Porter Cable PC180DK-2 18V Cordless Drill

My Rating for the Porter Cable PC180DK-2 is 2.75 StarsPorter Cable PC180DK-2 18 volt cordless drill

Review Summary: This an older technology drill with heavy NiCd batteries. Purchasing this drill would be dependent on your price range.


Detailed Review of the Porter Cable PC180DK-2 18 volt cordless drill

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Power Grade: Below Average

The Porter Cable PC180DK-2 has a power rating of 440 in/lbs. The average power rating of 18 volt cordless drills is 450 in/lbs. The power of a cordless drill is measured by torque (inch-pounds). Torque is the measurement of the twisting force the drill applies when started. Power in DeWalt cordless drills is measured in unit watts out(uwo) which measures torque at different drill speeds. If you are interested in a cordless drill with more power, check out the Bosch DDS180-02. It has a maximum torque of 600 in/lbs. You can learn more by reading my complete review of the Bosch DDS180-02 18 Volt Li-Ion Cordless Drill.

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Speed: Below Average

The Porter Cable PC180DK-2 has a top speed of 1400 rpm. Higher speeds help you drill holes quicker and cleaner. The average speed of 18 volt cordless drills is around 1525 rpm. If you are interested in a cordless drill with more speed for drilling clean holes, check out the DeWalt DCD760KL. It has a top speed of 1700 rpm. You can learn more by reading my complete review of the DeWalt DCD760KL 18 Volt Li-Ion Cordless Drill.

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Battery Run Time: Below Average

The battery run time is 1.5 amp hours. The average for 18 volt cordless drills is 1.6 amp hours. The ampere-hour rating (Ah) gives you an idea of how long your battery will last between charges. A 3Ah will last 3 times longer than a 1Ah battery.

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Battery type and quantity: Below Average

The Porter Cable PC180DK-2 comes with 2 Ni-Cd batteries. Most newer cordless drills have 2 Lithium batteries included. Lithium are lighter , can hold a charge longer, and are more environmentally friendly than older NiCd batteries.

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Charger: Average

The Porter Cable PC180DK-2 comes with a 1 hour charger. The best chargers offer less than 1 hour charging and a maintenance mode that can extend the life of the battery.

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Price Range: Under $100

Prices may have changed since this review was done. Always check the most recent and best price for the Porter Cable PC180DK-2 cordless drill from multiple stores.

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Tool Weight: Heavy

The Porter Cable PC180DK-2 weighs 5.1 lbs. The average 18V cordless drill weighs about 4.0 lbs. Tool weight comes into play when you use it for extended periods of time or you hold it in awkward positions.

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Porter Cable PC180DK-2 Cordless Drill Strengths

  1. Low priced
  2. 32-position clutch
  3. 1/2” ratcheting chuck
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Porter Cable PC180DK-2 Cordless Drill Weaknesses

  1. Older NiCad battery technology
  2. Slightly low battery run time

Some other features of the Porter Cable PC180DK-2 include:

  • LED work light provides increased visibility
  • Double End Bit
  • Tool Case

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Reviewed by Jon Sevenson on 11/20/2011.

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