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July 25, 2021

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Bosch 12V Max Pocket Reciprocating Saw PS60 Review

Bosch 12V Max Pocket Reciprocating Saw PS60 Review
PTR Review
  • Cutting Speed 7.1
  • Vibration Control 6.1
  • Feature Set 6.5
  • Size and Weight 10.0
  • Value 8.1

The Bosch 12V Max Pocket Reciprocating Saw is incredibly compact and light, but trades off performance and features to get there. I'd really like to see what Bosch could do with this same foundation and a brushless motor. Even if they don't update it, the cutting performance is still relevant, though it's not challenging the top contenders. 

Overall Score 7.5 (out of 10)

Bosch 12V Max Pocket Reciprocating Saw Highlights Lightweight and Compact Design

The Bosch 12V Max Pocket Reciprocating Saw came out more than 6 years ago, but it’s still the most compact in the 12V class. We tested it head-to-head against other 12V saws and found that while it may be time for an update, it’s not ready to be put out to pasture just yet.


Pros

  • Lightest and most compact 12V model we tested
  • Good value rating

Cons

  • Needs help with vibration control
  • Basic feature set

Recommendation

Buy it if you’re looking for the most compact and lightest 12V reciprocating saw available. Pass if you’re looking for a lot of bells and whistles or class-leading performance. 

How Fast Does the Bosch 12V Max Pocket Reciprocating Saw Saw Cut?

12V reciprocating saws aren’t very effective at woodcutting, save for very thin wood. While we run most reciprocating saws through a nail-embedded wood test, it’s not something that’s relevant for this class.

This type of saw is more likely to be found cutting material like 3/4″ EMT on an electrical installation. The Bosch 12V Max Pocket Reciprocating Saw took an average of 6.60 seconds to cut in that test. It’s the second slowest cutting time we saw with the fastest going to Hilti at 3.17 seconds.


Bosch 12V Max Pocket Reciprocating Saw PS60 Review

Moving to 3″ PVC, things get a bit better for Bosch. Its 15.86-second average scores much better, though Hilti and Milwaukee can both finish the cut in less than 11 seconds.

Bosch 12V Max Pocket Reciprocating Saw PS60 Review

So what materials are a good bet to cut with this saw? Its 3000 SPM no-load speed and 9/16″ stroke length do better work on thinner metal and PVC where the short stroke length can still clear material effectively while it cuts. You can get away with cutting wood up to 1/2″, but it’s going to be a slow process compared to other reciprocating saw classes.

How Much Vibration Does it Have?

The Bosch 12V Max Pocket Reciprocating Saw wasn’t the worst in vibration control, but it’s near the bottom of the group. To be fair, the 12V class doesn’t see a lot of vibration control technology moving into it. However, this model has more vibration making it to your arm than Hilti, Milwaukee, and Skil.

Let’s keep that in perspective, though. We’re talking about a 12V reciprocating saw and while the Bosch PS60 has more vibration than most in the class, it’s still quite a bit less than the best in the bigger classes.

How Big is it?

The Bosch 12V Max Pocket Reciprocating Saw has a design that clearly focuses on keeping things compact. If you’re calling your model a “pocket” reciprocating saw, you better make it small, right?

Bosch 12V Max Pocket Reciprocating Saw PS60 Review

This is the one area that Bosch’s design really knocks it out of the park. It’s just 2.3 pounds bare and 2.7 pounds with a 2.0Ah battery. The next lightest is 0.2 pounds heavier and the heaviest is nearly 1.5 pounds heavier!

The Bosch PS60 also enjoys the shortest overall length. It’s 10.0″ length has a little competition from DeWalt and is more than 7″ shorter than Makita’s 12V CXT.

Even though Bosch calls this a pocket model, it doesn’t actually fit in my pocket. I didn’t expect it to, but it seemed prudent to check.

How Much Does it Cost?

As a saw that’s been around for a while, the current pricing structure runs inverse of what we expect. The bare tool is $89.99. The kit with a 2.0Ah battery and charger normally runs $129, but we found several retailers with it at $89.

Bosch backs the PS60 with a 1-year warranty that extends to 3 years if you register with a free ProVantage account.

From a straight-up price comparison, only Skil beats Bosch, and that’s by just $10. Milwaukee’s M12 Fuel runs $159 as a kit and Hilti runs $189 with a charger and 4.0Ah battery.

 

Anything Else I Should Know?

One of the reasons the price is so good on this model is that it uses a brushed motor and has a pretty basic feature set. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Bosch 12V Max Pocket Reciprocating Saw PS60 ReviewTool-free twist lock on the shaft
  • Lockout switch above the trigger
  • Variable speed trigger
  • LED light
  • 3-bar battery level indicator on the tool
  • Brushed motor

Like the rest of the 12V class, there’s no orbital action, variable speed dial, tool-free adjustable shoe, rafter/belt hook, or smart controls. Personally, I don’t mind the basic feature set on this saw. Occasionally though, I wish it had a hook since it’s small enough to carry on your belt. Because it’s useful mainly on smaller jobs, I don’t miss some of the convenience features larger models have.

The Bottom Line

The Bosch 12V Max Pocket Reciprocating Saw is incredibly compact and light, but trades off performance and features to get there. I’d really like to see what Bosch could do with this same foundation and a brushless motor. Even if they don’t update it, the cutting performance is still relevant, though it’s not challenging the top contenders.

Buy it if you’re looking for the most compact and lightest 12V reciprocating saw available. Pass if you’re looking for a lot of bells and whistles or class-leading performance.

Bosch 12V Max Pocket Reciprocating Saw Specifications

  • Model: Bosch PS60
  • Power Source: Bosch 12V max battery
  • No Load Speed: 0 – 3000 SPM
  • Stroke Length: 9/16″
  • Weight: 2.3 pounds bare, 2.7 pounds with 2.0Ah battery
  • Length: 10.0″
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Price: $89 kit with 2.0Ah battery
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