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Porter Cable Bench Sander Review
Ethan | April 19, 2013
Porter Cable Bench Sander Review

I’ve just finished a Pottery Barn farmhouse table knock-off, and already Jocie has put in a request for more. As I delve deeper and deeper into woodworking, the lack of certain tools has become very obvious, and it makes completing these projects even more challenging. If you keep up with OPC on Facebook, you know that we’ve had some new additions to the workshop. Lowe’s offered to provide a sander, and I’m excited to put our new Porter Cable 4″ x 8″ Belt / Disc Sander to work!The Porter Cable 4″... 

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Cutting the Cord
Ethan | October 19, 2012
Cutting the Cord

From my own DIY exploits and hanging with pro contractors it has become very apparent how important it is to have the best possible battery for your cordless tools. Batteries impact tool performance, runtime, productivity and even future purchases. Just about everyone owns a cordless drill/driver, and more and more manufacturers are offering cordless versions of traditionally corded tools. Before you jump head-first into the world of cordless tools, here are some questions you need to ask yourself. Are You Ready for a Committed Relationship? Unfortunately,... 

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12v Reciprocating Saw Challenge: DeWalt vs. Porter Cable
Ethan | July 18, 2012
12v Reciprocating Saw Challenge: DeWalt vs. Porter Cable

Project Rewards: Before I launch into this review, I wanted to make sure everyone knew about the awesome new items in our Project Rewards center. Check it out for a chance to win stuff like a Bosch 12v drill/driver, a Ridgid pneumatic JobMax, a Kwikset handle set, a Martha Stewart paint set and more! All you have to do is register for a free account to start earning Project Points that you can use to bid on these sweet prizes. Check out how it works here. I got my first look at the new DeWalt 12v Max Pivoting Reciprocating Saw (DSC310S1)... 

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The Best Compact Drill Drivers: We Test Five Popular 18V Models
Ethan | March 6, 2012
The Best Compact Drill Drivers: We Test Five Popular 18V Models

If you read press releases or simply watch commercials around the holidays, you know that just about every tool manufacturer makes some sort of “best in class” statement regarding their product. Consumers don’t know who to believe anymore, and besides, what does marketing hype actually mean for the contractors and DIYers in the field? Who really has the best tool for the job? To dig deeper, we’ve pitted five popular drill/drivers against each other to find out who has the smallest, lightest and longest lasting product... 

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Porter Cable 12v Drill Driver & Impact Driver Review
Ethan | February 7, 2011
Porter Cable 12v Drill Driver & Impact Driver Review

A lot of manufacturers are pushing into the sub-compact market. Bosch has a 12 volt lineup and, more recently, DeWALT released its own cordless, compact series. Porter Cable is also a contender, unveiling their own 12 volt set last August, and they were kind enough to let us try them out. We’ve already reviewed the new 12v Clamp Saw, and today we have the opportunity to review the Porter Cable 12v Cordless Drill Driver and Impact Driver.Porter Cable 12v Compact Tool Kit Review I’m a big fan of this compact set. Porter Cable... 

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Porter Cable C2004-WK 165 PSI | 4 Gal Compressor Review
Ethan | January 14, 2011
Porter Cable C2004-WK 165 PSI | 4 Gal Compressor Review

This past September, Porter Cable released the new C2004-WK pancake compressor. This unit packs 165 pounds per square inch, features a 4 gallon tank and 2.6 SCFM (@ 90 psi) for fast recovery. PC was kind enough to send us one to try out, and here’s what we found.Porter Cable Compressor Review (Model C2004) The Good: Lightweight; Compact; 4 gallon tank; 2 couplers; 165 max psi. The Bad: None (not a praise we give too often here). Overall: The perfect choice for a portable, pancake compressor! C2004 Notable FeaturesLight and Compact This... 

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