April 6, 2011

Porter-Cable Oscillating Tools - Corded and Cordless (PC250MTK and PCL120MTC-2)

porter_cable_oscillating.jpgWord has been floating around about Porter Cable's new oscillating tools for a while now and honestly, we haven't been paying too much attention. As we've stated earlier, we've run out of steam on oscillating tools. But wait! Something different here....a quick change system. See, now we're talking....

We've always been firmly in the Fein corner. We think it's the best tool out there and one of the reasons for this is the quick change system. All other models take after the early Feins with the constantly annoying and slow Allen-head blade change out. Not only is it a time consuming way to do things, but it relies on how tight you can get the screw by hand. We've also seen the screws strip out over time which makes everything more difficult.

So Porter Cable is the first of the second generation oscillating tools (we consider all non-Fein to be second generation) and we hope that it's something consumers take note of. From the pictures, it actually looks like it might work faster than the Fein quick change system. You just have to pull back on a little trigger located at the head of the tool and this loosens the accessory. Then just slide it out and put in a new one. No removable parts. Really clever.

After looking at it, it occurred to us that the way the system is designed means that the tool can only use Porter-Cable accessories because the attaching end needs to have an open horseshoe in order to slide on the tool. Therefore the rest of the accessory world is incompatible. Well, not so fast. We called up Porter-Cable and asked them about this and they informed us that there is something in the works for a universal adapter (which will be a tooled-system, not tool-free) and that it won't be long before they release all the info on it. We'll let you know when we find out more.

The two tools will be available this month and should be selling in the $150 arena.

The press release is below the fold. It has all the information you need including pricing for individual accessories.

At Toolnut

PORTER-CABLE® Launches New, Oscillating Tools with the Tool Free System™ for Corded and Cordless Models

TOWSON, Md. (March 31, 2011) - PORTER-CABLE announces the launch of its new corded (PC250MTK) and cordless (PCL120MTC-2) oscillating multi-tools. Both models have been designed to offer remodelers, carpenters, general contractors and a number of other professionals the quality and control they need to complete a variety of applications, including: cutting wood, drywall, and nails; sanding; grout removal; and scraping paint and caulk.

The units incorporate contractor-driven innovation such as the patent-pending, Tool Free System accessory change, which gives professionals the ability to quickly and efficiently change the tools' accessories without bolts, washers, and wrenches. By simply pressing a lever, contractors can change the accessories or adjust the accessory angle. A release of the lever ensures the accessories easily click into place, ready for the application at hand, without the need for separate bolts, washers and wrenches.

"The introduction of our two new oscillating tools represents PORTER-CABLE's commitment to jobsite innovation that is fueled by field research with contractors," said Derek Vlcko, senior product manager, PORTER-CABLE. "Although this category is new for PORTER-CABLE, I am confident that we're well-positioned to enter the oscillating power tool market due to the positive feedback we have received from contractors on the innovative Tool Free System."

Corded Model - PC250MTK

The PC250MTK 36-Piece Corded Oscillating Multi-Tool Kit utilizes PORTER-CABLE'S groundbreaking Tool Free System and includes over $150 in accessories** that allow contractors to cut, sand, grind, and scrape. The PC250MTK runs on 120V electrical power and delivers 10,000-20,000 oscillations per minute (OPM) by way of a high-torque 2.5 AMP motor that can handle almost any jobsite application. The variable speed unit has an oscillation angle of 2.8 degrees and comes equipped with a 10-foot cord for easy jobsite maneuverability. The PC250MTK features a durable injection-molded kit box to help keep the tool and accessories organized and protected on and around the jobsite.

Available in April 2011 at Lowe's, Amazon.com and other fine retailers, the PC250MTK will retail for approximately $149. The PC250MTK 2.5 Amp Corded Oscillating Multi-Tool Kit will include 35 assorted accessories and an injection molded kit box.

Cordless Model - PCL120MTC-2

Joining PORTER-CABLE's current 12 Volt MAX* lineup, the PCL120MTC-2 32-Piece Lithium Oscillating Multi-Tool Kit also utilizes PORTER-CABLE's Tool Free System and includes over $135 in accessories** that allow contractors to cut, sand, grind, and scrape. The PCL120MTC-2 features an oscillation angle of 2.8 degrees and a variable-speed dial that helps provide outstanding control while delivering 7,500-15,000 OPM. At 2.2 pounds, the tool is compact, lightweight and features an ergonomic handle for a comfortable grip. In addition, an LED work light provides visibility.

Available in April 2011 through Lowe's, the independent channel and Amazon.com, the 12 Volt MAX* Lithium Oscillating Multi-Tool Kit is expected to retail for approximately $159. The cordless oscillating tool kit will come with two PCL12BLX Lithium Ion batteries, one PCL12C 30-minute charger, soft-sided storage case, 31 assorted accessories and an accessories case. By taking 30 minutes to fully charge, the 12 Volt MAX* Lithium Ion batteries help to reduce downtime for productivity on the jobsite.

Both the PC250MTK and PCL120MTC-2 come with full accessory offerings to maximize multiple applications. These accessories include:

Model # Item Description Suggested Retail
PC3001 PC Sandpaper - Paint (6 pieces) $6.99
PC3002 PC Sandpaper - Wood (6 pieces) $6.99
PC3005 PC Sanding Pad Hook and Loop $13.98
PC3010 PC 1 1/2" x 1 5/8" HCS Precision Plunge Cut Blade $17.98
PC3011 PC 1 1/2"x1 5/8" HCS Wood Plunge Cut blade $17.98
PC3012 PC 1 1/2"x1 5/8" Wood and Metal Plunge Cut Blade $21.98
PC3013 PC 4 1/2" Flush Cut blade $19.98
PC3014 PC 3/8"x1 5/8" Wood and Metal Plunge Cut Blade $19.98
PC3019 PC Plunge Cutting Blade Assortment 3 Pack $34.98
PC3020 PC Rigid Scraper Blade $11.98
PC3021 PC Flexible Scraper Blade $9.98
PC3030 PC Carbide Grout Removal Blade $29.98
PC3031 PC Carbide Rasp $28.99

Both models come equipped with a three-year limited warranty, one-year service contract and 90-day money-back guarantee. For more information about the warranty of available accessories, visit http://www.portercable.com.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at April 6, 2011 10:40 AM
Recent Comments

I just came across the new Black and Decker Oscillating tool. It is awesome. It has quick release, an LED light and 7 attachments included !!! It would be great if Toolsnob.com could review it.

Posted by: Mit at June 2, 2012 2:27 PM

Will the blades for the Dremel osscilating tool work with the PorterCable osscilating tool?

Posted by: Dale Hartman at June 18, 2011 12:20 AM

Just a thought or question. I see that Dremel osscilating tool has a quick change system and their blades are horse shoe shaped. Wouldn't these blades work in a Porter-Cable tool?

Posted by: Mark at June 6, 2011 8:23 PM
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