Porter-Cable PCL120DDC-2 Review



The Porter-Cable 12V PCL120DDC-2 cordless drill comes from a family of quality drills, and this compact model offers welcome extras, including an LED light, belt clip, and two batteries. Reviewers compliment its balance of performance, features, and price.

For the average homeowner who dabbles in do-it-yourself projects, this compact 12-volt drill may be just the thing. Porter-Cable PCL120DDC-2 12V reviews are few in number but those we found are strongly positive. On Lowe's, users tell of putting up shelves, making small holes in wood, and completing other light jobs with ease. In reviews on Amazon, this cheap drill is favorably compared to higher-cost competitors and praised for its power and hold on the bits. Cordless Drill Reviews ranks it in the top half of the 12-volt class for speed and the top fifth for power, but says it's less efficient in terms of the power-to-weight ratio than the average. Users' reports indicate that it falters somewhat with long screws or when matched against metal surfaces, but not enough to put them off this model.

The Porter-Cable PCL120DDC-2 (starting at $90, Amazon) is a two-speed 12V drill with a variable speed trigger that maxes out at 315 rpm and 1,200 rpm. It features a keyless 3/8" chuck, 20 clutch settings, and an LED work light. It comes with two lithium-ion batteries that are rated at 1.3 Ah, a 30-minute charger, one screw bit, a belt hook, and a storage case. The specs say it weighs 2.4 pounds.

Based on the Porter-Cable PCL120DDC-2 reviews that we read, this product offers a good balance among performance, features, and price. Homeowners, hobbyists, and even a few professionals needing to quickly drill a hole or drive a screw will be pleased with the results.

Maralyn Edid

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