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Porter-Cable 20V Max 1/2 In. Drill/Driver Kit PCCK607LB Review

A good choice if you are looking to save some cash over the premium models but still want plenty of power
Porter-Cable 20V Max 1/2 In. Drill/Driver Kit PCCK607LB
Credit: Jenna Ammerman
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Price:   $139 List | $146.10 at Amazon
Pros:  Good driving power, solid all-around performance, less expensive than premium products
Cons:  So-so with the spade bit, slow to charge
Manufacturer:   PORTER-CABLE
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Nov 10, 2021
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RANKED
#8 of 16
  • Drilling - 35% 7
  • Driving - 35% 8
  • Battery Life - 20% 6
  • Convenience - 10% 7

Our Verdict

The Porter-Cable 20V Max 1/2 In. Drill/Driver Kit PCCK607LB did fairly well across the board in our tests, finishing in the upper third of the overall pack. This cordless drill didn't have any major deficiencies and retails for quite a bit less than the top-tier drills. It does have slightly less power than those premium products when it comes to drilling and driving but this model can usually hold its own, albeit a bit slower and with more effort required. It's not our first recommendation for someone looking for the best value. However, it is a close second, being a slight upgrade pick if you are willing to spend a bit more for more power but unwilling to spend the cash for a premium product.

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Pros Good driving power, solid all-around performance, less expensive than premium productsGreat for driving fasteners, heavy-duty, efficient use of battery lifePowerful, great battery life, fantastic integrated worklightImpressive drilling power, strong steel drilling performance, good control, great priceInexpensive, lightweight
Cons So-so with the spade bit, slow to chargeHeavy, takes some force to swap batteriesExpensive, only includes a single batteryOnly includes a single batter, so-so battery life in our testsWeak, minimal features
Bottom Line A good choice if you are looking to save some cash over the premium models but still want plenty of powerIf you are looking for a top-tier drill to go with your existing Milwaukee batteries, this is your best betThe highest scorer in our group, this is a heavy-duty drill that can keep up with all your toughest projectsA decent drill for DIY projects that won't deplete your savingsAn okay drill for basic household tasks and assembly projects at a great price
Rating Categories Porter-Cable 20V Ma... Milwaukee M18 Fuel... Kobalt 24-volt Max... Craftsman V20 1/2-I... Black+Decker 20V Ma...
Drilling (35%)
7.0
9.0
10.0
7.0
4.0
Driving (35%)
8.0
10.0
9.0
6.0
3.0
Battery Life (20%)
6.0
10.0
9.0
4.0
3.0
Convenience (10%)
7.0
6.0
6.0
6.0
4.0
Specs Porter-Cable 20V Ma... Milwaukee M18 Fuel... Kobalt 24-volt Max... Craftsman V20 1/2-I... Black+Decker 20V Ma...
Battery Capacity (Included) 1.5 Ah Tested w/ 2 Ah 2 Ah 1.3 Ah 1.5 Ah
Battery Voltage 20V 18V 24V 20V 20V
Max Chuck 1/2" 1/2" 1/2" 1/2" 3/8"
Battery Chemistry Lithium-Ion Lithium-Ion Lithium-Ion Lithium-Ion Lithium-Ion
Drill Model Tested PCCK607 2803-20 KDD 524B-03 CMCD700 LDX120C
Box Model (Kit) Tested PCCK607LB Tested tool-only, no kit 672823 CMCD700C1 LDX120C
RPM Low: 0 - 450
High: 0 - 1800
Low: 0 - 550
High: 0 - 2000
Low: 0 - 550
High: 0 - 2000
Low: 0 - 450
High: 0 - 1500
0 - 650
Peak Torque (manu) 270 in-lbs 1,200 in-lbs 650 in-lbs 280 UWO N/A
Measured Length 7" 7" 7-3/8" 8-1/4" 7"
Measured Weight 3 pounds
5.2 oz
4 pounds 1 ounce 3 pounds
15.2 oz
3 pounds 7 ounces 2 pounds
10.8 ounces
Measured Charge Time 85 minutes 25 minutes 75 minutes 58 minutes 210 minutes
Battery Indicator Location Drill Battery Battery Battery N/A
LED Location Above the battery Above the battery Above the battery Above the trigger Above the trigger
Included Belt Clip Yes Yes Yes No No

Our Analysis and Test Results

The PCCK607LB finished just behind the DeWalt DCD771C2 and tied with the Ridgid R86009K. The DeWalt did a bit better in our drilling and driving tests than the PCCK607LB, but we did find that the Porter-Cable did do better in the battery life and convenience tests. The Ridgid also did a bit better than the PCCK607LB in our drilling test, but the PCCK607LB came out on top in the driving tests, with both the Ridgid and the PCCK607LB scoring the same when it came to battery life and convenience. In terms of price, the Ridgid has the highest list price, followed by the DeWalt and then the Porter-Cable. However, this order can shift depending on which one of these tools is currently on sale, as we have seen their actual prices fluctuate quite a bit.

Performance Comparison


Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Drilling


Comprising 35% of the overall score for each drill in our test, drilling performance is - obviously — absolutely critical for a cordless drill. To evaluate this, we tested out the PCCK607LB with a 5" hole saw in a solid door, a 1" spade bit in dimensional lumber, and a pair of twist drills (¼" and ½") in a 16 gauge steel sheet. It did decently well and feels appropriate for all but heavy duty tasks.

Credit: Jenna Ammerman

This drill got off to a great start with the 5" hole saw, drilling it to the full depth in the door with only a slight amount of struggling compared to the top-of-the-line tools. It never completely stalled and stopped, but it did take a little more than three times as long as the fastest drills — 50 seconds compared to 17.

The Porter Cable didn't take long to devour the 5" hole saw test.
The Porter Cable didn't take long to devour the 5" hole saw test.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

It also did very well with the standard twist drills and the steel sheet. It took almost no time at all — 1.8 seconds — to drill a hole with the ¼" drill. The PCCK607LB didn't struggle at all with this, not even binding up when it punched through the sheet into the wood backer board we were using. It did take a little longer with the ½" drill, mainly due to the fact that it took a little time to get the hole started, but it still took less than 10 seconds in total for the PCCK607LB to drill through the steel with the larger bit.

Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Unfortunately, we weren't quite as enamored with the PCCK607LB's performance when it came to drilling through the 2x12 with a 1" paddle bit. The PCCK607LB seems like it has plenty of power to make it through the board, though we could tell that it was a little underpowered compared to a handful of the others. However, it was the fact that the Porter-Cable tended to stall right as you were punching through the last bit of the board and would violently wrench the handle to the side that caused us to lose some enthusiasm for this tool. Despite that, it still offers a solid all-around drilling performance — as long as you are cautious about it catching as it finishes drilling a hole.

The Porter Cable powering through the lag screw test.
The Porter Cable powering through the lag screw test.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Driving


Moving on from drilling holes with the PCCK607LB, we next ranked and scored how it did at driving in some screws, which also accounts for 35% of its final score. The Porter-Cable did very well, setting 5" long, ½" lag screw and 3" long, #9 wood screws to join dimensional boards together.

We started off with the easier of these two tests: #9 screws. We used the PCCK607LB to drive tons of these screws into a pair of stacked 2x12s. This drill handled this test with ease, quickly and easily driving the screws with plenty of power to fully set the countersunk screw heads flush with the surface of the board. You can do a gentle controlled drive near the end to ensure you don't set the heads too deep and the PCCK607LB has more than enough power to stop and restart if you don't set the head deep enough at first — it doesn't need the momentum to drive the head in at the end.

Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The PCCK607LB also did quite well with the 5" lag screw, though there was a significant increase in the amount of protesting to get it to the full depth. We drilled a pilot hole through a 2x4 into a 4x4 for this test, then set the tool to work on the ½" lag screw. This drill had more than enough power for the start and the middle of this test but did begin to stall out and struggle towards the end, when there was about ½"-1" to go. However, we were able to eventually drive the screw to its full depth, it just took a bit of convincing on our part.

Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Battery Life


After drilling all those holes and driving in all those screws, it was time to assess the battery performance of the Porter-Cable. We did this by comparing the effective runtime, the time it took to recharge a dead battery, and the number of batteries included with the drill. Altogether, this trio of evaluations is responsible for 20% of its final score. We tested this model with the 1.5 Ah batteries that came with the package we purchased.

This cordless drill includes a pair of 1.5 Ah batteries, though we did find they take a little longer than average to recharge. It took around 85 minutes to recharge a completely depleted battery with the included charger in our test.

To compare and score effective runtime, we used each drill with a fully charged battery to drive in 16 of the 3" long, #9 wood screws to their full depth and then to drill a trio of 1" holes using the spade bit. We then repeated this until the battery died, awarding points proportional to the number of sets completed. The best drills made it through 10 or more set, while the PCCK607LB made it through six full sets and a partial set, able to drive in all the screws of the seventh set but died halfway through drilling the first hole.

Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Convenience


Our last series of tests focused on the various features, functions, and capabilities of each drill that improve their ease of use and productivity. In total, these all account for 10% of the PCCK607LB's final score.

This drill is about average in weight, weighing in at a little less than 3.5 lbs., and includes a belt clip that is mounted near the back of the battery — quite handy when working on a ladder or scaffolding.

The chuck on the Porter-Cable can hold up to a ½" bit or a bit with a ½" shank and this drill has two different speed ranges or gear ratios. It also has an integrated LED light on the bottom of the drill that does an excellent job lighting up your work area. It stays on for about 20 seconds after releasing the trigger and doesn't create any shadows from the drill or your hand to obscure your view of the hole you are trying to drill or the fastener you are trying to drive in.

Credit: Jenna Ammerman

It's fairly easy to swap the batteries on this drill, with a locking mechanism that engages or disengages quite easily. However, it can take a little force to slide the battery in or out. We also really liked that this drill has a status indicator on the battery so you know how much charge you have remaining.

Value


The PCCK607LB is a decent value overall, striking a good balance between a more affordable price and a top-tier performance.

Conclusion


Overall, we were quite happy with the performance of the Porter-Cable 20V Max 1/2 In Drill/Driver Kit PCCK607LB. It didn't do that much worse than the very best high-end drills, all while maintaining a much lower price. While it still might be a little too expensive for a budget-conscious on a slim budget, it's a great option for anyone who is willing to pay a bit more for better performance but is still looking to save some cash and doesn't want to pay the premium price of the best drills of the bunch.

David Wise and Austin Palmer

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