Field Test of Porter-Cable’s 20 volt Hammer Drill
By Larry Walton
First Impressions and Features
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.