Which is the Best Cordless Power Tool Brand?
Which is the Best Cordless Power Tool Brand?
If you had to stick to one brand for most of your tools which would it be? Taking into consideration tool reliability, power, ergonomics, batteries and number of cordless tools.
It remains true that each brand-name cordless power tool brand is unique, with their strengths and weaknesses. Comparing power tool brands is not as simple as comparing other types of products.
The closest analogy I could think of is that cordless power tools are akin to higher-end cameras, where you have different camera bodies, lenses, and accessories to consider. You’re not buying just one product; you’re buying into a system.
And when you buy into a system, it’s an investment. Sure, you can always try to sell all your cordless power tools and buy into a whole new system, but not without taking a loss, sometimes a heavy one if your tools aren’t the current models.
I’m not a professional contractor, but I have seen time and time again that pros do not want to buy into multiple cordless power tool platforms if they can help it. Life is so much simpler when all of your tools, battery packs, and chargers work together.
My approach here will be to discuss the benefits and downsides of the most popular power tool brands, and those I have personal experience with.
As always your input is extremely valuable. What would you say to anyone looking to buy into a cordless power tool system?
Bosch 18V Wireless Charging System with Drill in Charging Holster
Benefits: Good performance and reliability, well-rounded 12V and 18V lineups, a good overall brand.
Downsides: Bosch has not been as active as other brands.
Overall: Bosch continues to offer solid “core tool” offerings, and every so often comes out with upgrades and updates. At times they come out with innovations, some more popular than others, but they seem to have either lost some of their fire. It’s almost as if they forgot about their competition, or maybe they just don’t care.
Notable Products: inductive charging system, drills with anti-kickback protection, hybrid impact driver/wrench, fantastic 12V tools and accessories.
Dewalt Flex Volt Brushless Circular Saw
Benefits: Very good tools, greater ergonomics – especially the drills and impact tools, a continually expanding 20V Max lineup, many 60V Max and 120V Max Flex Volt game-changing tools and technologies, an increasing selection of unique specialty tools, such as a brushless framing nailer and threaded rod cutter.
Downsides: A middling 12V Max lineup. It’s inevitable to wish for black and yellow versions of other brands’ tools.
Overall: Dewalt has stepped up to the plate in recent years, sometimes swinging to just get on base, other times they’re looking for home runs and hitting them. I believe something has changed within the brand. They’re no longer trying to simply broaden their 20V Max product selection; they’re looking to push it further and raise it higher. Their new Flex Volt platform has a lot of “firsts.” I think they like the consumer response, and will continue on this path of pushing boundaries.
Notable Products: Dewalt had a lot of strengths, and their Flex Volt lineup introduced new ones. Flex Volt battery packs are compatible with 20V Max tools and chargers. It’s a compromise that you cannot use 20V Max on Flex Volt tools, but a small one that’s easy to look past when you consider the power and benefits of the Flex Volt lineup.
Their 3-speed brushless drills are popular with pros, and I find myself enamored with the size, features, and reasonable performance of their compact brushless drill and impact driver. Their portable power station offers incredible versatility, being capable of powering many corded power tools, and their Flex Volt 12” sliding miter saw, which can be powered by 2x Flex Volt battery packs or an included AC adapter, will likely be a category leader for some time.
Makita CX200RB 18V Brushless Compact Drill and Impact Driver Combo
Benefits: Broad and expanding product selection, fast 18V battery charging times is standard, revamped 12V Max platform, steady stream of innovations.
Downsides: Can be slow to adapt to industry trends (e.g. battery fuel gauges). Sometimes there are too many products of a given kind to choose from, such as hammer drills or impact drivers, with differences being hard to identify.
Overall: Makita’s cordless lines are very competitive, with a stead stream of new tools and tool categories to keep users reasonably happy and well equipped.
Notable Products: Their impacts are superb and have inspired competitors to mirror their special speed modes.
Metabo BS18 18V Drill Driver with 2Ah Battery
Benefits: Great quality, high performance.
Downsides: Limited selection.
Overall: Metabo has been coming out with lots of great new cordless power tools, but lacks a lot of the tools that users might want from a product lineup.
Metabo is on a mission towards enabling a cordless jobsite.
Notable Products: Metabo is well known for their grinders in general. Their cordless drills and drivers are fantastic and well featured. They offer some unique tools, such as a thread tapping drill, and a new high-speed drill for drilling sheet metal and pilot holes.
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