Porter Cable 7556: Right Angles Are Heavy Business
Dec 19, 2002
Review by GuisBuild
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:great case, great construction, power
Cons:heavy, keyed chuck, heavy
The Bottom Line: Average - great tool use-wise but heavy and keyed chuck makes it not as efficient as it could be....
I enjoy many tools by Porter Cable. Starting an opinion on a tool with that statement may be tipping my hand a bit so let me jump right in.....
Recommend this product?
Right Angle Drill
I "converted" to being a proponent of right angle drills a couple years ago. Before this I thought it was just another tool to do a job I could manage with a traditional drill or with a (non-power) hand tool. As much as I love tools, there has to be a limit just for the sake of being efficient with time.
Then I borrowed a buddy's right angle drill and I was convinced this was useful enough to be worth a purchase. When installing cabinets and doing other work in tight spaces, the right angle drill was efficient and worth the time transferring from drill to right angle drill.
This is considered a "medium duty" tool. There are heavy duty right angle drills though I'm not convinced this is necessary. That aside, this one is sold with contractors in mind so do not think of this as a home owner's tool - surely useful around the home but it's truly manufactured for the building professional.
Out Of The Box...the box itself is metal (!) and comes with a great handle capable of the inevitable beatings it will take. Kudos are in order for the clasps as well. All-in-all the box is five star quality and, unfortunately, no longer the norm where tool cases are concerned.
Power...is applaudable here, in fact though technically "medium duty" this tool works hard and in a fashion that just plain feels strong. That said, controlling that power involves how well the tool fits in your hand and how ergonomic the trigger feels. The handle here is great - fits with my hand well though I do have a very large hand. The trigger, however, feels a little 'wimpy' considering the power behind the drill and the girth of the handle. In fact, the trigger construction was almost shocking. It should be bigger.
Straight Drilling: 0-500 RPM
Right Angles: 0-330 RPM & 0-77RPM
Power: 8 AMPs
Reversing feature also included.
NEGATIVES - and there are some
Chuck is not slotted and not keyless. While I have not experienced breaking off a bolt because of this I have read a great deal on this "problem" and experience dictates that a slotted chuck is better and, if the term is correct, "safer".
This is one heavy drill - 11 pounds. Considering you're using this one in tight spaces and often hunched over, in awkward positions, a heavy drill can cause a lot of fatigue and strain. Granted, you're receiving a lot of power but it doesn't transfer over and make the weight worthwhile.
I want to like this drill. It's powerful for something considered "medium duty", the case is not surpassed by a competitor, and I know the Porter Cable name means durability. The weight, however, really tips the scale - pardon the pun - to the negative. Couple that with the non-slotted, keyed chuck and I feel a bit like I'm dealing with a tool from the dark ages.
For your money: Drill, Case, Manual, Chuck Key
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