Porter-Cable PCC650B Jigsaw Review

The PCC650B Lithium Ion Battery Powered Cordless Jigsaw from Porter-Cable Combines High Performance with Superb Ergonomics

By Mark J. Donovan

In this video Mark Donovan of HomeAdditionPlus.com reviews Porter-Cable’s new PCC650B Cordless Jigsaw.

If you’re looking for a cordless and powerful jigsaw for your workshop or truck look no further than Porter-Cable’s PCC650B Cordless Jigsaw. The PCC650B jigsaw represents one of Porter-Cable’s six new cordless tools in its 20 Volt MAX Linked System product family.

Like its cordless tool brethrens in the 20 Volt MAX Linked System product family, the PCC650B jigsaw is powered by a lithium ion battery. Consequently it offers all the power you’ll need for cutting wood, metal, or pipe.

In addition, the PCC650B jigsaw’s 20V lithium ion battery will hold a charge for up to 18 months, so it’s ready whenever you need it.

The PCC650B has a variable speed trigger switch that allows you to control the saw blade strokes per minute from 0 to 2,500. There is also a safety lock-off button that when depressed will prevent the saw from operating if the trigger switch is inadvertently pressed.

The PCC650B jigsaw also has an orbital action selector switch that has three settings. The Level 2 setting is designed for fast rough straight wood cuts. The Level 1 setting is for fast and smooth straight wood cuts. And the Level 0 setting is specifically used for accurate straight and curved cuts to yield a smooth finish.

One of the neat features I particularly liked when using the jigsaw was the tool free changing of saw blades. Simply engage the lock-off button and remove the battery for safety purposes. Then turn the jigsaw upside down, and push on the blade release lever. With the blade release lever depressed you simply slide in a saw blade or remove one. Then release the lever to lock it in place.

The PCC650B jigsaw also has an adjustable shoe plate so that you can make beveled cuts. The shoe plate is loosened via a 3mm Allen wrench that comes with the saw. Once loosened, the shoe plate can be adjusted to yield beveled cuts from 0 to 45 degrees.

The jigsaw is also very well ergonomically designed. It is rugged, light weight and well balanced. It also has a form fitting rubberized grip that enables complete control when cutting with it.

The PCC650B jigsaw comes with a three year limited warranty for any defects associated with it, plus a one year service contract and a 90-day money back guarantee. So you really can’t go wrong with this cordless jigsaw.

In regards to availability, the Porter-Cable PCC650B jigsaw can be purchased at Lowes and independent distributors around the country. As of this writing it has a suggested retail price of $59.97. The lithium ion battery and charger are sold separately.

So whether you’re tackling a DIY home improvement project, or a professional shop or jobsite project, the PORTER CABLE PCC650B 20-volt MAX Lithium Bare Jigsaw is a perfect tool to add to your tool chest. It provides the power and ergonomics that will allow you to repeatedly make accurate straight or scroll cuts with little time and effort.

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