Corded or Cordless Power Tools – Which One to Choose?


Since cordless power tools walked on the scene, there has been an unending debate of which is better: corded or cordless?

Circular saws, ratchets, drivers, impact sockets, and screwdrivers are some of the power tools available as cordless (battery-operated or gas-powered) or corded (powered by electricity).

Cordless power tools offer convenience and maneuverability, but corded tools provide reliability and consistent power. Corded tools are less expensive than cordless, portable power tools. When investing in power tools, it’s essential to recognize the advantages and disadvantages of corded and cordless options.

Corded Power Tools

Corded tools are ideal for stationary tools and construction sites because there is easy access to a power supply. They provide the user with longevity and long working hours.

Advantages of corded power tools

Maximum power: Corded tools have higher torque and consistent power.

Heavy-duty: Corded power tools are constructed from metal and heavy plastics that aren’t used in their cordless counterparts.

Unlimited operation: An electric corded power tool can run as long as there is electricity to plug into, and performance will never be compromised.

Disadvantages of cordless power tools

Limited range: Corded tools are tied to their power source and limit how much you can move around during operation.

Dangerous cords: Cords can get wrapped around equipment or people, causing accidents and injury. Often, an extension cord is utilized to extend the distance that a tool can reach. This increases the possibility of getting tangled in the cord.

Inconvenient: If there is no power source on a job site, the only option is to take a bulky generator with you. This can be inconvenient, plus the extra expense of gasoline.

Difficult to store: Due to a bulky, thick cord, these power tools can be difficult to store without causing damage. Deep storage bins, wall fasteners, and wide shelves are options to store corded tools to provide room for the cords.

Burns and shock: These hazards are associated with the use of corded electrical tools and can lead to injury and death.

Require regular repair: Cords often become damaged and have to be repaired or replaced.

Safety precautions for corded power tools:

  • Avoid carrying a power tool by the cord.
  • Refrain from yanking the cord to disconnect from the power source.
  • Keep power cords away from heat and sharp edges.
  • Disconnect power tools before servicing and when not in use.
  • Never touch the power switch button while carrying to avoid accidental starting.

Cordless Power Tools

Milwaukee, Draper, Makita, and Sealey are a few manufacturers that offer batteries that fit on multiple tools of the same brand. Cordless tools are an excellent solution for quick jobs not requiring prolonged use of one particular tool.

Advantages of cordless power tools

Battery life: Lithium-ion batteries are powerful and long-lasting. They can last between 500-1500 charge cycles. It is ideal for recharging a battery when it has only lost 20-30% of its charge to extend the battery’s life.

Unlimited range: Cordless tools give you freedom of movement. You can use battery-powered tools on ladders or go long distances without being limited.

Minimal maintenance: Batteries require little to no maintenance. When they cease to work, they are simply replaced.

Variety of battery options: Some batteries are integrated into the tool and are lightweight. Tools with a chargeable battery pack have more power and a longer run time.

Easy-to-Store: Many cordless power tools can be stored in drawers or on shelves. They often come with specialized containers to hold the tool and the accompanying battery.

Disadvantages of coedless power tools

Battery life: Lithium-ion batteries can only survive 300-500 cycles before they begin to hold less charge. Eventually, lithium-ion batteries die and have to be replaced.

Charging time: When a tool battery dies in the middle of a job, you have to wait for the battery to recharge. Charging a battery can take between 30 minutes to 3 hours.

Noisy & heavy: Gas-powered tools are loud and heavier than battery-powered and corded tools. Cordless tools are quieter and heavy.

Require Recycling: Rechargeable batteries cannot be thrown away when they no longer work as they are harmful to the environment. Li-ion and NiCad power tool batteries should be properly disposed of at a recycling center.

Safety precautions for cordless tools

  • Before adding a battery pack to a tool, make sure the power switch is turned off.
  • Only use interchangeable batteries and chargers for tools from the same manufacturer.
  • Do not store batteries near metal objects, as this can start potential fires.
  • Look for possible damage on batteries before each use.
  • Store batteries and tools in a dry area and refrain from using them in the rain.
  • Allow the tool to cool down before removing the battery pack.

Let us help you to deicide – corded or cordless?

When to choose corded

Corded power tools provide consistent, lasting power, leaving the user never wondering if there will be a lag in performance. Various saws benefit the most from a corded application because they are often used to cut through dense materials that require consistent power.

When to choose cordless

Cordless drills, impact wrenches, and drivers are the perfect handheld tools for frequent and convenient use.

No matter which product you choose, both the power tools will increase productivity and efficiency.

Future possibilities of corded and cordless tools

In the next fifteen years, the cordless power tools market is trending for rapid growth. Technology is being utilized to create lighter tools, reduce noise, eliminate vibrations, and increase the length of battery life. Ergonomics will become a greater focus as cordless tool designers encourage compact and user-friendly features.

Lithium-ion battery manufacturers (DeWalt, Milwaukee, Ryobi) are making advances as they create heat-reducing features, sensors that optimize your charging needs, and faster-charging rates.

Both corded and cordless tool manufacturers are prioritizing an eco-friendly approach in product development and manufacturing. They are creating efficient energy-saving power solutions in design and application.

The future of power tools has arrived. Milwaukee Tool is developing smart tools that integrate with app technology, allowing users to personalize settings and manage their tool inventory.

Bottom Line

Tool companies are investing in research and development to innovate lighter products, last longer, and are more powerful. For this reason, cordless power tools will be leading the way to the future. They provide convenience, easy maneuverability and can be used by professionals and everyday handymen alike.


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Jason D. Turner

Hi there! My name is Jason, a keen enthusiast in power tools and their mechanisms and the sole mastermind behind the Noisy Tools. Working in a multi-national construction firm in Brooklyn for over a decade, I have developed a fair flair for different construction devices, gadgets, and their diverse operational aspects. By the dint of this platform, I have researched and reviewed various tools with utmost details of even the most trivial matters that will provide valuable insights for any prospective user.

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