Developments in rechargeable battery technology have made cordless tools popular choices for DIYers and professionals. Find out about all of the features of power tools and learn why ongoing innovations make it likely that tools without cords will eventually rule the world—at least the tool world.
Get Inspired | February 21, 2022
Why Cordless Tools Will Rule the Tool World
Cordless Tools Have Improved Over Time
The first cordless power tool to become mainstream in the United States were 9.6V cordless drills released in the early 1980s. Over the following decades, many tool brands began selling growing selections of tools without cords, from drills, drivers, grinders and saws to lawn care tools.
Advances in rechargeable battery technology are a driving force behind improvements in power tools.
Nickel-Cadmium batteries were initially used until power tool manufacturers converted to Lithium-Ion batteries. There were numerous reasons for the change: Li-Ion batteries hold more power; their charge levels diminish more slowly and they run cooler and last longer than NiCad batteries. At the same time, cordless tool design has also advanced significantly—leading to more efficient and powerful models featuring brushless motors.
Cordless Tools Are Getting More Affordable
As the cost of tool components and Li-Ion batteries has gone down, battery-powered tools have become more affordable options for DIYers and hobbyists. Professionals who need tools without cords on job sites where electrical power may be spotty can also get more for their money with the latest cordless devices.
According to the CoVest Sourcing Network, the last decade saw a 240% rise in cordless tool power capacity along with a 28% reduction in size and weight. Ease of use in challenging applications is one of the biggest selling points for tools without cords. Examples include working from a ladder or in tight spaces, in locations with trip and fall hazards, or while working overhead. While some cordless power tools, and especially tools with brushless motors, initially had relatively high price points, most types of portable power tools have become more affordable.
Systems of Cordless Tools Share Batteries
Power tool battery systems are one of the main reasons why tools are likely to become more prevalent than corded tools for most applications. When consumers need one or more power tools, the availability of tool systems powered by interchangeable and rechargeable Li-Ion batteries can be a deciding factor for purchases.
All of the benefits of cordless tool technology are available on the HART Tools 20V and 40V platforms. The 20V System includes drills and drivers as well as saws, sanders and other tools. Electric lawn mowers, trimmers, leaf blowers and pressure washers round out the 40V Outdoor System. The rechargeable HART 20V or 40V Lithium-ion batteries that come with tool kits, or purchased separately, are compatible with every cordless tool in the same system.
Compact, lightweight and powerful, HART Tools 20V and 40V systems make it easier to work comfortably for longer, so check them out for your next project.