Useful = expensiveWith cordless tools now including everything from drills, to reciprocating saws, to miter saws, the cordless tool world is becoming more useful.
I have not noticed that with my cordless tools , ONLY a DIYer , but do have a cordless Grinder which uses a lot of power and batteries do not last , but it works pretty much full on until the batter stops completely , same with my Multitool and with all my other cordless tools , drills/driver and circular/jig saws and plannerAlso a battery powered tool operates differently when fully charged compared to 50/75%.
@Marco that is indeed a bold statement - considering how fast battery technology is advancing (driven mostly by electric vehicles and consumer electronics)Useful = expensive
I don't believe in my lifetime tools powered by battery's will reach the quality of a tool powered by an ac corded tool. If they were I would be cordless assuming the longevity and cost of the battery(s) were within reason. Also a battery powered tool operates differently when fully charged compared to 50/75%.
The Makita can use the small 1.5 AH battery which adds very little weight to the tool. Not anywhere enough to cause unbalance.
& with today's LiIon batteries, they are both lighter and deliver far more power than the old NiCad.
Admittedly = the 3.0 & 5.0 AH batteries are larger & do add weight to the top - the vast majority of the jobs I do with it don't require a lot of run time.
I don't have as much of a problem dragging a cord around on a job site as I do having a cord available to use!
It seems like everyone needs or wants electricity on a site at the same time. A lot of the times the only power on a site is what a single Honda 2200 (with a single 20amp outlet) can supply.
Re: a 1.5 hp "trim router". The Makita compact is a 1/4" collet & can do anything physically larger routers can do with 1/4" bits.
I love mine & wouldn't part with it.
I don't believe cordless is ready to replace corded for everything though - which is what I mentioned above.
I did rehabs in Independence , Mo. For Jodi Petterson . Many ex drug houses. First thing we did was establish power....I did home renovations. A lot of times the power is cut off & work has to go on.
Even with a bunch of 18V batteries, they do need charged every now and then,
I bought the Ryobi nailers from around Christmas time from Home Depot when they were having deals, including extra batteries at about half price. Since I already had a Ryobi impact driver, I figured it was a no brainer.Which nailer did you get, i have been looking as a DIYer for a cheap solution , but A) expensive and B) some of the staple/nail versions left a Staple indent when nailing, I wanted for a few projects exactly like you - based in UK
There's plenty to route on a house rehab.I'm still lost on why I would be doing router work..