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post #1 of 8 Old 05-25-2020, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
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How tough is a Porter Cable drill driver?

Tough. Dropped my 20 volt brushless about 7 feet off the ladder today. Climbed down, figuring I'd have to go get the corded drill. Picked it up, squeezed the trigger, and sounded like a jack hammer, but it still ran. OK, so, nothing to lose - use it. I was driving steel roofing screws, and the racket it made was horrible, but it ran. Since it was 2 or 3 years old, didn't owe me much. so kept on, figuring I'd see if they were still available, as they have wicked long battery life.

Lo and behold, after about 10 or 12 screws, the noise quit, and it kept on going like nothing had happened. Finished the roof, still going.

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I would not expect a 7 ' drop to the ground to damage a tool like that. The noise was problem that the switch that selects regular drill or hammer drill was slightly off place.


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Not a hammer drill - just a 2 speed drill.
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In spite of your testimony, PC is not what they used to be. Before they were bought out by Black and Decker they were just as good as DeWalt.

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It's good to hear it survived the fall. I've had a variety of cordless drills that I've used for driving screws (all passed away now) and I felt that driving screws with them contributed to their death.

I mention this because after switching to an impact driver for driving screws and saving the drill for drilling holes, I'm amazed at the difference it makes in the longevity of the tools. The batteries in both drive more screws/drill more holes per charge and I don't have to switch bits if I'm drilling holes to drive screws into.
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I mentioned that to the wife also!

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Not a hammer drill - just a 2 speed drill.

Regardless, I would not expect any damage.


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You don't know my luck!

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