Disclosure: I received a free product sample for use in my Father’s Day Gift Guide. All experiences and opinions are my own. Yours may differ.
If you are looking for a manly Drill this Father’s Day. Porter-Cable has you covered with the 20V Max Lithium Drill/Driver.
Max Power: 330 UWO (Unit Watts Out)
Battery Type: Lithium Ion
Clutch Settings: 23
Speed: 0-400/0-1,600 rpm
Chuck Size: 1/2″
Tool Weight: 3.5 lbs
Torque Adjustment Collar
I use this feature a lot. What this does is help prevent over tightening screws, you can adjust the torque (turning force) so that the drill will stop turning the screw when it gets to the desired tightness. There are numbers around the collar from 2 – 22 plus a picture of drill bit. When drilling holes use the drill bit position. When driving screws set the collar to the number you need to tighten the screw. If you don’t know what setting to use set it to the lowest torques setting (#2), tighten the screw, if the drill stop turning the screw before the desired result increase the collar number and continue tightening the screw, keep increasing the number until you find the right setting.
Dual Range Gearing
On top of the drill is a switch that allows you to switch gears. Position 1 is for low speed, high torque applications and Position 2 is for high speed, low torque situations. You would want to use the low speed, high torque setting is when You are drilling into heavy material such as heavy gauge metal, stone or masonry. This setting is also good for screwing things in with the drill. The drill spinning at high speed can damage the fastener head when/if the bit slips out. When using the drill to screw something in you want a lot of turning power, i.e. torque. As for the high speed, low torque setting, use that when drilling through soft materials like wood. Speed will get the job done faster. Low torque is preferred because sometimes a drill bit can catch when drilling, especially as it comes through the other side and can prevent the drill from getting away from the driller, or even twisting the driller’s wrist.
I remember growing up using my Dad’s drill and having a hard time holding the drill, holding the bit I was trying to put in and using a key to tighten the chuck. Most of the time it wouldn’t be tight enough so I would start drilling that the bit would come out and I would have to strat the whole process over again. But these days that’s not a problem anymore, now I can hold the drill handle with one hand and the chuck and the bit in the other and use my thumb to tighten the bit. Once everything is in place I use both hands to finish tighten and I am ready to go.
I don’t do many projects in the dark, but when I do having a light come on when I start drilling and points exactly where I am drill comes in really handy.
Battery Fuel Gauge
In the past the only I’ve known that a drill battery needs to be charged is when the drill starts slowing down. This drill has Battery Fuel Gage on it, just press the button and how charge is left in the battery.
The battery charger has some helpful indicators also. The LED on the charger indicates the current status of the battery on the charger; the pattern next to the little symbol tells what the patterns mean. When the light is on continuously the battery is fully charged. When the light is flashing the battery is charging. When the light is flashing quickly the battery is bad meaning is it weak or damaged. When the light is flashing in a long, short, long short pattern occurs when the battery is really hot or really cold and the charger does not charge the battery; once the battery as returned to a normal temperature it will automatically switch into charging mode and start charging the battery.
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