|Item Weight||9.5 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||11.8 x 7.6 x 11.4 inches|
|Item model number||PCL180DRK-2|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Number Of Pieces||1|
|Battery Cell Type||Lithium Ion|
|Warranty Description||3 year limited; 1 year free service; 90 DayMoney Back Guarantee|
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
it'a workhorse.Owned about 7 years and one battery is just now starting to be difficult to charge.Batteries can be found online for around $35 and that's cheaper than replacing the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by dale l.
When I received the drill set I tried to charge the batteries so I could use the drill. I called porter - cable because I couldn't get batteries to charge, the representative... Read morePublished 16 months ago by tim
Received it with dead batteries that won't charge. I contacted the manufacturer and they inform me it was produced in 2009 and they won't warranty it.Published 16 months ago by Tracy
Giving this item one star is being generous, the driii and driver are ok but batteries go bad quick;ly. Read morePublished on June 23, 2014 by Ken Laesser
I've had this drill for years, and it has held up great. Batteries last long and have yeat to replace them due to weakness.Published on January 9, 2014 by Leif Ericson
My husband charged the battery and tried it the day after Christmas and loved it. The package arrived in time.Published on December 29, 2012 by Judy Berg
After 2 years of occasional use, one battery died and the other no longer holds its charge like it used to. Read morePublished on November 22, 2012 by Joey