In-Depth Review of Porter-Cable PCC671 Reciprocating Saw for 2019
Editor Rating: 4.5/5
Porter-Cable PCC671 Reciprocating Saw Review
Reviewed by: Timothy Henderson
Published on: January 11, 2019
January 11, 2019 @ 4:35 pm
Although it’s one of the oldest American manufacturers of power tools, Porter-Cable is nowadays considered to be a budget brand. However, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing – the lack of bells and whistles is usually substituted with solid performance and good build quality.
The company’s PCC671 reciprocating saw is a pretty good example of this. It has no advanced features found on the pricier Bosch and DeWalt models but offers a performance that makes it an excellent choice for the homeowners and light-duty handymen. A part of Porter-Cable’s 20V Max lineup, the unit runs on batteries that are interchangeable with the other power tools in this range.
If you’re in a market for a brand-name reciprocating saw that is still pocket-friendly, Porter-Cable might have a solution for you. Join us in having a closer look at the characteristics of this model and find out its value for the money.
- Weight – 4lbs
- Dimensions – 16.2″ x 3.5″ x 7.6″
- Power Source – Battery (Li-Ion)
- Strokes/Minute – 3,000 SPM
- Voltage – 20V
Porter-Cable PCC671 – The Basics
Designed to have a good balance and be comfortable to use, the PCC671 has an ergonomic handle at its back and a rubberized texture on its frontal part. The buttons are brightly colored, while the model’s keyless blade clamp makes the process of blade swapping exceptionally easy.
The maximum no-load speed of this reciprocating saw stands at 3,000 SPM, which is more than enough for the usual light-duty cutting tasks. The speed is controlled via the integrated variable speed trigger. The pivoting shoe, on the other hand, is there to provide better control and leverage against the material you want to cut. The stroke length stands at 7/8″.
Accompanied by Porter-Cable’s 3-year limited warranty, the device is available in two versions – bare-tool and in combo kits. It uses the following batteries: PCC685L, PCC682L, PCC681L, and PCC680L.
Porter-Cable PCC671 has a design that is very similar to PCC670. It’s a reciprocating saw that provides the user with comfort and convenience, as that was always the case with the power tools manufactured by this company.
Both the back handle and the frontal part of the unit are coated with grippy rubberized texture. As you can already guess, its job is to reduce slipping and provide the user with better control over the tool. As we said, all of the buttons are bright red and easily accessed – DIY beginners will undoubtedly appreciate this.
Another great thing about the model’s design is that it comes with a keyless blade clamp. It’s a feature that makes blade exchanges as quick and easy as possible, allowing the user to maintain productivity. As the name suggests, no special tools are required to do this – it can be done with bare hands.
The high-performance drivetrain of PCC671 allows fast cutting by reaching the maximum no-load speed of 3,000 SPM (Strokes per Minute). The user can determine the best power output for the current operation by using the built-in variable speed trigger. It’s a standard feature on most cordless power tools of today and something that lets the user adjust the overall speed to the task at hand.
For a light-duty reciprocating saw, PCC671 is surprisingly powerful. As a cordless model, it’s a fantastic alternative to noisy, smelly corded electric saws and their messy extension cords. Cutting tree branches and PVC piping, cutting through difficult pins or nails and making an indentation on walls can all be done with this model. Ambitious projects, on the other hand, should be avoided – the unit was not intended to be used for such tasks.
Accessories & Warranty
Purchasing this model in the bare-tool version is only advisable in case you already have Porter-Cable battery and charger. If you don’t, getting PCC671 in one of the company’s combo kits is your best bet. The warranty deal on this power tool is a standard one, with 3-year limited coverage, one year of free service and three months of cash-back guarantee.
Can be used for a variety of materials
Texturized rubber for a good grip
Easy blade changing
Not the most powerful reciprocating saw out there
No LED light
Things We Liked / Didn’t Like
Things we liked about it
As we said, the design of this unit is very good once we consider its price category. The fact that it was built to feel comfortable in hands is apparent right from the start – the presence of a contoured, over-molded handle is the best example.
Power-wise, PCC671 is quite a surprise. Although not for heavy-duty use, this reciprocating saw cuts through wood and plastic without any problems. At its heart, it has a high-performance engine that delivers 3,000 strokes per minute and allows one to easily complete every project that involves cutting. Fortunately, this speed can be controlled via the integrated variable speed trigger, enabling the user to adjust the speed to the task at hand.
Another praiseworthy feature of this model is the tool-free blade release system. As you can already guess, it’s something that makes blade swapping very fast and easy, which will be of crucial importance to those working in commercial environments where time is money.
Things we didn’t like
Although the lack of an integrated LED work light is quite noticeable, we can’t really take it as a serious downside. A much more critical disadvantage is the fact that PCC671 is not your best choice if you need a really powerful reciprocating saw – this is a homeowner-grade power tool.
Those who opted for this reciprocating saw do not regret their decision. They are quite pleased with the unit’s performance and say that it cuts through various materials without any hassle. Another thing they praise is the model’s low weight, saying that it’s entirely possible to carry it on the belt.
All in all, Porter-Cable PCC671 offers a pretty good value for the money. It’s among the most well-designed and powerful saws in its price category, and an excellent choice for cutting branches, plywood, and PVC piping. Those who need a good saw for lighter work but don’t want to spend a fortune should definitely consider it for purchase.