Manufacturers are pouring on the effort when it comes to line-count-expanding cordless accessories — everything from job site radios to vacuums, specialty flashlights, and even digital cameras. But do you really expect this kind of functionality in your 10.8/12V or 18V cordless tools?
Here’s what we’re really asking: Say you wander into the local big-box looking for a cordless 18V drill/driver. Depending on the shop, you’re faced with between four and twenty choices of brand/manufacturer combination in all colors of the rainbow. Assuming that well more than half of these choices will effectively drill holes and drive screws — and eliminating brand loyalty and advertising as a decision-maker — why would you choose one over the other?
Sure, performance stats will likely enter into your head. But most pros (and many DIYers these days) know that unless you’re planning on drilling whopper-sized holes in concrete or steel, 400+ in-lbs of torque will more than do the job, which means most of the major-brand-name 18V tools will do the job for you as well.
So how ’bout all those other tools on the wall? Would you be more likely to purchase an 18V drill/driver if the manufacturer offered a wide range of other tools that’ll accept the 18V batteries you just purchased? Does the manufacturer’s choice to offer the tools in bare form (sans batteries) affect that choice as well?
Let us know in comments. You’ll help us settle a pretty big discussion we had here this morning.