Iím new here, please be gentle with me.
I have a 500W corded impact drill for a long time. I use it for pretty much everything from drilling concrete to metal to wood.
Lately I have acquired a bunch of power tools since I got a tad more serious on woodworking . A router, jigsaw and a finishing sander, all corded. I figured, I donít plan on using those stuffs too often, corded means I donít have to worry about battery becoming unusable after extended storage. I guess I am a tad old fashioned and I like things to last forever.
But I wondered if I made the wrong choice there.
Not too long ago I bought a Black & Decker 12V drill that is on sale, since the NiMH stuffs are going out of style. I didnít need another drill but thought I could use a powered screw driver.
Lately the said impact drill needs a trigger switch replacement that I canít find. So I started looking for a replacement. I was mainly looking at rotary hammers, both corded or cordless, since they would drill pretty much everything. The impact drill I have been using struggles at reinforced concrete like ceiling and pillars.
I also started using the 12V as a drill, I have to say I am pleasantly surprised, I would say it works for 95% of my need, and I do like the freedom it afforded. That other 5% would be drilling concrete and driving large hole saw. Rare occasion, but they do happen.
This leaves me a conundrum. I am about to buy the most expensive tool for that 5% of my drilling need. I also canít say I use a drill every month. Most of the time only when I have a project going on. So that 5% is the rare of the rare occasion.
The model that I am most interested in is an 18V Bosch rotary hammer. The tool and battery cost themselves are within budget. I looked at what other Bosch 18V tools I can potentially purchase in the future, those however are rather pricey. But at the same time I also wished I hadnít bought all those corded tools so I can justify the cordless system cost.
But when I look at the 12V system, the prices seems more reasonable, but it offers little more than I already have and that 5% would remain unfulfilled.
Since l am already quite invested in corded tool, should I get another corded rotary hammer and use the 12V drill for most other stuffs? But if I were to go cordless, I guess I gotta start somewhere?