The Porter-Cable PCL418C-2 is part of the cordless drill & tool kit
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, cordless tool kit
models like the PCL418C-2 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Overall performance score for the cordless drill in the kit. It includes speed, power, run time, charge time, handling, and nose. It is the same scoring criteria used for individual cordless drills/drivers.
Drill run time:
Drill run time is work per battery charge.
Reciprocating saw is speed through 3/4-inch metal conduit and 2x12-inch prine, run/recharge times, and ease of use.
Features & Specs - Porter-Cable PCL418C-2
Battery type The type of batteries provided with the drill. All are rechargeable. The more common type is denoted NiCd, for its nickel-cadmium components. Nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries boast added energy for their weight. Lithium-ion (Li-Ion) batteries are the latest type and deliver even more power in a smaller size. Lithium-ion and NiMH batteries can be disposed of with regular refuse; NiCd must be recycled.
Hammer-drill An additional feature which is activated by a switch and is used primarily when drilling holes through concrete and stone material. It greatly speeds up the drilling of the hole.
Cannot complain about toughness of tools but would like saws to be less power hungry. The Big battery really is needed for any sawing. I also use to impact driver more than I thought for fast lag driving etc. Giving kit to my son for his first DIY projects. Maintaining 2 batteries ready on chargers remedies most run-down issues.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Cary, NC
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
OWNED OTHERS, THIS ONE IS THE BEST
Easy To Use
In The Yard
I have used this kit to finish our basement and outdoors. Everything from the studs, electrical, plumbing and cutting small branches for firewood. I owned a ryobi before, but the batteries didn't hold a charge after 6 months. The best feature of the reciprocating saw is the quick change chuck for the blade. I also like having a full size and smaller size capacity battery. Go with a lithium battery set, never buy NiCd. The only drawback is the price of replacement batteries, but that is universal unless you buy a Chicago Electric from Harbor Freight Tools.