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Cordless Drills – Why They Are Better Than Corded Drills
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Cordless Drills – Why They Are Better Than Corded Drills

A cordless drill is a wonderfully universal tool, and is most likely be the most used tool in your garage.

But while the younger generations embrace wireless tools like the cordless drill naturally, there are still purists who think that corded drills are still the way to go.

Here, we will let you see for yourself why the cordless drills are better than its corded sibling.

1. Use Everywhere

Not only cordless drill is handy when you have to work in a remote location where power socket is not available. You can work on a drill, around water and in crawl spaces or other awkward places where you would normally have to worry about pulling, dragging or lifting an extension cord.

Think of tradesmen who need to use such tools on a roof or scaffolding where electrical cord not only hinder or slow down movement, but also become a dangerous obstacle.

Getting a cord free drill means freedom of movement, and lighter equipment to carry and operate.


In the past, using cordless tools was unpleasant. They are poorly design, batteries are usually weak and could only be used for very light duty works.

But today, thanks to better design and battery technology, some chargers only need 15 minutes of less of charging. And thanks to the Li-Ion battery technology, rechargeable cordless drills in the market today are more powerful than they used to be.

Some manufacturers, like Dewalt, Makita and Black and Decker now offer cordless combi drills – the type of drills used for tough jobs like drilling concrete and metal in their arsenal of tools. What was unthinkable a decade ago is now a reality.

3. Less Chances of Accident

The most important thing about using power tools is safety.

The most obvious advantage about using a cordless drill is you do not need an extension cord for it to work. This means they can’t electrocute you.

While heavy duty AC drills are made of metal and could electrocute you if there’s damage in the wire, the cordless drill can’t. They are made of plastic and are just as powerful as the battery they contain.

Apart from that, using a wire free drill means that you reduce the chances of someone tripping over long wires from your extension cord. This might not be much of an issue if you work alone, but imagine a busy scaffolding work. Tripping on wires can be the source of fire as well as fatal accidents.

Yes, there are a few downsides to using a cordless drill for your project. The first one is that you need to keep your spare batteries handy. While some high end drills do come with 2 batteries, the cheaper models only come with one. If you don’t get yourself a spare, your projects will be delayed when the sole battery is being charged.

And since your batteries are not interchangeable, you would need new batteries when you buy a new cordless drill. Not ideal, if you ask me.

But since most drills last for a decade or two before they malfunction, this is not a big problem for most home owners. The most important one is to buy a tool that is suitable for your need.

Cordless drills was a rage in the 1980s and should continue to be the choice of contractors, home owners and those involved in the masonry and wood work. There are a few weaknesses of such drill compared to the corded ones. But as battery technology is becoming greener and more powerful (they are used to power cars nowadays), such weaknesses will one day be non-existence.

If you’re looking for a cordless drill, it is a good idea to read a review or two about the best ones for your need. If you are a power user, we suggest a Makita or a Dewalt, but if versatility is what you looking for, look no further than the Makita LXT 211 drill.

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