Porter-Cable 18-Volt NiCad 2-Tool Combo Kit - $109 at Lowes

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10-16-2008 05:56 PM

I’m thinking about buying this Porter-Cable set ($109) that Lowes just started stocking. Anyone else purchased the kit yet. Can’t beat the price. I know it has Ni-Cad batteries but it comes with 2 batteries and you can buy 2 more for $39 at Lowes.


Porter-Cable 18-Volt NiCad 2-Tool Combo Kit

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

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#1 posted 10-16-2008 06:53 PM

What are you planing to do with the circular saw?

I’m on my second mini circ saw, the first was part of a B&D set I received as a gift and the second was part of a Ryobi set I bought for myself.

I used the B&D once to cut up a pallet and then gave the entire kit to my sister – it probably would have been easier to use a hand saw.

I’m remodeling/restoring my house, and I thought the mini circ saw would at least be useful when demolishing some ceiling and wall paneling, but it really isn’t – I find myself reaching for my corded circ saw every time.

In my experience the mini circ saw is as useful as my Rotozip! Maybe the PC is a better saw.

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#2 posted 10-16-2008 07:01 PM

When you buy the kit with the saw it only cost $10 more than the drill kit without the saw.

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

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#3 posted 10-16-2008 07:08 PM

Dave, I’m not familiar with those particular tools, but I’ve never heard of Porter-Cable making any real c**p. It looks like a great deal to me.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 10-18-2008 07:36 AM

I should point out that Porter-Cable is the new Black and Decker.

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#5 posted 10-18-2008 03:59 PM

no pc in not the new black and decker. PC has traditionally been a router maker, delta was the fixed tool maker. PC, delta, and black and decker are all owned by dewalt. All of delta’s and PC’s tools are still made in Jackson, Tn at the same plant they have been made at for years. The difference in price and durability come from how they are made and how long they are supposed to last. Dewalt is a heavy duty construction quality to go from job site to jobsite. Delta and pc are more for professionals, cabinet maker, furniture makers, trim carpenters. B&D is for the occasional home woodworker.
Alot of the cost nowadays in cordless tools is from the cost of the battery. The actual tools are not expensive to make.

-- Joey, Magee, Ms

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#6 posted 10-19-2008 05:41 AM

Actually I think it is Black and Decker who is the owner.

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

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#7 posted 10-19-2008 06:41 AM

We used a lot of PC tools in prison industries and they held up well. I also work at Lowes part time and think this is a good price.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 10-20-2008 03:48 AM

Our lowes store had a 4 piece porter cable set for sale for $159 you get a 18v light,saws all, drill,circular saw
looks like a great deal!

-- Jim Ohio

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#9 posted 10-27-2008 05:26 AM

I just bought this 4 pc. set today for $159. You really cant beat the price, with a similar set from Dewalt retailing for over $600.00. The tools seem pretty light weight, but I actually bought it as a back-up set anyway. I figure, the drill alone is worth this much ( I paid $199.00 for my 14.4 v Dewalt), and if I get a years use out of these tools they are well worth $159.00. It comes with circ. saw, recip. saw, flashlight, 1/2” drill w/ metal chuck, 1 saw- zall blade, 1 circ. saw blade, and soft bag. The tools are labeled Jackson TN, but are actually manufactured in China. Better China than Taiwan, I guess. Anyway, after I try ‘em out I’ll post some feedback.

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#10 posted 10-27-2008 05:50 AM

I also noticed this past weekend. I would tend to agree that PC is geared for the serious homeowner. They used to make a 19.2 volt and that is what norm uses. We most all agree that their routers are awesome. I think I am at 6 at last count plus the 2 I bought for school last year and 2 more are on the PO list this year. I really think they are trying to compete with HD’s hold on Ryobi. They are the same price and kits as Ryobi. I would buy PC over Ryobi, although I have had good luck with Ryobi. Just the name PC and the fact that they are still made here (I think, if what I was told is correct)

On the flip side, I was able to get some ryobi 18v drill, charger 2 battery kits in June on a fathers day sale for $39 each. Can’t beat that price.

I own both Dewalt and Ryobi cordless. There is no comparison between my Dewalt circ saw and the ryobi. The ryobi is only a 5.5 blade, the dewalt is a 6.5. I have ripped a 2×4 down the middle to make 2×2s with my dewalt. the ryobi is only good for cutting plywood for the most part. The only thing that I havent’ been able to do with my dewalt is cut stair stringers out of treated wood for decks. not that it won’t, just the charger can’t keep up with the batteries when going though that tough and wet material.

Some of my dewalt batteris are starting to go. I think instead of buying new batteries at $80 each, I might start the transition to PC for the price. I am only doing woodworking now. I used to teach vocational ed and needed the pro tools.

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#11 posted 10-27-2008 05:53 AM

Also I think there is some gear/torque ratio difference in the tools. I have a buddy who has the Ryobi set and I have the dewalt. We were both assembling hinges on his cabinet doors for his garage using our impact drivers. His wife stepped out to see how it was going. She asked if the voltage was the same on our tools. We asked why? She said I was putting in screws faster than he was. We simply said it was blue vs yellow (ryobi vs dewalt)

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#12 posted 10-27-2008 09:34 AM

I sell tools at lowes and during our little presentation about this new line of PC tools, it was clear that it is a line for the serious, entry level, DIY home user. They are not even trying to pretend it is contractor grade. However it is just a better version of the B&D firestorm line. I use the firestorm line and so far it has worked very well but i wouldnt want to build a house with them :D It is one great deal if you need to start your battery power tool collection, but beyond that i would go with a better mid-grade cordless tool company such as hitachi.

and just for clarity, B&D bought dewalt, porter cable, delta and i’ve heard from the vine that a buyout of makita may be on the way.

-- - more crap coming soon!

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#13 posted 10-27-2008 04:24 PM

A big difference is the battery. The new Porter-Cable battery( Nicad) is an 18 volt 1.5 AH battery. The DeWalt is an 18 volt 2.4 AH battery. A lot more battery swaps with the Porter-Cable. You can buy new 18 volt DeWalt batteries for $60 apiece on the web. Amazon has 2 batteries for $110 with free shipping. You can also buy DeWalt tools without the battery or charger on at Amazon between $75 and $110. I just bought a new 18 volt impact, and a 2nd drill. Once you have the batteries new DeWalt tools are not that expensive. You can also by the new Dewalt Lithium battery as replacement for the older 18 volt XRP batteries.

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

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#14 posted 10-28-2008 06:36 PM

My old 14.4 V PC (originally bought as a reconditioned drill) is on the fritz, so may be in the market sometime soon. For those that have the lithium battery setups, it the price difference worth it? I understand that the litiums last longer and are either on or off…is that good? Thanks,

-- Don, San Antonio, TX

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#15 posted 10-28-2008 09:26 PM

I personally don’t feel the cost of the lithium is worth the extra money for the typical DIY kind of guy. I can buy 18 volt Nicads for $60 each. The DeWalt 18 volt lithium cost $149 each. True, the lithium are litter lighter but to me, there’s not return value.

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

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