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PORTER-CABLE to Add Corded Options to Line of Professional-Grade Power Tools


TOWSON, Md. (March 12, 2009) – PORTER-CABLE announced today two new additions to its corded line of professional-grade power tools engineered with the tradesman in mind. The new 3/8-inch drill and 6.0 amp jigsaw are designed with high-performance motors and user-driven features, and provide reliable power and durability for projects requiring extended tool usage.

The two corded tool additions are part of the company’s upcoming launch of seven new cordless tools, two new lithium-ion combination kits and two new lithium-ion battery packs designed for the user who wants professional quality at a good value.

3/8-inch Drill
With a high-output, 6.0 amp motor capable of 0 to 2,500 revolutions-per-minute (RPM), the PORTER-CABLE 3/8-inch drill (PC600D) is designed to provide the speed needed for a variety of drilling applications. The high-torque gear design makes the drill ideal for metal and wood fabrication, pilot hole drilling in deck building or frame construction, and other applications requiring the extended run-time of a corded drill.

The lightweight, hand-held drill incorporates a range of professional features, including: a variable-speed trigger for application-specific speed control; a two-sleeve, keyless chuck for quick bit changes; a belt clip for securing the tool; and a six-foot-long, high-grade cord. The PC600D will be available in April 2009 for a suggested retail price of $44.97.

The PORTER-CABLE jigsaw (PC600JS) is outfitted with a high-output, 6.0 amp motor capable of 0 to 3,200 strokes-per-minute (SPM) and offers a four-position orbital setting, encouraging productivity and user-controlled cutting performance across a range of materials and projects.

For accurate bevel cutting, the cast shoe has detents at 0, 15, 30 and 45 degrees. The jigsaw also includes a shoe cover to protect the shoe when not in use and to protect softer surfaces when cutting. Additional features include an on-board LED light for increased visibility of the work piece and cutline; tool-free bevel adjustments and blade changing; a seven-position speed dial for fine adjustments; and a six-foot-long, high-grade cord.

The jigsaw is ideal for cutting plywood, sink cutouts, scrollwork, art projects, shelving, as well as cutting designs into dimensional lumber. The PC600JS will be available in July 2009 for a suggested retail price of $79.97.

Available nationwide through Lowe’s and other independent hardware and woodworking retailers, the two corded tools are part of larger expansion of the PORTER-CABLE professional-grade cordless and corded tool line. This expansion includes seven new cordless tools, two lithium-ion combination kits, two new lithium-ion battery packs 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