Porter cable vs. dewalt – power tool brand showdown la gasolina in english


The Porter-Cable name can’t be discussed without mentioning the legendary Art Emmons, who oversaw the engineering/design division of the company for nearly four decades from the mid-1920’s until his retirement in the early 60’s – pretty much single-handedly building the company into the dynasty that it is today. (Also is credited with inventing the electric circular saw).

When Emmons retired in the 60’s, Porter-Cable was sold to the Rockwell Corporation, who wiped out the Porter-Cable name and drastically cut back on production costs and quality in order to compete with Black and Decker’s line of super-budget home power tools. The company then experienced a bit of a revival in the mid-80’s when Delta Machinery acquired Rockwell’s power tool division and brought the Porter-Cable name back to life – increasing production quality along the way.

Coincidentally, nowadays both DeWalt and Porter-Cable are owned by the massive American-based conglomerate Stanley Black and Decker. The DeWalt division continues to produce higher quality, industry-leading tools, while Porter-Cable is much more the budget division – the purpose of their line is to compete with other budget options like Ryobi, Harbor Freight, etc. Warranty and Manufacturing Facilities

The majority of manufacturing for both DeWalt and Porter-Cable is outsourced, with assembly largely taking place in China and Mexico. However, it must be mentioned that several years ago DeWalt made a pretty huge step to bring a lot of their assembly back home to the U.S., opening up seven brand new manufacturing facilities and creating thousands of new American jobs.

As far as warranty, Dewalt offers a pretty standard 3-year warranty on all of their handheld power tools – anything that fails or breaks due to manufacturing default within three years will be replaced or repaired. Porter-Cable offers a similar 3-year warranty on their line of cordless tools, but that’s only for the tool itself – batteries are backed up by a 2-year warranty. Head to head comparison: Should I buy Porter-Cable or DeWalt?

If you were to pick up, for example, the ½” DeWalt drill, set it down, and then pick up the ½” Porter-Cable drill, you’d notice a big difference right off the bat in weight. DeWalt tools are constructed with much better quality materials, from the inside out.

Their motors and transmissions have all-metal bearings, whereas the Porter-Cable tools, even though they may have similar torque/rpm specs, are constructed of inferior materials – nylons and high-grade plastics are used in place of the more expensive metals.

You’ll find another big difference in battery life/power. Even though both are 20V batteries, the juice in a DeWalt MAX will last much longer than the Porter-Cable 20V. Lifespan is another difference – Porter-Cable batteries will die out and be unable to take/hold a quality charge much sooner than the DeWalt (hence the difference in warranty). The Bottom Line

Hopefully, now you can distinguish a little better between the two, and see where that gap in price comes from. Like we said, for durability, professional quality, and years of performance, you can’t go wrong with DeWalt. On the other hand, for light around-the-house use, there’s certainly nothing at all wrong in going with Porter-Cable.