Ridgid Vs. Porter-Cable Cordless Drills

Cordless drills are convenient and powerful enough to perform well for most typical drilling needs.

Porter-Cable Drill

Cordless drills sometimes have significant differences in performance capability.Cordless drills sometimes have significant differences in performance capability.
The power of a cordless drill is measured by battery voltage. Drills with high voltage ratings have more torque for drilling through tougher materials. Cordless drills are equipped with a battery charger, and some are equipped with a small LED light. Cordless drills are also useful tools for driving screws. You can easily remove the drill bit and replace it with a screwdriver bit.

The powerful, heavy-duty, 18-volt, 1/2 inch Porter-Cable NiCd drill is also a driver. This drill is a high-performance tool with a two-speed gearbox and a keyless chuck for fast bit changing. The built-in LED light illuminates dark spaces for safer, more accurate work. This drill is powerful and weighs only 5.1 pounds. It is comfortable to hold and use. The NiCd battery charges in about one hour. A double-end screwdriver bit and a kit box is included.

Ridgid Drill

The Ridgid 18-volt, lithium-ion drill driver has a fully integrated gearbox, which makes it more compact than most other drills of comparable size. The two-speed transmission makes this drill adaptable to most every drilling and driving need. The drill has two batteries that charge in as little as 20 minutes. This powerful drill weighs only 4.3 pounds, which makes it comfortable to use. The Ridgid 18-volt drill comes complete with two batteries, a charger and a double-end screwdriver bit.

12-Volt Options

Ridgid 12-volt drills pack a lot of power into a compact design. The 12-volt drill provides 300 inch-pounds of torque. High-performance, rechargeable lithium batteries and a built-in LED light are included. The 12-volt Porter-Cable drill provides 220 inch-pounds of torque and a variable speed trigger for easy control and 20 different drilling and driver settings. The Porter-Cable also features a built-in LED light.

Portable Hammer Drills

The Ridgid portable hammer drill is compact, lightweight but powerful enough for any job. A conveniently placed model selector allows for a quick transition from drilling to driving or to hammering without the need to stop and change the clutch settings. The carbide locking mechanism keeps bits secure for difficult jobs. The Porter-Cable portable hammer drill has a 32-position clutch for precision drilling, driving or hammering. The side handle removes for easy use in tight situations.

About the Author

Robin Reichert is a certified nutrition consultant, certified personal trainer and professional writer. She has been studying health and fitness issues for more than 10 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Science in natural health from Clayton College.