As we discussed earlier today, Porter Cable is launching a brand new 20V Max cordless tool platform. Their new compact drill driver, PCC600, will be a major part of the initial launch, and will be accompanied by a compact impact driver. Porter Cable designed the lightweight and compact drill with reasonably good specs, and a new look that’s sure to turn heads at jobsites.
Features and Specs:
- 330 UWO (unit watts out) max torque
- 2-speed gearbox: 0-400/0-1600 RPM
- 23 clutch settings (22 + drill)
- metal ratcheting chuck
- 7-3/4″ length
- 3.5 lb weight (with compact battery)
- new contoured overmold grip
- battery fuel gauge
- LED worklight
- 2 top-mounted magnetic bit holders
- removable belt clip
- rubber bumpers to protect delicate worksurfaces
- PCCK600LB kit includes drill/driver, 2x PCC680L 1.5Ah batteries, PCC690L charger, kit box, double-ended bit
The PCL180CDK drill/driver we reviewed earlier this year performed well in our tests and was fairly compact and lightweight, but the PCC600 looks even better. It’s not just that the PCC600 is shorter, faster, lighter, or even that it comes with higher capacity lithium-ion batteries. We’re suckers for great ergonomics, and the new PC drill looks like it was expertly tweaked to perfection.
Do you notice the lighter gray color of the drill, compared to the darker gray of Porter Cable’s 18V products? Us too. Maybe the images are deceptive, but it looks like Porter Cable went back to the same light gray color they used before brand was revamped a couple of years ago.
Porter Cable PCCK600LB Kit
The 20V drill/driver kit, PCCK600LB, is priced at $129.
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Compared to Porter Cable’s leading 18V lithium-ion-powered drill/driver, the new PCC600 drill is lighter, shorter, faster, and delivers what seems to be comparable level of power. Porter Cable shifted to Dewalts “unit watts out” measure of power from the more traditional inch-pound units used to describe their 18V drills and drivers, so it’s hard to tell.
The ergonomics look to be improved as well, not that Porter Cable has ever given us much to complain about in this department. The adjustable clutch looks supremely grippy, and we’re loving the new look of the handle. Overall the drill/driver looks a bit busy with many minor bumps, grooves, and accents, but we’re liking its sort of high-tech look.