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Which is Better: Corded or Cordless?

Jason Brown Hardwood Flooring Corded or Cordless

Understanding your personal needs will help you decide between corded or cordless power tools.

Power tools are an essential component of most workspaces. When trying to decide which tool to choose, you might ask yourself whether it’s better to go corded or cordless. Both options have their own advantages and disadvantages that should be considered and weighed against your needs before you make a final decision.



What’s great about corded power tools is their superior torque. A tool that is plugged into a strong, constant power source is going to output a lot more power than a tool that runs on a battery. This extra torque is important when handling jobs that require a more powerful tool. While many basic jobs can be done with cordless tools, you might want to invest in some corded tools such as the Festool Plunge Cut Track Saw TS 75 EQ-F-Plus-FS if you suddenly have the urge to turn a solid oak tree stump into a mixed media dining table. Knowing your media and how much resistance it will offer your tools is a good way to decide whether corded tools are the better investment for you.


Corded tools lack mobility, which is their most obvious drawback. If you’re going to be working in an outdoor area without access to outlets, corded power tools won’t be useful without extension cords. All of the extra cords become tripping hazards, forcing workers in the space to be more mindful of their surroundings. In addition, a corded saw could become useless if its operator accidentally cuts the power cord. These tools are also more difficult to store as they take up more space due to their cords.



Cordless tools have the edge in mobility. What’s great about a cordless tool is that it can do most basic jobs without issue, and they can do those jobs literally anywhere. You don’t have to worry about outlets or power sources. Just make sure your batteries are charged, bring a spare just in case, and you’re ready to work. Tools like the Festool Cordless Track Saw TSC 55 REB-Set/XL-FS are great for workers who are changing job sites regularly since they’re also easier to move around and store.


Cordless tools lack the torque of corded tools. While they will be great at most basic jobs, they will likely be useless for a project that is using more robust material. If you do try to do something like use a cordless saw on a solid oak tree stump, you will either get nowhere fast or irreparably damage your tool. Being smart about when to use which tool is important for the longevity of your power tools.

The Verdict

There’s no real debate about whether corded or cordless is better because both are excellent tools that excel in different ways. Since every situation is different, it will be up to the user to decide which option is right for them. If the need is present, you can even get tools in both corded and cordless versions so that you can have the best of both worlds and never be limited no matter what project you’re working on.

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At Jason Brown Wood Floors, our commitment to quality installation is clear in all that we do, which is why our customers consistently rate us as one of the top contractors in the region. We have been awarded Baltimore Magazine’s Best of Baltimore Award 4 times and have been proudly serving the Baltimore Area for over 16 years. If you’re ready to speak with someone about your hardwood flooring project, we want to hear from you! Contact us at 410-668-9131 or send us a message here.

Jason Brown Wood Floors is also your convenient dealer of high-quality, professional grade power tools. We offer brands that tradespeople trust most for the job. Come check out our Abingdon showroom to browse the in-stock selection of products and tools by Festool, Freud, Diablo, Shaper, Mirka,  Makita, Saw Stop, and Grex.

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