Is Porter Cable going away?

Porter Cable Going Away?

The Porter Cable Company (PC) has been around since 1887 and it’s one of the oldest companies still in business today. They have a long history of innovation, but they’ve recently started focusing more on their online presence rather than their brick & mortar stores. Their website is not very user friendly and there isn’t much information available about them other than what you see when you go to their store locations.

In 2012, PC decided to discontinue all of its retail stores. However, they haven’t completely closed down yet. You’ll notice that the company logo is still displayed prominently at most of their locations.

They’re just no longer selling products there anymore either. Here’s how it works:

If you want to buy anything from the PC store now, you need to call up and ask for a representative to come pick it up for you. If you don’t get a representative, then you can’t buy anything.

The only reason why I’m writing this post is because I want to warn others about the impending doom that will soon hit the Porter Cable Company. While they’ve stopped selling their products in their stores, they aren’t shutting down entirely. They’re simply shifting their focus towards online sales and even less customer service representatives at those locations.

If you don’t get a representative, then you won’t be able to purchase anything.

You might think that the PC Store is gone forever, but it’s not quite over yet. They’re still selling some of their older products online. That means if you want something like a cordless drill or power strip, you’ll probably have to order it through their website instead of visiting the local store where they may no longer sell those items anymore.

It’s also been reported that if you go directly to a store location, then you might find some of the remaining stock piled up out front. There have been reports of people finding some great deals on these items. Just make sure you grab it before they throw it away because it won’t be there forever.

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It’s like finding treasure except you’re raiding a long abandoned store that’s no longer in business.

The future of the store locations is currently unknown, but the writing is on the wall. I wouldn’t be surprised if this post was true because the company has been ignoring any contact from myself and others for some time now. If you’ve had a great experience with PC in the past, then maybe it would be wise to go there soon before everything is gone forever.

My Thoughts On The PC Going Away!

My advice is to buy your power tools from a competing company and not to rely on the PC name alone. You never know when it’s going to disappear.

Are PC and Craftsman Batteries Interchangeable?

This is something that I’ve always wondered about, but even if these are interchangeable, it doesn’t mean that you should do it.

So as you might have heard, PC is going away, but it’s not really true. The website is just getting updated and they aren’t doing business in the traditional sense anymore. If you want anything from them now, you have to call up and get a representative to take your order for you.

I’ve never had any experience with them until recently so I’m not exactly sure how this works. Always use the battery that is recommended by the manufacturer.

If you decide to mix and match your batteries, then you do so at your own risk. In fact, if you’re using a drill with a battery that isn’t yours then you need to take extra safety measures to ensure that it doesn’t get away from you because it’s not as heavy as one that was designed for your drill. Using an off brand battery could potentially cause physical harm to you.

I guess I’ll find out from personal experience soon enough.

If this is the case, then I guess it makes sense that the batteries wouldn’t be interchangeable between the companies since they’re now so different.

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My plan is to use up some of my old PC batteries that are on their last legs anyway and when they die, it’s Craftsman all the way.

Why I Don’t Buy Craftsman Batteries!

I’ve bought some Craftsman batteries in the past and found that they were no better than what comes with a Black and Decker drill. For years, I’ve been puzzled about why Craftsman would sell a lower quality battery when their name has always been synonymous with quality. I have no idea if they were cheaper to produce or if they were just trying to cut costs.

I’ve got a big project that I’m starting soon.

Would the Craftsman batteries be compatible with the PC 12V Max tools?

I don’t know since I don’t have any of their products, but in theory they should work.

I got a free 12V Max drill from my aunt a few years ago and it’s awful. Doesn’t work well at all and it seems like it’s just really heavy and hard to use. Since I wanted to get the best value for my dollar, I decided to try out a competitors product and found that it was in fact better.

This is one of the reasons why I don’t buy Craftsman batteries anymore.

No matter what, when you buy cheap batteries you’re going to have to replace them sooner than you have to. If it’s not the power, then it’s probably the build quality that will fail on you. Maybe it’s just me and I’m used to a much lighter weight drill, but it’s almost unusable for me.

So what are your plans for the future? Are you going to start buying from PC now that they have a wider selection or do you prefer the Craftsman brand?

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As soon as they started selling 12V tools, I bought a bunch of them. The first one that I got was the drill which is very lightweight and has a long lasting battery. I’ve had cheap batteries leak before and destroy the inside of a flash light.

This is also a safety hazard and not something that you want happening to any battery that you’re using.

Lithium-Ion has gotten really cheap nowadays and for good reason since it’s been around so long that the technology has become rather mundane. Basically, you can find these types of batteries in everything from your cell phone to your laptop computer. I couldn’t be happier with it!

I’ve been doing projects around the house since then and it works great for everything that I need it to do.

This is why I prefer them, but now that they’re compatible, I might as well buy from them instead.

I like their tools, but I just can’t stand all of the mixed messages they give off and how you can’t really count on them as a company. They’ve even got it down to a science as far as making them last a long time in small portable objects like a flash light.

I think that they are still working on extending the life of these batteries though because I don’t think you can get more than an hour or two out of any one tool yet.

The big thing about the new drills is that they are very lightweight and have great battery life.

I brought a few of their batteries a while back and they didn’t last as long as they were supposed to. When you have a “Brand” like Craftsman, you should be able to expect that every single one of their products will live up to that name. This was not the case for me and I won’t be buying Craftsman batteries anymore.

I’ll just stick with the Power Max ones since they work for me.

I guess I’ll be saving up for one of those soon.

I’m not sure what to tell you about the new Craftsman batteries except that I tried them and didn’t like them. If a company is going to have a good name, then they need to back it up with their products. Craftsman hasn’t done this for me and I won’t be buying their batteries anymore.

Well thanks for letting me rant on and on again.

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— Joey

To print the manual or view it in fullscreen, you’ll have to go here . It’s just like the old days when you had to go to the store and buy a book to read if you wanted more information on something! Remember those days?

I was able to find an instruction manual for the drill here . You can view it online or download the entire manual as a pdf file.

Looking at the manual, there’s a section in the front that has some of the parts listed with a diagram and description of them. Hopefully you’ll be able to figure out which part you need to order. I’ve looked through the parts lists and didn’t see anything that stood out as being broken though.

I found your problem!

I looked up Craftsman’s website and they have a few battery operated tools, but I don’t see any 12V drills. They seem to be more into the hand-crank flashlights, saws and radios. Your trigger switch is worn out.

It’s not the part itself, but the plastic rivet that holds it in place has worn down. You can order that part alone and change it out or you can just order a whole new trigger assembly which comes with the rivet and everything else you need.

Also, I couldn’t find any information on the type of battery that your drill takes. That doesn’t seem right. I’m going to call their tech support line and see what they say.

I’ll let you know.

I just talked with a lady in technical support and she said the model# 115.11684 is a Radio Shack exclusive and uses a 12V Craftsman battery part# 076-1323.

Hold on, I’m reading through the parts catalog now… Okay, here we go…

That’s a little strange… I have no idea why Craftsman wouldn’t include this in the manual, but I couldn’t find it anywhere on their site.

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I hope this helps. Good luck and I hope it isn’t a rivet or trigger switch that you need to fix!

— Joey

Talk about a blast from the past! This whole time I thought my drill needed a new battery, but it looks like it just needed a new trigger spring or something. I had been struggling with trying to fix this thing for weeks and it turns out I needed to see the Craftsman equivalent of a $4.99 part.

After looking at their site for about 30 minutes, I found the parts department and got the part I needed ordered. They should have it in within 3-5 days and I can get this bad boy up and working again.

I also took a look at their power tool selection and was really surprised by how basic most of them looked. Not to mention they were all about $50-$100. Granted, that’s a lot better than the $500+ price tag on my current one, but I’m used to newer tools having a sleeker, more modern design rather than ones that resemble a box on springs.

Maybe I’m just spoiled by the current age of technology, but with advances in motor, battery and tool design, I can’t imagine that these old clunkers can still hold their own against today’s standards. I mean sure, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it and whatnot, but if I had to guess, I think part of their appeal is that they are built like tanks. Drop them, kick them, sit on them, they can take it.

Well, no wonder people still buy them if they’re that durable.

Ah well, I’m sure these things have their place in the world. I’m just glad I got mine when I was a teenager and didn’t have to worry about ever replacing it.

In any case, I’m watching some TV while I wait for the part to come in and then I’m going to be busy with my own little “fix it” project around the house. If all goes well, I’ll have a fun weekend project for the weeks to come!

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Part 35

Ha, that was easier than I thought it would be.

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