This may be appropriate for it's own thread, but since we are somewhat on the topic of tools, I ask: Cordless or Corded? I'm about to invest in a new set of power tools for the boat. Some tools will be corded no matter what, ie router and finish sander. I live aboard and will be leaving in a year for some extended coastal cruising. Self suffiency and efficiency are top priorities. This means reliable.
Compact and neat (no cables
running all over the cabin sole
, or deck)
Carry their own power supply (until it runs out)
Battery lifespan is quite good
Must carry charger
and batteries (Already have charger
and huge batteries aboard)
Must eventually replace batteries. This is wasteful and somewhat expensive.
Generally must commit to one brand due to proprietary batteries (in this case Dewalt)
Is it better in terms of simplicity and reliability
to go corded? Is an 800w inverter
and a couple of deep-cycle marine
house batteries adequate to power them? On my 29' boat I'm never far from the inverter
or an AC outlet.
Corded can be more powerful, but I've found that modern, high quality, 18v tools are more than adequately powerful for the small(ish) jobs we encounter on board. The prices are comparable as is the apparent durability.
I love the cordless tools I've borrowed and used over the past several years and I'm listing in that direction.
Anyone have any strong reasons to avoid a suite of cordless power tools on a boat?