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Cordless or corded tools | Toolstop Blog

Posted by Toolstop Katy on 26th Sep 2019

The world of work is constantly evolving. Who knows where we will be in the next 5 years? Will cables still be king of the job site or is 54V or similar cordless tools set to take over? 

Cables can simply be a nuisance – tripping hazard, don’t stretch far enough, sometimes even dangerous. Cordless tools are quickly stepping up to the mark. With 36 and 54-volt tools now available, not to mention extremely powerful brushless motors, many new models are capable of producing power similar if not equal to that of a corded machine. Robust battery packs with lithium-ion technology contain loads of added benefits nowadays to keep your batteries staying powerful for longer. Cordless tools are in no way inferior to their mains-powered counterparts, each has its own benefits.Dewalt DCB546 54 volt battery

When you need the highest power yet flexibility of cordless working, cordless tools are the one for you. They are much more convenient for everyday use. When you need constant, extremely high power for a full day of work with no interruptions, corded tools are for you! Please see the main advantages and disadvantages of each power source below:

Corded advantages:

  • The tool will never run out of power – it runs constantly off the mains meaning you can work for hours on end without having to worry about recharging
  • Extremely high power output
  • Typically a lot lighter than cordless tools as you don’t need to carry around a bulky battery

Corded disadvantages:

  • Cables don’t often stretch very far meaning you will spend a lot of time unplugging and moving around and risk cables getting tangled
  • Corded tools need to undergo a PAT test before they can be used on the job site – this can be inconvenient
  • There’s always a risk of damaging the cable – the risk of injury with corded tools is much higher
  • Time-consuming to set up and pack up the transformer needed to use a corded tool
  • You may not always have access to an immediate power supply

Cordless advantages:

  • You have the freedom to roam wherever you like with no limits – there is no cable restricting your movement
  • No tangled or damaged cables in sight
  • Batteries can be used for multiple different tools – you only need to buy the one for it to perform on loads more
  • New technology means that a lot of cordless tools are now just as powerful as corded tools (Battery technology, brushless motors etc.)
  • Extremely easy to set up. Simply attach the battery and you are good to go, no messing about with transformers
  • Can be used anywhere, you don’t need a power supply as long as your batteries are charged

Cordless disadvantages:

  • Batteries can run out quickly, meaning you need to be on top of charging them regularly. If you forget, they won’t be of any use and this can cause setbacks on a job
  • Batteries can take a while to charge
  • Batteries can be expensive – especially for the 36 & 54 volts which deliver power equal to that of a corded tool

110 volt plugIn a nutshell, cordless tools are a much safer option for site use. There is always a chance that a cable can be cut, especially when working in a largely populated space. This could potentially result in injury or even death depending on the circumstances. However, cordless tools aren’t for everyone. They take a lot of upkeep – remembering to charge batteries, carting around a heavy battery for hours, and if you are working all day long, the expense of buying a few batteries so you constantly have power really adds up. This is a decision you need to make on your own depending on the application, how much flexible movement you need, and how much money you have to spend.

So what do you think? Are cordless tools set to take over the site in the next 5 years? Will we still see 110V on the job? We would love to know your thoughts! Either way, for now, Toolstop have you covered.

No need to panic, we still sell plenty of corded and cordless power tools and accessories at Toolstop: