For shop users, Corded or Cordless Drills and why?

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04-01-2014 02:09 PM

I’d like to get opinions and preferences on cordless and or corded drills, and why?

What brought this question on is that in my past I’ve purchased cordless drills and have found them to be useless when needing a drill only to have a dead battery in which takes 8 hours to charge or either a battery that doesn’t take a charge at all because it was left on the charger days on end.

I purchased a skil last year, kept both batteries on a continual charge and now they don’t hold a charge at all so I’ve come to rely on my B&D 3/8 corded drill, which is working great but it’s just a bit heavier and bulky then the cordless drills.

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#1 posted 04-01-2014 02:12 PM

I’ve got a 14v Makita that I love and use for almost all my woodworking. I’ve also got a corded Dewalt drill that is also a great drill but it just has too much power for almost everything I need it for as far as woodworking goes.

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#2 posted 04-01-2014 02:13 PM

Corded tools only. I hate waiting for batteries to charge.

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#3 posted 04-01-2014 02:14 PM

Definitely cordless. The new lithium batteries last a long time and most charge in 30-60 minutes.

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#4 posted 04-01-2014 02:15 PM

Yes Monte, exactly, I’m with you.

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#5 posted 04-01-2014 02:16 PM

Makita – cordless
You’ll never need anothe drill.

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#6 posted 04-01-2014 02:19 PM

Corded. For the reasons you list. Cordless tools I have found in the past have always been battery dead when I need to use them, and by the time the battery is charged enough to function, the time available to work is gone. Keeping the battery on a slow charge doesn’t seem too good for battery longevity either…

I have never really considered having a cord to be that much of a problem. I have good cords, and good cord winders so cord management is very easy for me.

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#7 posted 04-01-2014 02:20 PM

I just bought the Porter Cable 20v drill and driver combo and absolutely love them. They have the lithium batteries and only take about 30 minutes to charge, plus they’re small and comfortable to use. But, I also have a Makita corded drill that I can always fall back on.

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#8 posted 04-01-2014 02:21 PM

I use a cord drill in close..
only use a cordless where a cord won’t reach
cordless batteries cost more than a cord drill
end of story.

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#9 posted 04-01-2014 02:24 PM

My corded drills (5 of them) rest comfortably in the tool locker and are ready to spring into action while my three cordless (Bosch) drills and drivers handle the bulk of the work.

I have had terrible luck with cheap cordless drills from B&D and Skil.

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#10 posted 04-01-2014 02:26 PM

Cordless 99%. corded only used on rare occasions when I need high rpm.

I always bring/store the batteries in the house ,it seems to me that lithium/Ion batteries get damaged if kept in freezing cold garage overnight.

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#11 posted 04-01-2014 02:32 PM

Both, 18v dewalts, for everything from my hip and then corded for production, pocket holes etc. and a big beast for mixing etc.

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#12 posted 04-01-2014 02:36 PM

High quality cordless in the shop for convenience sake. I have multiple batteries and one is always charged. When I am doing more construction type of work (building a deck, hanging drywall), I reach for the old corded drill though…the charger can’t keep up at that point.

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#13 posted 04-01-2014 02:38 PM

Both are useful to me.

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#14 posted 04-01-2014 02:39 PM

I have 18v makita set, driver and drill with the smart charger, takes about 15 min. these I use for the bulk of my work, had them for over 5 yrs, I have a corded dewalt for heavy duty drilling, I would not own a skil or a recent model B&D, I do have 2 B&D corded drills that are over 40 yrs old, but the cords are pretty worn.

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#15 posted 04-01-2014 02:39 PM

I am a light user on drills don’t have a big demand so I’m thinking of going shopping again looking for a better quality corded drill maybe something not as big as the B&D

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