My new Porter-Cable PCL120MTC-2 12v Max Cordless Oscillating Multi-Tool Kit arrived a few days ago, and I find it to be a well made tool. It’s so adaptable and easy to control. I have to give the people at Porter-Cable credit where credit is due. I’ve put the multi-tool through a menagerie of tests that ranged from relatively easy to fairly hard. This cordless tool did not back down once, and it just feels like it belongs in your hand.
Normally I will wait to see how a power tool performs, especially, when it’s a new line of tools. A lot of companies don’t put enough time towards research and development, but the Porter-Cable PCL120MTC-2 was introducing the newly patented Tool-Free System accessory changer and 32-piece accessory kit. A product usually has been in development for some time when new features such as this appear. I’ve never been let down by a Porter-Cable tool before, and the previews online were mostly positive. I purchased one the first chance I could.
The kit comes with everything you need to get started on most any project. The carrying bag is sturdy and holds the charger, two batteries, multi-tool, and accessory kit with room to spare. You have attachments for cutting wood, sanding, pipe cutting, removing caulk, cutting nails, and a few more for cutting sheetrock. Once in my hand, it felt well balanced and surprisingly lightweight. The 2 ½ amp motor was powerful enough, and when combined with the variable speed dial I had complete control with very little effort. I like the LED work light and the wide angle range on the Porter-Cable PCL120MTC-2. I don’t remember seeing these on the competitor’s line. I couldn’t check the competitors alongside this one; however, I immediately had this multi-tool cutting a piece of maple trim left over from a previous project. I made several radial cuts, each one tighter than the one before. I was very impressed with the smoothness and agility of this tool.
Porter-Cable PCL120MTC-2 Pros & Cons
The Tool-Free System is quite simple to use and very dependable on the Porter-Cable PCL120MTC-2. I pushed firmly on the lever; while giving the attachment a wiggle from side to side. The attachment pulled out, and I slipped the new one in and let go of the lever. The heavy duty spring holds the blade firmly in place. I even sliced through a 2 X 4, and the blade did not give. Another good idea from Porter-Cable was attaching the dust bag. In some applications(cuttinng hardwoods or schedule pvc) the multi-tool makes a very fine dust. In tight spaces, this can be a real problem. The bag collects most of the dust; even so, I can think of a few precarious applications where you would want to have a dust mask on.
The only drawback, that I found, was the battery. It only lasted about 25-30 minutes. Considering its size and the fact that I was cutting things I normally would not — I’m really hesitant to call this a flaw. If I was using it commercially this may pose a problem, but I think that’s more an issue of tool selection. The battery recharges in less than one hour and gives the Porter-Cable PCL120MTC-2 another plus, in my eyes.
I came across a review from a gentleman named Ray at: http://tiny.tw/9GM Ray gives the Porter-Cable PCL120MTC-2 a poor rating. He responds:
“the battery immediately dropped out of my unit the very first time I pulled the trigger.”
I had no such problem with mine. I even did a cut out from underneath our vanity, and my battery was fine. For more information read his review at the URL above. Maybe his was defective or broken during shipping. No matter how good a product you make there’s always someone who will receive a faulty one, or find faults within one.
All in all this tool can handle almost anything. The tight ergonomic construction provides a perfect platform for your hand. The uses for this tool are too numerous to list. The innovative Porter-Cable device would make a great tool for any one working in a construction trade or business. Do yourself a favor and see if the Porter-Cable PCL120MTC-2 would make a good addition to your bag.