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PORTER-CABLE PCL180DRK-2 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill Kit

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  • High-torque 18-volt motor
  • Two-position gear box (0 to 350 / 0 to 1,200 RPM)
  • 1/2-inch metal single-sleeve chuck for excellent bit retention and durability
  • Integrated LED light illuminates hard-to-see work areas
  • Included with drill driver: two lithium-ion batteries, fast charger, double ended bit tip, and soft carrying case
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Ideal for tough applications, the Porter-Cable PCL180DK-2 18-volt Cordless Lithium-Ion Drill/Driver Kit features a high torque motor and gearbox capable of 325 inch-pounds of maximum torque. Other features include a 1/2-inch metal single sleeve chuck for excellent bit retention and durability and a 2-position gear box for high speed drilling and driving and low speed high-torque applications (0-to-350/0-to-1,200 RPM). Its 24-position clutch with micro-adjust gives consistent torque control for driving various size screws and an integrated LED light illuminates hard to see work areas. This drill/driver measures 8-1/2 inches long and weighs 3.8 pounds. This kit comes with two PC 18-volt Li-Ion batteries for extended run time for larger projects, a fast charger that charges batteries in under 30 minutes, a double ended bit tip, and a soft carrying case.

From the Manufacturer

The PORTER-CABLE lithium-ion drill/driver kit, model PCL180DRK-2, optimizes the benefits of lithium-ion battery technology by offering 18-volt power in a compact, lightweight design. The drill/driver features a 1/2-inch, all-metal chuck and two-speed gearbox to tackle high-torque applications with ease, and has a small overall length for fitting into tight areas.


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Technical Details
Part Number PCL180DRK-2
Item Weight9.5 pounds
Product Dimensions11.8 x 7.6 x 11.4 inches
Item model numberPCL180DRK-2
ColorBlack
Power Sourceelectric-powered
Voltage18 volts
Item Package Quantity1
Number Of Pieces1
Included Componentscase
Batteries Included?Yes
Batteries Required?Yes
Battery Cell TypeLithium Ion
Warranty Description3 year limited; 1 year free service; 90 DayMoney Back Guarantee
  
Additional Information
ASINB001EYU8U8
Best Sellers Rank #347,953 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight9 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First AvailableSeptember 10, 2008
  
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18 Volts

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By HuntingPudel on October 17, 2010
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I bought one of these kits a couple of months ago. The drill motor is powerful and the batteries last a reasonable amount of time. The charger is very nice and informs you of the charge status. I really like the drill itself, but it has a few minor irritations.

After using it in an unlit closet in a house under construction, I noticed that the LED flashlight is in a perfect position to keep the line of drilling in the dark because the lower edge of the chuck is in a direct line between the tip of even the longest drill and the little LED. It's a neat idea, but it could be moved (perhaps to the front of the battery receptacle?).

Speaking of the chuck, having a keyless chuck is a nice thing if you need to switch drills a lot and don't need to continually use the same one for many hours. I've never been a fan of keyless chucks, because they always seem to lose their grip on the shank of the tool. This isn't a knock on Porter's chuck, but on keyless chucks in general. I don't switch drills or bits a lot, so I much prefer a chuck that I can crank down on and be sure that the chuck isn't going to loosen up.

Many of you may like the soft-sided bag that Porter gives you with the kit. It's nice, but it lacks a handle. It's far more convenient for me to use a handle on my tool cases than it is to fight with a shoulder strap that is continually sliding off, whereupon I have to pinch the case between my arm and my hip. I prefer the plastic hard case that my old Porter-Cable 12V Ni-Cd drill came with.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mark on August 7, 2011
Last summer I bought the PORTER-CABLE 18V cordless lithium drill/driver kit (PCL180DK-2) and one of the batteries didn't work right out of the box. I took it in to the local service shop where the guy tested it and told me it was faulty. He said he's seen this happen 'a lot' and he gave me a new one. Now, I pull it out this summer and both batteries are faulty (blinking red instead of taking a charge). So I've had three lithium batteries for this drill and all three didn't work.

With replacement batteries costing as much as half the drill kit, and a drill without power is an ugly paperweight, I'd advise you all to stay away from this product.

- Mark
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Richard Roush on November 22, 2010
I bought this drill in a kit that included an extra battery , a flashlight and a charger for the batteries. The drill has performed well in what little use it has seen. The problem is that one of the lithium ion batteries will not take a charge now. When I put it on the charger, the indicator light on the charger blinks green for a few moments indicating that the battery is charging, but then it begins to flash red indicating a defective battery. This thing has only been used a couple times since it was bought as a Christmas present. I bought the one with lithium ion batteries because I was fed up with the memory problems of ni-cads, and now that one of my batteries is dead, when the other one depletes its charge, the drill is useless until it is recharged. If the second one goes bad, too, I'm out the total cost of the drill. Not much of a bargain.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Serge on November 18, 2011
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I am a carpenter and bought this mainly to upgrade the batteries in my NiCd kit, it was cheaper to buy this kit than to get the batteries and charger seperate. The drill is OK I suppose but the batterise are awful. They stop the tool dead if there is any strain on the tool even if the battery has full power. They are so tempature sensative, it was in the high 40's and they wouldn't take a charge nor when they were drained fast with the impact driver. The drill was awful, it kept spitting out a 2" hole saw and was not nearly fast enough to work the bit. I would up returning mine. This is a bad, bad, buy you can do much better for $150.
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I bought one of the combo set of Porter Cable tool, with a drill, a drive and a light, two 1.5Ah lithium batteries and a charger. I don't use those tools, so I left them in the bag. Last week, when I took them out, the two batteries are all drained. One charged fine, but the other won't take a charge, the red light blink on the charger as broken battery. I left it on the charger for one night, nothing happened. I was thinking of contact them, but since I can't remember when did I buy that tool set, I didn't bother.
The battery is easy to open. There are four security screws, torx style, so you need a screwdriver bit that can take that out, and the bottom of the battery just pop open easily. In my case, the six cells in the pack were all drained below 1v, at about 0.7v. So I used a battery to charge each cell a little bit pass 1v, you should be able to do that with normal AA battery. It will be better to have a multimeter always connected so you know what the voltage is when charging them(by charging, I mean just connect the AA battery's positive side to the positive side of the one cell, ground to ground, if you have alligator clips, it'll be easy). After that, put the battery pack on the charger, it'll start to charge.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eric in Chicago on November 7, 2011
Overall the build quality seems fine; good balance between lightweight and durability. However, the 18-volt lithium batteries are terrible. After about 1 year, the first battery lost life quickly then completely failed, causing the charger to simply blink. Shortly thereafter, the second battery also started losing its life very quickly (a few minutes of actual use) and now, after about 1.5 years, neither battery works well enough to actually use it. I only used this around the house, typically around once per week or two.

Sadly, I can't even comment on the torque or drilling capability because it has been so long since I had a fully-functional battery. My advice to anyone - stay far away from this drill. Next time I need a drill I'm definitely looking at the higher-end manufacturers because a decent cordless drill should last well over 5 years, period. Unfortunately, I thought Porter Cable was still making good quality products but now that I do a little internet browsing I see that they were bought out by the other low-end makers. It really shows in this product.

It looks like the similar NiCad batteries should fit this unit, so I plan to buy one and see how it works. Couldn't possibly be any worse than these lithium batteries.
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