There are always cordless power tools every guy wants in their toolbox, but which ones are the best? Cordless tools are timesaving devices that allow one to work on ladders, scaffolding, or in enclosed spaces without the entanglement problems associated with a cord. Tools with cords are a hassle, and once you use a cordless tool, you will usually toss your old ones away. In this list, we have included some of the top-rated models for each tool, the estimated price range of both the used and new, and the tools' or kits' prices. So let's look at four cordless power tools every guy wants in their toolbox this summer.
Handheld, Cordless Screwdriver
The handheld, cordless screwdriver might sound redundant if your tool kit already has a cordless drill; however, once you have one, you will find their usefulness right away. These tools are generally much lighter in weight than a cordless drill and allow you to place a screw into a tighter, more restricted area that a cordless drill cannot reach. They are also great for those times when you are working over your head and want a lighter option than the drill. Some of the better models are the Dewalt DW920K-2 (a 7.2 Volt kit, $53-$73), the Black & Decker AS6NG Alkaline battery (a $19 tool), and the Makita DF010DSE (a 7.2 Volt kit, $143-$170).
A Cordless Drill
The cordless drill tops the list of power tools every guy wants in their toolbox. This uniquely adaptable mainstay tool is more than just a drill; it is also a must-have power option for the screwdriver. The gun handle and holster-ready design style on most models make it the best option for any stud framework, drywall, paneling, or sheet metal installation project. The ability to be on top of a ladder and drill a hole or set a drywall screw at a peculiar angle with arms at full extension is what makes this cordless tool a handyman's best friend. Some of the better models to consider are the Dewalt DC972K-2 (an 18 Volt kit, $85), the Bosch DDB 180-2 (an 18 Volt kit, $130-$150), and the Makita LXFD01CW (an 18 Volt kit, compact, $140-$150).
A Reciprocating Saw
The reciprocating saw is the bad boy you want in your hand if you ever need to cut a new window or doorway into a studded wall and want to save time. This tool is a major time saver for those jobs where you have a lot of rough cutting to do and want to get it done quickly. Cordless models are safer because you do not have the risk of getting tangled or be concerned about cutting through a cord in awkward positions. Once you have one, you will wonder why you waited so long to get one. Some of the more durable models are the Dewalt Bare-Tool DC385B (an 18 Volt kit, $65-$75), the Porter-Cable PCC670B (a 20 Volt kit, $60-$75), and the Black & Decker BDCD220R2 (a 20 Volt kit, $95-$99).
A Circular Saw
The circular saw is a must-have tool for cutting studs, plywood, particleboard, or any other type of wood or paneling material in building projects. Having one without a cord makes it easy to speed up time when working on long cuts and especially in tight quarters. This tool is basic for anyone building anything with wood, and this cordless saw is ideal for working in locations where you do not yet have power. Some of the better durable models are the Dewalt Bare-Tool DC390B (an 18 Volt tool, 6 1/2 inch, $85-$95 only), the Bosch Bare-Tool CCS180BL (an 18 Volt tool, $149 only), and the Makita BSS611Z (18 Volt tool, $69-$95 only).
Cordless tools are about convenience, speed, and quality production. Many of the models require detachable rechargeable batteries, and some of these batteries are model specific. Thus, once a model is chosen, a craftsman often stays with the same brand to be able to use the battery packs interchangeably with their other tools.
In either case, you will want to consider acquiring extra battery packs to have on hand for long days of extended use. Also, with any power tool, be sure to use eye protection and gloves and learn about and follow safety practices before using them. Consider also a holster for its convenience for carrying tools around a job site or up on ladders (plus it feels more 'Cowboy').