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01-02-2011 02:20 AM

Using money I had gotten for my Birthday(ahead of time) and Christmas(gift cards for Lowes.) I bought a Porter Cable Drill and Circular Saw combo kit… $90… thats $10 cheaper than just the drill. Granted I did give up the Hard Case for the Soft Bag. It seemed common sence. I dont use the bag/cases much anyway…

So alright, its no DeWalt. But its better than what I am used to. Now, yea, I have trouble with almost everything D/PC, but I figure maybe Ill have better luck with something like this. After all, atleast this one doesn’t have bad reviews.

The Circular saw works okay. Its 6 1/2 inch, so its a little smaller than what I have used before. But its quite. It stops on a dime. And did I mention quiet… The only noise it makes, is one when it cuts through the wood… no load=no noise…

The drill is a “beast”.. I used it to finish torquing in a screw for the TBox. Unfortunately, unlike my other drill, max torque litterally destroyed one of them…. I just sanded it down, and left it at that… So I think I will be keeping low torque..
—-The ratcheting chuck is nice, it really tightens down… my other one always slipped..

The batteries are nice. They really balance both tools. They are not too too heavy. They also are spring loaded, and low in sideways, rather than like my old one, that was the old “stick 18v”... These too are 18v, But when you press the button, it doesn’t fall on your toes…
—-The batteries also came with protectors, for the contacts, so when you arent using one battery, its protected.
———-Another point, it comes with 2 NiCad Batteries. The Charger doesn’t allow overheating/charging, and warns of bad batteries(so it says…) Unfortunately, it lacks provisions to hang on a wall. It also doesnt disconnect from the plug, so a Large hole is needed, if you plan to route it into a cabinet..

Over all, time will tell, if it is going to prevail… or be another PC tool…

For the $$$ its worth it, in my eyes. For $90, I now have a Drill and a Circular Saw. But the Charger is enough of an inconvience, that I say 4/5.. It takes so little time, to drill a hole, that they could have done it, rather easily… now I have to put a large hole in my cabinet…

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."


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