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Corded vs. Cordless Drills

Whether you're a skilled craftsman or novice handyperson, drills are essential for any toolbox. Drills are available in both corded and cordless power sources. Though they're created with the same purpose in mind, both types of drills have unique features to think about before making a purchase. Here are some key differences to consider between cordless and corded drills.


Corded Drill

Cordless Drill


Handles more projectsHandles fewer projects

Rotational Speed

High rotational speeds Low rotational speeds


Not portablePortable


More torqueLess torque

Corded Drills

Advantages of corded drills

  • Fast Rotational Speeds - High rotations allow corded drills to be used with small bits and attachments like buffers and metal brushes.
  • Powerful - Since it operates off a consistent power supply, these types of drills are able to operate with high torque. As a result, corded models might be better suited for large projects that involve boring holes through thick lumber, metal or glass.
advantages of corded drills

Limitations of corded drills

  • Bulky - Corded drills are often larger than their portable counterparts. These models can be tough to haul around and might strain your arm during a job.
  • Cord Damage - While some high-end corded drills come with a replaceable cord, many of these devices are unusable if the power cord is damaged.
  • Requires Electricity - Since they need consistent power, corded drills can't be used at worksites where there is no electrical outlet available.


limitations of cordless drills

Cordless Drills

Advantages of cordless drills

  • Compact - Designed for portability, cordless drills are easy to carry for almost any on-the-go job. Many models are also smaller than corded devices, making them easy to store in a toolbox or on a workbench.
  • Battery-powered - Since they are operated with fully-charged batteries, these devices are perfect for projects outdoors or far away from power outlets.
  • Driving Screws - Some models have special handles and power settings ideal for driving various types of screws, nuts and bolts.


advantages of cordless drills

Limitations of cordless drinks

  • Lack of Power - While cordless drills can handle many jobs, they might not work well for heavy-duty projects. These models don't necessarily have enough torque for major projects or to control small drill bits.
  • Battery Life - Since they lack heavy torque, the batteries on cordless drills can wear out over time and can die in the middle of a job that requires lots of force. Since they need to be charged before each project, you'll also need to plan usage accordingly.


limitations of cordless drills