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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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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 Porter-Cable Four-Tool Combo Kit:
  • Includes cordless saws, a flashlight, and a drill/driver.
  • Features both a circular and reciprocating saw.
  • Includes two 18V NiCad battery packs and a quick charger are included.

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Included are two battery packs and a quick charger, which can be used with other tools in the line.

The PC418C kit includes everything you need to complete many projects.
Drill/Driver Handles the Toughest Jobs
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.

About Porter-Cable
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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Technical Details

Part Number 2611-2763
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)
Power Source electric-powered
Voltage 18 volts
Item Package Quantity 1
Number Of Pieces 4
Included Components circular-saw
Batteries Included? Yes
Batteries Required? Yes
Battery Cell Type NiCAD
Warranty Description 3 year limited; 1 year free service; 90 DayMoney Back Guarantee

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4.3 out of 5 stars 91 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #292,901 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#289 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Power Tools > Combo Kits
Shipping Weight 23.8 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available September 14, 2004

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By D. Alexander TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 1, 2010
I bought this kit earlier this week, so the impressions below are only from a few hours of use. Also, I'm a DIY homeowner, not a contractor or professional. Because some people may be considering Ryobi's similarly-priced cordless P842 18V Nicad kit, I've thrown in a few comparisons to that as well.

By component:

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.
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To set the scene, I come from a history of working as a carpenter and general contractor so I appreciate powerful and durable tools. I normally purchase Dewalt and Bosch tools because I think they're the best built ones out there. That said, I wanted something for small home projects and I didn't want to spend an arm and a leg. For $130, this set can't be beat by anything else out there. It has its issues, namely the wobbly chuck on the drill which makes using small bits a difficulty, but overall it's a pretty amazing value.

Circular saw: About average; it's good for small tasks in a pinch, but don't use it with expectations of it working like a real worm-drive saw. You'll be lucky to get 45 minutes out of it.

Reciprocating saw: A real gem. It works great for most homeowner tasks, feels durable, the quick-change bit mechanism works great. Again, don't expect power like a corded model, but for small tasks like cutting a bigger opening in drywall for a bath fan, it's great.

Drill: Wobbly chuck, but adequately powerful for most tasks. The 1/2" chuck is a nice addition, as most hole-saw sets are for 1/2" chucks. LED light that turns on with the trigger is aimed well and relatively powerful, very handy.

Light: I'll preface this by saying I'm a huge flashlight snob.. I own several $200 Surefire lights, so my standards for lights are very high. That said, I never thought I'd use it and had it just sitting in the bag til one day I was helping a buddy out and needed to get into his attic. It was immensely useful for that situation. At about 20 feet, it has a focused center beam of around 6-7 feet with decent spread outside of that to around 15.

BONUS/Impact driver: I also bought the $60 impact driver bare tool with my set.
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I recently purchased my first house, and like many things I am without any sort of tools. I bought this combo pack because of the great price. A drill, circular saw, a flash light, and a reciporcating saw are three tools that make any job easier. I do have to agree that the flash light is pretty much worthless, but the other three tools are worth the price. A great set for noobs and not too intemidating.

I do have a few tips after using the combo kit:

*RUN THE BATTERIES ALL THE WAY DOWN THE FIRST TIME BEFORE YOU CHARGE. This is the best way to get the most life out of NiCd batteries and it is not hard to do. Just throw a battery on the reciporcating saw and pull the button until it putt-putts out.

*Buy some replacement saw blades for the reciporcating saw, the included blade works fine but is short lived after one job. Dewalt has a 5 pack for around $6.00

*Porter-Cable also makes a drill bit kit. It's worth picking up too. Check Lowes/Home Depot/Amazon for the best price. Around $29.00

*Have a battery charging while you are working. The batteries pack a lot of punch, but if you notice the punch turning into a love tap, replace the battery and you will be back on top.

A great "My First Tool Kit".
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I am a HUGE Porter Cable/Delta fan, I haven't seen as much drop in quality since they were bought by B&D as I thought I would so when I saw this kit on sale I jumped on it.

The drill is adequate, it has a good amount of power and does what you need it to, it seems to be a little light in the power department, drains the battery WICKED quick.

The light is just that, a light. It works but take the battery out and it feels like a bulb in an eggshell, there really isn't anything inside it.

Now here is where I started having problems, the circular saw is horrible, I couldn't cut through a 1/2 inch piece of plywood with this thing, it just kept binding up even after replacing the blade. It just couldn't cut through anything none the less what I needed it to.

The sawzall wasn't as bad, it cut through a stud with some good push behind it but it drains the battery too quickly to replace a corded saw.

The battery charger was what gave me the most trouble, put the battery on and 10 minutes later it would blink that it was overheating and stop charging, not bad if you're charging overnight as it would eventually start again but if you needed the battery sooner, don't bet on it.

In the end I returned it, I really wanted this to work out for me but it just didn't have the power or quality I expect in a porter cable product.
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