What You Need to Know About Naked Power Tools

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In this short guide from Toolstop we'll explain everything you need to know about naked power tools, including;

What is a Naked Power Tool

A naked power tool is simply a cordless power tool that comes without batteries.

In other words, the tool comes "body only". No batteries, no charger and often no other accessories, unless otherwise stated. See below for what to expect when you open the box.

Why Going Naked Could Be Ideal For You

If you've already started making the switch to cordless you'll appreciate how much more flexible and mobile you are on the jobsite. As a result you might be eyeing those pesky cords attached to your corded tools, wishing you could take the plunge by adding more cordless kit.
Dewalt DCS575N Circular Saw

The problem for many of us, though, is the cost implication of changing your corded tools for cordless; cordless tools aren't cheap.

That's where going naked could be ideal.

And because naked tools don't come with batteries they're cheaper.

So if keeping on budget is important to you, going naked might be the way forward.

If you're buying multiple naked cordless tools you can even spread the payment using Toolstop Finance as long as you're spending a minimum of £200, click for details.

How to Tell if You're Ready for Naked Power Tools

Hitachi G18DSL/W4 18V Cordless li-ion Angle Grinder

Quite simply, do you have more lithium-ion battery packs than you have tools for?

If the answer to that is yes, then you're more than ready for naked power tools.

Or do you have cordless tools that sit about with a battery slotted into them for most of the day, but you don't use them very often?

If so, you're ready for naked power tools as you'll be able to utilise that battery in other cordless tool.

Obviously the more spare batteries you have the better. And if you have a couple of battery chargers too, you're more than ready to start adding naked tools to you kit.

Simply swap out the batteries from the tools you're not using, slot them into your new naked tools, and you're good to go.

makita cordless power tools

For example, if you've invested in a couple of 18v li-ion Makita cordless power tools, but you don't use both of them reguarly throughout the day, you can buy another naked Makita cordless tool and as long as it can be powered by the batteries you already own, you can use the batteries in your naked tool.

And now that Makita is pushing forward into the 36v cordless tool arena, you'll have even more opportunities to use your spare 18v li-ion batteries.

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What to Expect When You Open the Box

It's important to manage your expectations when purchasing naked power tools! So, what will you get in the box when it arrives from Toolstop?

Well, that depends on what the manufacturer supplies with naked power tools.

Remember, a naked power tool is "body only", so go on the assumption that all you'll get in the box is the body of the power tool, unless otherwise stated.

That means you won't find a charger, depth-stop, blades, bits, etc that you may expect when buying a full tool.


Always be sure to scrutinise the tool's listing on the Toolstop website where you'll find what's "in the box". And if you're unsure, then using our Live Chat function to talk to one of our experts who'll confirm what to expect when you open the box of your naked power tool.

This will save you any frustration or disappointment, and you'll be ready to slot a spare battery into your body-only power tool and get to work.

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If you have any questions about naked - body-only - power tools, then use our comments section below to ask.
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postable_mark on Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:47:23 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

No it doesn't, John. Full details here - http://www.toolstop.co.uk/d...

Darren on Mon, 23 Jun 2014 18:19:28 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

Do they have a brushless in the makita dhp 458?if not can you explain. Ta

John Record on Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:23:52 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

Does the DeWalt DCD785 naked drill come with a charger?

Toolstop on Fri, 16 Aug 2013 11:51:36 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

No adapter required, the Makita machine uses the standard blades you can buy everywhere these days

Eli on Wed, 14 Aug 2013 20:14:13 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

Im interested in the makita multiTool, the naked one. I wonder what kind of acessories that fits blades etc. Do I need to buy an adapter?

Casso on Sat, 15 Jun 2013 15:50:27 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0


Pour avoir acheté plusieurs visseuses makita nues (ils les font aussi en bas et porte-jarettelle sur demande), en 14,4v (une dizaine de commandes différentiées) pour mon entreprise; le temps de livraison (sud de la france) ainsi que le produit livré ne méritent que des félicitations.

Quid du SAV..?? j'espere qu'il sera du même acabit que le reste le moment venu.

Je ne pouvais trouver ce matériel seul en france (sans batterie ni chargeur..)personne n'a pu me dire pourquoi??

IanW on Fri, 12 Apr 2013 14:17:45 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

I have a late-2009 Bosch GSB18VE-2Li drill which has faults which are uneconomical to repair. The 3 batteries I have are all 18V compact (labelled 5INR 18/65). Will these fit the latest GSB 18VE-2Li drills?

Toolstop on Thu, 07 Mar 2013 07:51:41 +0000 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

No, I'm afraid it doesn't come with a case

Phil Jarman on Fri, 08 Feb 2013 10:49:02 +0000 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

I'm interested in a
Dewalt DCF885N 18 Volt XR Lithium Ion Impact Driver - Body Only
does it come with a storage case?

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