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3/25/2009

PORTER-CABLE Battery Platform Offers Powerful New Options for Professional-Grade Cordless Tools


PORTER-CABLE BATTERY PLATFORM OFFERS POWERFUL NEW OPTIONS FOR PROFESSIONAL-GRADE CORDLESS TOOLS
New lithium-ion batteries add to expanded power tool line developed from tradesman feedback

TOWSON, Md. (March 12, 2009) – PORTER-CABLE introduces two new battery options for its expanding line of professional-grade 18-volt cordless power tools. Available in May 2009, the new PORTER-CABLE LX (PC18BLX) and EX (PC18BLEX) 18-volt, Lithium-Ion Battery Packs are interchangeable with the existing PORTER-CABLE 18-volt, lithium-ion and Nickel Cadmium (NiCad) batteries to provide professionals with choices to meet their worksite and shop needs.

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

The PORTER-CABLE LX and EX Lithium-Ion Battery Packs offer users the compact, lightweight benefits of lithium-ion technology regulated by an integrated electronic monitoring system to deliver maximized performance while offering maximum battery life. The new batteries are interchangeable with any PORTER-CABLE 18-volt cordless tool, allowing users to choose between more power and run-time or compact size and light weight, depending on the demands of the job.

“PORTER-CABLE developed this battery system from the ground up to specifically address what tradesmen told us they needed,” said Frank Andrew, director of marketing for PORTER-CABLE, who oversaw the company’s battery development efforts. “With this approach, we are incorporating the latest advancements in lithium-ion technology and allowing users to tailor their cordless system to their specific needs. The result is solid performance and run-time combined with minimized size and weight.”

LX Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (PC18BLX)

The LX Lithium-Ion Battery Pack holds 18-volts of power in a pack weighing less than one pound. Available for a suggested retail price of $69.97, the PC18BLX is ideal for drilling, driving screws and other applications where a lighter weight and compact size are preferred. The LX battery pack has a 1.3 amp-hour rating.

EX Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (PC18BLEX)

The EX Lithium-Ion Battery Pack stores twice the power capacity of  the more compact LX battery pack, doubling the run-time on a single charge while weighing 20 percent less than the PORTER-CABLE 18-volt NiCad battery pack. With this extended capacity, the EX battery pack is ideal for heavy-duty applications that require high power or longer run times such as projects involving extensive sawing or hammerdrilling. The EX battery pack has a 2.6 amp-hour rating and will be available for a suggested retail price of $89.97.

Available nationwide through Lowe’s and other independent hardware and woodworking retailers, the two new lithium-ion batteries, seven new cordless tools and two lithium-ion combination kits 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 www.deltaportercable.com.


About PORTER-CABLE
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 www.deltaportercable.com.