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Posted on How many of you own both corded and cordless drills?

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#1 posted 06-24-2015 08:13 PM

I have an array of drills and use them all over the course of say a year but I much prefer cordless drills. I have a corded 1/2” beast that only comes out for the most brutal of tasks, none of which have anything to do with fine woodworking. I have light corded 3/8” drill I bought for pocket holes when the upper rpm limit of cordless drills was significantly lower than what was recommended, this is probably my least used drill now. I have the 18v Dewalt tools and for a while I used them almost exclusively BUT now 12v tools get by far the most use. The current 12v (technically 10.8v) tools especially the brushless versions are amazing. If I was starting from scratch I would buy 12v cordless tools (brushless where available) which I could use 97% of the time and pick up cheap lower-midrange corded tools for the rare “hard” job I would use them for. Currently with the market penetration pricing you see with cordless tool kits it makes little sense to replace just batteries for older tools, the tools are much better now and the prices particularly when they go on sale make replacement batteries false economy. Try to get some time hands on with either a Milwaukee or Bosch 12v brushless drill and it is unlikely you will see a need for 18v replacements.

For most people cordless tools are like TV remotes, prior to living with one they seem frivolous but when you have lived with one they become a requirement.

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