Porter Cable Brushless Cordless Drill Driver & Impact Driver Review

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Porter Cable 20V MAX Brushless Lithium Cordless Drill Driver & Impact Driver

Porter Cable 20V MAX Brushless Lithium Cordless Drill Driver

4/5
Manufacturer: Porter Cable
Model number: PCCK607LB Drill/Driver & PCCK647LB Impact Driver
Price: $148.34 each
Power source: 20v MAX
Motor size: Brushless Tools
Weight: Drill = 3.3 lbs & Impact = 2.9 Ibs

Porter Cable stepped up their game when they released their new line of 20v MAX Brushless tools in June 2016.  These are professional grade tools marketed for contractors.  The focus of this new system is to excel in ergonomic design while staying within a compact foot print.

They use a Lithium Ion battery platform. This improvement will give you great performance during drilling and fastening applications.  Porter Cable’s new 20v MAX line doesn’t stop at just drills and impacts.  Go to  www.portercable.com to view their new complete line of 20v MAX cordless tools.

I got the chance to use the drill driver and impact driver together because they go hand and hand.  At that time they were sold separately, but now they can be bought together in kit form that includes a carry bag.

 

Porter Cable 20v MAX Brushless Impact Driver Features & Specifications

  • Brushless motor provides 50% more runtime
  • On board battery fuel gauge
  • ¼” Hex chuck provides quick release
  • State of charge indicator
  • LED work light
  • Max torque is 1,400 in -lbs
  • RPM 0-2,700 & IPM 0-3,100
  • Tool weight with battery 2.9 lbs

Includes:

  • PCCK647LB Impact Driver
  • (2) 1.5 Ah Lithium Ion batteries
  • Battery Charger
  • (1) Screwdriver bit
  • Belt clip & bit clip

Porter Cable 20v MAX Brushless Drill Driver Features & Specifications

  • Brushless motor provides 50% more runtime
  • Max watts out is 370, designed for heavy duty applications with minimal stall
  • Mode collar gives ability to shift from drilling to fastening mode without losing clutch settings
  • On board battery fuel gauge
  • No load speed: 0-450/ 0-1800 max RPM
  • Capacity in steel: ½”
  • Capacity in wood: 1”
  • ½” Ratcheting chuck
  • Compact size
  • State of charge indicator
  • LED work light
  • Tool weight with battery is 3.3 lbs

Includes:

  • PCCK607LB Brushless Drill/Driver
  • (2) 1.5 Ah Lithium Ion batteries
  • Battery Charger
  • 2” Philips tip
  • Belt clip & bit clip

Porter Cable Drill Driver & Impact Driver – Shop & Field Performance

After charging the batteries, I was able to tackle a punch list that I had to complete in the shop.  The grip was a dream in my hands while wrapping up this aging list. The compact sizes were perfect for hanging shelves.

I was able to use the clutch setting on the drill/driver when driving smaller screws.  When drilling ½” holes I used it in drill mode on speed 2 and also a 1/16” drill bit for some finer repairs. The projects were finished in no time with ease.  The LED lights stay on for 20 seconds after depressing the trigger which is a nice touch.

I used both the drill/driver and the impact driver during the installation of a vinyl sliding glass door.  The 3 ½” anchor screws secured the jamb of the door frame easily using the impact driver.  I was able to finely trigger in ¾” stainless steel pan head screws with both tools to secure the inactive panel.

My guys on the job site were also impressed and pleased by the compactness and the weight of the tools. They also liked that they could be used while wearing work gloves.  It was the first time that they used the cordless Porter Cable Brushless tools.

 

The belt clips work well and clipped easily onto my work belt or pants when tool was not needed.  Belt clips can be mounted to either side of the tool for your preference. The clip attaches with one screw on one side of the clip has a small groove on the other side to assist the clip from moving. There is also a bit clip to carry your primary or spare screw driver tip.

Porter Cable Drill Driver & Impact Driver Suggested Improvements

The positioning of the LED light on the drill driver and impact driver causes it to actually cast a shadow line.  They both have just a single LED diode at the base.  I think it would be more useful to have three or four LED lights located at the head of each tool.

Another improvement that I noticed is that the battery packs had wiggle room on the side that doesn’t clip in.  The batteries lock into the connection points securely but have some play on one side.  The batteries slide side to side while clipped into the tools.  This never interfered with the operation of either tool but I believe it is note worthy.

Lastly, I would prefer to have the battery fuel indicators located on the batteries themselves instead of on the tool.  This is always useful when you run back to the truck for a new battery and are unsure of which 20v MAX Porter Cable battery is charged.

Porter Cable 20v MAX Brushless Drill & Impact Warranty

  • 1 year free service
  • 3 year limited warranty on tool only
  • 90 day money back guarantee

Final Thoughts – Porter Cable Brushless Drill Driver & Impact Driver

The Porter Cable drill driver and impact driver were both compact and had a comfortable grip.  The tools performed well on all projects with plenty of power and great run time on the 20v MAX Lithium Ion batteries.  There are a few improvements that I would like to see, but overall these tools would be great addition for a home workshop, contractor, or if you’re already on the 20v MAX platform.  And whats great is that the tools come with a solid warranty to back up your future purchase.

Porter Cable 20V MAX Brushless Lithium Cordless Drill Driver
$148.34 each

The buy now box will send you to the drill/driver web link on Amazon.com .

Click here for the Porter Cable 20v MAX Brushless Lithium Ion Cordless Impact Driver also on Amazon.com.

 

About the author

Michael Hopp

Michael Hopp is a registered contractor in the State of Rhode Island. He has been registered for the last 13 years specializing in interior and exterior remodeling, doors and windows.Mike began practicing his trade 20 years ago at William M. Davies Career and Technical High School in carpentry shop. This gave him the opportunity to become an apprentice at Brodeur Window Distributors. Mike continued working at the company for 10 years. During this time he was in charge of the specialty door shop and assisted on service calls.For the last 13 years, Mike has been working as a general contractor in Rhode Island with his company MJH Construction LLC. Even though his background is in doors and windows, his passion is for remodel work.

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