Porter-Cable PC180IDK-2 Impact Driver

My Rating for the Porter-Cable PC180IDK-2 is 3.75 Stars

Porter Cable PC180IDK-2Review Summary: The Porter-Cable PC180IDK-2 18 volt Impact Driver offers good power and speed for its class and is in the lowest price range.


Detailed Review of the Porter-Cable PC180IDK-2 18 volt cordless impact driver

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Impacts per Minute (IPM) Grade: Below Average

The Porter-Cable PC180IDK-2 has a top IPM of 2800 IPM. The average top IPM of 18 volt cordless impact drivers is 3016 IPM. An impact driver delivers blows in a rotational way as opposed to a hammer drill which delivers blows into the work. The higher the IPM of a cordless impact driver the faster a screw or bolt will be installed or removed. If you are looking for a cordless impact driver with more impacts per minute, check out my review of the Bosch 25618-02 18 Volt Impact Driver. It is rated at 3200 IPM.

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Power Grade: Excellent

The Porter-Cable PC180IDK-2 has a power rating of 1500 in/lbs. The average power rating of a 18 volt cordless impact driver is 1369 in/lbs. The power of a cordless impact driver 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.

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Speed: Excellent

The Porter-Cable PC180IDK-2 has a top speed of 2800 rpm. Higher speeds help you drill holes quicker and cleaner. The average speed of a 18 volt cordless impact driver is around 2518 rpm.

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Battery Run Time: Below Average

The battery run time is 1.5 amp hours. The average for 18 volt cordless impact drivers is 2.3 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. If you are looking for a cordless impact driver that will run longer between charges, check out my review of the Makita BTD144 18 Volt Impact Driver. The battery run time is rated at 3.0 amp hours.

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Battery type and quantity: Below Average

The Porter-Cable PC180IDK-2 comes with 2 NiCd batteries. Most newer cordless impact drivers 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 PC180IDK-2 comes with a 60 Minute 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: $100-200

Prices may have changed since this review was done. Always check the most recent and best price for the Porter-Cable PC180IDK-2 cordless impact driver from multiple stores.

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Tool Weight: Heavy

The Porter-Cable PC180IDK-2 weighs 5.1 lbs. The average 18V cordless impact driver weighs about 3.7 lbs. Tool weight comes into play when you use it for extended periods of time or you hold it in awkward positions. If the weight of this tool is an issue for you, then you may be interested in the Hitachi WH18DL 18 Volt Impact Driver. Check out my review of the Hitachi WH18DL 18 Volt Impact Driver. It is rated at 3.5 lbs.

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Porter-Cable PC180IDK-2 Cordless Impact Driver Strengths

  1. Lower Price range
  2. Fast
  3. Good Torque
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Porter-Cable PC180IDK-2 Cordless Impact Driver Weaknesses

  1. Above average weight
  2. Older battery technology

Some other features of the Porter-Cable PC180IDK-2 include:

  • Carrying case
  • LED work light
  • Three-year limited warranty
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Reviewed by Jon Sevenson on 6/26/12.

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