Porter-Cable 20v Max Hammer Drill

Field Test of Porter-Cable’s 20 volt Hammer Drill

By Larry Walton

First Impressions and Features

Hammer Drill
Porter-Cable 20v Max Hammer Drill

The first impression I had of the hammer drill was familiarity. That’s because it is the bigger yet younger brother of the Porter Cable 20V Max Drill we have been using for over a year. This gives me immediate confidence in the 20 volt system. Other tools we’ve tested in the 20V MAX Linked System, which share the same batteries and chargers, have been strong performers.

The new hammer drill is lightweight at 3.7 pounds with battery. It is 8.5 inches long, which is about one inch longer than the standard (non-hammer) drill. The Hammer Drill has an LED light, battery fuel gauge, belt clip, magnetic bit holders, two-speed gearbox, 1/2 inch chuck and most importantly, hammer action for masonry drilling. The 20V MAX* Hammer Drill is sold in a kit or as a bare tool.

We are testing the kit (PCC620LB), which includes the drill, 2-20V MAX lithium ion batteries, charger, storage bag, belt clip and double ended tip.

Porter-Cable drill size comparisons.
The new hammer drill is one inch longer than the standard drill in the 20 volt family.

 

 

hammer drill kit
The kit (PCC620LB), which includes the drill, 2-20V MAX lithium ion batteries, charger, storage bag, belt clip and double ended tip.
Hammer symbol
The hammer symbol distinguishes this drill from the standard drill. It has the same capabilities with the added feature of hammer action for concrete and masonry drilling.
hammer drill setting
The hammer setting can be engaged by turning the clutch selection ring to the hammer symbol position.
two speed gear box
The hammer drill includes a two-speed gearbox.
battery level
Porter-Cable calls this battery level indicator a “battery fuel gauge.”
magnetic bit holders
There are two of these magnetic bit holders on the hammer drill.
extra black grip and bumper
We have found the extra black grip and bumper details to be helpful for protecting the drill housing from damage.
The Porter-Cable 20V Max lithium batteries
The Porter-Cable 20V Max lithium batteries are long lasting, fast charging and strong.
LED drill light
The LED light is helpful but the chuck can shadow screw heads and it’s on only when the trigger is pulled.

 

 

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