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New Porter-Cable Lithium-ion Batteries and Tools

Porter-Cable 18-volt Tools

Porter-Cable recently expanded its professional- grade cordless tool line with a slew of new tools and extended use 18-volt lithium-ion batteries to complement their current Ni-Cad and lithium-powered options.

Two impact drivers, a drill, a jigsaw, a rotary saw, a detail sander, a hand vac, an area light and two combination kits round out the new offerings. In addition to their standard lithium ion battery, the new lithium batteries come in two sizes, the LX and EX. These new batteries can be used inter- changeably on all of their 18-volt tools to give an extended run time to demanding applications.

In our tests using the new compact drill/driver and the new impact driver, the LX battery lasted nearly twice as long as Porter-Cable’s standard lithium-ion battery. The EX lasted nearly four times as long as the standard lithium-ion battery. Though, these extended life batteries weigh slightly more.

Both the compact drill/driver and impact driver are light- weight and comfortable, offering greater control and precision than heavier tools. Both include an LED light to illuminate darker spaces. Their compact sizes easily fit in most spaces where larger tools couldn’t before. We found that they are powerful enough for most jobs around the shop. Plenty of torque is available on the compact drill/driver for demanding applications. And the impact driver is perfect when you need maximum torque in a small, lightweight tool.

We also got a chance to test out the jigsaw and detail sander. Both are straightforward and easy to use. Blade changes on the jigsaw are quick and simple. And it includes a vacuum attachment for dust collection, as well as a tool-free steel shoe that positions from 45 degrees to 90 degrees with ease.

The detail sander comes with a detachable detail finger that is very useful for getting into tight corners. The sander also includes an attachment for dust collection, a very useful feature to keep your lungs and work area clean.

These tools and others are available separately and in kit form. And all of these tools use the same battery footprint. Expanding your collection is as simple as adding a new tool and popping in your existing battery. Those who use their tools more regularly will find that more batteries, as well as the extended life LX and EX bring usability to a whole new level. And everyone will appreciate the lighter weight and longer-lasting charges that come with lithium-ion battery powered tools.

Source: Porter-Cable,, (888) 848-5175 Batteries: LX, #PC18BLX, $69.97; and EX, #PC18BLEX, $89.97 Detail Sander, #PC18DS, $29.97; Hand Vac, #PC18HV, $29.97; Jigsaw #PC18JS, $49.97; Rotary Saw #PC18SS, $39.97; 18-volt Lithium-Ion Impact Driver, #PC18ID, $69.97; 12-volt Ni-Cad Impact Driver Kit, #PC120IDK-2, $139; Area Light, #PC18AL, $29.97; Lithium-Ion Three-Tool Combo Kit, #PCL318IDC-2, $229; Lithium-Ion Four-Tool Combo Kit, #PCL418C-2, $269.