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Porter-Cable PCL418C-2
 
Approximate retail price:
$300
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About - Porter-Cable PCL418C-2

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.


Drills:
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:
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
info Battery type Li
info Hammer-drill No
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User Reviews - Porter-Cable PCL418C-2
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4.0
Good enough for most DIY projects.
11/7/2014
Pros
Easy To Store
Easy To Use
Good Enough For Diy Work
Good Grip
Good Safety Features
Powerful Enough And
Cons
Drill Is Fine But Saws
Drill Is Fine But Saws No
Drill Is Ok Saws Underpow
Saws Underpowered
Best Uses
Gifts
Giving Kit To Son Also
Hold Batteries On Charger
Home Repair
In The Field
In The Workshop
In The Yard
Comment:
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
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
OWNED OTHERS, THIS ONE IS THE BEST
3/27/2014
Pros
Durable
Easy To Use
Good Grip
Powerful
Quick charging
Well Builtdurable
Cons
Best Uses
Home Repair
In The Yard
Comment:
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.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
Better than I expected
11/3/2012
Pros
Awesome Reciprocating Saw
Long Run Times
Cons
Best Uses
In The Field
In The Yard
Comment:
I received this as a Christmas gift (they're running out of ideas) and after looking at the Dewalt kits my contractor friends were using I was initially disappointed by the amount of plastic in the tools. In my opinion a saw guard should be metal not metal looking thermoplastic. I've always enjoyed the feel of Porter Cable tools but my biggest complaint over the years is their blade releases - they are awkard and fragile. These tools however are much much better and are approaching the Dewalt standard (contractor wearing gloves can change a blade or bit). I was very impressed with the power and run time for both saws and even though I consider work lights a cheap way to claim a 5 tool set I have even used the light in this kit and found it to be very useful.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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