|Item Weight||23.8 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||11.2 x 17.1 x 10.6 inches|
|Item model number||PC418C-2|
|Batteries||2 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Number Of Pieces||4|
|Battery Cell Type||NiCAD|
|Warranty Description||3 year limited; 1 year free service; 90 DayMoney Back Guarantee|
PORTER-CABLE PC418C-2 18-Volt NiCd Cordless 4-Piece Combo Kit
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- Drill/driver has 2-speed gearbox
- High-gear at 1,400 RPM drilling, low-gear offers 440 In./lbs. torque
- Compact reciprocating saw allows cutting in tight areas
- 6-1/2-inch circular saw provides efficient cutting and enhanced capacity
- Integrated LED light on drill illuminates dark work areas
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|Battery Type||NiCAD||Lithium Ion||Lithium Ion||Lithium Ion||Lithium Ion||Lithium Ion|
|Included Components||circular-saw||PCC601 Drill Driver, PCC661 Circular Saw, PCC671 Reciprocating Saw, PCC701 Pivoting Flashlight, (2) PCC681L 20V MAX*Lithium Ion 1.3Ah Compact Batteries, PCC691L Battery Charger, 5-1/2-in 18T Circular Saw Blade, 6-in Wood Cutting Reciprocating Saw Blade, and a Kit Bag.||battery||PCC601 Drill Driver, PCC661 Circular Saw, PCC671 Reciprocating Saw, PCC701 LED Flashlight, (2) PCC681L 20V MAX*Lithium Ion 1.3Ah Compact Batteries, PCC691L Battery Charger, 5-1/2-in 18T Circular Saw Blade, 6-in Wood Cutting Reciprocating Saw Blade, and a Kit Bag.||PCC600 Lithium Ion Drill/Driver, PCC640 Lithium Ion Impact Driver, (2) PCC680 20V MAX* lithium Ion 1.5Ah Batteries, PCC699L Compact 1 Amp Charger, Kit Bag, Double-Ended Bit Tip, and a #2 Phillips Head Screwdriving Bit||(1) DCF885 20v MAX Lithium Impact Driver, and (1) DCD771 20v Max Lithium Drill/Driver, (2) 20-Volt Maximum lithium-ion 1.3Ah battery packs, (1) 20-Volt Maximum charger and contractor bag.|
|Item Dimensions||17.09 x 11.2 x 10.55 in||10.63 x 17.88 x 9.69 in||—||9.38 x 17.13 x 9.56 in||7.5 x 12.5 x 8.88 in||6.38 x 15.06 x 9.88 in|
|Item Weight||—||—||—||—||1 lb||—|
|Number of Pieces||4||4||4||4||5||6|
|Voltage||18||20 volts||18 volts||20 volts||20 volts||20 volts|
The Porter-Cable PC418C-2 Four-Tool combo kit provides the tradesman with a starting set that includes a drill/driver, a circular saw, a reciprocating saw, and a flashlight, along with two NiCad rechargeable batteries and a fast charger. These batteries can power all the tools as well as others in the Porter-Cable Tradesman line.
The drill/driver features a high-performance motor and two-speed gearbox that will deliver enough power and torque to get even the toughest jobs done quickly. The low gear setting offers high torque for heavy duty screwdriving, while the high gear provides optimum RPMs for quick drilling. The drill has a metal, single-sleeve half-inch chuck, which provides secure bit retention and solid durability. The drill/driver also includes a convenient, integrated LED work light that makes working in dark basements and dimly lit corners easier. An over-molded, contoured grip keeps your hand comfortable even during heavy and prolonged use.
Two Saws for Different Cuts
The PC186CS 6-1/2-inch circular saw features carbide tips that let you make long cuts with ease and efficiency, and the PC1800RS reciprocating saw features a compact size that allows it to be used in tight spaces.
Handy Flashlight Illuminates Dark Work Areas
When you work long hours into darkness or in a dimly lit basement, the PC1800L flashlight will conveniently light up dark work areas, letting you continue until the job is done.
Convenient Cordless Operation
Thanks to the tools' cordless design, you can work safely and efficiently. The included NiCad battery packs work interchangeably with the tools, as well as with other tools in the Porter-Cable Tradesman cordless line. Additional batteries can be purchased separately. The included fast charger minimizes downtime by recharging batteries in under an hour.
Since its inception in a garage in Syracuse, New York in 1906, Porter-Cable has earned its place as one of the most trusted names in power tools today. As a subsidiary of Black & Decker, and sister company of Delta Machinery, Porter-Cable designs, manufactures and distributes a wide range of electric and cordless power tools for the professional woodworking, commercial/residential construction, plumbing and electrical markets.
At the forefront of power-tool innovation, Porter-Cable introduced the first 12-volt cordless drill in 1989, and has since been awarded with many industry accolades and awards, including Time's "Top Ten Products of the Year," Popular Science's "Best of What's New," and Popular Mechanics' "Design and Engineering Award." In 1996, the Smithsonian Institution honored Porter-Cable's history of innovation by establishing the museum's first collection of archived materials from a power tool company, and in 1999 the company received one of the highest manufacturing honors when Industry Week selected Porter-Cable as one of the "Top 10 Manufacturing Plants in the United States."
Today the company continues this long tradition of innovation and quality by using state-of-the-art CNC machining centers and motor winding cells to produce the highest quality components possible. Aluminum components are carefully machined and processed to provide close tolerances and surface finish to assure proper fit and function. Critical gears and pinions are meticulously fabricated from select cut steel and then heat treated for long lasting product life. And heavy-duty series universal motors are professionally designed and processed to provide maximum horsepower as well as optimum balance to result in a smooth running product. Supported by world-class manufacturing principles, Porter-Cable continues to embody a value system that drives its industry-leading objectives in priority of safety, quality, delivery, and cost through every process in its operation.
What's in the Box
PC1800D 18V Drill / Driver, PC186CS Circular Saw, PC1800RS Reciprocating Saw, PC1800L Flashlight, two PC18B NiCad battery packs, PCMVC Fast Charger, a soft-sided carrying case.
From the Manufacturer
This cordless tool combination kit includes the PC1800D 18-volt drill/driver, the PC186CS circular saw, the PC1800RS reciprocating saw, the PC1800L flashlight, two PC18B NiCd battery packs, and the PCMVC fast charger, and costs consumer much less than buying all of these tools separately. The drill/driver has a 2-speed gearbox for tough jobs, with high-gear providing 1400 RPM for fast drilling, while low-gear offers high-torque (440 In./lbs.) for heavy-duty driving applications.
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DRILL: It feels a lot like the lower end of DeWalt's range. The motor section is heavy and substantial, though with nowhere near the front-weighted heft of DeWalt's XRP line. The handle is thinner than I expected and the design is closer to compact than full-size. It has a motor brake and a 1/2" metal chuck, two useful professional features. Balance is above-average, though overhead and precision work would benefit from a lighter unit. The torque clutch has 32 settings and isn't excessively difficult to adjust. The drill has a two-mode switch, a variable speed trigger, and generally sounds refined. Both modes are powerful and were capable of driving a 3" boring bit. In torque and RPM, the high-speed mode isn't far off from my Ryobi corded drill from a few years ago.
The only negative so far is in the build tolerances of the chuck. There's about 1/16 turn of chuck play before the gears engage when the trigger is pressed, and my particular drill's chuck is noticeably misaligned. The wobble radius for very small bits can be wider than the bit. This makes it slightly harder to drill in a precise spot, though it has minimal effect once the hole is started. Both my corded and cordless Rybois are perfectly aligned. I've docked a star from the PC kit for this. On exchange, I tried two more of the same drills at Lowes. The first replacement was out of true to the same extent. The second was only slightly off, so I kept it. I also noticed a small power variance among the three.
Relative to the 18V Ryobi drill, the Porter Cable is a small step above. The Ryobi chuck is plastic, it isn't quite as powerful, and the battery on my tester was unusually difficult to dismount. The chuck was perfectly centered, however, the torque clutch is easier to adjust, and the drill handles very well. Other reviewers have noted durability problems with the PC's battery spring, rubber grip, and forward/reverse switch with professional use. Porter Cable has a 3-year warranty on this tool set. Ryobi, only two.
Porter Cable sells a slightly better version of this drill with Lithium batteries. Minor cosmetic differences aside, it has one key advantage: the chuck has a hand-tightened locking system that sounds like a ratchet wrench. This prevents the chuck from loosening before you want it to, an occurrence not uncommon on this drill and others with motor brakes. DeWalt, Hitachi, and others have equipped a similar system on most of their drills.
FLASHLIGHT: A throwaway, but effective. It weighs almost nothing without the battery, so it'll hold itself up when one is mounted. It has a rubberized push-button on/off switch. The lamp creates a moderately narrow spotlight beam and does not articulate. Rybobi's version does. The bulb is incandescent, so even if the unit could stand being dropped, the bulb would probably break. A wider LED beam would be more useful and would have better battery life and impact resistance.
CIRCULAR SAW: Really decent for a cordless tool. It uses a 6.5" blade as compared to Ryobi's 5.5" and is therefore a larger unit. Build quality is very good. The height and angle adjustments work smoothly with no slop, and the motor has an automatic brake when the throttle isn't activated. The included blade rotates with almost no horizontal movement and leaves a smooth, unsplintered edge with 1" pine, though the wide kerf chews up more wood than I'd like. 2" wood is well within the blade depth of the unit. The limiting factor is the battery. It lasted for a half-hour of random cuts into 1" and 2" pine. This saw's RPM is lower than a corded model. It lacks the power to push through a bind, and so requires more care in how the wood is arranged. Pacing is slower. Even with two batteries, I'd choose a corded saw for anything more strenuous than small projects, though this saw is definitely capable of cutting 2x4s. A thin, carbide aftermarket blade will improve battery life and cutting capacity.
RECIPROCATING SAW: Build quality on par with the other units. Not too large, not too heavy. The Goldilocks of portable saws, though pint-sized relative to corded models. Cheap blade. Lots of slop in all directions on a dry run, but accuracy improves considerably when the blade begins to bite. I bought it to cut tree limbs outside. I sliced through five in the 1" to 3" range with minimal effort, and I look forward to doing the rest of the yard. The battery is adequately powerful for this saw and lasts for about 45 minutes. Like the drill, the trigger is variable-speed, though there isn't a motor brake or orbital blade movement. The blade mounting system is standardized and fits almost all aftermarket blades. There's a practical limit to the advantages of a longer blade; my 9" pruning blades with giant gnarly teeth don't cut much faster than the stock unit. A chainsaw or one of the heavier corded models would be preferable for branches greater than 6".
BATTERIES: Lighter than the old 19.2V packs. Charges take 40 minutes and cause the battery to noticeably warm. Dismounting is spring-triggered, so changing batteries is very easy. Durability as yet unknown, but if you want nickel-cadmium batteries to last, don't charge them until they've run down.
BAG: Canvas with internal metal frames. It's rectangular when open and triangular when closed, like an old-fashioned purse. There are no internal partitions of any sort, nor any compartments to hold bits and other small pieces. On the plus side, you can just pile your tools in the bag instead of arranging them in plastic. On the minus, you're piling your tools in a bag. It's perhaps a statement of build quality that Porter-Cable believes they can all just bang together, or more likely, the bag was cheaper than a plastic case.
PRICING AND VALUE: Lowes often sells this kit for $129. The drill/saw combo is $90. You can save another 20% with a Harbor Freight coupon. I believe the reciprocating saw is the second most useful tool here, and therefore find the more expensive kit a better value. Ryboi's kit is similarly priced. Between the two, and given that the Ryobi circular saw isn't as good, I'd choose Porter Cable unless Ryobi's larger selection of 18V accessory tools is a compelling factor. PC's lithium batteries are backwards-compatible with this kit, so upgrading power sources requires only a new battery and charger. I'm not convinced that even a serious DIYer would require a more professional set of tools.
The drill/driver is great, runs a 3" nail into treated lumber lickidy split w/o a pilot hole. The reciprocating saw works fine the few time I have had to use it. The circle saw is handy if you only have a few cuts to make, it sucks battery juice and you soon notice the lack of power. We lost power last month due to a tornado in the area and the flashlight I thought I'd never use much was indespensable. Sheds plenty of light, lasts long time, stands up on it's own and is.
Nice kit, Very happy I purchased it.
Almost bought it at Lowe's store, but checked Amazon first. Better price, no tax, free delivery.....thanx Amazon.
I have not used the flashlight much, it was basically just an added bonus. It is no surefire but it makes light as expected and uses the included rechargeables.