Porter-Cable is one of the industry leaders in the manufacture of the best power tools. Both professionals and DIYers alike swear by the name and for good reason. You can find Porter-Cable tools from the construction site to the home garage.
Most Porter-Cable fans love how their power tools come at very affordable prices. They are the ideal power tools for those looking for power with a specific budget in mind. Indeed, Porter-Cable offers good performance that is inexpensive.
Every brand is unique, and they all have their ups and down. Let’s look at two of Porter-Cable’s combo kits so you can have an idea which one to get.
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Porter-Cable PCCK604L2 20V Max Lithium-Ion 2-Tool Combo Kit
The PCCK604L2 is a versatile tool you can use in and around your house. It is a combo kit that includes a 1/4 inch impact driver and a 1/2 inch two-speed drill/driver. The kit contains one double-ended bit, a #2 Philips head screw driving bit all in a sturdy carrying bag.
The compact drill weighs only 3 and 1/2 pounds and is 8 and 1/2 inches long, ideal for use on tight and confined spaces. You can work long hours using these tools without too much fatigue on your hands and arms. They have ergonomic handles to feel snug and comfortable in your hands.
The drill driver is equipped with a high performing motor that provides up to 283 Units Watts Out of power. Its 2-speed transmission has a low gear of 0 to 350 RPM and a high gear of 0 to 1,500 RPM. It has an LED work-light, onboard bit storage, and a 1/2-inch chuck.
The impact driver in this combo kit delivers 1,450 in. lbs. of torque, a top speed of 2,800 RPM, and 3,100 BPM. Like the compact drill, it also has a built-in LED light, and an onboard bit storage. Both drills do not have battery fuel gauges like other drills.
Both power tools run on 20 V Lithium-Ion batteries which they claim to last long. But based on our review and the feedback on online stores, the battery life needs improvement. The charging, on the other hand, is pretty quick and easy.
Pros: Ideal for building cabinets, kitchen shelves, drawers, or fixing doors. It has an ergonomic design that will allow you to work on difficult angles because of its lightweight.
- 1/2-inch drill driver PCC601: delivers 283 Units Watts Out (UWO) of power
- 1/4-inch hex impact driver PCC641: delivers 1,495 in. lbs. of max torque
- Built-in LED lights
- Comes with 2-speed gearbox
- Compact and lightweight design
Cons: All drills make noise, that’s a given. But we noticed that the drills in this combo kit make a bit of a noise more than the others. Also, they are great for drilling and driving tasks at home, but not on the construction site.
- Slightly noisy
- Short battery life
- Not recommended for heavy-duty tasks
Porter-Cable PCCK602L2 20V Max Lithium-Ion 2-Tool Combo Kit
The PCCK602L2 combo kit includes the PCC600 drill and the PCC640 impact driver. Like the tools that come with the PCCK604L2, the tools in this kit have built-in LED lights. They also use 20 V Lithium-Ion batteries that charges quickly as well.
The compact drill has a brushless motor that delivers 330 UWO of maximum power. It has two-speed transmissions with 0 to 430 and 0 to 1,700 RPMs for fastening. Its compact size of 8 inches in length makes it perfect for use in tight or overhead work areas.
The impact driver also has a brushless motor that provides 50% more runtime than those that use brushed motors. It has a maximum RPM of 2,700, great for most of your drilling and fastening jobs. It is compact and lightweight, measuring 5.8 inches and 2.9 pounds.
Like the PCCK604L2, both the tools in this kit have built-in LED lights, but the difference is that they are equipped with battery fuel gauges. You can easily tell how much juice is left when working with this combo kit. And with the Lithium-Ion batteries that they run on, you can be sure of uninterrupted work experience.
Changing bits with the impact driver is easy; you can do it with one-handedly. In addition, it has a racketing chuck that is made of metal and not plastic.
Pros: You can use the impact driver in this kit for building a deck, installing cabinets, or furniture making. The drill/driver is effective in boring holes and lag driving.
- 1/2-inch drill driver PCC600: delivers 330 UWO of power
- 1/4-inch hex impact driver PCC640: 1,495 in. lbs. of max torque
- Built-in LED lights
- Comes with battery fuel gauge
- Compact and lightweight design
Cons: Although it has an ergonomic design, the impact driver can be difficult to hold when used in the high setting. The tools are somewhat louder than other tools in its category.
- The driver can be hard to hold when used in high settings
- Makes more noise than the PCCK602L2
- More expensive
In this side by side review of these two Porter-Cable combo kits, we can clearly see that the PCCK602L2 outperforms the PCCK604L2. Its drill/driver has 330 UWO as compared to the PCCK604L2’s 283. At around $99, the PCCK604L2 costs less than the $154 for the PCCK602L2.
Even with the speed of the gearbox, the PCCK602L2 has the upper hand, providing up to 1,600 of RPM, while the PCCK604L2 only has the capability of up to 1,500 RPM. All the tools in these kits have LED lights that are built-in, but only the PCCK602L2 has tools that have battery fuel gauges.
If you’re a hobbyist or a home improvement enthusiast, the PCCK604L2 is your best bet. You can use it for light woodworking, repairing furniture, or any other light jobs around your home.
If you’re a professional, the PCCK602L2 is the one for you. It can take on the heavier duty jobs that the PCCK604L2 won’t be able to handle. It has a slightly higher price, but it can definitely do more.