Porter Cable has added a new corded oscillating multi-tool to their lineup, the 3.0-amp PCE605K. We reviewed the previous 2.5A model, and while it was a great performer, the blade change mechanism required a bit more hand strength to operate than we’d like.
The new PC oscillating multi-tool seems like a modest upgrade to the 2.5A model, but under the surface there are some very neat redesigns and upgrades.
- 3.0 amp motor
- depth and cutting guide
- three-position overmold grip for improved comfort
- improved blade change mechanism?!!
A bump up from a 2.5-amp to a 3.0-amp motor doesn’t mean all that much; we’re more interested in the new functionality and improved features.
Porter Cable says that their new depth and cutting guide provides greater stability when making longer cuts and control when making plunge cuts. This seems like a reasonable claim, and it makes us wonder why other multi-tool makers haven’t thought of something similar sooner.
Three-position overmold seems a bit inappropriate to describe the radical new grip conponents. Judging from the product images, Porter Cable gave their product managers and ergonomics specialists full control to experiment and go wild with the grips. That would definitely be a good thing from our point of view. A gripper tool – what could go wrong?
We could not find any mention of this, but it looks like Porter Cable lengthened their blade-change handle slightly. If you recall from our hands-on review of the PC250MTK predecessor, the lever required a bit of force to operate. A lengthier squeeze-handle on the new 3.0-amp model’s blade change mechanism would mean increased leverage and thus reduced user effort.
The overall construction of the grip looks to be slightly tweaked as well. *Thumbs up* if it reduces the effort required for blade and accessory swaps.
- 10-foot power cord (hopefully soft and rubbery like before)
- 10,000-22,000 OPM
- tool-free blade change (seemingly improved)
The PCE605K multi-tool kit comes with 31 accessories including the depth and cutting guide. MSRP is $129.
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