Porter-Cable PC600D Review

Porter-Cable PC600D

Porter-Cable PC600D Porter-Cable
PC600D

6 AMP 3/8" DRILL
Power Drill
3/8" Keyed Chuck
Price Level: $
Power

6

Amps
Speed

2500

Max RPM
Weight

3.2

Pounds
Capacity

1

In. Wood Bit
Warranty

3

Year

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor



KEY STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES
POWER The PC600D is 17% less powerful than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of power drills for amperage. The motor carries 1.2 amps less electrical current load than the average 7.2 amp corded drill.  
SPEED This Porter-Cable drill is 130% faster than average and ranks in the top 20% of power drills for maximum RPM. It can run at speeds that achieve 1410 RPM more than the average 1090 RPM corded drill.
WEIGHT It is 31% lighter than average and ranks in the top 20% of power drills for lower weight. It weighs 1.4 lbs less than the average 4.6 lb corded drill and should decrease operator fatigue.
CAPACITY This power drill ranks about average for wood bit capacity with a hole diameter that is considered standard for corded drills. The average wood bit capacity for corded drills is about 1" to 1-1/4".  
WARRANTY Porter-Cable's 3-year limited tool warranty is a little longer than average for the drill industry where the standard is about 2-3 years. Longer warranties can often indicate improved durability with fewer repairs.


Porter-Cable PC600D Cordless Drill


PERFORMANCE RATINGS
Power 6 amps - The PC600D is 17% less powerful than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of power drills for amperage. The motor carries 1.2 amps less electrical current load than the average 7.2 amp corded drill.  
Capacity
Wood
1" Hole - This power drill ranks about average for wood bit capacity with a hole diameter that is considered standard for corded drills. The average wood bit capacity for corded drills is about 1" to 1-1/4".  
Speed 0-2500 RPM - This Porter-Cable drill is 130% faster than average and ranks in the top 20% of power drills for maximum RPM. It can run at speeds that achieve 1410 RPM more than the average 1090 RPM corded drill.
Capacity
Steel
0.375" Hole - This power drill ranks about average for bit capacity in steel with a hole diameter that is considered standard for corded drills. The average bit capacity in steel for corded drills is 3/8".  
Power
Ratio
1.9 P/W - The Porter-Cable PC600D has an 19% higher than average power-to-weight ratio and ranks in the top 40% of efficiently designed power drills. The P/W ratio is 0.3 higher than the 1.6 average ratio for corded drills.
Gear
Reduction
Single - Gear systems without double or triple reduction generally provide less torque for a given amperage. They operate less efficiently at lower speeds and the gears receive more stress and wear.  


DURABILITY RATINGS
Gear
Housing
All-Metal - The Porter-Cable PC600D is manufactured with an all-metal gear housing that protects the transmission and prevents the drill from cracking when dropped onto hard surfaces such as concrete.
Gears Non-Metal Parts - Some of the transmission components are made of non-metal materials that are more susceptible to failure. Gears spin at high RPMs and experience large rotational forces.  
Warranty 3-Year - Porter-Cable's 3-year limited tool warranty is a little longer than average for the drill industry where the standard is about 2-3 years. Longer warranties can often indicate improved durability with fewer repairs.


CONVENIENCE RATINGS
Weight 3.2 lbs - It is 31% lighter than average and ranks in the top 20% of power drills for lower weight. It weighs 1.4 lbs less than the average 4.6 lb corded drill and should decrease operator fatigue.
Length Cordless drill length is a personal preference, but shorter is generally better to help you in close quarters such as under a sink, or drilling in-between studs. Torque is harder to handle if the drill is too short though.  
Spindle
Lock
No Spindle Lock - This power drill has a keyed chuck with superior gripping ability. Spindle lock is only applicable to keyless chucks and allows the operator to change drill bits with just one hand.  
Belt
Hook
Integrated Belt Hook - Includes a belt hook or clip that allows you to temporarily hang the drill from your belt or a ladder while you're performing other job tasks. Helps prevent dropped and damaged drills.
Side
Handle
No Side Handle - Side handles are a great safety feature and should be considered if you plan to drive at higher torque levels. They can help prevent injury by providing increased stability and control.  
VSR VSR - Most cordless drills are equipped with variable speed capability that can be controlled with simple trigger pressure. Reverse is usually performed with the push of a side-to-side button.


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