on-site “cut stations” located near a
power source, often using band saws. At
such an area, there is either an exceptional amount of gang-cutting that would
quickly drain a battery, or users simply
don’t want to manage battery charging
because power is readily available.
Jason Ducker, De Walt product manager, said lithium-ion battery technology
has led to dramatically better power
capabilities and run-times while facilitating a transition to smaller, lighter saws.
“Because of this, cordless is taking
over many of the applications and filling
the needs formerly provided by corded
tools,” he said. “The corded-to-cordless
transition has gained momentum off the
technological benefits of lithium and will
continue to do so as technology improves.”
Many of the lithium-ion powered
saws perform comparably to the corded
versions for a variety of applications, particularly for jig saws, oscillating saws, and
some reciprocating saws, Ducker said.
“More and more, the decision is being
driven by the length of time the application is being performed instead of the
power required, making run time the
key tipping point in choosing between a
cordless or corded tool,” he said.
For high power-draw applications
done continuously over long periods,
users often will use corded tools to avoid
having to swap out batteries more frequently, Ducker said.
“Lithium-ion saws are impacting
sales of corded saws in some categories
more than others,” Ducker said. “Even so,
we are seeing an overall growth in sales
for almost all areas of the corded and
cordless saw markets.”
Christian Coulis, Milwaukee Tool
director of product management, said
durability, performance and ergonomics
remain driving forces in the develop-
ment of best-in-class cordless handsaws.
“We now are able to design compact
saws that provide not only great power,
but they’re also very easily maneuverable and can withstand the harsh job-site
conditions,” Coulis said. “Saws continue
to become smaller and lighter, while also
De Walt cordless
Milwaukee Tool band saw