Are Cordless Power Tools Really Better Than Corded Ones?

In this Project Farm video, Todd tries to answer the question: Are cordless tools really better than corded ones?

The corded and cordless tools tested are: Makita corded and cordless circular saws, Milwaukee reciprocation saws, DeWalt angle grinders, DeWalt drills, and Ridgid oscillating multitools.

The tools were tested for cutting speed, blade stop speed, weight, noise, and vibration.

So, what is the bottom line? It’s about what you’d expect. Cordless tools are less noisy, have less vibration, and take less time to come to a stop. But they are far more expensive than their corded brethren. Both corded and cordless perform about the same, with a few exceptions.

For in-shop work, corded is likely the way to go. For quick projects around the house and away from the shop, cordless (if you can afford them).


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