What Is A Corded Power Tool Combo?
A corded power tool combo is a combination of two or more different types of electric tools such as drills, saws, hammers, screwdrivers etc. They are usually used in conjunction with each other to perform various tasks like drilling holes in wood or cutting through metal. These tools are often powered by batteries which need to be recharged after use.
The main advantages of using a corded power tool combo over a battery powered one are cost and convenience. If you have multiple jobs to do at the same time, it may be cheaper to buy several cords instead of buying batteries for all your tools. Also, if you lose any of them, they can easily be recharged from the wall outlet.
Cordless power tools are much less expensive than their corded counterparts. However, they require a separate charger to recharge them. You will need to purchase additional chargers if you want to charge up your cordless tools while working on another job site. Some of these chargers come with built-in batteries so you don’t even need to buy extra ones.
How To Choose The Best Cordless Power Tool Combo For Your Needs?
Even though cordless power tool combos can be much more expensive than their corded counterparts, they certainly have their place in the market. If you do a lot of work that requires portability and battery life such as painting a house or fencing in a backyard, then cordless power tool combo would be perfect for you.
Cordless tools are great for small projects when you don’t need a lot of power. They are usually much lighter than corded tools so they make the overall work easier on you. They also don’t get in the way when you’re working in tight spaces or on a ladder. Just like corded power tools, your cordless tool needs to be charged before you start working with it. Some cordless tools can be charged while they are still plugged into an outlet while others can only be charged by placing them on a stand that is connected to an outlet.
Unless you have a lot of money to spend, I would recommend buying cordless tool individually rather than in a combo kit. You can usually find good deals on cordless tools whether they be drills, saws or drivers at your local hardware store or online. If you need multiple tools, it will probably be less expensive to buy them separately rather than in a kit. You can also buy the bare minimum cordless tools that you need and save money this way as well.
How To Choose The Best Cordless Power Tool For Your Needs?
There are so many cordless power tools out there that choosing one can be quite overwhelming. You need to decide what type of tool you need and for what project you want to use it for. The first thing you should take into consideration is the size of the batteries that come with your cordless tool. The higher the voltage or milliamp hours (mAH), the longer you will be able to use your tool before it needs to be recharged.
Another thing to take into consideration is the power of the motor that propels the drill bits. If you are going to be using a lot of heavy duty masonry bits or hole saws, you will need a higher torque motor. If you just plan on using it for simple jobs around the house, lower torque motors will work just as well.
Most cordless tools are sold with one battery and a charger so you can charge one while using the other. There are also ones that have two batteries included so that when one runs low you can switch to the second one and not have to stop working. Just make sure that the batteries are compatible with each other and that they have the same charge level otherwise you may experience reduced power or one may shut off while using them.
Really, the best way to choose the right cordless power tool is to go to your local hardware store and try them out for yourself. Pick them up, hold them, pull the trigger, whatever it is that you are wanting to do with the tool. This may seem silly but you would be surprised at how different the same model tools can feel from store to store. Also, don’t just limit yourself to one store, try out the tools at different stores if you can just to make sure that you are getting the best tool for your dollar.
This is also true of online buying. Yes, you can more than likely find the same tool for less money online but as I said before, make sure that you are getting the right tool for the job. There is nothing worse than receiving a tool that you have ordered only to find out that it doesn’t work properly, breaks easily or is the wrong size.
Two brands of cordless power tools that I can recommend are Bosch and Milwaukee. I personally own several of each and have never had a problem with either one even after several years of use.
Bosch makes some very reasonably priced cordless tools that get the job done without having to break the bank. Most of their tools come with two batteries so you can have one on the charger and the second one ready to go when the need arises.
Milwaukee makes some of the highest rated cordless power tools on the market. They are definitely on the pricey side but if you are someone that uses tools all day every day or at least a lot then they are worth the price.
Just remember if you plan on buying a cordless tool or even one with a cord, don’t forget to buy extra batteries so you don’t run out of juice in the middle of your project.
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