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Battery vs Corded tools


So, rather than hijack the oscillating tool thread, I thought I'd start another.

Batteries or cords, which do you prefer?   Well, I have to say both have their uses!  For that seldom used tool, I'll take a cord.   Why?   Go to ANY used tool store, flea market, swap meet, pawn shop, etc., and look at the tools.   There are always about a zillion battery operated tools without batteries because the battery died and a replacement costs more than a new tool.   If I'm going to use it once a year, that might mean buying a new tool every 3rd use.    That one with the cord will lay in a drawer for years and years, and work just as good as the day you laid it down.

That said, I have a set of battery operated tools that I LOVE!   Use them all the time.   Every couple years, the batteries are junk, and I buy ANOTHER tool, of the same kind, so long as it comes with a battery or two and it's generally not much more than the price of replacement batteries.

 

Then of course there air tools.   Ratchets, impacts, drills, chisels, sanders, nibblers,...... seldom does a project go by that I don't use one.   Nothing runs that big lag screw in better than an air impact.   Lug the air drill all you want, and it'll never get hot, never burn out.  My only problem is, my big air compressor stayed in the garage after my divorce as there just wasn't much call, nor anywhere to put, a 60 gallon air tank in a one bedroom apartment.

 

I love the tools I have, I miss the ones I had.



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For drilling a bunch of small holes, under 1/4", I use my battery drills......anything bigger and I grab the corded drill. Driving screws, they are good for too.
Most of my tools are corded....seems every time I grab the cordless, its dead......Mine are just cheapo cordless tools though....just like me

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I have have a small, a medium and a large battery screwdriver which are in use on a regular basis. Everything else is corded. Those cords - I have some pretty good ones, 12 and 14 gauge - to run those tools anywhere on my property up to 200 feet away. Yep, those cords can be a PITA, but they do supply the power until I don't need it any longer. Extra batteries - so far I've found some decent ebay replacements for less then half price for the big Bosch drill and the medium DeWalt. As far as battery saws and routers, etc - not really interested in something with limited power and running time

Home Depot locally has some displays up until Christmas at their tool aisle for a bunch of different drill/impact drivers that actually work. There were a couple that impressed me. Also, Bosch is coming out with a new line of impact drivers in Feb. that I may consider as my current big driver's chuck is tearing up drill bit shanks no matter how tight I twist it - wearing out. I've tried to replace it, but there is a LH thread screw that holds it in place inside that they must have used way too much Loc-Tite and it just wont come free (might just try one of my impact guns one of these days)



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Only cordless tools I have ever had were the drills/screw drivers and my decision whether to use battery or 110 is always the size of the job or possibly the reasonable access to power. However, I'm fixing to change some of that probably with the oscillating multifunction tool. My leaf blower is 110 and there are many times cleaning out the rain gutters that I wish it was gas operated but then again those would be heavier also. hmmm catch 22 maybe???

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My leaf blower and string trimmer (both ECHO's) are gas. I was given an electric leaf blower (Crapsman) but only use it when I clean under the porch as it hasn't enough power to blow the stone into the yard but will move the oak leaves out so I can finish with the gasser. The ECHO will put that #2 crushed stone about half way across the yard on just over idle.

Being a dump picker, I found two identical pro level ECHO shaft drive string trimmers at the dump a couple weeks ago. Neither run now, but both have good compression so 'assume' that the reed valves just need cleaning or need a spark plug. If that doesn't work, they will be redonated to the dump (the same place I get my propane gas bottles).



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DSCN0655.JPGthis is the handiest too I have,, well used but still buzzin called a KET cutter.. those small blades are more expensive than a big one,,  but will cut anything that needs cutting

 



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I'll admit when I bought my first "set" of battery tools, I really only wanted the drill, those are just too handy. But, the set with a light, (LIGHT, what heck would I want a light for? I have several flash lights, etc...) drill, reciprocating saw, and circular saw was on sale for not a lot more than just the drill, so........................ Why not?

Now, that light is freaking awesome! Brighter, handier, longer lived, will sit, has a somewhat adjustable beam...

The circular saw probably does 75% of my saw work. Most of the time it's just a cut or five, and the battery lasts that long, and it's just SO handy to not have to mess with a cord. Cross cuts it'll do a lot of, but when a rip cut comes along, don't plan on more than one. When I have a lot of cutting, I get out the 7 1/4" saw.

Reciprocating saw, battery seems to last forever, and with a wet wood blade in, is right handy for trimming trees, bushes, etc.

The drill was nice too!

Then the impact/drills came out, which is what I bought on sale to get two new batteries. That SUM UM BEACH TREE is AWESOME! Amazing how it'll run in a 4" screw with a philips head without stripping the head. For screws that big square drive, or star drive worked a lot better, but not always available.


So, yeah, I really like the battery operated units I have, but the corded ones still have their place.

Oh face it, I just LOVE TOOLS! The more the merrier, and the more likely you have the tool best qualified for doing the job at hand. Which makes any job easier, and I do have a condition called "Compulsive Selective Participation."

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I bought a Makita 9.6v drill in '78, and a Makita 9.6 angle drill a year later; used them for light stuff mostly and driving screws - small ones.  All of my "real" tools were, and still are corded: Skill 77 and other circular saws, Milwaukee Sawzall and Hole Hawg, several 3/8" drills, drywall screw gun, sanders, routers, and such; the tools of a regular tradesman from the last century.  But a couple of years ago, when we were moving into this place, I bought a new Makita impact driver and driver-impact drill 18v set.  What a difference from the ones from thirty years ago; now, I am considering upgrading (?) to more battery stuff, and selling off all of my heavy duty tools.  Battery stuff is just so handy.



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You be right there! I had a couple of cordless screwdrivers and such way back when, and they were pretty close to useless. Now, if you get something 18v or larger, with interchangeable batteries, you generally have something.

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Don't know about Y'all but I found this thread to be one of the most informing Tool threads that we've had in a long time.
Thanks Dale, meller

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if it aint got a cord on it cant keep up. i have no use for them battery tools. for a small job maby but i like power all the time.i would hate to climb down from a dang buildin just to get another dang battery.


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Since my hip decided to retire, batteries last as long as I do, so they work for me most of the time.

I can't do any major projects, often times it's just a cut or two for a stand or something. Correct tool for the correct job.

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You're in good company then, Dale.  Here's something I posted last year after we moved from the country and I lost my garage, shed and places to put my stuff/junk/antiques? - - I had to build a small shop and in the process I decided to hang my 110 tools with cords this way - SEE attached.  They sure are more friendly now, especially when the weather is cold and the cord and my joints are stiff.

 



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Dang, I like that! Can't do it now though, every linear inch of wall is spoken for, either a bench along it, or something already hanging on it. So, many of the corded tools are in the big bottom drawer, and I swear every time I pull out one tool, and get 3 other cords. Maybe that's part of the reason I've come to love battery run saws, even if they don't pack as much power....... Besides, they're one drawer higher and I don't have to bend over so much. Yes, I have Compulsive Selective Participation Syndrome, but the joints in the middle are all gummed up with arthritis, and don't like that bending so much.

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No wall space, no problem, just go to Home Depot and get you a dozen "sky hooks" and then just hang'em anywhere you want to. Man, I can sure relate to those Joint (the wrong kind) problems but, thank God, I'm able to get thru mine with limited activity and mobility. Rrumbler and I were talking about the hazards and pain of checking the tire pressure on a vehicle being a major time consuming event that we "USED" to do in 5 minutes (all four tires and the ?spare?)

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Limited activity and mobility! That's it exactly! I can do a little, and I'm relatively fine. I can do a lot, and be a drug addict. My choice. I choose the prior.

 

Cold and damp plays a big role too, and I live in Michigan where it's cold and damp most of the year. Dummy. Alas, it be where family (sorta, some have moved to Florida) and friends (sorta, moved to Louisiana) are.

 

But I still have that barn roof problem I can't afford to have done, yet, something needs to be done, if only I could do it, which I can't really as roofing is so freaking low. Throw in a house roof that has limited life left in it, some sort of real garage I'd just love to have............ All of which I could save a crap load of money on IF the bod was what it was 20 years ago........

 

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I found out a short while ago that I don't have to check my tires any more; I bought bothe sets of tires for the car and the truck at Discount Tire/America's Tire, and they will check the tires for you once a month, all you hafta do is drive in and show 'em your paperwork.  After a couple of times, they get to know you, and last time I just stopped in as I was passing by and they just waved me into a bay and took care of it, never had to get out of the truck.  I am likin' that.

On the subject of corded vs. battery, and Em(E) doing his clown act this morning, that's another reason to get rid of the cords: less tripping hazard for us stumble bum old farts.  I have a couple of cords laying across the garage floor right now, and I sure am careful to watch and lift my feet high enough to clear them; I dang near took a header this afternoon, or maybe it was a backer, I stepped back from the back door and wadded the rug up under my shoe and nearly went down backwards, didn't get my foot up as high as I thought.  I am almost paranoid about falling, anymore; I am so broken already that it just almost terrifies me to think about it.



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I have had 2 cordless drills and they both died with less than a dozen uses each on them. It's because they just sit for weeks and sometime months and the batteries croak. And even if the battery is still good, it will need charging when I need it to work, so all my tools have a cord. In fact I'm saving up for a corded impact wrench because I don't have an air compressor.

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If I had a dollar for every time I hooked a cord with a heel or toe, pulled a tool from the bench, or wherever it was sitting, and sent it to bouncing along the floor......... why, I'd have enough money to buy all new tools!!!!!!!

The new "smart" chargers keep a battery ready to go, eliminating the old problem of batteries going dead waiting to be used. Battery technology has improved tremendously in the last couple of years. If you haven't tried a newish battery operated tool, you really aren't giving them the chance they deserve.

Still, there is a time and place when a cord is better, just like a battery is better in others. I'm ready for the day when batteries will replace ALL cords.

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Don't know about Y'all but I found this thread to be one of the most informing Tool threads that we've had in a long time.
Thanks Dale, meller


 I still stand by my previous statement - - - - but I do have a question -- - - ?are cords more eco friendly than batteries or would it be about the same????



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Probably the cord, but a lot would depend on how the old, used up, batteries are disposed of.

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