The Corded or Cordless Power Tool Debate

When you head to the local hardware store, you may be stumped when it comes to choosing a set of power tools. In the past, all power tools came with cords, but with advancements in technology, many tools are now powered by batteries. To select the best tools for your individual needs, it’s important to consider a few things.


It’s essential to consider how easy the tool will be to handle throughout your project. Usually, a corded tool will weigh less than a cordless model because the battery in the cordless tool is large and heavy. For a long job, you should consider a corded tool to spare your arms the extra effort; after all, using a power tool should not feel like lifting weights.


Power tools with cords are built to provide maximum force at all times. For example, corded drills provide consistently high torque thanks to the constant flow of electricity. Voltage is not limited. As batteries die on cordless tools, power becomes weak.


When an electrical outlet is not available, you’ll need to use cordless power tools. Keep in mind that extension cords tend to be dangerous around the work space; you may trip and fall over the cords or get shocked by them. Cordless tools provide much more freedom to move around, which can be very important when your project is spaced throughout a large area.


Cordless tools are usually more expensive than their corded counterparts. In addition to raised cost, you’ll need to replace batteries and battery chargers after they die. Over time, this can be very costly. The only advantage of cordless tools is that they often come in kits, so you may be able to buy different tools at once with multiple batteries at a more affordable price.

If you’re about to start a new project and are looking to buy some new power tools, visit our website or one of our hardware stores for a wide array of options. We provide power tools from the industry’s most trusted brands. Our Rocky’s staff will be happy to help you choose the best tools to get your job done right.


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