This reply is not just for you but ALL who say their cordless drills are
I have one too, in a kit with a little circular and jig saw, flashlight, etc
that all works on the same battery
But only use it when absolutely necessary, eg. working on a roof/ladder or
crawling under a building when I only need to drill a few holes or make a
small quick cut
Over the years I have worked with many who ALSO laughed at me for preferring
"ancient technology" with extension cords.
And just about every day one of the cordless people would be asking for a
loan of my corded drill.
Usually as they ran out of batteries, and were lost.
Batteries go bad, don't always make a good connection in the charger, get
dropped and break, or charger cords get kicked out of plugs and no one
notices until its too late.
And sometimes on sites with lots of people walking around,.....batteries and
chargers left unattended just vanish.
Nobody seems to care about taking my extension cord and scratched up metal
casing drill, and if they try I'll know it right away
The ones who had batteries borrowed the corded drill as theirs just were
not powerful enough to handle jobs.
Try drilling though concrete or 3' of wood with a cordless drill or any use
where you will be using it for more than a few minutes steady.
Those batteries just won't stand up.
Corded will still go until you can't hold it anymore or the drill is
When I go to a site where there is no power, I bring along a small
It powers the drill and anything else I need
While you keep running thousands of feet every hour or so to get a fresh
batteries, all I need is within a few feet.
In closing to all who think cordless is a MUST.
What did you do 10 years ago ???
All tools have their pros and cons.
The best thing for one person is not necessarily the best for all.
But again to the OP.
If you have no drill yet, you will see that there are lots of opinions.
I don't use my drill every day, nor do my neighbors or co workers. Does not
As do many other tools. But we are talking home use, not a job site.
Agree. The right tool for the job, every time. I don't recall the last
time I drilled concrete. I did put in a couple of anchors, maybe 5 years
ago. Used my corded drill and is crapped out on me. I was, however, a
home use type drill, not a pro drill.
Never had the need.
Never worked with my drill for hours at a time.
Exactly. The typical homeowner or hobbyist does not need generators and new
batteries every hour. I go weeks between charges. I have two drills and
have one set for drilling pilot holes, the other for screwing. Saves time
changing back and forth.
You make good and valid points but your needs far exceed 95% of us.
Actually now that I am retired my drills get a lot more rest than they used
But I still grab the odd job for spending money & something to do.
But many are arguing that a $300.00+ cordless drill setup is better than
any corded one.
If the OP is just going to use it once a month around the house to hang the
occasional picture on drywall, you don't need much.
And even a $15.00 corded cheap B&D will suffice.
Most homeowners will never be 50' from an outlet anyway, so the weedwacker
extension cord they already have will serve their needs
But if someone just wants a cordless at any cost, by all means, take your
money, buy what you want, and enjoy it.
I have one of the original Milwaukee 14.4 cordless drills. I use it
almost every day...it's been busy these last few days. Not a hic-up for
almost 5 years.... 1/2" variable speed with clutch. I'd do that again in
For real screw-driving on a serious level, try the Milwaukee 1/2" Close
Quarters drill (Yup it has a tail).
Quite awkward at first, once you're used to it..nothing else will do.
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