Recently I was putting some of my hand held power tools away and I realized that the AC power cables were taking up a great deal of space and it would be nice if I could remove them and hang the up (in a cable rack) much like the electronic instruments I used when I still had a job.
On the instruments the AC cord connects to a socket on the instrument and the same could be done with nearly all power tools (the Bosch Colt router has an EMI filter on the cord and maybe an exception) with the addition of a locking mechanism (you don’t want to lose power in the middle of any task). The cord could be disconnected, the tool put away, and a new one connected.
Power tool manufacturers could save and make some money as you could buy a tool with or without the AC cord and buy replacements as needed. I have had a number of AC cords break (typically at the tool end) and re-wiring a tool for a new power cord is a pain in the butt (specially when you want/need to finish the task).
I would like some input from the LJ folks!
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