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How many of you own both corded and cordless drills?

by DKV
posted 06-24-2015 07:19 PM

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#1 posted 06-24-2015 07:29 PM

I stuck with corded drills for some time after the cordless finally became decent but eventually made the switch to battery and find the cost of replacement batteries or even the entire drill a non factor when compared to dealing with having to make sure a power outlet, messing with an extension cord, discovering just not quite long enough, coming unplugged, etc… In the shop wasn’t as big of a deal but just one more cord that seamed to always be in the way.

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#2 posted 06-24-2015 07:36 PM

I use my cordless 90%. For the remainder I use my Craftsman Commercial 1/2 in corded beast- heavy and bulky, but capable of serious work.

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#3 posted 06-24-2015 07:40 PM

I couldn’y imagine being without a corded drill, but I don’t replace the batteries on the cordless. Typically, it’s almost as cheap to toss everything and start with a new one. I did try aftermeaket batteries for my old NiCad Dewalt, and they were actually better (more power in terms of run time and they had longer lives) than the OEM.

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#4 posted 06-24-2015 07:47 PM

I own both but use my cordless for most things. I just have two cheap corded drills, one standard 1/2” drive and one 1/2” hammer drill. I have a 1/4” drill/driver 12volt Bosch (10+ years same batteries), a Bosch 12volt 3/8” drill/driver and 1/4” impact kit I bought in January. Last summer was the last time I used my corded and that was building my kids swing set using 6X6 timbers. Gave my son-in law my 18volt Ridgid set (batteries not lasting very long anymore). Have contemplated buying a new 18volt drill mainly for drilling pocket holes, 12volt doesn’t hold up as long with drilling pocket holes.

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#5 posted 06-24-2015 07:50 PM

I personally don’t see a point of a cordless drill for my use. I’m not doing anything that isn’t within extension cord range of a power outlet. Plus, corded drills are more powerful, cheaper to buy, and don’t need replacing every couple years. Others may vary, however. Someone who does a lot of work on a jobsite would be much better served with a cordless drill.

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#6 posted 06-24-2015 07:56 PM

I have both… several corded drills and a couple older Makita cordless drills. There are some things that cordless drills just suck at… like drilling lots of largish holes in thick plate steel or stripping paint off an old machine cabinet with a wire wheel.


PS: And new batteries for my Makitas only cost $10-$15 a piece.

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#7 posted 06-24-2015 08:03 PM

Both. Nothing like a corded drill for jobsite drilling, but for cabinet installation I love my Makita drill and impact!

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#8 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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#9 posted 06-24-2015 08:28 PM

Both. A bunch of different cordless ones for various tasks, but a single Dewalt corded one with 1/2 in chuck for the really heavy duty stuff (mostly construction, very rarely woodworking). Definitely comes in handy when mixing grout or mortar. Haven’t found a cordless drill that can really last for a task like that. Certainly sucks to have to replace the batteries on the cordless drills every few years, but really can’t beat the convenience.

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#10 posted 06-24-2015 08:36 PM

I have a few drills as well, 3 cordless and 1 corded. I use the cordless ones for most everything, woodworking and fix-it projects in the house. I used the corded one when I was wiring up the different rooms in my house for cat5 and surround sound. Even the Dewalt 20V drills ran out of juice quickly when using the long drill bits I needed.

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#11 posted 06-24-2015 08:45 PM

I have 4 corded drills and insisted that I would not buy a cordless one. Yesterday, I bought a cordless one. I hit a couple situations that it would have been the right thing to have.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#12 posted 06-24-2015 09:13 PM

I own no drills with tails. I just sold my 20 year old Milwaukee 14.4V with a Jacobs chuck, I got a second set of two batteries from Milwaukee 12 years ago when there was a recal on the batteries and these were still going strong.

Last year, (I think), I bought a Master Mechanic 12V 1/2” drill and impact driver. Both are vary powerful. Not like the old Milwaukee, but strong enough for most things.

In November my wife got me an 18V Li 1/2” drive drill that is nearly as strong as my ex boss’s Crapsman 1/2” drive corded heavy duty drill.

I have used it in a 12” deep solid concrete drilling marathon. I made 10 holes before changing batteries, and by the time I wore out the next battery, the one on the charger had been fully charged.

Sorry, I gave up the drills with cords many years ago.

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#13 posted 06-24-2015 09:19 PM

I have a couple of Milwaukee M18 cordless drills and a 1970s Craftsman corded drill as a backup. If I could get even ten bucks for the old Craftsman drill I would unload it. I can’t remember the last time I used it.

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#14 posted 06-24-2015 09:41 PM

I have both, rarely use the corded, except when drilling bench dog holes.

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#15 posted 06-24-2015 09:46 PM

I use a corded drill when I need the power, have access to AC, and I have a lot of work to do with it.

I use the cordless drill for small jobs, places where I can not get AC power, or when it is more convenient.

I bought two, inexpensive cordless drill kits. It was cheaper than buying replacement batteries or even getting them rebuilt for my DeWalt. I like my 12 volt DeWalt for its size. I do not need 18.8 + power. I like the old compact design. But, the new drills came with four batteries and two chargers. Now, I always have a good battery waiting for me and I can use one drill for drilling and chuck up the other for screwing. No more going back and forth. Saves me a lot of grief and aggravation.

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#16 posted 06-25-2015 12:11 AM

When my last craftsman cordless went kaput i replaced it with a dewalt corded drill and a cordless one. I use the corded drill most of the time since it has more torque and the cordless whenever I cant be bothered to use an extension cord. When i need to make mortise and tenon joints in log furniture i only use the corded since it can hog out material more easily

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them

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#17 posted 06-25-2015 12:30 AM

I have a twenty year old Skil corded, just in case I have to drill a thousand holes (not likely). I don’t think I’ve used it in a good 10 years. My cordless Bosch drill/driver gets most of the work nowadays, and the cordless Bosch impactor does the rest.

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#18 posted 06-25-2015 01:06 AM

I’ve got both, but I prefer my corded drill, more power, always ready to go, and has taken a beating over the last ten years. I only use the cordless if I need two drills and don’t want to switch bits or if it’s small stuff

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#19 posted 06-25-2015 01:37 AM

If it is simply a matter of power today’s cordless drills can match all but the most powerful corded drills, it is simply a matter of how much one is willing to spend on cordless. There are some SERIOUS cordless SDS drills for example. The only reason to go not go cordless is mainly money, swapping today’s long run time batteries take less time than snaking a cord over the course of a day. From a fine woodworking point of view the newest generation of 12v tools provide more power and run time than one really needs. The more one leans toward construction work the more the dollar figure skews toward corded tools but the lack of cord swings it right back. As mentioned I still have corded drills but the only reason to keep them is because I don’t use them enough to replace them with a cordless one of equal power but just in the realm of furniture building I have no use for them BUT one can spend less money on just corded drills, but about the last tool I would give up would be my small cordless impact driver, but that isn’t a drill.

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#20 posted 06-25-2015 01:40 AM

The last time I used my corded drill was last year when I needed to drill a hole 10” deep in hard maple.
cordless drills were not able to do the job ,so every once in a while corded drills are indispensable but the majority of the time they are all nicely put away in a corner of the shop somewhere.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#21 posted 06-25-2015 01:56 AM

I have a dewalt corded drill that is my beater drill.
I have a Ryobi corded drill that I bought because it has clutch settings on it(very unique and cheap so I bought it).

I rarely use those now that I bought 2 black and decker 12 volt lithium drill/driver. I bought one for $20 and the other just under $30. I bought the first one thinking that it would be for simple/easy jobs when I didn’t feel like dealing with the corded tools. After using it a bit it’s been very handy even with big projects like driving a couple dozen 2-1/2” screws in 2×4s. I bought a second one because I wanted a 2nd battery but a drill/driver was only like $10 more than just the battery. Once those die I’m definitely replacing them with cordless. I’ll always have a corded drill but man am I loving cordless!

Thinking about selling my corded circular saws for cordless too.

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#22 posted 06-25-2015 02:34 AM

I have both. The first corded drill I bought was a 3/8” Makita and the second, a gift from my wife a 1/2” Milwaukee, still looks like it came out of the box, so has never seen a lot of use. However I will never give it up, if nothing else it is such a beautiful drill to handle and look at. Cordless. The first drill I bought was a Porter Cable 12 V Magna -Quench this is a great (pistol grip) tool for reaching ceilings and hard to reach places. I like it so much I had the batteries rebuilt a couple of years ago. I went through Batteries Plus for this rebuild and a couple of Craftsman, they mixed up the positive and negative on the PC which caused the charger to not charge the batteries, but they were good about it and took a look at the batteries and made the switch with out charging me. They never said they made a mistake but at least they didn’t lie about it and make it sound like it was another problem and charge me again. The rest of the cordless drills are 14.4 and 19.2 Craftsman. I started with the 19.2 volt system and my Mom bought a combo set up with the 4 1/4” circular saw light drill etc. I got started with this brand and find they are heavy to be using for any length of time. I have RA and the arms and there joints don’t like the weight. I guess if nothing else it helps keep my arm strength up, the doctors keep telling me to keep working on the range of motion and strength. Someday I will send them all down the road and get some of the Li-Ion brushless drills and I will be in 7th heaven. I guess I am just to cheap.

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#23 posted 06-25-2015 03:09 AM

InstantSiv, I have corded and cordless circular saws. I seldom use the cordless…save your money.

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#24 posted 06-25-2015 03:20 AM

I have several corded electric drills. I liked to have one set up with pilot bits and the other with cross point screw driver tips.
A year or two ago, I purchased at The Home Depot a Dewalt cordless drill and driver set with batteries and charger in a cloth carry bag. I have hardly ever used the corded drills since. I am very pleased with the battery charge life and torque of these drills. Last summer, I built a large storage rack in my garage using 2×4 and long Torx screws. I drilled and drove screws for hours each day and seldom ran out of power. No cords to tangle or trip over. I like the way the tools sit upright to their battery bases.

For tight areas, I have a Milwaukee cordless drill about the size of a flashlight with the drive/drill at right angles to the body of the tool. This tool has smaller batteries, but works fabulously, retains it charge for years and is a pleasure to own and use.

I also have a big corded Bosch hammer drill for drilling in masonry and for really heavy-duty work. Great drill!

I am very pleased with these tools.


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#25 posted 06-25-2015 03:26 AM

Dewalt corded and a couple dewalt cordless (1 bought, 1 free, 1 hammer also free)

Cordless unless I need power. Then corded.

I change bits often so I use cordless the most.

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#26 posted 06-25-2015 04:19 AM

I have two cordless drills and an impact driver. . A Rigid 24v Lithium ion drill (it came in a multi-tool kit) from ~2008. I picked up a rigid 12 volt lithium impact driver /drill combination kit from Home Depot when they were on special (

I also own a corded rigid drill.

I like the rigid line of cordless tools; when purchased from home depot they have a lifetime battery replacement warranty, as long as your drills are registered with their warranty provider they will keep sending you replacement batteries (no expiration that I’m aware of).

I find myself reaching for the 12v set more and more and am quite surprised at how capable of a tool it is, the amount of power it packs, and how light weight it is compared to the larger and heavier 24V hammer drill.

Overall I use the corded drill whenever I need the power or am working on a large project. Otherwise I’ll reach for the 12v and then the 24v depending on the task at hand.

The batteries on the 24v set are starting to weaken and unfortunately I didn’t register that kit properly at the time (and I’m kicking myself for it now). I’m contemplating purchasing a new 18v Drill/driver set with the batteries and register the new set. I fairly certain that the batteries are compatible with the tools I have.

I use my tools for both home improvement around my house and woodworking, so their use is varied.

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#27 posted 06-25-2015 11:03 AM

I have a variety of drills. I use a drill press for the majority of my drilling. I use the cordless a good bit though, but probably more often as a screw gun than as a drill. I use a big heavy low speed 1/2” drill only once in a while for heavy duty stuff. The other corded models collect dust.

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#28 posted 06-25-2015 11:06 AM

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#29 posted 06-25-2015 12:26 PM

5 corded, two 3/8 VSR, one 1/2 Hammer, one 1/2 VSR, one 1/2 right angle.

2 cordless drills and 2 impact drivers.

1 Drill press

I use both about the same amount. If I am in my shop the 3/8 drills will have the drills for the clearance holes and the impact driver or cordless drill to drive the screws. The 1/2 drills are reserved for bigger work. The 1/2 Right Angle and a long enough auger bit could drill to China.

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#30 posted 06-25-2015 12:28 PM

I have a bunch of corded drills purchased over many years that range from a low profile Sioux angled close quarter drill to a huge 1/2” monster, with hammer drills etc in between. I prefer my cordless drills whenever I can use them just for ease of use and convenience. Just pick it up and go. But there are times when nothing but the sustained power and torque from a tailed drill will do. I too have a couple of old Dewalts from 1996. When it came time to buy 2 new batteries they were just $15 cheaper than a new drill, charger and 2 batteries on sale at Lowes. DUH! Well then I had three Dewalts and 2 new batteries, 2 older ones, and three chargers. Well over the years this happened again, and now I have four Dewalts, and through attrition; 2 chargers that work and three fairly new batteries after biting the bullet and buying a stand alone battery. I still use them, but I prefer my 18 volt lithium ion Bosch. I also bought a LI Bosch 12 volt compact driver and compact impact driver, with a charger and three batteries from Lowes for a really good price; which are the handiest things going. When there was a cheap-assed PC tool set on sale with an 18volt drill, reciprocating saw and circular saw and the obligatory flashlight for $110 a couple of Christmases ago, I got that too, really just for the circular saw to use outdoors for quick cuts without having to drag out my Makita and cords.. So as you can see, I am now overloaded with drills of all sizes, shapes, power sources and applications. How I get to this point I really don’t know, but it is the same with routers. Almost too many to keep track of, except somehow they all get used. Some of us woodworkers can be a strange bunch.

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#31 posted 06-25-2015 12:38 PM

I have too many of both to count, but the one thing that makes me not want to buy any more cordless tools is the battery format ever changing. You can have a quality battery drill last a long time if you take care of it and when it comes time for new batteries, it’s a crap shoot as to whether or not they will still be in production. Most of what I have is Milwaukee and before they sold out to TTI they used to make some good stuff. The old 12V (pre- PowerPlus) battery powered drills were nearly indestructible. So much so that when they introduced the PowerPlus batteries they offered an adapter to use the new (at the time) 14.4V battery with the older format 12V drill. They understood how to take care of their customers. I’ve now got a number of 14.4V and 18V PowerPlus battery drills and drivers that I won’t be able to get batteries for before long without navigating the aftermarket and trying not to get junk. I did hear on a Ryobi ad on the radio that the current battery format will fit the tools they make now and every tool they will make in the future. Someone is thinking long term there and unfortunately that seems to be the exception instead of the norm.

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#32 posted 06-25-2015 02:28 PM

I own both.
Cord drill was half the cost of a battery type, same manufacturer.
Battery replacement is expensive.
Choose your poison but cost is a big factor in replacing batteries.

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#33 posted 06-25-2015 02:30 PM

So long as a person has the funds I can’t imagine a person not having both. As long as the cordless can do the job it is so much easier to handle and also has the advantage of being able to operate out of the range of a live electrical outlet. However, you usually have more power with the corded drill. They both have their advantages and disadvantages. The woodworker who has both is more versatile than the one who only has one or the other.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#34 posted 07-24-2015 04:43 PM

I have both a corded Craftsman Drill and the Ridged set of cordless drill and cordless hammer drill.

Use the cordless most of the time, but had the corded first, and keep it around for certain tasks, or when I need to have different size bits at the same time.

Also have a couple of “old school” cordless drills (braces) that I have used both at the same time, when I needed two different bits for a project.

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#35 posted 07-25-2015 07:14 PM

I have both, I use the cordless for the lighter work and the HD corded for heavy boring and hammer drilling.

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#36 posted 07-27-2015 07:38 PM

I have an old Bosch corded that is still going strong. Use it for all my drilling. I use my cordless basically just for driving screws.

-- Marc-

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#37 posted 07-27-2015 08:05 PM

I have both. I am not a contractor or production shop, just a retired old dude that like to make sawdust. :-)

The little DeWalt 12v Lithium ion do all I need to do. They are light, powerful and the batteries last a long time. I have two drill drivers, an impact driver and a drill. They have assembled quiet a few cabinets.

My cabinet installer likes them also! :-)

I also have a DeWalt 1/2 inch corded drill for the HD stuff. And a DW 1/2 inch angle drill for getting in tight places. That has proved to be really handy a few times.

I also have a 3/8 inch Ryobi corded drill that I use for general drilling and pocket hole drilling.
The drill press gets to do the stuff that will fit on the table.

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#38 posted 07-27-2015 08:59 PM

Batteries and chargers go obsolete.
The only time I buy a new one if is I can’t find either.

Unfortunately the manufacturers are constantly changing battery docking profiles so you end up buying a new drill.

And that ticks me off. I recently had to throw away 2 perfectly good drills because both chargers went bad and there were none available. Got one off Ebay and it quit after 3 months.

Last year I had to trade in my old 19.2V PC kit because the old Nicad batteries were unavailable anywhere.
The Dewalt store gave me $100 toward a Lithium ion kit but they are no where near the tools.

The think I dislike about cordless tools is there is a disposable mentality about them.
I’ve got a 1/2” Ohio Forge drill that is 25 years old and has built 2 barns.

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#39 posted 07-27-2015 09:25 PM

Like everyone else, I have a variety of both. Corded drills for heavy long jobs and hammer drill corded.

I have the Makita 18V set and love it. I am getting older with arthritis and wear in the hands and wrists. The newer cordless drills are light and with a clutch which is better for me. The impact driver does not put much pressure on my hands. I have a couple of the small drivers for screws.

You know you are old and worn when you pick your tools to be the easiest on the body.

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#40 posted 07-27-2015 09:41 PM

For woodworking, I use my 12v Bosch drill and driver all the time. I don’t want/need a lot of power in those cases. I have a 20v driver that I bought for building a deck. I have a 3/8” and 1/2” corded DeWalt drills for heavier applications, but the 1/2” has never been used in my woodworking, and the 3/8” only occasionally.

in addition to all the convenience of cordless, I like the small 12v ones for getting into smaller spaces.

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#41 posted 07-28-2015 01:18 AM

Batteries and chargers go obsolete.
The only time I buy a new one if is I can t find either.

Unfortunately the manufacturers are constantly changing battery docking profiles so you end up buying a new drill.

And that ticks me off. I recently had to throw away 2 perfectly good drills because both chargers went bad and there were none available. Got one off Ebay and it quit after 3 months.

Last year I had to trade in my old 19.2V PC kit because the old Nicad batteries were unavailable anywhere.
The Dewalt store gave me $100 toward a Lithium ion kit but they are no where near the tools.
- rwe2156

Next time your charger goes bad save the case. Get a new charger and swap out the insides.

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