Porter-Cable PC18RS 18 Volt Sawzall

My Rating for the Porter-Cable PC18RS 18 Volt Sawzall is 3.75 Stars

Porter-Cable PC18RSReview Summary: This tool does not come with the battery or charger so I reviewed it using Porter Cables best lithium battery and it performs pretty well.


Detailed Review of the Porter-Cable PC18RS 18 Volt Sawzall

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Strokes per Minute (SPM) Grade: Excellent

The Porter-Cable PC18RS 18 Volt Sawzall has a top SPM of 3000. The average top strokes per minute (SPM) of 18 volt cordless reciprocating saws is 2860. The higher the SPM of a cordless reciprocating saw the faster it will cut through material.

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Stroke Length Grade: Below Average

The Porter-Cable PC18RS 18 Volt Sawzall has a maximum stroke length of 0.88 inches. The max stroke length, or max depth, is how far the blade moves in each direction. Usually, the longer the stroke, the less strokes are needed to cut through the material. The average stroke length for 18 volt cordless reciprocating saws is 1.12 inches.

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Battery Run Time: Below Average

Note: We reviewed this tool with the best lithium-ion battery that you can choose from Porter cable . The battery run time for the Porter-Cable PC18RS 18 Volt Sawzall is 2.6 amp hours. A longer battery run time is important for large demolition jobs. The average for 18 volt cordless reciprocating saws is 2.84 amp hours. The ampere-hour rating (Ah) gives you an idea of how long your battery will last between charges. For example, a 3Ah will usually last 3 times longer than a 1Ah battery. If you are looking for a tool with longer running batteries, check out my review of the Milwaukee 2625 18V Cordless Sawzall. That tool's battery run time is rated at 3.0.

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Battery type and quantity: Depends

The Porter-Cable PC18RS 18 Volt Sawzall comes with 0 lithium-ion batteries. The better cordless reciprocating saws have 2 Lithium (also written as li-ion or lithium-ion) 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 PC18RS 18 Volt Sawzall comes with a 60 minute charger. The better chargers offer less than 1 hour charging and a maintenance mode that can extend the life of the battery. The ideal setup is to have a charger that can charge 1 of your batteries before the battery in your tool runs too low.

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Price Range: $200-300

I don't list prices because they will probably change by the time I have finished this tool review. What I do is always check the most recent and best price for the Porter-Cable PC18RS 18 Volt Sawzall from multiple stores.

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Tool Weight: Lighter

The Porter-Cable PC18RS 18 Volt Sawzall weighs 3.8 pounds. The average 18 volt cordless reciprocating saw weighs about 7.6 pounds. Many times during demolition work, tool weight comes into play when you use it for extended periods of time or you hold it in awkward overhead positions.

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Porter-Cable PC18RS 18 Volt Sawzall Strengths

  1. Very fast strokes per minute
  2. Lighter weight tool
  3. Uses lithium or NiCad batteries
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Porter-Cable PC18RS 18 Volt Sawzall Weaknesses

  1. No battery or charger included
  2. Shorter runtime even with best battery

Some other features of the Porter-Cable PC18RS 18 Volt Sawzall include:

  • Quick keyless blade change
  • Variable speed trigger
  • Oversized rubber boot
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Reviewed by Jon Sevenson on 03/20/13.

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