Tool Review: Drill Driver Combo

Brushless Compact Cordless Drill & Impact Driver from PORTER-CABLE 

by Ali Turner, editorial assistant 



It’s an all too familiar scene.  You head down to the hardware store, stand in the power tool aisle, and immediately become overwhelmed with the options in front of you.  Power tools are meant to make our jobs easier, but sometimes choosing the right tool for the job is incredibly hard.  You have to take into account cost, brand, runtime, comfort, and more.  Thankfully, PORTER-CABLE® has once again come to the rescue with its new PCCK618L2 20V MAX Brushless Compact Cordless Drill and Impact Driver Two-Tool Combo Kit. 

PORTER-CABLE has been around for a long time, and they’ve manufactured some of the most reputable and respected tools for construction and roofing professionals.  This new kit is no exception, and it brings the company’s expertise to a whole new level.  Comprised of a PCC608LB 20V MAX Cordless Compact Drill and a PCCK647LB 20V MAX Cordless Impact Driver, the combo kit uses the same 20V MAX battery system that is used in all of the other lithium-ion tools from PORTER-CABLE.  The combo kit comes with two included 20V MAX lithium-ion 1.3 Ah compact batteries and a compact charger.  The high-efficiency brushless motor in each tool gives extended operation time and the two-speed transmission provides the right speed for any fastening or drilling task.   

At just 3.2 lbs., roofing contractors can use the 20V MAX Brushless Compact Cordless Drill all day long without experiencing fatigue.  Additionally, with a height of only 8” and an ergonomic handle design, it is an ideal tool for tight spaces.  The drill’s high-performance, two-speed transmission has an rpm range of 0-430 and 0-1,700, making it a great tool for jobs requiring various speeds of fastening.  Even at low speeds, users will not find the tool surging or wobbling. 

The key to any impact driver is the torque, and the PORTER-CABLE 20V MAX Brushless Cordless Driver delivers the high speed needed for any fastening job.  This impact driver produces an impressive 1,400 in./lbs. of torque for driving large fasteners, and has a maximum speed of 2,700 rpm.  Similar, to the drill, the impact driver is lightweight at just 2.9 lbs. and 5.8” tall.  Both tools have an LED work light, allowing for increased precision by the user. 

The combo kit comes with an impressive limited warranty, which is standard among PORTER-CABLE’s products.  This three-year limited warranty means the company will repair, without charge, any defects due to faulty materials or workmanship.  In addition to a 90-day money-back guaranteethis combo kit comes with one year of free service, meaning PORTER-CABLE will maintain the tool and replace worn parts caused by normal use, for free, any time during the first year after purchase.  For roofing contractors using these tools daily, this type of protection is priceless. 

The 20V MAX Brushless Compact Cordless Drill and Impact Driver Two-Tool Combo Kit is another solid, reliable offering from PORTER-CABLE that will take your ordinary job to extraordinary.  Fast drilling speeds, smooth handling, an ergonomic grip, and long-lasting batteries make this combo kit a great addition to a roofing contractor’tool box. 

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