A Carpenter’s Review of the Bosch 12V Max Flexiclick™ 5-in-1 System (GSR12v-140FCB22)
By Dan Pattison (woodman_412)
This is my Bosch FlexiClick Review for the Bosch 12V 5-in-1 drill driver system. Bosch sent the kit out to me before it was available for sale so I could put it to work and test it out in exchange for an honest review.
In the world of 12 volt cordless drills and drivers, the Bosch Flexiclick 12V Max 5-in-1 multi drill is like a Swiss Army knife. With its multiple functions and attachments, it makes for a very versatile 12V cordless tool. As a professional cabinet maker and finish carpenter, I was very excited to get my hands on the Flexiclick since it’s a perfect fit for my work. I have tried to provide a Bosch FlexiClick review that details its features as well as how it works in everyday use as a finish carpenter and cabinet maker.
Bosch Flexiclick Review: Features & Specs
You can find a thorough a rundown of all of the detailed specification numbers of the Bosch Flexiclick 12V Max drill/driver system (GSR12V-140FCB22) easily on the Bosch Website, but with 265 in/lbs of torque and a weight of only 1.8 lbs, the Bosch Flexiclick 12V drill driver does have a good power to weight ratio. This is key when you work in close-in carpentry applications.
While I was preparing my Bosch FlexiClick review I found the body and grip of the Flexiclick 12V drill driver are pretty much identical to the older Bosch PS31, so it is built on Bosch’s existing cordless 12V drill architecture but does not include a brushless motor. This is probably due to the fact that the FlexiClick has been available in the European market for some time. Bosch does make a number of brushless 12V drills, such as the PS22 ¼ In. Hex 12V Max Burshless Drill Driver and the PS32 3/8 In. 12V Max Brushless Drill/driver, which are both excellent choices in 12V tools.
Bosch calls the attachment mounting system their ‘One-Click interface’, and in my Bosch Flexclick review I found it to be quick and easy to use. You simply line up the mounting points, push the head on and turn the locking ring until you hear a click and see the indicator in the locked position. It’s that simple.
Bosch Flexiclick Review: 5 Functions
Bosch calls the Flexiclick a 5-In-1 Drill/Driver System. The 5 functions are reviewed as follows:
- The magnetic bit holder is built in to the front of the drill body. It uses just a magnetic hold so it works well for quick, basic driving tasks, as well as when you need to keep the head length as short as possible. This bit holder is also what drives the hex drive shaft on the 4 attachment heads. I found that the magnetic bit holder definitely has a strong hold on either drill bits or screwdriver bits.
- The right angle attachment is great at getting into tight spaces that the drill itself won’t fit into and will adjust to 16 different positions. Any of the other 3 attachments will also attach to the right angle head for increased versatility. This is really useful for getting in to tight spaces and reaching behind blind corners.
- The keyless chuck is for normal drilling tasks. The chuck has a 3/8″ capacity so it will handle most light to medium duty drilling jobs. The keyless chuck on the Bosch Flexiclick 12V multi drill (GSR12v-140FCB22) is definitely heavy duty enough for most applications and is really easy to use. It has a solid feel to it.
- The locking hex chuck is used for standard driving bits. This is the attachment to use when the driving bit needs to be locked in rather than just using the magnetic holder. I found in my review of the Flexiclick 12V drill driver that the locking hex chuck feature is really useful if I am using the Flexiclick drill driver as a dedicated tool for a specific size of drill bit or hex screwdriver bit.
- The offset attachment is used when you need to drill or drive very close to an adjacent surface. In my Bosch FlexiClick review I found this to be the Flexiclick’s most unique and useful feature for carpenters, HVAC professionals and electricians. This feature, I feel, is the one that really sets the Bosch Flexiclick 12V drill driver apart from most multi head drill/drivers. What I also really liked while doing my Bosch Flexiclick review was how the offset attachment can also be rotated to 16 different positions like the right angle attachment for the Flexiclick.
NOTE: The only alternatives that are even close to the Bosch FlexiClick on the market are either 12V dedicated right angle drills or 18V units that are much larger and bulkier.
Bosch Flexiclick Review: Using it for my cabinet making projects
I’ve been putting the Bosch Flexiclick 5-in-1 drill driver system to use both in the shop and on site. It has proved to be a perfect fit for the type of finish carpentry and cabinet making work that I do and has impressed me with its versatility. On site, I used it for screwing kitchen cabinet boxes together, fastening them to the wall, drilling for and installing hardware as well as installing the crown moulding. The right angle and offset attachments are what really came in handy installing cabinets.
In the shop, I did my Bosch Flexiclick review by driving #10 x 3-1/2” screws into framing lumber as well as drilling with a 1” spade bit. I used both the right angle and offset attachments in both of these tests and had no issues at all. The attachments will drive and drill just as strong as the drill itself. For more details and to see the Flexiclick in action, make sure you check out my full video review of the FlexiClick 12V 5-in-1 drill driver system.
Bosch Flexiclick Review: Conclusion
Whether you’re a professional carpenter, electrician, HVAC contractor or even a DIY homeowner looking to add a versatile12V drill driver kit to your existing collection of power drills, or looking for one drill to cover a wide variety of tasks, I think the Bosch 12V Max Flexiclick 5-in-1 system is definitely a winner. With the right angle and offset attachments, it allows you to get into tight spaces that just aren’t possible with most other drills and drivers. It’s those two attachments that I think really set the Flexiclick apart, and make it special.
Watch the video Bosch Flexiclick review I did while testing this multi-drill for Bosch.
To find out the specs and where to find the Bosch Flexiclick 12V Max 5-in-1 system is for sale in the US, click here.
If you are in Canada looking to purchase the Bosch GSR12V-140FCB22, click here.
FULL DISCLOSURE: I was supplied this tool from Bosch and did not purchase it.