Our Porter-Cable PCC660 Circular Saw In-Depth Review for 2019
Editor Rating: 4.0/5
Porter-Cable PCC660 Circular Saw Review
Reviewed by: Timothy Henderson
When one needs quick and accurate cuts in order to finish his project, he needs to use a circular saw. Although the corded models are always more powerful, the cordless circular saws have been getting better and better throughout the years. Nowadays, these devices are very sophisticated and more convenient and portable than ever before.
Porter-Cable’s PCC660 model, available as a separate tool and in combo kits, is a reasonably-priced circular saw whose design and performance are quite solid. The model comes with a couple of really interesting features, such as the low weight of 6.5 pounds or the 50-degree bevel, which turn it into a tempting offer for hobbyists and professionals alike.
Because of these and other features, we’ll be taking a closer look at Porter-Cable PCC660 and analyze all of its characteristics in detail. If you’re in a market for a cheap but efficient cordless saw, keep on reading.
- Weight – 6.5 pounds
- Dimensions – 15.2″ x 9.6″ x 8.4″
- Power Source – Battery (Li-Ion)
- Speed – 4,000 RPM
- Voltage – 20V
The thing that makes this circular saw so well-designed isn’t just the fact that it has a comfortable handle. The PCC660 also has a great balance and the weight that makes it more compact when compared to other saws in the same price category. And when it comes to these types of devices, the weight is really important – overly heavy circular saws cause fatigue, cramps, and twinges.
With the maximum speed of 4,000 RPM, a 50° bevel, and a carbide-tooth 6-1/2″ blade, this model is perfect for the light-duty jobs. Cutting through 2×4 plywood and studs causes no overheating – the machine works like a charm without any hiccups.
In the rest of the review, we’ll take a closer look at the unit’s design, power, and extra features – keep on reading if you’d like to update your workshop with an efficient cordless circular saw.
The fit and finish of this circular saw undoubtedly deserve particular words of praise. It is, in our opinion, one of the best-looking power tools that Porter-Cable has manufactured so far. There are no sharp edges, the overall build quality is quite robust and sturdy, and the machine is lightweight enough (6.5 pounds) to cause no fatigue even during longer working sessions.
Even though there are a few plastic parts on PCC660, these don’t look or feel flimsy or cheap. The fact that the guys from Porter-Cable made this circular saw to last is apparent right out of the box.
Being a cordless power tool, the model also has excellent ergonomics – it’s a well-balanced unit with a rubberized, contoured handle that reduces vibration and prevents the feeling of numbness in hands.
Due to the fact that it operates on a 4.0Ah battery, the PCC660 can achieve the maximum speed of 4,000 RPM. This isn’t the highest rating out there, but it’s definitely an impressive one for a cordless saw coming at this price.
The engine never overheats and doesn’t bog down when cutting plywood and studs. However, heavy ripping should be avoided – cutting large quantities of thick wood on a daily basis is not something this power tool was made for.
The model has a beveling shoe which pivots up to 50° and allows the user to engage in non-traditional cutting/ripping applications. Its 6-1/2″ carbide-tooth blade is indeed something special – it cuts through wood like a knife through butter.
Unfortunately, this power tool has no noteworthy additional features. We are particularly displeased with the fact that it doesn’t have an indicator for the remaining battery juice. It does, however, come with Porter-Cable’s generous warranty deal (3-year limited with one year of free service and three months of money-back guarantee).
The speed of 4,000 RPM
6-1/2″ carbide-tooth blade
No battery gauge
No laser cut guide
Things we liked about it
The overall quality of this cordless saw is quite surprising once you consider how cheap it actually is. It’s a genuinely well-made and well-designed tool whose ergonomics and power are quite remarkable. Although Porter-Cable is among the better manufacturers of power tools, we certainly didn’t expect this kind of construction quality in such an affordable cordless saw.
Lightweight, well-balanced, and ergonomic, the PCC660 is a joy to work with. More extended cutting sessions do not cause hand numbness as the unit’s unique design reduces vibrations to a minimum. Its carbide-tooth blade works really well, and the maximum speed of 4,000 RPM is perfect when it comes to light-duty projects. Don’t forget that this saw wasn’t meant to be used for really demanding applications, such as all-day heavy ripping – such operations will significantly shorten its lifespan.
Things we didn’t like
Due to its price, the PCC660 comes without a couple of convenient features that are present on the more expensive models. The lack of a laser-cut guide is something we can understand, but we would really like to see a battery gaugecord.
Users who purchased this circular saw say that it made their life easier – they finally have a reliable tool that turns their DIY woodworking sessions into an enjoyable hobby. The contractors are quite pleased as well, saying that PCC660 is a tool that they use every day and that it’s among their most durable tools.
Along with the lack of extra features, the users are displeased with the fact that this saw comes without a battery – you have to purchase it separately or get this saw in one of Porter-Cable’s combo kits.
As it is among the more affordable tools of this type available on the market but doesn’t disappoint with its design or performance, the Porter-Cable PCC660 undoubtedly deserves its popularity.
If you’re using saws all day every day, spending a few more dollars would be a wiser decision, but homeowners and light-duty contractors will find that this model offers excellent value for the money. For the occasional projects and random job-site days, it is the power tool to pick up.