Over on the Garage Journal Forum there’s a thread where someone asked about the best drill for the money. He has a $150 budget but since he already owns a Porter Cable 18V Li-ion impact driver, I offered to send him a spare cordless Porter Cable drill/driver that I have collecting dust under my test bench.
Later in the thread a member mentions that they read somewhere about how Porter Cable’s 20V Max tools are simply higher-priced versions of the 18V tools, and that the batteries are interchangeable.
Let me get one thing straight. The 20V Max tools are NOT simply a re-branding of Porter Cable’s 18V line, they’re completely different designs. I am actually quite impressed with the new Porter Cable 20V drill and impact driver, and will be putting together reviews of them as soon as I can.
I also spoke to a Porter Cable product manager who shared some insight about how and why they developed the new designs.
Thus, 20V Max ≠ 18V, from a branding perspective. In terms of voltage, 20V Max and 18V are no different.
I can tell you for certain that the 20V Max and 18V tools and batteries are definitely not interchangeable. In case you don’t believe me, here’s a 90 second low-light video that shows how the two platforms don’t play together well.
So… what do you guys want to see on next week’s episode of Does it Fit?