Tool Review: Combo Kit

Impressive Cordless 8-Tool Combo Kit

by Ali Turner, editorial & multimedia manager

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 PCCK619L8 20V MAX Cordless 8-Tool Combo Kit.

An established authority in the power-tool world, PORTER-CABLE has been around for a long time, and they’ve manufactured some of the most 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. The impressive kit is comprised of a 1/2” drill/driver, 1/4” impact driver, 6-1/2” circular saw, reciprocating tiger saw, jig saw, oscillating multi-tool, cutoff tool/grinder, and LED flashlight.

The 1/2” drill/driver features a high-performance motor and a two-speed gear box for the power to work hard. The 1/4” impact driver offers 1,450 in/lbs. of torque, 0-2,800 rpm, and 0-3,100 bpm. Our team took these two tools for a spin on an area of a roof that required new metal coping on an existing parapet wall. The installation was seamless and our installers didn’t experience power loss, dropped bits, or any other common issues with these types of tools.

The circular saw has a high-performance 4,000 rpm motor for aggressive cutting power and a 50° pivoting beveling shoe. The 0-3,000 rpm reciprocating tiger saw features tool-free blade release and a compact design. For any job areas that need some light demolition, this reciprocating saw is a safe bet. Our team used it to cut plywood 2x4s, and had zero issues, and determined that it would also be great for any overhead tasks, as it’s lightweight and can get into tight spots. The jig saw has three orbital settings and a variable speed trigger. All of these saws are great for a multitude of job-related tasks, such as cutting wood, plastic, metals, concrete, tiles, bricks, and more.

The oscillating multi-tool also offers a variable speed dial and integrated LED work light for better visibility. The cutoff tool/grinder runs at up to 8,500 rpm and has a three-position side handle for tool control. The bright LED flashlight illuminates the work area, increasing the effectiveness of each run. Its four-bulb pivoting head provides a respectable 120 lumens.

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 guarantee, this 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 PORTER-CABLE 20V MAX Cordless 8-Tool Combo Kit leaves nothing to the imagination. It’s an impressive, hard-working, complete jobsite toolkit that is a wonderful addition to any roofing professional’s repertoire. If you’re looking to add a toolkit to your truck, this one from PORTER-CABLE is an excellent choice.