Review: PORTER-CABLE PC218IDC-2 18-Volt NiCd Drill/Impact Driver 2-Tool Kit

PORTER-CABLE PC218IDC-2 18-Volt NiCd Drill/Impact Driver 2-Tool Kit

PORTER-CABLE PC218IDC-2 18-Volt NiCd Drill/Impact Driver 2-Tool Kit
Porter-Cable's PC218IDC-2 18-volt NiCd drill/impact driver 2-tool kit features the PC1801D drill/driver and the PC1800ID impact driver, a combination that provides high-performance motors backed by rich features sets designed to cover a wide range of tasks. This versatility makes this kit an ideal set for contractors, electricians, construction workers, and home DIY enthusiasts with larger projects. PC218IDC-2 18-Volt
NiCd 2-Tool Kit
At a Glance:
Drill specifications: 440 inch-pounds torque, 0-350, 0-1,400 rpm
Impact driver specifications: 1,600 inch-pounds torque, 0-2,900 rpm, 0-2,800 bpm
32-position drill clutch for drilling a wide range of screw sizes
Durable all-metal single-sleeve 1/2-inch drill chuck
Integrated LED impact driver work light for working in darker conditions
Porter-Cable's PC218IDC-2 18-volt NiCd 2-tool kit has a high performance drill/driver and an impact driver with serious torque (view larger). Performance and Power Combined
Porte

  • Drill/Driver has 2 speed gearbox for tough jobs: High gear provides faster rpm for fast drilling, while low gear offers high torque for heavy duty screwdriving applications
  • The drill/driver’s high performance motor and gearbox delivers up to 440 in-lbs of torque
  • Drill/driver’s 1/2-Inch single sleeve chuck offers excellent bit retention and durability
  • Impact driver delivers 1600 in-lbs high-torque output without kickback
  • 2 Porter Cable 18V NiCd batteries provide extended runtime for larger projects

List Price: $ 212.42

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  1. Method2Madness "Alex"
    79 of 82 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    An excellent drill/driver combo for an excellent price. Gives my Dewalts and Makitas a run for their money., October 29, 2011
    By
    Method2Madness “Alex” (Hampton Roads, VA) –
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    This review is from: PORTER-CABLE PC218IDC-2 18-Volt NiCd Drill/Impact Driver 2-Tool Kit (Tools & Home Improvement)

    To start off, I’d like to note that I don’t mess around when it comes to power tools. I use the crap out of ’em and and either they work, or they don’t. I really put these through their paces. And this is my review.

    My brother-in-law is a private contractor and is building his house from scratch and I usually go over to lend a hand a couple of days a week. I usually take my DeWalt tools over, but this time I took the Porter Cable set and to be honest these did very well. Especially the impact driver. I have included a few pictures of the actual tools in the “customer images” section, should you be so inclined.

    BUILD QUALITY: With the notable exception of the charger, both of these tools are quite stout and feel like they’ll last quite a while. This doesn’t mean you can drop it off a 10 story building, or run it over with a backhoe and expect them to come up unscathed. It simply means these should stand up well with day-to-day use. The tools are made with heavy plastic and have rubber overmoulds and grips in the necessary places. However, the charger is quite light and feels somewhat cheap. But then again, the charger doesn’t really see much abuse.

    INCLUDED ACCESSORIES: The kit comes in a grey and black square “contractors bag” that’s more than ample to hold all the tools, the battery and the charger. Along with the instructions, Porter Cable (Black & Decker) saw fit to include 2 bits. One double ended (phillips #2 on one side and flat head on the other) bit for the drill, and the other a hex bit for the impact driver. They also included 2 plastic battery covers for when the batteries aren’t attached to the tools and sitting openly in the bag. I really don’t see them as necessary, but there you go. Also included is a belt clip. You can put it either on the drill or the impact driver.

    PERFORMANCE/FEATURES
    I tested each tool thoroughly and will give a rundown of my experience:

    CHARGER & BATTERIES. This is where I ran into a bit of trouble. But first let me talk about the batteries. The batteries are NiCad (Not Li Ion) and are quite bulky and heavy. However, they seem to have more capacity than competing Nicad tools and feel as tho they can take some abuse without completely falling apart. However, I ran into a problem with the initial charge. Both batteries took about an hour to charge, but right before the charge ended, the charger started indicating a high temp and wouldn’t allow any more charge. Weird. When I pulled the batteries off, they did feel hot (obviously), but they didn’t feel as though they would burn my hands. So I let the batteries sit for about 5 minutes and relocated the charger where it would get more airflow. After that, I put ’em back on the charger and it took about 1 minute before the charger indicated a full charge and all was well. It may have been a slight lack of airflow around the charger, but I really don’t think it was all that hot. The second charge went off without a hitch, however. Something to keep an eye on.

    Also worth noting. As stated, this kit uses NiCad batteries that can suffer from the memory effect. However, as long as you take care of your tools and properly charge and discharge them (Dont put them on the charger until they are near empty) these should last you quite a while. However, Porter Cable sells Lithium Ion batteries that are compatible with these tools, however you’ll have to buy the “dual chemistry” charger to go along with them, as the included one wont charge Li Ions. The dual chemistry charger will charge both, however.

    DRILL/DRIVER-Specs list this as having 400 in/lbs of torque and I believe it. I used this with both a 1″ hole saw, various paddle, regular and auger bits, and a sanding disc. To say I was impressed would be an understatement. This thing actually has enough torque (adjustable via the 2 speed transmission and the adjustable torque ring) to really twist your wrist should you get hung up. I drilled through soft and hard wood without a hitch. This is not a hammer-drill, so I did not try to drill into concrete, although I have a strong suspicion it would probably do ok with small, shallow holes. It has an adjustable clutch that will aid in keeping you from stripping the heads off screws. A single LED light is present above the trigger and like most tools with single LED lights, doesn’t really do much to illuminate the subject. Only around it. But with a spinning chuck, there’s really no way to add lights to the business end. The drill gave off a “burning” smell upon first run, but this is normal and subsided after a few minutes of use. I also noticed very little runout or chuck wobble. Even with a tiny bit in the chuck.

    IMPACT DRIVER- Whooboy. This thing is a beast with 1600 in/lbs of torque. I have a top-of-the-line 20v Max Dewalt and an 18 volt Makita and this Porter Cable is every bit as powerful! Possibly even moreso. I was able to drive 2-3″ lag…

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  2. David
    13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    These are Beasts!, February 21, 2012
    By
    David (Dallas, TX) –

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    This review is from: PORTER-CABLE PC218IDC-2 18-Volt NiCd Drill/Impact Driver 2-Tool Kit (Tools & Home Improvement)

    Best power tools I have owned, very pleased.

    I use these for light duty automotive work, though they are NOT light duty tools. The impact is of course not a substitute for a 1/2″ impact air wrench.

    Pros:
    -These are beasts.
    -The drill clutch works well, so you can zip in bolts without over-torquing them. Then go back over by hand with ratchet or torque wrench. Easy to chuck bits and remove them, saves hassle.
    -The impact driver is an animal. Spins VERY fast, very capable (I use it to remove 10mm bolts from car parts). Like using a cannon to kill a mosquito.
    -Charges quickly.
    -Drill, impact driver and batteries all feel very solid.
    -Price! Worth it.
    -Carrying bag is something I will actually use. Has 4 partitions to hold all of it, with extra room.

    Cons:
    -None that make me have any doubt about this drill/driver combo for my application.
    -The batteries are hefty relative to the actual drill and driver, but that is expected and in my opinion a worthy sacrifice since you want as much juice as possible.

    I would highly recommend this to friends and family (the real recommendation test).

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  3. Thompson's Guitar
    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Work Horses!!!, May 25, 2012
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    This review is from: PORTER-CABLE PC218IDC-2 18-Volt NiCd Drill/Impact Driver 2-Tool Kit (Tools & Home Improvement)

    I had an older model DeWalt cordless drill that I need to keep in my guitar repair shop, but also needed one for my garage woodshop. I purchased this pair because they were very well priced, very well reviewed, and Porter Cable is a quality brand. These things are great!!! I have never had a Driver before and now I can see why they are so popular. I built on of my two workbenches using my regular DeWalt cordless drill and it worked great…..I was predominately using 2-1/2″ wood screws for the bench. The DeWalt worked great! That evening I got in my order for this pair of drills. I started building the second workbench using the Driver and OH MY GOODNESS what a difference!!!! The Driver inserted the screws twice as fast with a fraction of the torque on my arm!!! I was actually giggling when building the bench…I had surgery recently on my right shoulder, elbow and wrist…..which were very sore after the first bench, and actually felt pretty good after using the Driver on the second bench. Great product, great quality, great features……I love it!!

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