Porter-Cable PC218C-2 18-Volt Cordless 2-Tool Combo Kit Review

Let me disclose upfront that I’m a novice with power tools, so when I was in the market for a drill and circular saw, I was looking for something affordable that would hold up for small “do it yourself” projects around the house. What drew me to this kit was the price and quality (based on the homework I did). Let me just say, I’m very pleased with my decision to purchase this set.

Keep in mind, I have had the kit for just one weekend, but I used it extensively in a small project to lay down floor in my attic. Here are some quick review notes for each item in the kit:

Soft case:

It’s adequate; big enough to hold the drill, saw, batteries and charger.

Two batteries and charger: The two 18 volt batteries were fully charged in well under an hour each.

Drill:

The drill was excellent…felt as solid as a Dewalt 18 volt drill I’ve used in the past. I used the drill to drive screws into plywood and floor joists…worked great!

Circular saw:

The saw accommodates a 6 1/2 inch blade (one blade included). Sliced through plywood and 2×4’s with ease. The blade can be adjusted to make up to 50-degree angle cuts, and also can be raised and lowered several inches, depending on the depth of cut you need to make.

Bottom line:

I think this is a great value for your money. If you are looking for a solid drill / circular saw combo for home projects, this is quite a bargain! I don’t know how well this will hold up over time since I’ve only used it for one project…but so far it’s fantastic!

Product Overview

18V drill driver has a 2-speed gearbox 0 350 0 1400 RPM. High gear provides faster RPM for fast drilling, while low gear offers high torque for heavy-duty screw driving applications. Drill Driver’s high-performance motor and gearbox delivers up to 440 in. lb. of torque. Integrated LED work light on drill illuminates darkened work areas. 1 2” metal single sleeve chuck offers excellent bit retention and durability. 6 1 2” circular saw provides more efficient cutting and greater cutting capacity. Includes 2 (model No. PC18B) batteries, charger, and 6 1 2” 18T carbide-tipped blade.

Super Package :


I would have bought at Amazon but saw the same item at Lowes for .95. I just couldn’t pass it up. I used it the same weekend on a large project requiring both the drill and the saw. They both performed great. The saw feels like a regular 120 volt saw with perfect balance. Both operated for hours without needing recharging. Unlike another review who bought at Lowes, my drill is both a two speed and variable speed. The saw has a great blade brake which is also great. You cannot beat this package for the price, and the quality of these tools. You can also upgrade to other batteries if you so desire. This is not an option on other brands, so this makes for a good choice also. You won’t be disappointed in this purchase at any price.

The weakness of Tool Combo Kit:

Ordered “NEW” but sent me a Returned item + No Bag –  TN Ordered a NEW item. Item came in beat-up package with holes & secure tape missing (as if returned). Sure enough, when we opened the package, as a birthday gift no less, there was NO packing material & all items were scratched up. Definitely a returned package. Ruined my BIG GIFT when I thought I was buying something NEW! Apparently, despite the picture, there is NO bag included! What a bummer…that was one of the main reasons I bought this package.