Corded vs. Cordless Power Tools: Which is Right for You?

The debate has raged since the beginning of time, or at least since power tools were invented: corded or cordless? Today we will jump into the controversy and discuss corded vs cordless power tools, their respective pros and cons, and which one is right for you and for your current project.

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Corded Power Tools: The Pros

The first, and most obvious, benefit of corded power tools is that they have a continuous power supply. Beyond their being able to run continuously, corded power tools will not suffer a drop in performance after extended use. These power tools also tend to sport greater torque than their cordless counterparts.

Corded Power Tools: The Cons

Even the best corded power tools will suffer from an obvious downside: restricted movement. Unfortunately, with infinite power comes the responsibility of making sure your home improvement projects are always close to an outlet.

While an extension cord can help to greatly increase the range of your corded power tools, some projects will simply remain out of reach. Lawn maintenance and gardening, for instance, may be difficult with corded tools if you have a large property. Additionally, corded power tools can be difficult to handle and store compared to cordless tools, with long cords that require proper storage to avoid damaging the wiring.

Cordless Power Tools: The Pros

The key benefit to cordless power tools is their range and mobility. If you are frequently working outdoors or hauling your equipment to your jobsite, cordless power tools will be essential to your workflow. Interchangeable batteries can be bought, allowing for convenient switching between your tools with minimal downtime.

If you do not have access to a dedicated power source on your jobsite and do not want to haul a generator around with you, cordless power tools are an attractive option. Finally, cordless power tools are often more compact and easier to store since you do not have to worry about potentially damaging any essential wiring.

Cordless Power Tools: The Cons

Cordless power tools are not without their downsides, the most obvious being inevitable loss of power. Even with backups, you are likely to find a long project requiring more power than your batteries can provide. If your batteries are not fully charged, you are likely to see a dip in performance, so by the end of a long workday your power tools will not offer you their full power.

Another downside is that cordless power tools are typically a bit heavier and harder to wield than corded power tools since your power source is in your hand. Although many lithium ion battery options are lightweight, they can still add a few pounds and some additional strain to your job causing you to tire out faster.

When Are Corded or Cordless Power Tools Better?

The best solution to the ongoing debate between corded and cordless power tools is to simply have both in your arsenal. However, buying a set of both cordless and corded power tools can get expensive quickly.

Some tools are usually superior as either a corded or cordless option. For example, if you frequently require the use of a reciprocating or circular saw, a corded version is ideal since it will provide the sustainable, steady performance that is often necessary for a clean cut through stiff material. On the other hand, things like cordless drills and impact drivers are ideal for most builders and DIYers since they are handheld devices that often need to be lugged all over your jobsite.

Which Should You Buy?

To get the best bang for your buck, figure out what projects you will be using your power tools for and find the right corded or cordless tool for the job. If you are constantly doing outdoor yardwork, a set of cordless tools will likely serve you better in the long run.

On the other hand, if you’re working in the shop frequently and don’t need to haul your tools out to your job site, corded power tools will provide you full power and continuous performance to get your job done.

Ultimately, there is no clear-cut winner between corded and cordless power tools. Both are attractive options for different reasons. If you value superior performance and longevity, corded power tools are likely going to be the better option for you. If convenience, mobility, and storage are more important for you, then cordless power tools might be the way to go.

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