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Porter-Cable adds drill for close quarters

Porter-Cable has introduced its new 18-volt two-speed close-quarters drill, model PCC520B, for working in confined spaces. Jim Stewart, the company’s cordless product manager, says the tool is particularly useful for cabinet installers.

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“The specific goal with this drill was to maintain a compact size, particularly running from the back of the head to the chuck. We also wanted to launch a product that was as versatile as possible for industry professionals,” Stewart says.

With a typical 18-volt drill measuring about 9” from the head to the chuck, the Porter-Cable drill measures about 5-1/2”, according to Stewart.

This drill shouldn’t be confused with a right-angle drill, adds Stewart. It’s more of a multipurpose tool, capable of typical drilling and fastening applications such as attaching drawer slides, adjusting hinges and drilling pilot holes.

“The traditional design of a right-angle drill is about 3” taller and has a barrel grip with a long trigger, which is slightly more difficult to grip and control than this drill. Our trigger is based on the grip handle, so we have a smaller, more balanced product that gives you better control over your applications.”

The drill is powered by a 1.3-amp hour battery and is compatible with all Porter-Cable 18-volt lithium-ion and nickel-cadmium batteries, according to the company. It features two speed settings that deliver up to 350 rpm on low and up to 1,400 rpm on high.

The drill also features a single sleeve 3/8” chuck for one-hand operation. It weighs about 3 lbs. with the battery installed and has an LED worklight positioned above the trigger.

The drill, without the battery and charger, has a retail price of $79.99.

Contact: Porter-Cable. Tel: 888-848-5175.

This article originally appeared in the December 2011 issue.

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