Every now and then I’m reminded of a great little adapter Dewalt makes, the DW0521 quick connect impact driver conversion chuck. No it is not I broke one of those in a Milwaukee, the back end unscrewed and even with lock tight never permanently stayed in again. Actually, you can be very accurate with this chuck, even if your driver has slop in its hex chuck. Although it was the R86008K┬ádrill’s looks that initially got my attention, its specs and features kept my focus and I made a mental note to pay much more attention to the X4 line in coming weeks.
The X4 set is nice, however if you can afford the hammer drill impact combo with the higher capacity batteries it will be more efficient. The impact driver seems to have received the same rubber-bumper-treatment as Porter Cable’s new drill. With the LEDs, it could have been a cost or design consideration, or a way for Porter Cable to differentiate their impact from Dewalt’s.
I thought their last generation of battery powered tools at Lowes were lazy, but good Craftsman competitors. My feeling is that Porter Cable is launching the 20V line as more of a professional tool line.
At every SBD event there is a presentation slide that shows what type of users each brand aims to market to. I do believe the stats on this impact driver are pretty good and can compete with dewalts non brushless 20v impact driver which I have.
Just bought the 20v impact I do like the look and feel of the tool I like the actual quick release.
Even a cheap drill will add bulk and weight to a kit, plus it means another battery to charge and monitor. Even so, I cannot argue against the convenience these adapters provide for those users who need them.
There is merit in having the convenience of carrying one tool when precision isn’t that important, especially for trades where driving is more frequent by an order of magnitude. Using the chuck in drilling mode (the tool has two speed ranges) is just as good as using a dedicated drill. Despite being a much more compact model, the drill itself does not look too different from the previous generation compact drill, at least at first sight.


When paired with the X4 drills and drivers, the batteries help create a complete and powerful look.
The drill features a 2-speed gearbox with no-load speeds of 0-450 and 0-1650 RPM, and can deliver a maximum 455 in.
While I wouldn’t think my stance has changed much, it is evident that I am not invulnerable to aesthetically pleasing tools.
I loved the feel of the drill, but found the led light placement to not be helpful (tolerable)and the battery life was horrendous (couldnt live with), so I ended up returning it.
I have to agree with Adam, it does look like lego designed it, especially the battery pack. I just retired a 10 year old Makita impact and I really wanted the Makita brushless but couldn’t justify the cost at this time and I avoid Dewalt cordless tools as the last set I had didn’t last much longer than a year!
Ignore the negative comments by those who are brand specific, life-long lovers of certain tools. This activates an impact-style mechanism in the chuck that clamps the bit very tightly without needing to muscle down on the chuck and stalling the driver.
I wasn’t really looking for it during my following trip to Home Depot, but as I walked through the aisles the snappy-looking R86008K ┬ádrill caught my eye.
Still, there are noticeable ergonomic changes, more grey textured grip material here and there, a new work light design, and an overall smaller feel.
If tools like these can stop me in my paces, they’ll probably have the same effect on others. I would expect for the slightly lower-spec’ed 20V Max tools to be priced slightly less as well. I once described a PC product as a great choice for DIYers on a public forum and received an email from PR reminding me that PC designed and tested that particular product for jobsite demands.
Racing is a dangerous activity - the user shall determine the suitability and safety of the product for its intended use. Once you are all ready to drill the hole, hold the collar with your free hand and pull it towards the bit. This disengages the impacting mechanism and allows the chuck to spin free of the collar, the collar is motionless in your hand. It would be great if the dewalt and porter cable batteries were cross compatible so I could buy into their tool line and save some money.


I love the fact that it has metal gears and the drill chuck actually holds bits in place unlike my Milwaukee cordless drill! Pulling it forward like this also takes the slop out of the hex shank interface on the driver. Porter cables current 18v line has incredible deals on bare tools, I remember a few months ago when my jigsaw died on site, I shopped around for a new one. Same day-Disassembled a table with lag bolts, then put up a work wall to hang some basic hand tools. I didn’t want to spend too much on a new one, good corded ones were about $100, the 20v dewalt jigsaw was way over $100. My only complaint is the fact that it came with a soft bag which is essentially useless for me.
I saw the 18v porter cable jigsaw bare tool at the store and was amazed at the $50 price tag, too bad I didn’t own their batteries and charger. Sure it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of other brands, but it is a real value if PC pushes support and reasonably priced replacement batteries. I would love to know where i could purchase a proper hard case for the set instead of the silly man-purse cloth bag.
I have not compared the competitors impacts but I can’t see any reason to ever buy a different one. This time around, it would be great if I could use my dewalt 20v batteries on inexpensive porter cable tools.
I have to laugh when people said that other brands had three lights instead of one as being better- if you need that much more light-grab a shop light. I think it looks fine and was much cheaper than all comparable impacts that were for sale around it. I realize that this is a minor point but I like to keep things from rattling around too much.



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