Cordless Power Tools Improve Job Efficiency
Cordless power tools have been credited with improving the efficiency and speed with which contractors can complete the job.
Since being introduced on the market they have become even more efficient and can offer similar speed and power as a corded power tool.
Over the years, power tool manufacturers have been slimming down the design of their products and working to make them more attractive to those in the industry. Most tools are now light-weight and have lithium-ion cells, which are known for their fast charge.
One survey looked at the power tools preferred by those in the field and showed that 84 per cent used their cordless power drill most often. The second most commonly used cordless tool was the drill driver (75 per cent). Reciprocating saws were also valued as cordless tools with 71 per cent of respondents indicating they used it regularly. Of those surveyed 84 per cent also said they relied on 18V battery packs.
BENEFITS OF CORDLESS
Cordless power tools have been a boon to the job site not just because of its ability to get into hard-to-reach spaces but also because they have been designed as light weight and low maintenance.
One of their most attractive features has been the brushless motors. These types of tools have electronic control, which means torque, speed and power outlet can also be controlled by the user. In a brushless motor tool there is little chance of any frictional energy loss because it uses permanent magnets on the brushless rotor. The armature has electromagnetic coils that are fixed around it. While they increase efficiency of the tool they are more costly than the other options. However,companies often throw in some extra features that make the price worth it.
Another top feature is the Lithium-ion battery, which replaces the older NiCad battery.
Ni Cad batteries have a tendency to lose their ability to fully charge as they age. That means it will be less and less efficient. Li-ion batteries do not have this problem.
Li-ion batteries also lose their charge at a slower rate than the older Ni Cad batteries meaning they can be more reliable for busy contractors. This also means the power is released at a more consistent rate, allowing for the work to be completed quicker.
The Li-ion battery has a technology that stores energy more efficiently than the previous NiCd and NiMH batteries. They are also more resilient and can be charged after just a short usage and won’t damage the cell.
The newer battery has also been designed to be light-weight, helping the contractor improve productivity by reducing the stress on the body.
There are a number of batteries with high voltages in the cordless tool market, which means the tools will be able to handle demanding tasks. High voltage equals more torque.
The most obvious benefit of a cordless power tool has been its ability to let workers reach any area on a jobsite. By not being attached to the wall or a power outlet tools without a cord are able to go anywhere.
Cordless power tools can also help save on set up time, which means you can get a head start on the job at hand.
DRAWBACKS OF CORDLESS
One of the complaints of cordless power tools has been they were often not as powerful as corded tools. However, with new technologies this has become less of a concern for those in the industry.
Another drawback of a cordless power tool has been that the battery can drain quicker in a hot environment. Contractors will need to plan a way to keep it cool on the jobsite. Some manufacturers have been designingcordless tools with cooling technology or fans to help it resist the heat.
TECHNOLOGY AND CORDLESS TOOLS
Power tools have also been brought online through connectivity technology like Bluetooth.
Bluetooth technology has been harnessed by power tool makers to allow the tool to be managed through a smartphone app, according to Popular Mechanics. This remote management can allow the owner to check the charge level and also turn batteries on or off.
Other companies have been designing tools that allow the user to manage the tool inventory with an app. This means that the owner can maintain records, organize the inventory, access data on how the tools are being used and more.
Cordless power tools have also been getting easier to charge. The inductive charge has been a new technique introduced where the tool is put on a charging pad or station, which then sends the power to the battery, which in turns acts as a receiver. The benefits here are that the tool can be placed on the pad and powered up while not in use.
COST SAVING TIPS FOR CONTRACTORS
Most power tool companies manufacture their tools to use the same battery, which means you can transfer the battery from one of their brand names to another. Thus, it makes economic sense to buy a power tool package instead of purchase each tool individually.
The Canadian Revenue Agency has also allowed tradespeople to deduct a portion of their costs for tools and some may be eligible to get a GST refund for what they paid depending on where they live and work.
Cordless power tools have come a long way since they were first designed as clunky and heavy additions to the workspace. Many manufacturers have been investing in technologies and design features that make cordless tools a light-weight, efficient way for contractors to improve their performance on the job.