Cordless Power Tools vs. Corded

28 Jul 2014
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We put several cordless power tools and the competing corded model to the test. Guess what we learnt? There is much to be considered, like power capacity, battery duration, storage, size, maneuverability and price.
Corded Tools
de walt corded drill on mdf board

Pros:

  •  If you know you do jobs that require a lot of power then you should go with corded tools.
  • Corded tools can be used all day and you don't have to worry about your battery dying.
  • Based on power tool reviews, corded tools are almost always faster and better at what they do.
  • Corded tools tend to be cheaper than cordless tools.

Cons:

  •  It has a cord and has to be plugged in, so doing work far away from an outlet is not an option.
  • You can accidently cut a cord when working on a job.
  •  Imagine using a corded tool in a place like the hallway where your family members can easily trip on the cords.
  • Corded tools tend to be harder to maneuver, which may turn a simple job into a herculean task.
  • They are hard to store as their cords have to be wrapped up.
  • Slightly slower set up time depending on power location.
Cordless Tools
Makita cordless drill on mdf board

Pros:

  • When operating a cordless tool you can use it almost anywhere, there is no limitation of a cord.
  • Even if there is no power you can still use your cordless power tools, provided that they are charged.   
  • There have been a number of advancements in battery technology over the years which allows for longer battery life.
  • They come in power tool combo kit form; this means that many times you get several tools in one package at a very good price.
  • Many cordless tools use the same batteries, so when purchasing more cordless tools you can save money by purchasing the tool only.
  • They are easier to store, as there are no cords to wrap up. They are also built more compact than corded tools, taking up less space.
  • There are a wide variety of cordless tools on the market that are capable of carrying out a number of functions.

Cons:

  • They are less powerful. 
  • Cordless power tool batteries will die and you will have to change it and charge the dead one. 
  • They tend to be more expensive than corded tools.
  • Traditionally cordless tools tend to be bigger than corded tools, as they store their batteries in their handles. 

Now, which type suits your needs?

 

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