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PORTER-CABLE to Expand Cordless Line of Professional-Grade Power Tools

New lithium-ion batteries add to expanded power tool line developed from tradesman feedback

TOWSON, Md.  (March 12, 2009) – PORTER-CABLE announced today the expansion of its popular professional-grade 18-volt cordless tool line with seven new tools, two new lithium-ion combination kits and two additional lithium-ion batteries developed with direct feedback from the tradesmen who use them.

Building on the line’s interchangeable lithium-ion and Nickel Cadmium (NiCad) battery system, the new PORTER-CABLE LX (PC18BLX) and EX (PC18BLEX) 18-volt, Lithium-Ion Battery Packs feature extended run-time and offer expanded options for users to build a cordless system tailored to their needs. The batteries can be used interchangeably with any PORTER-CABLE 18-volt cordless tool and will be available along with the entire expanded cordless line beginning in May 2009.

Impact Drivers
PORTER-CABLE introduces two new 1/4-inch hex impact drivers, available in 18-volt (PC18ID) and 12-volt (PC120IDK-2) configurations. The 18-volt impact driver also is available as part of a lithium-ion kit (PCL180IDK-2), while the 12-volt impact driver comes standard as part of a NiCad kit. The impact drivers offer high-torque output, virtually eliminating kickback, thus allowing users to take-on heavy-duty fastening applications for extended periods
without fatigue.

With a heavy-duty impact mechanism, the 18-volt and 12-volt impact drivers can deliver up to 1,600 inch-pounds and 1,400 inch-pounds of torque, respectively, at 2,800 blows-per-minute (BPM). The impact block is cold-forged to provide maximum durability. 

At 6-1/2 inches, the impact drivers fit into tight areas not accessible to larger impact drivers and drill/drivers. To achieve the shortest length in their class, the impact drivers utilize a high-output, compact motor. The impact drivers incorporate a variable-speed trigger to provide a smooth power curve for maximum control across a range of applications and an on-board LED work light to illuminate dark areas without compromising battery run-time. 

The 18-volt impact driver (PC18ID) will be available for a suggested retail price of $69.97 (batteries and chargers sold separately). This impact driver also will be available in an 18-volt, lithium-ion kit (PCL180IDK-2), which contains two standard lithium-ion batteries, a lithium-ion fast charger, a screwdriving bit, a belt clip and a storage bag, for $199.00. The 12-volt, NiCad impact driver kit (PC120IDK-2) contains two NiCad batteries, a one-hour NiCad fast charger, a screwdriving bit and a storage bag, and will be available for $139.00.

The PORTER-CABLE jigsaw (PC18JS) is the only 18-volt jigsaw to offer both a tool-free shoe and detachable vacuum attachment port. The tool-free steel shoe provides hassle-free transitions from straight (0 degree) and 45-degree bevel cuts, while the vacuum attachment clears debris from the cut path and reduces airborne dust.

In addition, the jigsaw’s three-position orbital control adjusts the blade angle to allow users the choice between faster and smoother cutting to best suit the need. At a maximum of 2,500 strokes-per minute (SPM), the jigsaw has the fastest cutting speed in its class, providing a smooth cut with minimal splintering. A tool-free blade clamp reduces the time required for blade changes. The PC18JS will be available for a suggested retail price of $49.97 (batteries and chargers sold separately).

Rotary Saw
The new PORTER-CABLE 18-volt rotary saw (PC18SS) offers a tool-free depth guide made of durable, high-impact composite plastic and is the only 18-volt rotary saw with a dust extraction port. The detachable dust port can be connected to a vacuum hose to reduce airborne particulates. Along with offering efficient dust removal, the saw’s fast-moving bit is capable of producing a maximum of 26,000 revolutions-per-minute (RPM) for smooth edges.

With these features, the tool is ideal for making electrical or recessed lighting cutouts in drywall, register cutouts in plywood, countertop cutouts and metal cutting. For increased versatility, the rotary saw includes a circle-cutting template for recessed lighting projects and accepts both 1/8-inch and 1/4-inch shank bits. The PC18SS will be available for a suggested retail price of $39.97 (batteries and chargers sold separately).

Hand Vac
As the only hand-held vacuum on the market to utilize GORE CleanStream™ Armor Clad technology, the new PORTER-CABLE 18-volt hand vac (PC18HV) is drywall dust rated and can efficiently handle the removal of all types of debris from the worksite and shop without clogging. The GORE™ membrane provides a barrier to prevent fine particles, such as drywall dust and sawdust, from imbedding into the filter. This helps to sustain the long-term suction power of the vacuum, minimizing particulate blow-through and maximizing suction airflow. The Armor Clad mesh protects the filter against abrasive debris, such as metal shavings and broken glass, allowing the filter to be reusable for up to one year with minimal maintenance.

The hand vac offers the convenience of a 27-inch flexible extension hose and universal adapter, engineered to fit the dust collection ports on the PORTER-CABLE jigsaw (PC18JS), detail sander (PC18DS) and rotary sander (PC18SS). The extension hose comes with a crevice tool for access to tighter spaces. For added convenience, the bowl of the hand vac is translucent to monitor remaining capacity, and the handle is positioned in-line with the wrist for reduced hand fatigue and strain. The PC18HV will be available for a suggested retail price of $29.97 (batteries and chargers sold separately).

Detail Sander
The new PORTER-CABLE 18-volt detail sander (PC18DS) has the highest stock removal rate in its class, based on platen size and orbits-per-minute (OPM), and is the only 18-volt sander featuring a detachable detail finger and vacuum attachment port. When activated, the sander’s high-output motor drives the 19-square-inch, hook-and-loop platen to a maximum speed of 10,500 OPM for superior stock removal and productivity.

The platen is tapered for sanding in corners and tight spaces, and has a detachable detail finger designed for small surface applications. The overmolded, contoured grip area offers comfort and control during use.

For dust management, the detail sander has a detachable dust port for use with a vacuum hose. The on/off switch also is dust sealed for durability. The PC18DS will be available for a suggested retail price of $29.97 (batteries and chargers sold separately).

Area Light
Equipped with a 13-watt fluorescent bulb, the new PORTER-CABLE 18-volt area light (PC18AL) draws less power than incandescent lighting for longer run-time with a similar light output. A pivoting handle and base offer users flexible light usage and prevent obstructions in the light focus.

Whether hanging or standing, the lamp rotates 360 degrees to direct the light focus where needed. For secure hanging, there is an open hook to accommodate up to a 2-inch wide pipe. An indentation on the hook secures the light on hooks and nails. The stand also has a wide-stance base for stability on uneven or graded terrain.

With these features, the PC18AL offers best-in-class versatility and performance in portable work area lighting. The area light will be available for a suggested retail price of $29.97 (batteries and chargers sold separately).

Lithium-Ion Combo Kits
Expanding on the existing 18-volt, NiCad combination kit options available, users looking for the convenience and value of combination kits will be able to choose from the following new lithium-ion combination kits:

  • 18-volt, Lithium-Ion Three-Tool Combo Kit (PCL318IDC-2) Includes:
    • Compact Drill/Driver; Compact Impact Driver; Flashlight
    • (2) Standard Lithium-Ion Battery Packs
    • Lithium-Ion Fast Charger
    • Double-ended Bit Tip; Soft-sided Carrying Case
    • Suggested retail price of $229.00
  • 18-volt, Lithium-Ion Four-Tool Combo Kit (PCL418C-2) Includes:
    • Compact Drill/Driver; 6 1/2-inch Circular Saw; Reciprocating Saw; Flashlight 
    • (1) LX and (1) EX Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
    • Lithium-Ion Fast Charger 
    • 18-tooth, Carbide-tipped Circular Saw Blade; 6-inch Wood Cutting Reciprocating Saw Blade; Double-ended Bit Tip; Soft-sided Carrying Case
    • Suggested retail price of $299.00
Available nationwide through Lowe’s and other independent hardware and woodworking retailers, the seven new cordless tools, two lithium-ion combination kits and two lithium-ion batteries expand on the PORTER-CABLE professional-grade cordless and corded tool line. In addition, this expansion includes two new corded tools and a full line of new accessories.

The new accessories line features jig saw blades, hole saws, reciprocating saw blades, screwdriving sets and forstner bits. The screwdriving sets come in cases designed for compact storage and are durable enough for worksite use. The hole saws are 2 inches deep to cut through 2-by-4 wood pieces in a single pass.

First introduced in fall 2008, the new tool line also includes 18-volt cordless tools consisting of a lithium-ion drill/driver kit and a range of NiCad battery-powered tools, and two 18-volt, NiCad combination kits. The corded tools include a 1/2-inch hammerdrill, a 7.5 amp reciprocating saw, an 8.5 amp orbital reciprocating saw, a 7.5 amp small angle grinder, 13 and 15 amp circular saws with lasers and a 1/2-inch drill.

The tools in the professional-grade cordless and corded line have a three-year limited warranty (two years on all batteries), one year of free service and a 90-day money-back guarantee. For additional information on tool specifications and availability, visit

With over 100 years of experience producing quality and performance-driven tools, PORTER-CABLE continues to be a leading manufacturer and marketer of professional-grade cordless and corded power tools, equipment and accessories. Known for industry-changing innovation, PORTER-CABLE introduced the world’s first helical drive circular saw, portable band saw and portable belt sander. For more information about PORTER-CABLE® professional-grade power tools, visit