A person can’t get the job done without the right tool and over the last several decades, the utility of cordless tools has come into its own. Cordless tools mean no more fighting the cord or having to make sure there is a power source close enough to run a cord.
Of course, there are still times where a corded tool is still needed but the utility and versatility of cordless tools make them a companion to the older, corded tool. Cordless tools are now a powerful addition to any tool box, regardless of size or location. They make life and work easier.
Going cordless means having the versatility to take the tool where it is needed most. Originally, cordless tools were limited to powered screwdrivers and drills but over the decades they have gotten more powerful to the point of being able to take skillsaws, oscillating saws, and more cordless. This has mainly been do to innovations in battery technology.
By moving to the lithium-ion technology, the battery life has been extended and the power curve improved. Other batteries like NiCd and NiMh, had two major problems when used for cordless technology and tools.
The first was battery memory. Battery Memory is where during the course of repetitive charging the battery would only charge to that new level and not to the maximum it should. While changing charging practices could contain battery memory, the second problem with the batteries could not be overcome. That is a loss of power as the battery reaches the end of its current charge. Meaning the battery would lose power before it needed to be recharged. Li-ion technology does not have either of those limitations and can hold the overall charge longer and at a higher capacity. This makes Li-ion technology perfect for cordless tools.
Top 10 Cordless Tools Under $200
DEWALT Model #DC970K-2 Drill
Dewalt is the leading brand of power tools. They are know for their reliability and dependability and this extends to their cordless line. The DEWALT Model #DC970K-2 Drill is a light weight drill, coming in around 5 pounds, has two speeds for precise drilling. The motor is very powerful with a full 380 Watt out.
It uses a li-ion battery, 18 Volt, giving this drill sure power to the last drop of charge. It has a 1/2 keyless chuck for exchanging bits fast and effortlessly. This is a great drill for any use, on the job site and for the home.
DEWALT Bare-Tool Model #DC390B Circular Saw
If there is one tool that can benefit from not having a cord, it is a saw and a circular saw at that. This 18 Volt, 6.5 inch saw – DEWALT Bare-Tool Model #DC390B Circular Saw produces over 3,000 RPMs for fast rip and cross cuts. A 0-50 degree bevel gives plenty of cutting styles and the motor has replaceable brushes for longevity.
This circular saw would be at home on any construction site and would be perfect for home use. By purchasing extra batteries, this unit could work all day with no problem.
Dremel Model #8220 Rotary Tool
There is one tool every home should have and that is the Dremel Model #8220 Rotary Tool. With literally thousands of attachments, this cordless tool can tackle a wide range of applications including major projects and craft projects. The 12 Volt MAX system means plenty of time to get the job done and it comes with a 1 hour charger for super fast charging so you can get back to work.
The head is a quick change design to make changing out accessories fast and easy. Again, this is one tool every home should have as it can tackle almost any thing.
DEWALT Bare-Tool Model #DC385B Reciprocating Saw
With a 1-1/8 stroke and up to 3,000 RPMs and a 4 position blade, this reciprocating saw- the DEWALT Bare-Tool Model #DC385B Reciprocating Saw is a beast with 18 Volts of pure power. It uses a lever action blade release for quick and easy blade changes and it has an anti slip handle and designed contour to reduce operator fatigue.
This means this tool has the power to last as long as you do. Overall, a great reciprocating saw that can work as hard as you and would be an great tool in the tool arsenal.
DEWALT Bare-Tool Model #DC825B Impact Driver
This compact, impact driver can fit into tight space to reach even the hard to tackle fasteners. With over 1300 Foot pounds of torque, this tool – DEWALT Bare-Tool Model #DC825B Impact Driver can quickly and easily get the job done. Designed to reduce operator fatigue, thanks to the contour design, this impact driver has dual speeds and is very light weight compared to other models.
The 18 Volt motor has replaceable brushes for extended motor life and long durability of the tool itself. This is an excellent tool for the contractor to the mom and will handle almost any task thrown at it.
DEWALT Model # DCS391B Circular Saw
When you need a saw, you need a saw with power. This circular saw is part of the 20 Volt MAX Li-ion family, offering over 5,000 RPM of cutting power for rips and cross. The overmolded handle of the DEWALT Model # DCS391B Circular Saw provides superior handling characteristics and operator comfort. The shoe is heavy duty magnesium for superior performance and long life.
The bevel offers a range between 0 and 50 degrees to handle all types of cutting styles. This is an excellent and powerful tool to get the job done.
Makita Model #XMT03Z Multi Tool
This 18 volt oscillating, multi tool can help complete the job faster. With up to 20,000 RPMs, this tool – Makita Model #XMT03Z Multi Tool enables the user to match the speed to the application. It has adapters to fit most accessories and the product is engineered to provide operator comfort and ease of use.
It has a LED light for working in low light conditions and it uses a 3.2 oscillating system to get exacting performance. This tool can cut, scrape, sand and more with ease.
DEWALT Bare-Tool Model #DW059HB Impact Wrench
This 1/2 inch impact wrench offers over 1600 RPM and 2600 BPM, to generate plenty of top class performance. The DEWALT Bare-Tool Model #DW059HB Impact Wrench uses a rocker switch design for ease of use and it has the Hog Anvil system to super fast change outs. It is light weight and it has over 300 foot pounds of torque to handle a range of applications.
This is one tool that should be in every tool box or on every belt when needed. Power is delivered by 18 Volts of Li-ion battery tech giving the tool a good run time.
Makita Model #XOC01Z Cut Out Tool
Being light weight and with a side, lock on control and switch, this tool – Makita Model #XOC01Z Cut Out Tool is designed for operator comfort and performance. The tool less change outs means you can get back to work fast. The 18 Volt system produces 30,000 RPM of pure performance to get the job done right and quickly.
Great for drywall and more, every contractor should have this tool as part of his kit. It is a high quality, well built tool that can offer years of great service.
DEWALT Model #DC411B Cut Off Tool
Dewalt is a leading manufacturer of power equipment and this shows in this cut off tool. This 18 Volt tool weighs less than 5 pounds to make it super easy and comfortable to use. The DEWALT Model #DC411B Cut Off Tool supports a blade diameter of up to 4.5 inches and the motor produces 6,500 RPMs for plenty of cutting power. It uses a lock down switch as well as a trigger mechanism to keep the operator in control.
As with any usage of power tools, be sure to read the operator’s manual, even if having operated a similar tool previously. Be sure to always wear the appropriate safety gear when using power tools and make sure to be aware of your surroundings for safety.