Porter-Cable Introduces 20 Volt Lithium Ion Drill/Driver and Impact Driver

Porter-Cable Joins the 20 Volt Game

Porter-Cable 20V MAX Drill/Driver and Impact DriverIt seemed like only a matter of time for the Porter-Cable team to adopt the popular new 20 Volt line that DEWALT has been so successful with over the last year. Today Porter-Cable announced their entry into the newly improved battery design with two new tools including a drill/driver and an impact driver. Check out the following press release for the details.

TOWSON, Md. (January 3, 2013)PORTER-CABLE announces the launch of its 20 Volt MAX* Lithium Ion Compact Drill/Driver (PCCK600LB) and 20 Volt MAX* Lithium Ion Impact Driver (PCCK640LB), which are both part of the new 20 Volt MAX* system. This new system focuses on maximizing a new lithium ion battery platform that will deliver compact tools that provide performance, an ergonomic design and the features for any drilling or fastening applications on the jobsite.

“We recognize that users continue to demand more from their cordless tools and we are dedicated to delivering a product that exceeds expectations at a great value,” said Wil Granger, group product manager, PORTER-CABLE. “Understanding a professional’s product needs on the jobsite has allowed us to develop new cordless tools that will deliver the right mix of performance and ergonomics, plus the features to make the tool easy to use without the big price tag that some of our competitors have.”

The PCCK600LB ½ 20V MAX* Lithium Ion Drill/Driver is the cornerstone of this new system.  The powerful motor, high-speed transmission and 1.5 amp-hour battery deliver up to 330 Unit Watts Out (UWO) to maximize drilling and fastening speeds.  The two-speed gear transmission delivers 0 to 400 RPM in low speed for high-torque applications and 0 to 1,600 RPM for low-torque applications.

Since compact size is an important feature for drill/driver users, the PCCK600LB was designed to be lightweight, weighs only 3.7 pounds and is less than 8 inches in length. The tool’s ergonomic, slim handle also provides comfort for ease of use in applications on the jobsite.

PORTER-CABLE designed the PCCK600LB drill/driver with innovative features to make the tool easy to adjust for use during all applications. For convenience, the 20 Volt MAX* drill/driver features a 1/2-inch metal ratcheting chuck that provides great bit retention.  The new battery gauge enables the user to determine the level of remaining charge while on the jobsite. The PCCK600LB also features additional accessory storage with two magnetic bit tip holders on the top of the tool.  Other standard features include an LED work light, rubber bumpers on the sides of the tool, and a belt clip that can be fastened to fit either right- or left-handed users.

The PCCK640LB 20V MAX* Lithium Ion Impact Driver delivers performance in a compact package.  The motor and transmission generate 1,450 inch-pounds of maximum torque, while the variable speed trigger delivers 0-2,900 rotations per minute (RPM) and 0-3,100 beats per minute (BPM) to provide excellent performance and control during large and small fastening applications.

“The compact design and versatile nature of impact drivers make them a popular tool among professionals,” said Wil Granger, group product manager, PORTER-CABLE. “We’re excited to expand our line of impact drivers and provide our users with a powerful option that performs well in tight spaces and handles tough driving applications over an extended period of time.”

In an effort to provide comfort to users while handling tough materials and working long hours, a cold-forged internal impact block is provided. A 1/4-inch hex quick-change chuck and a two-bit storage feature provide users with easy access to quickly and effortlessly change bits. The unit features a belt hook for professionals to store the tool at arm’s reach, as well as an ergonomic handle for comfort and non-slip grip. Similar to the drill/driver, the impact driver also includes an LED work light to illuminate dark work areas, rubber bumpers on the sides of the tool and a battery fuel gauge.

The new 20 Volt MAX* PCCK600LB Lithium Ion drill/driver and PCCK640LB 20 Volt MAX* impact driver will be available at Lowe’s and independent distributors in February 2013. The PCCK600LB and PCCK640LB will each retail for $169 and will come with a three-year limited warranty, one-year service contract and 90-day money-back guarantee. For more information visit www.portercable.com/20volt.

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Todd Fratzel

Todd Fratzel is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Tool Box Buzz, and the President of Front Steps Media, LLC, a web based media company focused on the Home Improvement and Construction Industry.He is also the Principal Engineer for United Construction Corp., located in Newport, NH. In his capacity at United he oversees the Residential and Commercial Building Division along with all Design-Build projects.He is also the editor of Home Construction & Improvement.

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