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Tools - battery or corded?

John1
Experienced Contributor

Re: Tools - battery or corded?

I have had 2x 4ah Ryobi One batteries for about two years now and have 8 Ryobi cordless tools and they work one on charge while using the other I always have one fully charged and when I'm mowing with my Ryobi 18v Lawn Mower then use the Line trimmer and finally my Blower to clean up the long nature strip and around the house they both go on chargers [overnight] as I have two chargers charging at the same time  and switch off the chargers in the morning and back to the usual one battery always on charge and one in use.

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Andy_Mann
Former Community Member

Re: Tools - battery or corded?

@Isobel

 

It depends on the battery type that's supplied with your cordless tool. 

I have a Panasonic cordless drill/driver, which I bought nearly 20 years ago, &     back then NiMH batteries ruled. Their downfall was exactly what you describe, in that they slowly self discharge when stored, effectively leaving you with 1 charged battery, & a paperweight when you wanted to use the tool. It didn't bother me too much, because I usually expired before a fully charged NiMH battery did. ; )

My plan of action for the start of a day was to remove the (inevitably flat) battery that was in the tool, & fit the battery that'd been on charge. Then straight away bung the flat one into the charger, if I needed it after my afternoon "Nanna Nap".

It worked a treat, as I rarely work after my arvo nap. ; )

There's a good chance that you have more stamina than I do, so swap the batteries at the start in any case, then plan your work flow around the useful battery capacity/reserve, or make sure you've got some work/project continuity to carry on if the battery dies on you.

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Andy_Mann
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GarryL
Budding Contributor

Re: Tools - battery or corded?

Both unfortunately is the answer, electric dill and battery drill are a must , after all you are running of batteries , but be selective , such as if you are a serious hobbyist you will know which ones you use the most and which ones you use little.

Leaded tools offer you the most power so if you have to cut alot of timber then only leaded saw is you most obvious choice , if you are a basic handyman then battery tools will do quite fine but can get expensive and you really should have large capacity batteries , and again the cost can be expensive.

I use the horses for courses , not much diling but a lot of screws then cheap electric drill and battery drill with large batteries, always remember if you have a large odd job such as sanding back decking then your cheapest option is to hire a floor sander, very fast and saves alot of time instead of usin your belt or flat sheet sander. And another rule is always ask several other peoples opinion then you will get the correct tool.

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Jason
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Re: Tools - battery or corded?

I agree with your advice about hiring a floor sander @GarryL. Made my project much easier on the weekend. 

 

In regards to the original topic, I purchased a corded orbital sander to complete the edges and didn't mind having to manage the extension cord during the job. 

 

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Woodsy
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Re: Tools - battery or corded?

I agree. The only battery powered tool I have is my AEG drill. I have been bitten before with battery tools where the battery dies and you can't get a replacement.

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Brad
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Re: Tools - battery or corded?

I have 4 battery types across 3 brands.

Corded and air when I have no other reasonable choice

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Jason
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Re: Tools - battery or corded?

Thanks for joining in the discussion and sharing your experiences @Woodsy.

 

Let me also extend a very warm welcome to Workshop. It's fantastic to have you join us. I hope you find plenty of inspiration and information from our community members. 

 

Please feel free to post anytime you need a hand.

 

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greygardener
Valued Contributor

Re: Tools - battery or corded?

I'm really happy that I've gone to a battery-powered mower. No need to buy and mix petrol and oil, no horrible exhaust fumes and easy start. It is also really light and easy to maneuver, as well as being quiet. 

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Kermit
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Re: Tools - battery or corded?

Anyone tried the Ozito wet/dry vacuum cleaner that is battery powered? After being up in the ceiling recently I realised it is probably overdue for a clean. I don't want to wreck my Dyson and it would be easier to not to have a power lead up there. 

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