Porter-Cable PCC670 Reciprocating Tigersaw – In-Depth Review
Editor Rating: 4.5/5
Porter-Cable PCC670 Reciprocating TigerSaw Review
Reviewed by: Timothy Henderson
Published on: January 10, 2019
January 10, 2019 @3:47 pm
Although it doesn’t have much finesse and isn’t particularly precise, a reciprocating saw can be of invaluable use to every serious handyman. It is among the most flexible multi-purpose cutting tools out there and a perfect choice for all those who need a convenient cordless machine for making rough cuts in building materials.
Porter-Cable’s PCC670 model is among the latest tools in the company’s growing 20V lineup. Although genuinely affordable, this reciprocating tiger saw possesses a number of qualities that put it above the competition. Its compact, lightweight design is accompanied by features such as the variable speed trigger, tool-free blade release, contoured over-molded handle, and other useful traits.
In case you’re considering replacing your old reciprocating saw with a new one, but don’t want to spend too much money on it, the PCC670 might be your best choice. Have a look at its characteristics:
- Weight – 4lbs
- Dimensions – 14.5″ x 3.5″ x 7.6″
- Power Source – Battery (Li-Ion)
- Stroke Length – 1″
- Voltage – 20V
Porter-Cable PCC670 – The Basics
The fact that this reciprocating saw was built to fit tight spaces is apparent right from the start. With the length of 14.5″ and the weight of 4 pounds, the model is not too cumbersome or overly bulky and can be used in hard-to-reach spaces. Furthermore, it possesses Porter-Cable’s signature ergonomic design – it is very comfortable to use thanks to great balance and a well-cushioned grip.
Power wise, the high-performing engine of PCC670 reaches the maximum of 3,000 strokes per minute. This means that cutting through dense materials is quite easy with this saw, although it’s best to avoid working on massive commercial projects with it. It is, however, suitable for a wide variety of materials and applications – there’s a pretty good value for the money here. Let’s take a closer look at the unit’s features:
Whether you’re a hobbyist or a professional contractor, you certainly don’t want your power tools to look poorly-made and feel flimsy in hands. Even though it’s quite affordable, the PCC670 is a well-designed reciprocating saw – there are no sharp edges and the whole thing looks and feels more expensive than it actually is.
The cushioned grip of this tool goes easy on the user’s hands, while the overall weight of 4lbs makes it easy to wield it for more extended sessions without feeling the burn. The unit’s over-molded handle doesn’t only provide comfort but also complete control and easy maneuverability. The buttons, on the other hand, feel just as solid
The capacity to achieve 3,000 strokes per minute and the cutting length of 1″ should be more than enough for your standard cutting duties. The fact that PCC670 comes with variable speed functionality means that the user can match the speed to the current application and, in that way, get the best possible results. Whether you’re cutting pipework or hacking down some branches, the model’s variable speed trigger will help you dial the overall pace according to the job’s requirements.
Changing blades on this reciprocating tigersaw is a hassle-free process, and the primary reason behind that is the presence of a pivoting shoe. No special tools are needed – one only has to insert the blade of choice into the unit’s shoe, and that’s it. Those who intend to use this saw in a commercial environment, where time is money, will undoubtedly appreciate this feature.
Due to its price, this model has no noteworthy additional features. However, the lack of bells and whistles is not that noticeable here – the PCC670 is a basic, no-nonsense saw that doesn’t disappoint with its performance, and that is, by far, the most important thing about it.
Compact and maneuverable
Easy blade swapping
Not for demanding applications
No extra features
Things we liked about it
For the price category that it’s in, the PCC670 boasts a surprising amount of power, and it has a design that makes it look more expensive than it is. It’s a compact and lightweight tigersaw designed for plumbing contractors and general builders – they will find its performance to be quite sufficient for their daily tasks.
Along with the genuinely ergonomic design, this reciprocating saw excels in the field of overall user comfort. The fact that it has adjustable speed and easy blade swapping makes it a joy to work with. Those who purchase it in one of Porter-Cable’s combo kits will find that the 20V battery has enough juice to power this saw for quite a long time. Acquiring it as a bare tool will require you to buy the battery and the charger separately.
Things we didn’t like
As a mid-range saw, the PCC670 should not be used for heavy-duty applications. There is no shortage of power here, but using the model for heavy ripping on a daily basis will surely shorten its lifespan. Other than that, we didn’t like the overall lack of extra features, although that isn’t such a significant downside due to the unit’s low price.
The majority of people who bought PCC670 have only good things to say about it – they’re happy with the unit’s performance and say that it’s a solid deal for the money. Moreover, the users report that the model isn’t noisy and that it produces no excessive vibrations, which makes it a joy to work with.
However, a couple of users who used this saw for the really demanding applications were not that happy with its performance. PCC670 is, after all, a light-duty power tool.
In case you’re looking for a solid, well-designed reciprocating tigersaw sold at a reasonable price, this model could be your best choice. As long as you don’t use it for ambitious projects, the PCC670 will provide you with an efficiency that’s quite surprising for such an affordable saw. It’s a great addition to anyone’s workshop and a tool that’s guaranteed to increase your productivity.