Porter-Cable PC418C-2 18-Volt NiCd Cordless 4-Piece Combo Kit Reviews

Porter-Cable PC418C-2 18-Volt NiCd Cordless 4-Piece Combo Kit

Porter-Cable PC418C-2 18-Volt NiCd Cordless 4-Piece Combo Kit
The Porter-Cable Four-Tool provides the tradesman with a starting set that includes a drill/driver, a circular saw, a reciprocating saw, and a flashlight, along with two NiCad rechargeable batteries and a fast charger. These batteries can power all the tools as well as others in the Porter-Cable Tradesman line. .caption { font-family: Verdana, Helvetica neue, Arial, serif; font-size: 10px; font-weight: bold; font-style: italic; } ul.indent { list-style: inside disc; text-indent: 20px; } table.callout { font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, serif; margin: 10px; width: 250; } td.callout { height: 100 percent; background: #9DC4D8 url(http://images.amazon.com/images/G/01/electronics/detail-page/callout-bg.png) repeat-x; border-left: 1px solid #999999; border-right: 1px solid #999999; padding: 10px; width: 250px; } ul.callout { list-style: inside disc; text-indent: -12px; font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.5em; } h5.callout { text-align: center; } img.withlink {border:1px

  • Drill/driver has 2-speed gearbox
  • High-gear at 1,400 RPM drilling, low-gear offers 440 In./lbs. torque
  • Compact reciprocating saw allows cutting in tight areas
  • 6-1/2-inch circular saw provides efficient cutting and enhanced capacity
  • Integrated LED light on drill illuminates dark work areas

List Price: $ 159.00

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Ryobi power tools are a store brand from Home Depot and while not exactly “professional grade” like some other brands, are just fine for the do it yourselfer…
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    • D. Alexander
    • April 11, 2013
    178 of 180 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Not the Porter Cable of yore, but still very good, July 1, 2010
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    D. Alexander
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    This review is from: Porter-Cable PC418C-2 18-Volt NiCd Cordless 4-Piece Combo Kit (Tools & Home Improvement)

    I bought this kit earlier this week, so the impressions below are only from a few hours of use. Also, I’m a DIY homeowner, not a contractor or professional. Because some people may be considering Ryobi’s similarly-priced cordless P842 18V Nicad kit, I’ve thrown in a few comparisons to that as well.

    By component:

    DRILL: It feels a lot like the lower end of DeWalt’s range. The motor section is heavy and substantial, though with nowhere near the front-weighted heft of DeWalt’s XRP line. The handle is thinner than I expected and the design is closer to compact than full-size. It has a motor brake and a 1/2″ metal chuck, two useful professional features. Balance is above-average, though overhead and precision work would benefit from a lighter unit. The torque clutch has 32 settings and isn’t excessively difficult to adjust. The drill has a two-mode switch, a variable speed trigger, and generally sounds refined. Both modes are powerful and were capable of driving a 3″ boring bit. In torque and RPM, the high-speed mode isn’t far off from my Ryobi corded drill from a few years ago.

    The only negative so far is in the build tolerances of the chuck. There’s about 1/16 turn of chuck play before the gears engage when the trigger is pressed, and my particular drill’s chuck is noticeably misaligned. The wobble radius for very small bits can be wider than the bit. This makes it slightly harder to drill in a precise spot, though it has minimal effect once the hole is started. Both my corded and cordless Rybois are perfectly aligned. I’ve docked a star from the PC kit for this. On exchange, I tried two more of the same drills at Lowes. The first replacement was out of true to the same extent. The second was only slightly off, so I kept it. I also noticed a small power variance among the three.

    Relative to the 18V Ryobi drill, the Porter Cable is a small step above. The Ryobi chuck is plastic, it isn’t quite as powerful, and the battery on my tester was unusually difficult to dismount. The chuck was perfectly centered, however, the torque clutch is easier to adjust, and the drill handles very well. Other reviewers have noted durability problems with the PC’s battery spring, rubber grip, and forward/reverse switch with professional use. Porter Cable has a 3-year warranty on this tool set. Ryobi, only two.

    Porter Cable sells a slightly better version of this drill with Lithium batteries. Minor cosmetic differences aside, it has one key advantage: the chuck has a hand-tightened locking system that sounds like a ratchet wrench. This prevents the chuck from loosening before you want it to, an occurrence not uncommon on this drill and others with motor brakes. DeWalt, Hitachi, and others have equipped a similar system on most of their drills.

    FLASHLIGHT: A throwaway, but effective. It weighs almost nothing without the battery, so it’ll hold itself up when one is mounted. It has a rubberized push-button on/off switch. The lamp creates a moderately narrow spotlight beam and does not articulate. Rybobi’s version does. The bulb is incandescent, so even if the unit could stand being dropped, the bulb would probably break. A wider LED beam would be more useful and would have better battery life and impact resistance.

    CIRCULAR SAW: Really decent for a cordless tool. It uses a 6.5″ blade as compared to Ryobi’s 5.5″ and is therefore a larger unit. Build quality is very good. The height and angle adjustments work smoothly with no slop, and the motor has an automatic brake when the throttle isn’t activated. The included blade rotates with almost no horizontal movement and leaves a smooth, unsplintered edge with 1″ pine, though the wide kerf chews up more wood than I’d like. 2″ wood is well within the blade depth of the unit. The limiting factor is the battery. It lasted for a half-hour of random cuts into 1″ and 2″ pine. This saw’s RPM is lower than a corded model. It lacks the power to push through a bind, and so requires more care in how the wood is arranged. Pacing is slower. Even with two batteries, I’d choose a corded saw for anything more strenuous than small projects, though this saw is definitely capable of cutting 2x4s. A thin, carbide aftermarket blade will improve battery life and cutting capacity.

    RECIPROCATING SAW: Build quality on par with the other units. Not too large, not too heavy. The Goldilocks of portable saws, though pint-sized relative to corded models. Cheap blade. Lots of slop in all directions on a dry run, but accuracy improves considerably when the blade begins to bite. I bought it to cut tree limbs outside. I sliced through five in the 1″ to 3″ range with minimal effort, and I look forward to doing the rest of the yard. The battery is adequately powerful for this saw and lasts for about 45 minutes. Like the drill, the trigger is variable-speed, though there isn’t a motor brake or orbital blade movement. The blade mounting…

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    • RTM
    • April 11, 2013
    26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Not a contractor’s set, but excellent value for price, January 23, 2011
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    RTM

    This review is from: Porter-Cable PC418C-2 18-Volt NiCd Cordless 4-Piece Combo Kit (Tools & Home Improvement)

    To set the scene, I come from a history of working as a carpenter and general contractor so I appreciate powerful and durable tools. I normally purchase Dewalt and Bosch tools because I think they’re the best built ones out there. That said, I wanted something for small home projects and I didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg. For $130, this set can’t be beat by anything else out there. It has its issues, namely the wobbly chuck on the drill which makes using small bits a difficulty, but overall it’s a pretty amazing value.

    Circular saw: About average; it’s good for small tasks in a pinch, but don’t use it with expectations of it working like a real worm-drive saw. You’ll be lucky to get 45 minutes out of it.

    Reciprocating saw: A real gem. It works great for most homeowner tasks, feels durable, the quick-change bit mechanism works great. Again, don’t expect power like a corded model, but for small tasks like cutting a bigger opening in drywall for a bath fan, it’s great.

    Drill: Wobbly chuck, but adequately powerful for most tasks. The 1/2″ chuck is a nice addition, as most hole-saw sets are for 1/2″ chucks. LED light that turns on with the trigger is aimed well and relatively powerful, very handy.

    Light: I’ll preface this by saying I’m a huge flashlight snob.. I own several $200 Surefire lights, so my standards for lights are very high. That said, I never thought I’d use it and had it just sitting in the bag til one day I was helping a buddy out and needed to get into his attic. It was immensely useful for that situation. At about 20 feet, it has a focused center beam of around 6-7 feet with decent spread outside of that to around 15.

    BONUS/Impact driver: I also bought the $60 impact driver bare tool with my set. This is THE tool to get. Hugely powerful, as in sinking 3 inch screws into solid pine with no pre-drilling, then literally sinking the head as far into the wood as you want. Then going in the kitchen and screwing oak cabinets together with no 3 inch screws and no pre-drilling and no stripped heads.

    All in all, great set for the casual user. It’s 1/4 the price of the comparable Dewalt set, just as capable, will surely last you more than 1/4 as long, and has a much larger selection of bare tools (including that great impact driver).

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