August 20, 2010

Porter-Cable 12-Volt Max Clamp Saw

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Just yesterday, Porter-Cable dropped the news of their new 12-volt line. Of the three new tools, the drill/driver and the impact driver look like pretty standard operators at a nice price ($140 for the combo set) but it's the third and final tool of this initial release that cause our ears to prick up a bit.

The 12-volt Clamp Saw carries with it the micro-recip vibe that is already establishing itself on the market, but this one appears to have a few characteristics that make it stand out from both the Milwaukee Hackzall and the Hitachi mini-recip.

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First, the body has a hinge, giving the tool a close relationship to the Milwaukee Hatchet. This hinge should make for easier maneuvering in crawl spaces and other tight spots. We're generally in favor of handles that allow for 'between-the-joists' options.

And what will you be doing with the Clamp Saw in those cramped spots? Probably cutting out the broken 1/2" copper line that you let freeze, which leads us nicely into our next feature. The shoe of the tool is not only adjustable, but it can clamp small diameter items against the tool, holding them stable for the cut. Anyone who has had to cut an unsupported piece of pipe can see the benefit of this. If it works, it should remove all the clangity-clang and rattle-rattle-rattle associated with cutting small little objects.

The Clamp Saw will be available in October and will retail for about $130 for the tool, a bag, a charger, and two batteries.

The press release on all three tools is after the jump.

New PORTER-CABLE® 12 Volt MAX* Lithium Cordless Power Tools Deliver Quality and Value in a Compact Size

TOWSON, Md. (Aug. 19, 2010) - PORTER-CABLE announces the launch of its new 12 Volt MAX* Lithium line of cordless power tools that offers durability, compact size and lightweight for professionals that demand quality at a great value. The 12 Volt MAX* line features four product offerings that deliver the performance required to complete the most frequent light to medium-duty applications today. PORTER-CABLE's 12 Volt MAX* Lithium line includes: a 3/8-inch Drill/Driver Kit (PCL120DDC-2), a 1/4-inch Impact Driver Kit (PCL120IDC-2), a Two-Tool Kit (PCL212IDC-2) and a ClampSaw™ Kit (PCL120CRC-2). These tools are designed for contractors, trade professionals and woodworkers for the most frequent drilling, fastening and cutting applications in small workspaces, as well as overhead applications.

"This new 12 Volt MAX* line provides durability in a lightweight, compact package, which is ideal for accessing tight spaces where larger tools can't go," said Derek Vlcko, senior product manager, PORTER-CABLE. "The line provides quality and performance at a great value and is a great addition to the tools many contractors have in their toolbox today."

12 Volt MAX* Compact Lithium 3/8-inch Drill/Driver Kit (PCL120DDC-2)

The PORTER-CABLE 12 Volt MAX* Compact Lithium 3/8-inch Drill/Driver Kit (PCL120DDC-2) is compact (7.4-inches in length), lightweight (slightly over 2 pounds), and portable (easily fits into a work pouch). The ultra compact size and lightweight is ideal for fastening, light-duty drilling and overhead applications. A 3/8-inch single sleeve chuck with spindle lock provides high grip torque for easy bit retention and a two-speed gearbox allows for high-speed drilling (up to 1,200 rotations per minute) and high-torque fastening on the job. Equipped with a variable speed trigger, the drill/driver delivers best-in-class runtime and maximum control in all applications, including use in tight spaces like inside cabinetry and between wall studs. Outfitted with an adjustable clutch, the tool features twenty driving and drilling settings that permit versatility in a wide range of materials and fasteners.

An interchangeable metal belt hook allows for easy storage of the tool at arm's reach, while a patent-pending magnetic bit holder conveniently stores the screw bit on top of the motor area. The model also includes a LED work light to provide ideal visibility in darkened work areas.

The PCL120DDC-2 will be available in October 2010 at Lowe's and through the independent channel for a suggested retail price of $89.97. The kit also includes two PCL12BLX Lithium batteries, one PCL12C 30-minute charger, one soft-sided storage case, one metal belt clip and one Phillips #2 screw bit.

12 Volt MAX* Compact Lithium 1/4-inch Impact Driver Kit (PCL120IDC-2)

The PORTER-CABLE 12 Volt MAX* Compact Lithium 1/4-inch Impact Driver Kit (PCL120IDC-2) is compact (6 1/2-inches in length) and lightweight (slightly over 2 pounds). The impact driver is engineered with advanced technology that delivers a class-leading 950 pounds of torque and a speed of up to 2,400 RPMs without kickback. It also features a 1/4-inch Hex Quick-Release chuck for fast and smooth accessory changes that will save professionals time. Similar to the drill/driver, the impact driver incorporates two interchangeable metal belt hooks that allow for easy storage of the tool within arm's reach and a patent-pending magnetic bit holder that conveniently stores the screw bit on top of the motor area. The impact driver also has an integrated LED work light.

The PCL120IDC-2 will be available in October 2010 at Lowe's and through the independent channel for a suggested retail price of $119.00. The kit includes two PCL12BLX Lithium batteries, one PCL12C 30-minute charger, one soft-sided storage case, two metal belt clips and one Phillips #2 screw bit.

12 Volt MAX* Compact Lithium Two-Tool Kit (PCL212IDC-2)

The PORTER-CABLE 12 Volt MAX* Compact Lithium Two-Tool Kit (PCL212IDC-2) includes the 12 Volt MAX* Drill/Driver Kit with the addition of 1/4-inch 12 Volt MAX* Compact Lithium Impact Driver (PCL120IDC-2). The kit provides outstanding value for users looking for quality and convenience.

The PCL212IDC-2 will be available in October 2010 for a suggested retail price of $139.00. The kit includes two PCL12BLX Lithium batteries, one PCL12C 30-minute charger, one soft-sided storage case, one metal belt clip and two Phillips #2 screw bits. The Two-Tool Kit will be available at Lowe's and through the independent channel. The Impact Driver will also be sold alone in the independent channel and retail for $119.00.

12 Volt MAX* Compact Lithium ClampSaw™ Kit (PCL120CRC-2)
The PORTER-CABLE 12 Volt MAX* Compact Lithium ClampSaw Kit (PCL120CRC-2) is a unique, compact and lightweight saw for applications not accessible with large reciprocating saws. The ClampSaw includes a distinctive clamping shoe that holds small diameter objects for fast and accurate cuts.

"We identified small diameter work piece vibration as a user frustration and worked to develop an innovative solution," said Vlcko. "The clamp allows professionals to quickly and easily saw material like medium-duty wood, metal, PVC, copper pipe and threaded rod that typically moves or bounces due to vibration."

The ClampSaw also features a three-position adjustable handle for maximum versatility for cutting applications in confined spaces. The pivoting handle enables the ClampSaw to have a minimum length of 9 1/2-inches and a minimum height of 3 1/2-inches. Weighing less than 3 pounds, the tool offers control in various cutting positions.

"The 12 Volt MAX* Compact Lithium ClampSaw Kit achieves the smallest length and height in the marketplace," said Vlcko. "The pivot feature has been indentified as a means to achieve the shortest dimensions during application and the saw is capable of cutting in spaces too small for full-size corded and cordless reciprocating saws."

A variable speed trigger provides maximum control while delivering up to 3,000 strokes per minute and a 5/8-inch stroke for fast application speed. A tool free blade collar enables quick and convenient blade changes to save professionals time on the job. Like the other 12 Volt MAX* tools, the ClampSaw also has an LED work light to provide visibility in darkened work areas.

The PCL120CRC-2 will be available in October 2010 at Lowe's and through the independent channel for a suggested retail price of $129.00. The unit also includes two PCL12BLX Lithium Ion batteries, one PCL12C 30-minute charger, one soft-sided storage case, one 4-inch wood cutting blade and one 4-inch inch metal cutting blade.

All 12 Volt MAX* tools will come with a three-year limited warranty, one year free service contract and 90-day money-back guarantee.

The 12 Volt MAX* Lithium batteries hold charge for extended periods, so packs are ready to be used after being stored. Additionally, the chargers recharge batteries in 30 minutes to minimize downtime and control charge to extend battery life and performance of cells**. For more information about the warranty or available accessories, visit http://www.portercable.com.

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