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The great power tool argument is over – and we declare the winner

Corded power tools vs cordless – the debate on the way to go has been raging for years. Ever since 1961 in fact, with the introduction of the first ever power drill. We think cordless has finally won the battle, and today we share our insights and shine the light on a brilliant do-everything cordless range that will transform the way you look at your future power tool purchases.

Top 3 wins that make the case for cordless


Unlike their corded counterparts, there is no power cord requiring a power source.  This makes them take-anywhere tools, ideal for inside and outside work around the house. Real DIY Roam Ranger stuff or the tougher industrial bigger brother for the contractor.


The lack of an awkward cord that can get tangled up is also what puts cordless ahead of the game when working in odd or tight spaces. As well as when working on roof or ceilings.


And then there’s the safety factor. No cord means there’s no danger of tripping over it. There’s also no change of damaging it or cutting through it – and knowing you’re not going to accidentally electrocute yourself is always a good thing in our book!

Sounds good so far, but surely there are drawbacks? Of course. The most obvious traditional cordless cons being:

  • Lack of performance – in both torque and speed.
  • Downtime due to batteries running down fast, not holding charge when not in use and needing long recharging.
  • User fatigue because cordless models tended to be heavier than their corded counterparts.

But those days are gone. Thanks to major R&D focused on giving us modern cordless tools with more power, less weight, longer runtimes and faster charging, cordless is no longer considered strictly the domain of home DIY enthusiasts. It’s being embraced by pros looking for top performance on big builds.


Ryobi Cordless starter kit ( XD-180) 
R 1,175.00 R 1,750.00


So what are the most crucial considerations when selecting cordless power tools?

The more heavy-duty the task at hand, the more torque you will need. Corded models are invariably bigger hitters here and therefore the choice for really big pro jobs. For the average DIY enthusiast, cordless models offer more than enough torque to get the job done.

Ryobi 18V Li-ion Jig Saw 20mm 0-3000min-1 (XJ-80) (Battery and charger excluded)

Ryobi Cordless Jigsaw (XJ-80)
R 1,015.00 R 1,550.00

A perfect power tool would offer you amazing torque and incredible speed, but for most, faster speeds equals less torque. Think of how you are most likely to use the tool to decide whether torque or speed is your main concern.  We’d put our money on speed being the primary bigger concern for DIYers.

Ryobi Cordless Circular Saw 18V Li-ion (XCS-165) (Excludes Battery & Charger)

Ryobi Circular Saw (XCS-165)
R 1,315.00 R 1,750.00


Some cheaper power tool models still come with old-school Nickel Cadmium (Ni-CD) batteries. The only benefit of this battery type is price, because on performance it lags far behind the new generation Lithium-ion (Li-Ion) batteries, which deliver much greater power for much, much longer.  Li-Ion may cost more, but it’s worth every penny.

Ryobi Battery 18V Li-ion 3.0Ah (XB-3000)

Ryobi Battery 18V li-ion 3.0Ah (XB-3000)
R 1,235.00 R 1,450.00

Ryobi Battery 18V Li-ion 4.0Ah (XB-4000)

Ryobi Battery 18V li-ion 4.0Ah (XB-4000)
R 1,335.00 R 1,650.00


Brushless motors have been all the rage in the cordless world for a while now. What does it mean? Brushless motors adjust according to the task at hand. The more resistance the power tool senses, the more power it will draw. The less strain, the less power it draws. A standard brushed motor will always max out at whatever speed it’s set at. So brushless tools effectively ‘intelligently manage’ battery life, upping the runtime and increasing the performance of cordless power tool.

The down side? Brushless is more expensive and needs high performance Li-Ion batteries. If you will only ever do minor jobs around the home, brushless does not need to figure in your considerations. If you are a hardcore DIYer intending to use your tools often and for long periods, brushless comes into play.

Ryobi Cordless Drill Driver 18V Li-ion 10mm (XD-18) (Excludes Battery & Charger)

Ryobi Cordless Drill (XD-18)

R 635.00 R 885.00


Cordless power tools are generally more expensive than corded models, unsurprising given the technology that goes into them. Needing multiple chargers on multiple platforms for your various tools is also pricey, plus they very quickly clutter up your workshop space. There is a way to cut back on costs and cut out the chaos…

Ryobi Cordless Reciprocating Saw 18V Li-ion (XRS-18) (Excludes Battery & Charger)

Ryobi Cordless reciprocrating saw (XRS-18)
R 1,015.00 R 1,550.00


… Introducing the Ryobi One+ range

Ryobi’s game-changing One+ range includes over 175 cordless power tools that can ALL be powered off one standard 18V One+ Li-Ion battery and charger system. They offer a range of battery sizes from 1.5ah to the new 8.0ah launching later this year. Gone is the need for expensive multiples of something that essentially all perform the same function. With Ryobi One+ you can choose one or more items as a kit or just select a single tool, battery and charger and build the rest of your power tool kit down the line when budget allows and need dictates. So now once you have the battery & charger the next power tool is way cheaper as you are only paying for the tool which is awesome. What power tools are in the One+ range? Everything you’re ever going to need. From hammer drills, impact drivers, sanders and multi tools to saws, planers, and impact wrenches. So check out our Ryobi One+ specials and start building your dream cordless power tool kit today.

Ryobi Smart Charger 18V Li-ion 4.0A (XPP-9000)


Ryobi Cordless Charger (XPP-9000)
R 555.00 R 785.00

Ryobi Cordless Rotary Hammer Drill 18V (XRH-2020) (Excludes Battery & Charger)

Ryobi Cordless Rotary Drill (XRH-2020)

R 2,095.00 R 2,745.00