PORTER-CABLE Bare-Tool PC18ID 18-Volt Cordless Impact Driver Review

If you want a lightweight cordless impact driver that does not disappoint with its power, then the Porter-Cable PC18ID may be for you. The price for this particular impact driver varies, but generally, it costs a little more than $100. It is good to note, however, that this comes as a bare tool. You have to buy the batteries and its corresponding charger separately.

Pros:

  • Lightweight and powerful
  • Boasts 1,600 in. lbs. of torque
  • Capable of a maximum of 2,900 RPM and 2,800 BPM
  • Runs on both NiCad and Lithium Ion batteries
  • Comes with a Variable Speed Trigger
  • Built with an integrated LED work light
  • Includes a belt clip
  • Covered with a 90-day money-back guarantee

Cons:

  • Batteries and charger sold separately

Our Opinion

Powerful and Easy to Control

Even though this impact driver is marketed to be one of the smallest and lightest in the market, it does not hold back on its specifications. It has 1,600 in. lbs. of torque coupled with a maximum of 2,900 RPM and 2,800 BPM. Even extremely tight bolts are fair game to the Porter-Cable PPD18ID. Even with its relatively small size, it is laden with power.

Both newbies and experts in the maintenance world will appreciate the lightness of the driver in comparison to its specs. Even with fastening screws and bolts, this tool holds. The impact action of the driver causes little to no back torque on the user’s wrist, thereby reducing the strain the user gets from working. You can even work one-handed or overhead without worrying about stripping the head off your screws.

Versatile Battery Choice

Whereas most impact drivers are limited to NiCad batteries or lithium ion batteries separately, you can use either for your Porter-Cable PC18ID. It is up to you, the user, to decide what battery type fits your needs – and your wallet.

Generally, NiCad batteries are up to three times cheaper than lithium ion ones. On the downside, NiCad batteries are heavier yet more consumable. The latter is more expensive but lighter and longer lasting. If you are going to use this tool for heavy work, lithium ion batteries are recommended since demanding jobs tend to exhaust NiCad variants fast.

Even though it does not come with the batteries and a charger, it comes with a privilege to give the user a choice. The Porter-Cable PD18ID’s battery versatility gives the user the option to customize how he or she wants to use the impact driver. This is especially useful if you are on a tight budget or just want to ensure quality work done with your tool.

Durable yet Lightweight

This impact driver weighs only 1.22 lbs. and has a length of 6.5 inches. Its small size can enable you to access hard to reach areas, accessible only to tools as small as the Porter-Cable PPD18ID. It being cordless adds to its mobility which means you do not need to worry about cords being tangled or working in high areas with no nearby power supplies. You can use this tool as you please, wherever, whenever. Just make sure your battery is charged and you’re practically unstoppable.

This particular impact driver is perfect for contractors, electricians, and home DIY enthusiasts in terms of durability. You do not need to worry about this product being damaged in a construction site from accidental falls. The motor is embedded in a cold-forged impact block, ensuring users that their impact driver’s productivity is going to last a long, long time.

Ergonomically Designed

This tool is designed with the user in mind. It has rubberized grips to aid you in handling the tool for long periods while on a job. As mentioned before, it is incredibly lightweight and would not cause the user great strain compared to heavier models.

Additionally, the Porter-Cable PPD18ID has a built-in LED light. This enables you to work even in dark or poorly lit areas. With this impact driver, you will not need to worry about having difficulty finding where everything is. You just get right down to business. You will not need to worry about changing tires in the dead of night anymore as you also have a built-in flashlight with this tool.

If you are not using your driver at the moment, you can maximize the use of the included belt clip. You can clip the tool onto your belt as you move around the construction area, saving you the hassle of lugging around a huge toolbox.

Three-Year Limited Warranty

Remember to keep a proof of purchase after purchasing this product. Upon receiving the impact driver, you should test the product out immediately for any defects or faulty components. If something is not working as it should, contact Porter-Cable to request for a replacement or send the product back to them for a full refund. You are availed this benefit given that it is still within the 90-day money-back guarantee policy.

The company also assures the user of free servicing for one year after the purchase is made. During this period, service centers will maintain the tool and replace parts that may be worn from normal use.

After the initial year, the product still qualifies for a three-year limited warranty from Porter-Cable. If you think the driver is damaged, do not attempt to fix it yourself as the warranties do not cover damage made by unauthorized repairs.

Comparison with Porter-Cable PCCK647LB

PCCK647B has the edge over the PPD18ID with its brushless technology that increases its efficiency. In regards to specifications, the former is significantly heavier at 2.9 lbs. However, it has less torque at 1,400 in. lbs. and less maximum RPM at 2,700.

Unlike the PPD18ID, the PCCK647LB only accepts lithium ion batteries and is commonly sold with both the batteries and the charger. Both these products are viable drivers from Porter-Cable, but to decide between the two boils down to what you see yourself completing with the tool in the long run.

Conclusion

If you want a tool that is simple, reliable, and wallet-friendly, then you have found the perfect candidate. With this impact driver, you are sure to accomplish your job with ease and with less strain on your arms and back.

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