Cordless Drills VS Corded Drills: Which Is Best For You?

by Justus Holdt on August 17, 2021

Cordless Drills VS Corded Drills: Which Is Best For You?

Whether you’re well versed in the language of drills, or super new to the power tool world, we are here for you! The world of drills can be confusing enough - Driver, impact? Now choosing between corded and cordless drills too? When discussing mains and cordless drilling models, weight is often the decisive factor.

Corded drills are considered to be more lightweight compared to other cordless tools, it must be noted that cordless drills can be heavier - likely caused by their batteries adding to their weight.



Cordless drills are portable and preferred by contractors due to portability, convenience and ease of use. But, remember -when your batteries are empty on a cordless drill- you’re out of business. If you tend to work in a place without a power source or do fast household projects, a cordless drill is an excellent choice. If, on the other hand, you need more power for massive projects or work with hard materials such as metal, then be sure to grab the cord drills.



Convenience and performance

The main difference between the two types of drills is their convenience and performance.

When choosing a corded drill, consider the speed (measured in revolutions per minute) of the tool, chuck size and clamp size of the front of the drill to keep the drill in place. The main reason why you might choose corded drills is that they are more powerful than cordless drills. The transition from a cordless drill to a corded drill most likely means you have to do heavier tasks and need the right performance.


Weight and power

The best thing about wired power tools is that they are connected to a continuous power supply so they never run out of power. Depending on the requirement, cordless tools are handy in the house and offer more safety with regard to battery power consumption. If you're looking for the convenience of your power tools and plan to turn screws and drill weird holes in your DIY projects around the house, and don't mind the extra cost, then the battery operated cordless drill is the way to go.

Cordless power tools are not without their shortcomings, the most obvious of which is the inevitable power loss. However, their performance does not suffer when their batteries slowly drain. In some cases, they are able to offer a higher torque than cable tools with the same function.

If your battery is not fully charged, at the end of a long working day, you are likely to experience a drop in performance because your power tools do not provide full power. Without a backup, you are also more likely to find that longer projects require more power than your battery can supply. With electricity from the grid, you never have to worry that the corded drill is running out of juice.

Depending on how you work and how much work you do, you can opt for a cable or cordless combination.



With cordless drills, you’re able to angle and maneuver the drill in any which way you’d like. It’s easy to carry and easily able to be stored.

Your corded drill, on the other hand, naturally relies on an unwieldy extension cable, which most do-it-yourselfers hate.


Factors to consider when choosing a cordless drill

When you’re looking at what corded or cordless drill to purchase, make sure you pay attention to the following points:

  1. Power, speed and torque
  2. Weight and size
  3. Grip
  4. Battery or power source


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