mode). There's an on-board battery power meter and an up-front LED work light. The FlexiClick weighs 1 lb 13 oz (slightly less than the P31) and has a head length of 5-1/4" (no chuck installed). With the keyless chuck installed it measures 7-1/8" – 1/2" longer than the P31.

I typically use #8 screws up to 2-1/2" and drill holes up to about 1" diameter in my shop – a range that both the torque level and speed range on the FlexiClick is more than capable of handling. Just like the P31, the FlexiClick feels very well balanced, and on both sides of the casing are large rubber pads that protect the drill when you lay it on its side.

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The four chucks that come with the FlexiClick are (left to right in the photo above): a 1/4" hex right angle chuck, 1/4" hex offset chuck, 3/8" keyless chuck, and 1/4" hex chuck. For 80 percent of my work I'd likely use the keyless and hex chucks. Even though the other two chucks won't get used all that much, they're a godsend when the need to use them arises. 

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As you can see in the photo above, the FlexiClick is one compact drill. You can install a driver bit directly into the hex drive. With a 1" driver bit installed (as shown above) the head length (from the end of the drill to the tip of the driver bit) is only 5-1/2". This enables you to work in fairly confined spaces. The only thing to note is that there is no locking sleeve to hold the driver bit in place, so if you tilt the drill downward the bit might slip out. Still, a small price to pay for the convenience.

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Once you get a knack of what to do, switching chucks takes about 15 seconds. On the end of each chuck is a hex shaft that fits into a corresponding hex adapter on the drill head (top photo). Milling of these parts is superb – you can hear the air being forced out of the adapter as the hex shaft is inserted.

To complete the mounting process you need to lock the chuck in place – this involves turning a locking ring from the 'unlocked' to the 'locked' position (as shown in the bottom photo, above). It's an intuitive process that works well.

Once installed the chucks fit
securely in place – no slop, no wobble.

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The offset (aka eccentric) chuck, which takes standard 1/4" hex shaft drill bits and driver bits. Once installed, you can rotate the chuck every 22-1/2 degrees simply by pulling the chuck outward and turning it right or left. It's unbeatable for drilling in tight, constrained spots - just about any place where a conventional orientation won't work. You'll find it invaluable for drilling and driving flush to sides and corners – as close as 1/2" from the inside corner of a cabinet. Very useful.

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The right angle chuck (red circled above) further increases the functionality of the FlexiClick. You can install any of the other three chucks onto the right angle chuck, or you can install a drill or driver bit into the hex adapter. Really, can you think of any drilling or driving angle that the FlexiClick can't take care of?

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What I would have liked to see for the FlexiClick is a brushless motor and a belt clip. But, while disappointed, I'm not crushed. It's still a great drill/driver that provides exceptional versatility. 

And right now Bosch has a fabulous limited-time promotion in the works. You can get the FlexiClick at a discounted price of $199 - that's $100 off the regular price. Check out the details at TEGS Tools.


KEY FEATURES:

  • Power Source: 12V Max battery
  • Chuck Size: 1/4", hex
  • Speed Range: 0-400 and 0-1,300 RPM
  • 20 clutch settings
  • Torque (maximum): 265 in/lbs
  • 16-position adjustment (Offset Angle and Right Angle chucks)
  • LED light
  • Head Length: 5-1/4" (no chuck installed)
  • Weight: 1 lb 13 oz (with battery)
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Includes: Keyless chuck, Hex Bit chuck, Offset Angle chuck, Right Angle chuck, (2) BAT414 12V Max batteries, BC 330 fast charger, carrying bag

COMPANY:Bosch
MODEL:GSR12V-140FCB22
PRICE:$299.00
MADE IN:Malaysia
SOURCE:Dealer Search

Author: 
Carl Duguay
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