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PORTER-CABLE 20 Volt MAX Lithium Ion Drill Driver Kit

PORTER-CABLE 20 Volt MAX 1/2” Lithium Ion Drill Driver Kit

The PORTER-CABLE 20 Volt MAX Drill Driver model PCCK600LB is a light weight drill driver that uses the Lithium Ion 1.5 amp/hour batteries for long life on tough jobs.

 

Ease of Use/Performance: 5/5
Convenience/Storage 5/5
Appearance/Design 5/5
How much I enjoy 5/5

Recommendation: 5/5

PORTER-CABLE 20 Volt MAX Drill Driver

PORTER-CABLE may have seen a bit of hard times with rebranding and image issues in the past after a buyout but has reemerged as a power tool company for professionals and home users. The PORT-CABLE 20 Volt MAX line of tools is a tough tool and the drill driver has both the power and light weight for home users and professionals.

The PORTER-CABLE drill driver comes with the tool itself, two batteries, charger, manual and a double sided bit with carry case. The PORTER-CABLE drill driver has a tough plastic body with several rubber pads for protection and comfort while the on tool battery level indicator makes a handy feature.

The 20 Volt MAX Drill Driver uses the 1.5 amp/hour Lithium Ion batteries that only take about a half hour to charge using the included charger. The charger has a charge indicator and is simple to use while the drill driver itself is also very easy to use for tough and simple jobs.

Whats in the Box Porter-Cable

The PORTER-CABLE drill driver has a low torque and high speed along with low speed and high torque setting while chuck includes a screw depth feature. The torque along with the depth settings make for a handy all around tool for tough jobs professionally and for home use.

The through body reverse and forward button makes switching easy while the LED light gives just enough light to help finding the heads of screws in low light spots. The drill driver works well and I had no problems using it for several jobs including my current kitchen renovations.

I have been tearing out small wall sections and putting up shelves, trim boards and drilling holes through my floor and wall sections for wiring. The PORTER-CABLE drill driver has been more than tough enough to drill 3/4 inch holes through flooring and 2 by 4 studs using blade wood bits.

PORTER-CABLE Drill Driver

Driving screws whether the smaller two inch or the full 3 and a half inch screws to fasten studs together is a simple job with the 20 volt MAX drill driver. The PORTER-CABLE drill driver can easily drill through full studs and treated lumber using both wood bits and twist bits.

The 1.5 amp/hour batteries hold a good amount of power and only take about a half hour to charge which is a good balance between size and power. The drill driver with the battery weighs less than 4 pounds which is a great compromise between weight and power for the drill driver.

The PORTER-CABLE drill driver can handle tough jobs and does a great job as a professional tool that would be great for jobsites. The half hour charge time means a quick turnaround from charging to ready to use while the light weight works well for repetitive jobs.

Torque Switch & Magnetic Holders

Last year I repaired a fence by removing and replacing about a hundred pickets which meant a lot of removing screws using a drill driver. The lighter weight PORTER CABLE drill driver would not have aggravated my carpal tunnel as much as the five pound driver I did use.

The light weight and fast recharge time means a fantastic tool for both do it yourself work and for professionals which PORTER-CABLE is known for. The PORTER-CABLE tool also has a three year warranty for defective parts and a one year free service for worn parts and maintenance.

I have been using the PORTER-CABLE drill driver for a month on some pretty tough work and can easily recommend it for both home use and as a professional tool. I highly recommend the PORTR-CABLE 12 Volt MAX Drill Driver a as fantastic tool whether you are doing tough jobs at home or as a professional.

Drill Driver in Case

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Pros
Tough light weight Tool
High and low torque
Fast recharge time
Good Warranty
Handy LED light

Cons
None

Milwaukee M18 FUEL 1/2” Drill Driver Kit

Milwaukee M18 FUEL 1/2” Drill Driver Kit 

The Milwaukee M18 Drill Driver Kit Model 2603-22 is a work quality tool that has the power to drill and drive through wood, preserved wood and concrete that includes a handle and two batteries with charger.

Ease of Use/Performance: 4.5/5
Convenience/Storage 5/5
Appearance/Design 5/5
How much I enjoy 5/5

Average Rating 5/5

Milwaukee M18 FUEL 1/2” Drill Driver Kit

I received another tool from professional tool manufacturer Milwaukee and could not be more impressed with this quality tool that performs well. The Milwaukee company manufactures professional quality tools including their signature Sawzall reciprocating saw and has been a leader in power tools since 1924.

The Milwaukee M18 line of power tools is a lithium powered line of tools that centers on the lithium ion batteries in a few capacities but you have to match the voltage of the batteries. I am not sure if you can accidentally put the wrong voltage battery on a tool but when purchasing extra batteries you need to make sure you buy the correct 12, 18 or 28 volt battery.

The batteries come in a regular and high capacity with a new technology called RED LITHIUM that increases the current discharge for more power when you need it. One feature I like about the Milwaukee batteries is the power indicator on the battery itself to check for battery charge status without having to install the battery in the tool.

The 1/2” drill driver has all the power it needs from the high capacity Milwaukee M18 RED LITHIUM batteries with two in the kit so you have an extra battery for your tough jobs. The 2603-22 kit includes the 1/2” drill driver, two RED LITHIUM 18 volt batteries, an M12/M18 charger, a removable handle in a plastic carry case with manuals for the tool and charger.

Whats in the Box Milwaukee M18 FUEL

The 1/2” drill driver is a hefty tool weighing in at about 3.5 pounds while the tool with a RED LITHIUM XC, extra capacity, battery weighs about 5.1 pounds. This may seem a bit heavy for a hand tool but considering the use the tool will be put through like driving long screws into wood or drilling concrete heft is important for control.

The tool includes a handle that attaches on the top of the tool with a simple tightening of the round handle on the two clamps that fit into the indents by the top body screws. The side handle gives you even more control while doing hefty work like drilling into concrete or boring large holes in tough wood like treated lumber.

The company has upgraded the internal circuitry of the M18 tool to make better use of the lithium-ion technology as well as a new brushless motor that better cools and lasts longer. The brushless motor and better circuitry equate to a better motor that gives longer lasting drilling and driving due to a cooler running motor.

The contoured handle makes the drill driver comfortable for use while the chuck is easy to use and securely holds bits when tightened without a chuck key. There is also a space for a belt clip or a bit holder on each side of the drill driver but these need to be purchased separately and installed using a single screw.

Milwaukee M18 Drill Driver in Case

The drill driver is hefty but with a good feel when doing heavy duty work like drilling through 2 by 12’s to install some wiring conduits through a basement foundation. I have used the drill for several jobs like installing shelves and working in some fairground buildings with varying uses from drilling to driving into concrete and even mixing paint in five gallon buckets.

The tool has two speed settings and a rotating torque setting to deliver varying torque for depth of driving or for the necessary power due to material type while drilling. The drill and driver uses the two speeds to vary the main speed and the torque that allows the drill to slip when it reaches a specific torque that works well for driving screws to a specific depth.

The Milwaukee M18 drill driver works extremely well for concrete work and drilling into other tough materials like preserved wood even if using larger bits like 1/2 inch to create holes for rebar. I had no problems drilling into concrete through preserved wood which is pretty difficult and through regular wood for many jobs both at home and elsewhere.

The drill speed works well for jobs like mixing paint in five gallon buckets on low speed and switching to high speed to drill through lumber quickly and easily. The drill driver has no problem with performing multiple tasks in a variety of materials with the extra capacity batteries that hold a charge well and are easy to change.

Milwaukee M18 Drill Driver Settings

The battery capacity lasts very well for the tool use and having two batteries in the same kit really makes sense for convenience while on large jobs. The battery charger that comes with the Milwaukee 2603-22 kit can charge the extra capacity M18 batteries in an hour and really gives you the fast charging for large jobs.

It is no wonder that Milwaukee is a top choice of construction workers and user survey’s but individual models vary just as much as personal opinions about tools. Several of the tools in the same or prior lines of the 2603-20 drill and driver receive high praise from various reviewers and users.

The Milwaukee M18 Drill Driver kit does a fantastic job at tasks like construction and home improvement jobs and makes a welcome addition to this home owner’s tool chest. Another great feature that I only recently became aware of is a small LED light to help light your way while using the drill driver.

This is the second drill I have received that has an LED at the front and I keep thinking every time I use either drill why they never did this in the past with drills and drivers. The light really helps when using the drill or driver in tight quarters like in between floor joists where using a flashlight would require at least one of your two hands.

Milwaukee M18 Charger & Side Handle

I highly recommend the Milwaukee 1/2” drill driver and the kit that this particular model comes in really gives you the benefits of two batteries for a complete drill driver for either a handyman or on the job.

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