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6/5/2007

Porter-Cable’s New Electric Drills Deliver Power and Speed


Porter-Cable’s New Electric Drills Deliver Power and Speed
6/20/2002

June 20, 2002 – NEW YORK CITY, NY - Porter-Cable Corporation announced today the introduction of four new electric drills – two 3/8² units and two 1/2² units – during today’s press conference at the Hotel InterContinental in New York City. Porter-Cable Product Manager Todd Craft said, “Our new electric drills achieve the optimal balance of power and speed while offering a host of other user-friendly features.”

Porter-Cable’s engineers redesigned their drill line with one goal in mind – superior performance. The new drill motors are vastly improved over their predecessors incorporating more efficient fans and simpler more efficient brush systems. Brush life has been greatly improved by reducing current density during commutation. Moreover, Porter-Cable engineers have reduced the number of parts in each brush assembly from seven in previous models to three in the new design, which makes them easier to service and maintain.

The new models utilize a magnesium bearing plate for lighter weight and longer life. Also, a fully redesigned train of precision machined and hardened gears greatly extends the life of the drills over their predecessors. Their enhanced ergonomics provide multiple gripping positions to minimize fatigue and avoid the risk of repetitive motion injury. Their convenient belt clip can be attached to either side of the drill or removed altogether (depending on the user’s preference).

Both 3/8² drills offer the same set of features though the model 2610 features a premium quality Yukiwa keyless chuck while the model 2611 provides a keyed chuck. Otherwise, they both tout a beefy 7 Amp , 0-2,500 RPM variable speed, reversing, motor. Available in June, the model 2610 is expected to sell for approximately $90 while the model 2611 has an approximate street price of $95.

The two 1/2² drills offer the same set of features though the model 2614 features a premium quality Yukiwa keyless chuck while the model 2615 has a keyed chuck. Otherwise, they both tout a powerful 7.8 Amp, 0-850 RPM variable speed, reversing, motor. Available in June, the model 2614 is expected to sell for approximately $ 135 while the model 2615 has an approximate street price of $125.

Porter-Cable Corporation (www.porter-cable.com), a subsidiary of Pentair, Inc. (NYSE – PNR), is a leading manufacturer of portable electric and cordless power tools; air nailers, staplers, & compressors; generators; pressure washers; ad related accessories for the professional woodworking, commercial/residential construction, plumbing, and electrical markets. With its manufacturing operation centralized in Jackson, TN, Porter-Cable operates a second manufacturing facility in Steinheim, Germany, where its products are produced and sold throughout Europe under the FLEX brand name.