I have a 9.6V 3-3/8" Makita circular saw that worked great on cedar siding. I
could even use it while on the ladder. I resided my house in VT with it. It
paid for itself in that one job but I haven't found much other use for it.
It's not usually difficult to get AC for my cordless drills, either. It's
very convenient that I don't have to, though. OTOH, cordless saws are more
marginal, but the later models are still useful. Like I said, I use mine to
cut down sheet goods, though I just bought a more precise (corded) saw for
Many times the getting an extension cord out and putting it away is more
hassle than the rest of the "project" (e.g. hanging pictures or curtain rods).
Cordless tools are great for these small "projects".
The only cord I've cut recently was on my router. I cut it as I was putting
the router down after a cut. I don't even think it was spinning when I sliced
the cord, though that didn't stop it from sparking. :-/
I thought the cord had a special molded strain relief so I ordered the exact
replacement. Turns out that the strain relief just slipped over an ordinary
line cord; a $35 lesson.
I have 100' extension cords hanging on the walls of the shops, right
next to the doors. I leave them plugged in, and just lift off the
number of loops I need. They are about 5' per loop so it's easy to see
what I need. I generally use the cordless drills to work on computers,
and the regular drills for most other work. Like the 1/2" hammer drill
with a 1" masonry bit.
They accumulate. ;-) Actually, I included both driver/drills.
9.6/12V Makita (old, but it still works)
9.6V Makita right angle (batteries for above)
14.4V PC - Still works but I killed one set of batteries
12V Dewalt - wanted something lighter
18V Dewalt compact - was cheaper than the batteries that came with it
12V Bosch Impactor - Impact driver
12V Bosch Driver - freebie with Impactor (not terribly useful)
12V Bosch Drill - so impressed with the Impactor that I bought its brother
18V(2) Harbor Freight - borrowing bait (absolute junk)
If I didn't have any I'd buy at least four of them today.