Bosch 11255VSR Review
Editor Rating: 4.4/5
Bosch 11255VSR Review
Reviewed by: Timothy Henderson
Published on: March 13, 2018
The fact that you’re reading this probably means that you’re in a market for a quality rotary hammer. You’d like to avoid poorly constructed, easy-to-break models, and Bosch sounds like a good brand name. You’re right – the drills manufactured by this German company usually outperform the competitors.
Can that be said for this unit? The Bosch 11255VSR is undoubtedly one of the most popular power tools of this type on the market, as it sports the right combination of reasonable price and useful features. And since we heard a lot of good things about it, we’ve decided that it’s time to get one for ourselves and analyze it in detail.
In this review, we’ll tell you all about this unit’s design, comfort, ease of operation, power, and features. It’s the only way to find out the model’s value for the money – so let’s do it together!
- Weight – 6.7lbs
- Dimensions – 17.2″ x 7.2″ x 3″
- Max Speed – 1,300 RPM
- Motor Power – 7.5 AMP
- Voltage – 120 volts
Bosch 11255VSR – The Basics
Looking like a serious Bosch tool, the 11255VSR has a fantastic build quality. It sports a very comfortable handle (D-grip design) that allows greater control, as well as the standard adjustable side-handle that you can rotate around the device. The trigger supports a 2-finger pull, while the special selector button allows quick switching between the unit’s operation modes.
The unit’s 7.5 AMP motor, producing 5,800 BPM and 1,300 RPM, delivers maximum power and performance. It’s capable of tackling every task you throw at it – be it simple anchoring or breaking large pieces of thick material. The speed of this model is variable, just like we expected, and allows more precise and accurate drilling.
Other features worth mentioning are the integral clutch, the Vario-lock positioning feature, and the SDS-plus bit system.
The unit sports the same color combination as all other Bosch power tools and has an ergonomic design. Along with the standard D-grip handle on the back, it also has a removable front handle. Like on many other rotary hammers, this handle can be rotated around the device and then locked in place, giving you excellent control over the operation. The trigger is large and can be covered by two of the user’s fingers.
The 11255VSR also has a depth stop. It follows the traditional approach of limiting the unit’s maximum drilling depth – once its tip touches the working surface; the bit has reached the desired depth. The depth stop is made out of metal and looks very sturdy – it’s yet another plus for the 11255VSR.
We should also mention that the drill has a pretty good weight. It doesn’t put a strain on the user’s arms and is an ideal option when it comes to working on vertical surfaces.
The 7.5 AMP motor inside this drill has the impact energy of 2.2 ft/lbs and can achieve the maximum speed of 1,300 rotations per minute. This makes the unit highly efficient when it comes to operations like drilling, chiseling, and hammer drilling, and can be used by the professional contractors. During our testing period, we’ve tried to drill 3/4″ holes into concrete and encountered no problems – the machine works beautifully.
The model’s variable speed trigger was very responsive, just like we expected. Its SDS-plus bit system, on the other hand, allows quick bit changes as well as the automatic bit locking, while the Vario-lock feature allows rapid change of the chisel’s orientation. The model’s integral clutch is there to minimize the torque reaction and save the gears from unnecessary damage.
Well-built and easy to operate
Ideal for both home use and heavy construction
SDS-plus bit system
Sharp edges of the storage hook
Works exclusively with SDS bits
Things we liked about it
As you can see from above, the Bosch 11255VSR left us thoroughly impressed. We were quite pleased with the unit’s design, especially with its ergonomic handles that are bound to make every job a lot easier to handle. The fact that this is a lightweight unit and that it has a depth rod makes the whole process of drilling even easier.
The performance of this rotary hammer is a fantastic one – its powerful (and speedy) motor and three operation modes make short work of any type of material. The rest of the unit’s features only raise its value for the money – the 11255VSR is certainly worth considering for purchase.
Things we didn’t like
On the other hand, we didn’t like model’s metal belt hook – it could seriously use an update. Even though it works well, it has sharp edges that are bound to do damage to whatever they’re placed on. The German manufacturer has produced plenty of better hook designs in its history, so we hope to see this fixed in the next revision.
We should also mention that the model works exclusively with the SDS bits. This, actually, isn’t such a big issue, as one can simply buy an adapter and then use the other bits.
Those who own the Bosch 11255VSR are calling it their most favorite power tool and one they’re always glad to use. They list several reasons, among which are the ease of use, excellent performance, and “reliability that only Bosch can provide.”
Suitable for both DIY projects and professional use, the model is highly praised by both hobbyists and contractors. We can only agree with the consumers – it is indeed one of the best machines of this type on today’s market.
The Bosch 11255VSR undoubtedly deserves its reputation for durability and performance. It has been engineered to impress and excel, and won’t fail you no matter how large or complicated your construction-related project is. Suitable for all trades, this rotary hammer is bound to become even more popular in the upcoming years – it is, to put it simply, among the best power tools ever made.