Cordless tool packages, are they worth the money?

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Topic by RetiredCoastie posted 05-05-2012 05:55 PM 3296 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-05-2012 05:55 PM

I’m looking to purchase a battery powered tool package and I have a few questions. Which package has the best bang for the buck I.E. Dewalt, Porter cable, Makita, etc etc? Do the tools provide enough power to be able to cut plywood, 2 X 4s etc etc? I’m building a shed and am looking to get cordless tools to make the construction easier and so I don’t have to run extension cords. I already have a Makita drill and don’t really need another one but I would like to get a circular and recip saw but I’m unfamiliar with the different options or whether or not these tools are all that thy’re cracked up to be. Any input would be helpful.

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05-06-2012 02:38 AM

In the 12V days they didn’t stick with you long enough to do more than an emergency cut. At least that was my experience. I have a friend that bought a little DeWalt trim saw. i used it once. He used it a couple of times and he returned it. I have never had a desire to own one of those since. On the other hand I have worn out 2 battery powered drills and am 5 years into my third. I use it as often as I go out to do anything. I am sure the kit tools have improved many times over since my experience. Look at the batteries. That is where you make or break a battery powered tool.

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05-06-2012 09:44 PM

They’re not a replacement for corded tools but rather a convenience for the short and quick jobs. Unless you plan on having batteries plugged in and charging for swap outs during your shed build. For a larger projects you just can’t beat good old 120 volt power.

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11-09-2012 03:55 PM

Where I live, on a Girl Scout Camp, the property managers have few corded tools and have pretty much standardized on DeWalt 18V. Just after Christmas they seem to go on sale at Lowe’s where they purchase most of the tools.

Drill/Drivers are the mainstay of the battery tools. Recip Saws work, and do a good job. Using the circular saws is OK, but thin blades, keeping blades sharp is really important to make the batteries last longer. It was like night and day once we found a local guy that sharpens carbide blades in his basement and charges very reasonable rates, so having the blades sharpened regularly (and keeping spares) has helped the usefulness.

But if there is a big project, they pull out the generator and corded tools. Even then, the drills and drivers are the battery tools.

I heard one of the guys complain about the Li batteries just ‘stopping’ rather than giving ‘warning’ as the charge is consumed on the NiMh batteries. But the Li is lighter.

Depending on what you use and how you use it, I don’t think you can do away with corded tools, but they are a great addition.

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03-03-2013 10:58 AM

Apart from cordless drills , impact drivers and the dewalt nail gun every battery power power tool is a waste of money and a big compromise. The batteries are not strong enough with very poor staying power.
Finicially for an extra 20% more money you can kit yourself out with reasonable corded power tools that will allow you to keep on working without constantly changing batteries.
Untill tool manufacturers produce a battery that will last a day under hard use all these cordless power tools are a gimic.
Unfortunately im pretty sure in the near future that the H&S brigade will insist on all power tools being cordless so lets hope that the maufacturers get going on stronger more durable batteries.
Joe the Joiner

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