18 Volt Cordless Combo Kit Head to Head

Porter Cable 20V MAX* Lithium Ion 4-Tool [Impact Driver Purchased Separately] Combo Kit

Model #PCCK614L4 – $229 Model #PCC642LA – $89

1 Year Limited Warranty

Porter Cable’s 20 Volt MAX line is aggressively geared towards the serious homeowner, DIYer, or pro-sumer. These cordless tools, as one of our crew members put it, “Should not be the first choice for professional contractors but should be high on the list for DIY-ers. This kit brings a wide range of tool options all with the convenience of being cordless at an UNBEATABLE price.” The PCCK614L4 includes a drill/driver, impact driver, circular saw, reciprocating saw, and flashlight.


  • PCC601 1⁄2″ Drill/Driver – Variable speed ranges of 0-350-rpm and 0-1,500-rpm, Keyless 23- position chuck.
  • PCCK640LB Impact Driver – 0-2,900 RPM, 0-3,100 BPM, Easy-load chuck allows user to insert bit with 1 hand.
  • PCC660 Circular Saw – Lightweight, motor operates at 3,700 RPM’s, has a 6-1/2″ carbide tooth blade ( 2-1/8′ cutting capacity) and beveling shoe (50 degrees).
  • PCC670 Reciprocating Saw – Variable speed trigger controls the 0 to 3,000 SPM (strokes per minute), twist style – tool free blade release.
  • PCC700 Flash Light – contoured over molded handle, stands up on battery pack, features 4 LED bulbs (120 Lumens), pivoting head

The Porter Cable Kit was overwhelming seen as a DIY kit, but our crew appreciated the low price of entry. Furthermore the impact driver impressed the entire team, each time we drove a screw or ledger lock with the PCC642LA the user quickly lifted their head in surprise at how well it performed compared to the other tools in the kit.

Overall the kit delivers solid drills and an effective light but lacks powerful saws. The circular saw was flimsy and the blade was very difficult to install and change due to the low clearance between the arbor and guard/shoe. The reciprocating saw, which are notoriously underpowered in the cordless class, was too small and very underpowered for professional job site work.


We gave this kit a 3.25 out of 5 stars for it’s quality drills, affordability, and accessible kit. Overall this is not a pro-grade tool kit, with the exception of the drill and impact drivers, but is a solid choice for a homeowner, with some upgrades to the saws in this kit, the PCCK614L4 and PCC642LA have the potential to score higher and be considered an entry level pro set.

About the author

Philip Benevides

Phil is a 28-year old Air Force Veteran who decided to transform his passion for construction and home improvement into a career. Inspired by his Grandfather who built his home from the ground up with his bare hands in Portugal, he received his formal training in Carpentry at the North Bennett Street School in Boston, MA. Phil continues to grow his skills as a lead carpenter, managing job sites in and around Boston, and a Captain in the Air National Guard bettering himself as a leader. He loves exploring new building products and construction methods to solve job-site problems and reviewing tools for the pro-contractor and serious DIYer.

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  1. Bryndin

    Sorry but I disagree with the ridgid even with the warranty it’s brutal batteries suck and either are stuck in tool or won’t click in and if you take it back chances are the warranty is life time but they will hold on for ever in getting it fixed and back to you if it breaks just go but something else really.

    1. Todd Fratzel

      Bryndin – I’ll have to disagree with your assessment. I use Ridgid cordless tools all the time, and my crew does as well, and they have performed very well. We’ve never had trouble with batteries getting stuck or not clicking into place. If you properly fill out the warranty there really isn’t an issue at all getting them replaced.

      1. Bret T

        I agree, although I own Milwaukee M-12 and M-18 lines, I’ve been purchasing Ridgid tools for my individual crew members who don’t take care of their tools . . . i.e. misplace and or trash them rapidly . . . I clean and where possible service my tools weekly, most of my men do not. That being said, I’ve used and watched Ridgid tools being used and abused. Rigid is a quality product and the value is truly outstanding. Are the Ridgid products as good as the M-12 and M-18 line???? Certainly they are not as extensive, not quite as powerful but they feel solid in ones hands, they do the job asked of them, albeit not quite as powerfully as the M18’s. If the Ridgid line were as extensive as the Milwaukee, if it updated and offered new selections of tools more frequently, there is no way I could justify buying M-18 line because of the $$ premium one has to pay for the Milwaukee line. The truth is, from my experience . . . Rigid, Milwaukee, Dewalt, Makita, and Bosch all offer tools that I could only dream of 20 years ago . . . . heck , , I’m not even sure I could dream of these tools 20 years ago they are all so good. For me, the most important determinant of tool line is “one battery for all tools” and extensive tool line. If I were starting from scratch . . . and I will be doing just that in a few months . . . It would be a very difficult decision on which line to build a foundation on.

        1. Todd Fratzel

          Bret – Couldn’t agree more. Ridgid is a hidden gem in our industry. Not many people realize, but Ridgid is owned by the same parent company that owns Milwaukee (TTI).

  2. Michael Frontera

    Great review guys! I know this was a tremendous amount of work. I am an electrician and have always been a DeWalt guy But Milwaukee as of late has really been killing it. I already have some M12 tools but I just can’t do another battery platform. I have already invested in about 9 or 10 DeWalt 20v max batteries. Thanks Guys!

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  5. Aaron

    I’ve used rigid cordless tools for the last 11 years. My first set, including the hammer drill, impact and sawzall worked great and lasted 8 years. Since then I’ve been replacing tools one after another. If I could I would replace them all with the originals. Despite their weight and size they were by far the best I’ve ever owned. The new ones weigh less are more compact and break far too easy. Now I have to decide weather I go with the Milwaukee m18 fuel or the dewalt.

  6. Steve

    Just a comment about battery voltages. ALL the tools have 18-volt batteries. Some claim 20 volt, but that’s misleading. Li-Ion cells are all 3.6 volts. All the tools have 5 cells. 3.6 x 5 = 18 volts. Sure, after a full charge you might be about to read 20 volts with a meter, but that would be the case with any of the manufacturer’s batteries.

    1. Todd Fratzel

      You are correct Steve. Marketing mumbo jumbo!

    2. Erik Van Hofwegen II

      Spot on. Which is why the Dewalt line is name 20 volt Max. Kind of the opposite of misleading to one who uses most of their brain.

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