For those who love power tools, perhaps the most important debate of our time rests on which type of drill is better: cordless or corded? While many power tool manufacturers are moving towards a cordless model, the truth is, both the cordless and corded drill have their place. We believe any DIY enthusiast or construction professional should consider having both in their toolbox.
In this brief guide, we’ll explore the pros and cons of cordless and corded drills and why in many cases you might want to have both.
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The Benefits of Cordless Drills
Becoming an increasingly popular choice for both amateur and professional handymen and women, the cordless drill aims to offer the best of what a tool should be. Designed to be portable, effective, and convenient, the cordless drill can virtually do it all. Whether you want the freedom of roaming around your workshop or need to be able to carry your drill on the go, the cordless drill is a fantastic option to have in your toolbox.
Though not nearly as powerful as a corded drill, for most DIY enthusiasts, the cordless provides more than enough power with the latest brushless motors to get the job done, making it an excellent option for most people in need of a drill. Best yet, there are a wide range of affordable cordless drills on the market today that can fit virtually any tool budget.
That being said, the cordless drill does have a few downsides which are important to consider when looking to purchase a drill (or two.) For one, the battery on the cordless drill tends to make the tool a little heavier than a standard corded drill, which can make it a little more difficult to use for extended periods of time. In addition, because the tool is designed to hold the battery, cordless drills are typically bulkier than the corded variety.
While not an issue in most use cases, the cordless drill also provides less power than your average corded drill. Ultimately, though, a cordless drill is a great choice for virtually anyone who needs a drill that offers flexibility and power to get most light to moderate jobs done. It’s also a better option where electrical outlets are scarce.
The Benefits of Corded Drills
Not going down without a fight, the corded drill continues to remain a staple in many toolboxes thanks the features it offers that a cordless drill cannot. For one, a corded drill without question can provide more power than a cordless drill. For most jobs, the power difference won’t be an issue, but if you’re a professional in need of a high-powered tool, it makes sense to have a corded drill on hand.
In addition, because the corded drill doesn’t have to hold an often large battery, the design is often much leaner than a cordless model. For tight spaces in which the bulk of a cordless drill might prevent its easy use, the corded drill can come in handy.
Another benefit of the corded drill is that it typically has a longer shelf life than a cordless drill because it doesn’t rely on a battery for power. You simply plug in the drill and you’re good to go. Those who use cordless drills sporadically often find that the battery has died while the tool sat on the shelf. Instead of starting right in on your project, you must then sit and wait for it to recharge.
Corded drills are generally much lighter than their counterpart, which again can come in handy if you’re spending much of your day using the drill. It’s no good planning to spend an entire day on your project if your hand gets fatigued by lunchtime.
Cordless vs. Corded Drill – Why You Should Own Both
Ultimately the debate on which drill is better – cordless or corded – is asking the wrong question. Each type of drill has its unique benefits and downsides; both can be an incredible addition to any toolbox. If you’re looking to have the best tools available for all your DIY and workshop needs, it’s best to have both in your toolbox when the time comes.