Power versus Convenience: That is really what it’s all about. If you want total freedom to port your power drill anywhere, but aren’t really concerned too much with torque power, then a cordless drill may be the right answer for you. But if you have more challenging projects that could take some time, and really need torque, durability, and optimum comfort throughout your work, then you might want to consider a corded drill.
When there is no electrical outlet nearby, the cordless drill is the most convenient – as long as the battery is charged up and ready to go. But still, depending on the type of job, the battery may not hold enough power to sustain through your entire project. And the battery itself is a heavy unit, so holding this drill for longer periods of time could bring on fatigue much sooner than expected.
Of course, the obvious disadvantage to operating a corded drill is the cord – it could potentially become damaged or bent with the project – rendering the tool unusable. For this reason, many corded drills now have reinforced cords to help alleviate or deflect any major damage. Extra care must still be taken, as always, when operating a drill. However, there are a number of reasons why you should choose a corded drill over a cordless:
Corded drills have higher torque and typically operate at more efficient speeds than their cordless counterparts, making them more suitable not only for drilling, but for mixing and buffing jobs as well. In addition, many smaller drill bits require running at higher speeds than the cordless drills can offer.
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As long as there is an outlet nearby, corded drills are good to run. However, a cordless drill relies entirely on its battery for power – and if the battery isn’t charged up, it will run out of power. With a corded drill, there is no downtime to charge up the battery, no checking the power gauge, no digging out your charger. Just plug in and, well, off you go.
There are cordless drill reviews that make the claim on how lightweight their models are – but they do not take into account the weight of the attached battery, which adds significant more weight to the unit. A corded drill eliminates that bulk and is generally lighter in weight. Also, there are many corded drills with softer, larger rubber grips with easy triggering, making the handling much more comfortable.
If you find that you really don’t need to use your drill every day, or even every month, then corded is your best bet to avoid running into any stored battery issues. Oftentimes when a cordless drill is in storage for a while, the battery will self-destruct or wear out. There are none of those worries with a corded drill – you can keep one stored away for decades and chances are, when you do pull it out of the shed and plug in, it will purr like a kitten.
Well, maybe a loud kitten. So there you have it. Both types of drills have their own pros and cons, but in our opinion, going the corded drill route is the best bet for an all-around good fit that delivers power, performance, and longevity.