Cutting the cord: are the days numbered for corded power tools?

WHEN is the last time you bought a corded power tool? 

The chances are, if you have bought a power tool recently, it was probably cordless as they continue to grow in popularity.

Major manufacturers are continuing to bring out new corded power tools, like Dewalt’s new 75mm X 533mm belt sander and Bosch’s new EasyHammer 12V hammer drill, but there hasn’t been anything majorly impressive in the corded space – especially when you compare it to the constantly growing cordless tool market, which showcases innovation after innovation.

It’s fair to say that there are some corded power tools available now that need an update, but what are the chances of that happening?

Cordless power tools are thriving at the moment, with the new Li-ion battery technology taking things to a whole new level.

In fact, in a recent survey of 250 local tradesmen, 84% of them said they would consider going completely cordless. 

Nowadays, power tool users expect reliable, long lasting and enduring tools with high performance levels to help them save time and money whilst on site.

It’s hard to see the corded tool market keeping up with the constant innovations in the cordless world – with the latest universal battery pack revolutionising how traders work.

It goes without saying that brushless motors play a huge role in the move to cordless, offering more durability and power than ever before. 

Recent research by HiKOKI suggests that tradespeople prefer cordless tools because of their portability, with many mentioning the additional safety of eliminating the risk of tripping over wires and leads.

Cordless innovation isn’t going anywhere in the foreseeable future.

However, it’s not all negative for corded tools and their stalwart proponents. There are still reasons why you might choose to go with corded power tools.

It’s important to note that corded power tools are more powerful than their cordless counterparts and can drill through more durable and thicker materials.

Some tradesmen also like the ability to operate anytime as long as there is a power source nearby. Corded power tools eliminate the risk of running out of battery mid-job and can lead to increased efficiency whilst at work. With corded tools, you can simply plug it into a socket and hit the switch!

Overall, I do believe the market is swaying towards cordless tools and, with innovations from major tool manufacturers, it’s hard to see the pendulum swinging back in the near future.

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