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Competent little drill
on March 18, 2011
I grabbed this on a daily deal and then realized the newer PS31 was available for only 16 bucks more. The PS31 has a little more powerful motor with a 20% increase in torque, partially from a 14% reduction in the low speed. It also has a 200 RPM faster high speed. The PS31 is lighter and shorter. It has a second generation LED and a battery indicator. They also improved the soft case with room for bits according to reviews. The downside is that several people have had problems with the chuck, so I decided to stick with the PS30. At Amazon's regular price the PS31 is the better buy though at $35 cheaper. If you get a bad chuck Amazon's return system is painless.
The PS30 is competent. I drove some 3" course thread deck screws edge on into a joist. In low range it was effortless and countersunk them about a quarter inch. High gear was a strain but it got one in. I put a tiny drill bit in and it ran perfectly true. It should do most of the jobs I want to grab it for and has good power for a small drill.
I prefer a soft case compared to the molded plastic ones. The molded hard cases go back in the box after unpacking and get thrown away with the box when I am sure I won't be returning the item. Unfortunately this soft case is designed with the same arrogant philosophy as the molded ones - that you would never want to carry anything in the case except the wonderful accessories they provided. Some industrial Velcro made a decent pocket from the clear plastic instruction holder, but I'll still be scrounging the flea market for an appropriate small nylon bag with pockets.
It was a good buy at the $99 daily deal price. But if you need a small drill right now and can't wait for the next time it is on a daily deal, get the PS31 instead.