Porter Cable Tools: Discover the Power of the Brushless Edge

Porter Cable Brushless Tool In Use

When you're looking at power tools, have you had the chance to check out the new line of brushless drill/driver and impact drills from Porter Cable? With this new technology, you'll see longer run times, cooler run temps and superior overall performance when compared against other 20V cordless tool systems. Here's a quick look at how these tools are different, where they are better and other information you'll need to make an informed decision.

Porter Cable Brushless Tool

Today's power tools typically run using brushes to transfer power from one part to the other. Though brushless motors have been used in other industries, it's only in the past few years that these motors have come into play in power tools, typically cordless. But what makes them different than brush motors? We're glad you asked.

In a standard tool motor, brushes - typically a pair - are in contact with the rotor delivering power to the armature. The harder you squeeze the trigger, the more power is converted into torque and higher levels of work completed. But in the process, the motor loses some amount of power to friction as the brushes and rotor limit the speed. As the brushes and rotor rub against each other, the brushes lose mass, eventually causing them to fail and requiring repair or replacement as the tool is used. The number of poles is also limited, and the design of the motor makes it harder for the motor to cool down, creating problems with overheating.

By comparison, a brushless motor tends to last longer. The lack of brushes means less maintenance or repair work, while the placement of the electromagnet in the case rather than the rotor allows the tool to cool down more efficiently. It also allows more power to transfer to where it is needed rather than being wasted in friction, providing a longer overall battery life. Instead of requiring manual input to increase the power, the tool itself adjusts the voltage to the amount of power required. The electronics provide more precise control of the motor, giving a brushless system better overall performance.

Porter Cable's approach to brushless motor technology provides 50% more runtime compared to similar brushed motor technology. The drill/driver features 20% more power and a 20% better bit retention. A mode collar lets you quickly change from drilling to driving without losing track of your clutch settings. It also features a 1/2" ratcheting chuck, two-speed gearbox and a maximum speed of 1,800 RPM. Though slightly heavier than the impact driver, it's still very light at 3.3 pounds.

The impact driver is 14% shorter than competitors, providing superior accessibility to the work space. It delivers a powerful 1,400 in-lbs. of torque at speeds up to 2,700 RPM. A quick-release 1/4" hex chuck means you'll have an easier time changing out between bits on the fly. These power tools also weigh less than many of their brushed competition, with the impact driver weighing in at a light three pounds, leading to less fatigue and more work getting done per hour.

The power available from Porter Cable's new Brushless Edge tools provides you with a serious advantage on the job site or around the home. If you need more information or have additional questions about these tools, please feel free to contact our experienced professionals for more details. At Wallboard Supply Company, we believe that our job is keeping your job site rolling forward.

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