Do you remember the Porter Cable Li-ion cordless drill that we reviewed quite some time ago? It was part of their Li-ion 4-tool combo kit, and surprised us with its respectable build quality and performance. Porter Cable engineers have been busy, and are rolling out a new upgraded version of the drill.
The new drill driver (PCL180CDK-2) has been “enhanced across all facets of the tool.” First, the motor was replaced with a new one that outputs up to 424 in-lbs of max torque (a 30% increase), and can operate at a higher max speed of 1500 RPM (25% increase). The gearbox was also redesigned in order to reduce the girth of the tool.
Among other changes, the clutch is now a 22-position one, the housing is made from a more durable glass-filled nylon material, and the battery release switch was moved from the back of the tool to the front.
The new drill is backwards-compatible with Porter Cable’s Li-ion and NiCad batteries. It will be priced at about $150, and will be available via Lowes, Amazon, and other retailers. The kit will include 2 Li-ion batteries, multi-chemistry charger, a soft-sided storage bag, and a single double-ended screwdriver bit.