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Today's cordless tools

Cordless tools have been around for a few decades now, but they've never completely replaced corded tools in a woodworking shop. That day may be at hand. Changes in battery technology have made cordless tools lighter, more compact, more ergonomic, and more capable of delivering the kind of results a woodworker demands.


Comments (10)
jeffropapa wrote:

The battery replacement cost is an on-going problem. That is why I chose the Ridgid Brand from Home Depot. When you register it properly you get FREE BATTERIES FOR LIFE! So far this is the only company that has this warranty. This is why I went with this brand. As a weekend warrior woodworker it is a perfect choice for me as it does everything I put to it.

6/19/2015 11:16:56 AM Report Abuse
petertuby wrote:

Ryobi got me with a 5 tool 18 volt kit at a ridiculous price. I use it on weekends and the smart charger was the best investment I made. (this surprised me) It stores 6 batteries and charges them when needed. I tend to use the smaller 18 volt batteries on smaller tools because they are lighter. (this also surprised me) I use the big battery mostly on my leaf blower. I have bought 4 new batteries in 12 years (on sale regularly, less than $200 total). I love the convenience.

6/4/2015 12:44:38 PM Report Abuse
lehroy wrote:

I am seriously thinking about just replacing my battery operated tools. It just seems that with a battery powered tool, you never really own it. With the price of batteries, i find them hard to justify in the weekend home woodworking shop. As for their mobility, how hard is it to plug in an electric cord. For years we got along with corded tools and I think we may have all been duped into battery powered tolls. Comments please!

2/14/2015 12:19:36 PM Report Abuse
steve.g.tripp wrote:

I bought my Porter Cable 14.4 volt model 876 cordless drill brand new so it's now more than 16 years old and I still use it regularly. It's been through Minnesota winters and stored in the garage through winter and summer. I didn't know a thing about how you were supposed to charge or drain the battery so I just used it. I pounded the snot out of it for the better part of 10 years every work day. Now I use it for around the house.

1/29/2015 04:58:13 PM Report Abuse
fyredup1 wrote:

I have both corded and battery powered tools. The circumstances determine which gets used. I like having the flexibility.

12/22/2014 11:24:22 PM Report Abuse
lenschoonover wrote:

I have to agree with Frostychevy...I don't get to do woodworking projects daily and so the tools in my shop are all corded. If I need to do "fieldwork" I too load up the generator and work on an extension cord. I see the value in the battery powered tools, but my power cord plugs into any outlet and my tool brands vary greatly. I just couldn't see myself having 7 or more different battery chargers for different brands of battery powered tools.

12/20/2014 12:48:40 PM Report Abuse
WilliamWardino wrote:

I love battery-operated power tools. No cords to trip me up or get cut by mistake. They are lighter and just as powerful as must corded tools.

10/9/2014 10:15:08 AM Report Abuse
gptaylor19761 wrote:

Another note, and this come from personal experience. Avoid placing a cordless charger on a generator. I lost 2 Dewalt chargers and 3 batteries in less than 1 year. The voltage fluctuation that can happen when they are running can fry them. This will happen more when there are power tools being used while charging. If the generator is just powering the charger(s) make sure it is not running on the eco throttle that more and more.

5/11/2014 08:03:08 PM Report Abuse
gptaylor19761 wrote:

Something that the article did not mention is about charging the batteries. I know the older NiCad bats lasted longer when you would drain them down to nothing before placing it on the charger. They tend to have a memory. The new lithium ion are the opposite. They will last longer if you place them on the charger before they are exhausted.

5/11/2014 08:02:41 PM Report Abuse
Frostychevy wrote:

The only battery powered tools I own are a couple of trouble lights and two cordless drills. I have found that when I need power tools it is usually for an extended time and even if it is in a remote area where I don't have power I have a mid size generator to provide AC. Also can't help but realize I don't think there are very many 25 year old battery powered tools out there. My corded tools are that age and older and are well maintained. Sorry I just can't beat plug in and go all day.

5/6/2014 09:43:46 AM Report Abuse

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