When trying to choose between corded vs cordless power tools, it can become very confusing. No one wants to be held back, so a lot of people will choose cordless power tools. But is this the right choice?
What are the major advantages and disadvantages of each?
Corded Power Tool Advantages
Corded power tools are the preferred option among construction workers who might be using the same power tool the entire day. When using a corded power tool, there are a lot of advantages that cordless models can’t offer:
- Usage Time. A corded tool will require an air compressor in some cases, but depending on the tool, it may be plugged into the electrical socket. In either case, there’s no need to worry about the tool needing to be recharged. When time is of the essence, a corded tool allows the user to continue their work without needing a break.
- Consistent. A consistent power source means that the power of the tool will be consistent. This means that the tool will always be able to perform with 100% effectiveness. This is a major drawback of cordless models, which often start to lose power and consistency, making them less effective.
- Capacity. A dedicated power source allows the right corded power tool to handle more tedious jobs, while cordless models may not be effective because of the loss in power.
These are the main advantages of a corded power tool.
Corded Power Tool Disadvantages
Corded power tools may offer the best power, but what they lack when compared to a cordless model also needs to be considered. Disadvantages of a corded power tool include:
- Limitations. Movement is limited, requiring frequent power outlet changes to be made. This means that the user will have a harder time trying to maneuver their power tool.
- Power. The power from a corded tool will come from an electrical outlet, and if no electric is offered, there’s no option to use the tool. This can be a major problem when construction first begins or there are no power outlets in the desired areas.
- Cords. The cords can and do pose potential safety hazards. There’s also the risk that the power cord becomes damaged, rendering the power tool useless. Replacing the cord can be costly or impossible in some cases, requiring a complete replacement.
Corded models are often heavier and more taxing on the arms. This should be a major consideration for the user and play a role in choosing the power tool type when making a choice.
Cordless Power Tool Advantages
Cordless power tools are a great option because they allow for maximum freedom during usage and they’re often lightweight. These tools vary from type to type, so it’s important to research whether a corded or cordless model is better for the tool type being used.
A few advantages of the cordless power tool are:
- Cordless. The main advantage of this tool type is that there are no cords to worry about. Maximum freedom is granted with a cordless tool, allowing the user to move about freely and unhindered.
- Less Equipment. Cartridges or batteries will often be the power source of the cordless tool, meaning that there’s less equipment to carry. This means the workspace is less crowded and the job gets done equally as fast. Fewer cords also means more safety and a safer workplace.
- Weight. The weight of the tool may be lighter, or the tool may provide less strain to the user because a hose or cord isn’t causing downward force on the tool.
Of course, there are also some drawbacks of the cordless power tool that every DIYer or non-professional must know, too.
Cordless Power Tool Disadvantages
Cordless power tools do have their place on construction sites and in homes, but they also come with their own considerations and concerns. The idea is that these tools provide freedom, but they also have a disadvantage because:
- Power. As the power source becomes depleted, the efficiency of the tool may suffer. This can result in subpar work being done by the tool if the charge falls too low.
- Recharges. The recharging of the tool may be either costly or time-consuming. Imagine telling a client that they have to wait a few hours while the tool recharges. This is not the best use of an unprepared contractor’s time.
- Capacity. There’s also the case for the cordless model needing a lower capacity to operate. This is especially true with power saws that may require smaller blades. In this case, cordless models are less effective than their corded counterparts. These tools may also lack the power for some applications, causing either manual usage or switching back to a corded model.
When choosing a cordless power tool, it’s important to note that these tools can and do die on occasion. If time is of the essence or professional work is being performed, it may be best to use a corded tool that won’t run out of power quickly.
Corded tools are all about longevity and long hours working, while cordless tools are meant for quick jobs that don’t require the same tool to be used day and night.
A General Rule of Thumb
A general rule of thumb among contractors is that cordless models can be used for minor jobs, but the corded models are best for bigger jobs or when excess power is needed. A DIYer looking to make quick repairs can often suffice with a cordless model, but a professional may opt for the corded model because they’re more reliable in terms of power and consistency.