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Porter-Cable PC700D 1/2-inch Power Drill Review

Porter-Cable PC700D

The Bottom Line

The Porter-Cable PC700D 1/2-inch Power Drill is a heavy-duty corded power drill featuring a 7.0-amp motor that allows drilling holes of up to 1/2-inch diameter in steel and 1-1/2 inches in wood. As it is a heavy-duty corded 1/2-inch (keyed chuck) drill, the PC700D is equipped with a cast metal gear housing, cast metal side handle (with a soft grip for comfort) and triple-gear reduction to provide ample torque for tough drilling. The reversible handle allows you to hold the drill securely, a must when using spade bits in construction. The price for the Porter-Cable PC700D represents a good value, too.


  • Heavy-duty cast metal housing with high-output 7.0-amp variable speed motor
  • Reversible cast metal side handle with cushioned grip
  • 0-800 RPM variable speed motor with triple-gear reduction for plenty of torque
  • Three-year limited warranty


  • Forward/Reverse switch works the opposite way of many other drills
  • Lock-on button only allows for locking at two different speeds - very low or max speed


  • The variable speed trigger allows for speeds between 0-800 RPM, but the trigger lock will only lock in high or low speed.
  • Motor design allows for the same amount of torque whether the drill is rotating in forward or reverse.
  • Weighing in at 4.8 pounds, the PC700D is not overly heavy, particularly when using both hands.

Guide Review - Porter-Cable PC700D 1/2-inch Power Drill Review

The Porter-Cable PC700D is a workhorse drill that could find a place on any construction site. This solidly built drill has the torque to pack a wallop, but the trigger is subtle enough to handle low-speed operations with ease. In testing this drill, I put it through some heavy-torque, low-speed tests, and I wasn't disappointed.


While the side handle can be easily removed, if you're using this drill with a spade bit, you'll want to use the side handle with a firm grip (spade bits have a tendency to catch, which can result in a nasty sprain to the wrist if your grip is a bit loose).

I don't have much to complain about with this drill, particularly at the affordable price point. Only two things came to mind.

First, if you're used to using cordless or smaller corded drills, you'll notice that the forward/reverse switch on the PC700D is backwards (push the button from the right side for reverse, and from the left side for forward). Not a big deal, but one that you'll likely notice when using the drill.

The second item is also a minor one, but I'd like to see a way to be able to lock the variable speed trigger on at any position, for continuous drilling at any speed. On the Porter-Cable PC700D, you're restricted to two positions, either very slow or max speed.

Minor points, both, but certainly not ones that would keep me from reaching for this tool when it's time to get to work on the construction site.

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