Hi guys, I've got a decent range of tools including both battery and corded models. I'm just chasing people's feedback on which tools they have in which combos.
Do you find your battery powered ones don't last long enough or don't have enough power, etc?
Certainly like the convenience of the new(ish) '1 battery fits all systems' and when I buy new tools I've looked at both battery and corded options.
I find it really depends on the job you are doing. If I have to do multiple chases in walls then definately power. If fitting off shelving or something in tighter situations, then cordless. Also depends on how much torque you need. Sometimes we have to do jobs when there is no power available and we have no choice except lug around a generator. I have a couple sets of 'all in one' battery tool packs with extra batteries and just rotate through them.
I have nearly a complete set of Ryobi 1+ which contains: drill, driver, hammer drill, multitool, grinder, recip saw, circ saw, jigsaw, impact wrench, impact driver, led light, radio, 6 port charger and 7 4Ah batteries.
My Hilti set contains drill, hammer drill, impact driver, grinder and 3 3.3Ah batteries (the apprentices don't touch these).
I find the Hilti batteries last longer than the Ryobi even though the Ryobi has more amp hours, but much depends on how much pressure you put on the tool when using it.
It's always personal preference but if I had to drag around a 30m extension cord when mowing my yard, then I would without doubt buy cordless (or stick to my trusty Victor).
I note that your cordless Hilti system is off limits to your apprentices, & if I'm on track, it's because the lads may not respect those quality (expensive) tools.
Unfortunately, many now are brought up with the false economy that when they buy cheap & it breaks, simply go out & get another one. I don't subscribe to that throwaway theory at all, tools are to assist us, but it doesn't give us the right to abuse/trash them. That goes for corded & cardless.
On topic, corded tools are best if you have a ready supply, or a generator.
Given the choice on a heavy duty job with power available, no matter what they tell you, cordless loses out.
Then there's the quandary of spec/brochure wars when talking quality v temporary tools.
A cheap tool may be rated at 2400W, but be less powerful than an 1800W quality tool, but why is it so?
It draws 2400w of power from the mains, but it's not efficient.
A well made electrical motor has a small distance (air gap) between the rotor (rotating part) & the stator (outer stationary part) which improves the essential magnetic coupling between the two. The windings will be wound more tidily & tighter, which allows both the rotor & stator to be more compact, & lighter. The motors have long lasting bearings (needle or roller), instead of bushings (an oil impregnated metal sleeve) which deteriorate with use.
Corded tools are best if you have a ready supply, or a generator.
Guys, unwind a cord like your wives have had to until recently when vacuuming, & stop your whinging. ; )
For the ultimate in cordless tools, I urge everyone to catch up with Andrew Jones' blog.
"@Andy_Mann - which vaccuum do you mean? My corded Dyson, my cordless Dyson or my robot vaccuum? :P"
Have I got this right, you vacuum the house, AND your robot? ; )
"I note that your cordless Hilti system is off limits to your apprentices, & if I'm on track, it's because the lads may not respect those quality (expensive) tools."
Sorry John but not the case. I find that 90% of the apprentices I get don't actually know how to use the tool properly. Training is part of the key and I am constantly training my lads and lasses on correct tool use.
Thanks for joining in the discussion @Bgrunt and making your first post. Let me extend a very warm welcome to the Workshop community. Looking forward to reading about your plans and projects soon.