LumberJocks

Dewalt vs PC 20v Impact Driver Sale

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by FormerChemE posted 11-28-2016 09:44 PM 614 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View FormerChemE's profile

FormerChemE

3 posts in 378 days


11-28-2016 09:44 PM

Topic tags/keywords: dewalt porter-cable drill-driver tool cordless 20v question

Hello everyone. I’m a long time lurker, first time poster. You all have been a source of inspiration for my past and planned projects. At some point in the near future, I will start uploading some of my projects.

I’m looking for some buying advice. My dad bought me a Dewalt 20v drill kit (DCD771 w/ 2×1.3 amp-hr batteries and charger) as a house warming present about 2 years ago. I am looking to buy an impact driver, especially given all the holiday sales. Which should I buy?

The current sale Dewalt 20v Impact Driver (DCF885) w/ 1×1.5 amp-hr battery & charger for $99

Or the Porter-Cable 20v 2-Tool Kit with drill/driver (PCC601), impact driver (PCC641), 2×1.3 amp-hr batteries, & charger for $99.

There does not appear to be a significant difference between the Dewalt and PC impact drivers. I am aware that Dewalt and PC are owned by the same parent company (Stanley Black & Decker). Given that Dewalt is like Lincoln, PC is like Mercury, and Black & Decker is like Ford, the Dewalt may outperform the PC. I cannot find any side-by-side comparisons between the two, but it appears the differences are minimal (largely cosmetic). The Dewalt has 3 LEDs around the chuck and the PC only has 1 LED by the trigger. I also found that the Dewalt is made in the USA (which I prefer), but the PC does not appear to be.

My current drill and the items I am considering are all homeowner (not professional) grade, which suits my usage. Of course Dewalt also has more professional 20v drills & impacts than the one I have and the one I am currently considering purchasing. Dewalt may not have been my first choice for drills/driver/impacts (Milwaukee, Bosch, Makita…), but I do not need to upgrade now.

If I stay with Dewalt, all 3 of the batteries (2 I already own with drill + 1 from new impact driver) would be compatible. And the little bit of OCD in me would like the tools to match…

Alternatively, I could continue to run the Dewalt drill on the 2 batteries and use both PC batteries with the PC impact. At that point the PC drill would really just be a backup.

Any advice or experience with these specific tools or using multiple battery systems in a shop would be appreciated. Thank you


11 replies so far

View JayT's profile (online now)

JayT

5453 posts in 2045 days


#1 posted 11-28-2016 09:52 PM

I’d go with the Dewalt for the simple reason that multiple battery systems are a pain. With that set up, you could mount one charger in the shop and keep the other for when you take the tools elsewhere. I finally standardized to one battery system last year and it’s so much nicer.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

View HokieKen's profile

HokieKen

4505 posts in 972 days


#2 posted 11-28-2016 11:25 PM

JayT makes a good point. I will say, I have the PC impact driver in the older 18V version and love it. If I already had a Dewalt drill, I’d by the matching driver though.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

View tmasondarnell's profile

tmasondarnell

62 posts in 1623 days


#3 posted 11-29-2016 12:35 AM

I have a Dewalt 20V impact driver (replaced my venerable 14.4 V Dewalt driver). I have been very happy with it.

View CharlesA's profile

CharlesA

3291 posts in 1631 days


#4 posted 11-29-2016 12:39 AM

Matching batteries are great. That said, I have the PC 20vmax impact driver and really like it.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

View John's profile

John

223 posts in 1415 days


#5 posted 11-29-2016 12:39 AM

I have been using dewalt impacts for years. The old 18v NiCd batteries and now the 20v lithium ions. I use them more at work than you will ever use in your shop, I guarantee it. I highly recommend the dewalt. The batteries last for a long time, and the impact itself will last me almost two years in a very high abuse environment.
Just my two cents…

-- I measured once, cut twice, and its still too short...

View CharlesA's profile

CharlesA

3291 posts in 1631 days


#6 posted 11-29-2016 01:00 AM

Just to add to the situation, both PC and DeWalt are owned by Black and Decker, and their batteries, some claim, are interchangeable. I know that I use my PC 20V max batteries, with a slight mod, on my Black and Decker blower. They are the same except the cut out is on opposite sides. I haven’t looked at the DeWalt batteries, and I’m sure you’d invalidate the warranty, but I think the batteries are pretty interchangeable.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

View Loren's profile

Loren

9606 posts in 3482 days


#7 posted 11-29-2016 01:23 AM

The differences tend to be the DeWalts are heavier
with more metal gears and components in them.

I have some PC 20v tools. They are adequate
but cut corners on some features like the reciprocating
saw lacks an adjustable foot. The DeWalt version
probably has one.

In terms of torque and battery life I think the lines
are probably comparable.

View FormerChemE's profile

FormerChemE

3 posts in 378 days


#8 posted 11-29-2016 01:37 AM

Thanks everyone. I think I am going with the Dewalt. I have read and heard a lot of good things about PC, but given that I already have the 20v Dewalt drill, I am going to continue with that. It should be more durable, is more compact, coordinates with my current tools, and is made in the USA.

View CharlesA's profile

CharlesA

3291 posts in 1631 days


#9 posted 11-29-2016 01:43 AM

If you need help coordinating your tools:

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

View FormerChemE's profile

FormerChemE

3 posts in 378 days


#10 posted 11-29-2016 01:47 AM

CharlesA, thanks for the help! From what I can see, yellow tools don’t look good with grey & red tools so I guess I made a good choice.

Maybe compatible would have been a better word.

View runswithscissors's profile

runswithscissors

2558 posts in 1859 days


#11 posted 11-29-2016 05:03 AM

My main complaint about Dewalt tools is that the yellow looks like crap when it gets dirty. (snark).

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com