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Old 11-23-2008, 02:44 PM   #1
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Besides being a carpenter, I'm also in school at Montana State University for Mechanical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Technology. I'm doing a report for my engineering economics class that requires me to compare the potential profit from producing a corded drill as opposed to a cordless drill.

I was hoping that I could get some people here to answer a couple of questions that relate to the potential markets of these two tools. I'll be including my own answers to these questions, but I'm hoping I can get a few more responses to include as well.

Question 1: When buying a cordless drill, considering all things being equal to other drills in it's class, would you consider buying a drill that uses batteries that are not compatible with any other cordless tools?

Question 2: Would you be more likely to consider buying a corded drill or a cordless drill from a company that you have little experience with?

Question 3: Would you consider a cordless drill or a corded drill to experience a rougher life? Why?

Question 4: Are you considering buying a new cordless drill in the next year?

Question 5: Are you considering buying a new corded drill in the next year?

Question 6: Have you had work done on either a cordless drill or a corded drill under warranty? What kinds of problems did you experience?

Thank you for your time, this will be a big help for school.
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Besides being a carpenter, I'm also in school at Montana State University for Mechanical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Technology. I'm doing a report for my engineering economics class that requires me to compare the potential profit from producing a corded drill as opposed to a cordless drill.

I was hoping that I could get some people here to answer a couple of questions that relate to the potential markets of these two tools. I'll be including my own answers to these questions, but I'm hoping I can get a few more responses to include as well.

Question 1: When buying a cordless drill, considering all things being equal to other drills in it's class, would you consider buying a drill that uses batteries that are not compatible with any other cordless tools?

Question 2: Would you be more likely to consider buying a corded drill or a cordless drill from a company that you have little experience with?

Question 3: Would you consider a cordless drill or a corded drill to experience a rougher life? Why?

Question 4: Are you considering buying a new cordless drill in the next year?

Question 5: Are you considering buying a new corded drill in the next year?

Question 6: Have you had work done on either a cordless drill or a corded drill under warranty? What kinds of problems did you experience?

Thank you for your time, this will be a big help for school.
#1- Not really,but I would settle for a battery that actually lasts a fair amount of time.My old Makita was the best I ever had.
#2-No prior experience,corded are less expensive if experimenting.
#3-A corded drill has always out-lasted a cordless in my experience,and has more umph.
#4-no,but I will have to get new batteries .I am contemplating a cordless sawzall [I know,no help to you here]
#5-no
#6-No problems with the drill themselves,just the darn batteries.
Hope this helps,good-luck with your schooling.
I'll add this ,I love my right angle drill [dewalt],that I can use as a right angle or straight shooter.

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Question 1: When buying a cordless drill, considering all things being equal to other drills in it's class, would you consider buying a drill that uses batteries that are not compatible with any other cordless tools?
Yes, simply because I use a drill pretty hard, and I almost dedicate a set of batteries to it anyhow.

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Question 2: Would you be more likely to consider buying a corded drill or a cordless drill from a company that you have little experience with?
I would not buy either from a company I have little experience with unless I could hold it and try it first.

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Question 3: Would you consider a cordless drill or a corded drill to experience a rougher life? Why?
Cordless drills get dropped a lot more, but corded drills are favored for jobs where you know you're going to potentially abuse it. The housing of a cordless gets a rougher life, but the mechanical of a corded get a rougher life. That said, I've had to replace at least 3 cordless drills for every corded drill I've had to replace.

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Question 4: Are you considering buying a new cordless drill in the next year?
yes, because the technology is always improving

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Question 5: Are you considering buying a new corded drill in the next year?
no, because the technology is fully matured.

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Question 6: Have you had work done on either a cordless drill or a corded drill under warranty? What kinds of problems did you experience?
Yes. It was a quick fix. Darned plastic gears they're putting in all the cordless drills now. Even good brands. Other time a brand new cordless got the bit jammed and smoked the armature in no time flat.

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Yeah, well, you owe me 5 bucks now.
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Question 1: NO - assuming you are talking about ANY cordless tool, even from the same company --- Dewalt's only work with Dewalt, Ridgid with Ridgid, etc...

Question 2: NO

Question 3: The corded should experience a rougher life, however, I push my cordless drills to do jobs right at the edge of their capacity

Question 4: Yes - the new Ridgid line

Question 5: Not unless one of mine breaks

Question 6: No - its just easier to replace where I live at
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1- yes, if i believe the cordless to be superior
2- corded
3- cordless, much more use, very hard on them.
4- no
5- no
6- no
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Question 1: When buying a cordless drill, considering all things being equal to other drills in it's class, would you consider buying a drill that uses batteries that are not compatible with any other cordless tools?

Yes

Question 2: Would you be more likely to consider buying a corded drill or a cordless drill from a company that you have little experience with?

Corded

Question 3: Would you consider a cordless drill or a corded drill to experience a rougher life? Why?

Cordless. It gets used a lot more, and in circumstances more likely to cause damage (dropping, falling).

Question 4: Are you considering buying a new cordless drill in the next year?

Drill, no. Impact driver.

Question 5: Are you considering buying a new corded drill in the next year?

No

Question 6: Have you had work done on either a cordless drill or a corded drill under warranty? What kinds of problems did you experience?

No
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Besides being a carpenter, I'm also in school at Montana State University for Mechanical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Technology. I'm doing a report for my engineering economics class that requires me to compare the potential profit from producing a corded drill as opposed to a cordless drill.

I was hoping that I could get some people here to answer a couple of questions that relate to the potential markets of these two tools. I'll be including my own answers to these questions, but I'm hoping I can get a few more responses to include as well.

Question 1: When buying a cordless drill, considering all things being equal to other drills in it's class, would you consider buying a drill that uses batteries that are not compatible with any other cordless tools?

Question 2: Would you be more likely to consider buying a corded drill or a cordless drill from a company that you have little experience with?

Question 3: Would you consider a cordless drill or a corded drill to experience a rougher life? Why?

Question 4: Are you considering buying a new cordless drill in the next year?

Question 5: Are you considering buying a new corded drill in the next year?

Question 6: Have you had work done on either a cordless drill or a corded drill under warranty? What kinds of problems did you experience?

Thank you for your time, this will be a big help for school.
1) All things being equal I would stick with tools that use the same batteries. I would even pay up to 20% more for the compatibility.

2) Neither

3) For me it would be cordless. I hardly use my corded drills any more.

4) No

5) Brushes on a corded Milwaukee about ten years ago

Hope this helps good luck in school.

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Thanks, this stuff really helps. Now I just have to figure out how to fill 25 pages...
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  • Ha Tempest 25 pages no problemo.
  • 1st 8 pages you tell them what you are going to tell them.
  • 2nd 8 pages you tell them it.
  • 3rd 8pages you tell them what you've just told them.
  • Using this method you beef it up 2/3rds
  • Sounds like cheating? Not really just an excepted academic way of filling paper up; 25th page accredit all sources don't forget to mention CT.Best of luck:

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It sounds like you are being graded on the weight of the report, so use heavy paper and nice cover. - Bigger font sizes also help.
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Question 1: When buying a cordless drill, considering all things being equal to other drills in it's class, would you consider buying a drill that uses batteries that are not compatible with any other cordless tools?

yes, not having to run a extension cord is much less of a headache and speeds things up

Question 2: Would you be more likely to consider buying a corded drill or a cordless drill from a company that you have little experience with?
no, i stick to brands i know

Question 3: Would you consider a cordless drill or a corded drill to experience a rougher life? Why?i would prob buy a corded model to abuse because they have more torque and they are less expensive, therefore easier to replace

Question 4: Are you considering buying a new cordless drill in the next year? possibly a compact 10.2 v lith ion model

Question 5: Are you considering buying a new corded drill in the next year?
possibly, hammer drill

Question 6: Have you had work done on either a cordless drill or a corded drill under warranty? What kinds of problems did you experience? no

Thank you for your time, this will be a big help for school.[/quote]
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Besides being a carpenter, I'm also in school at Montana State University for Mechanical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Technology. I'm doing a report for my engineering economics class that requires me to compare the potential profit from producing a corded drill as opposed to a cordless drill.

I was hoping that I could get some people here to answer a couple of questions that relate to the potential markets of these two tools. I'll be including my own answers to these questions, but I'm hoping I can get a few more responses to include as well.

Question 1: When buying a cordless drill, considering all things being equal to other drills in it's class, would you consider buying a drill that uses batteries that are not compatible with any other cordless tools?

Question 2: Would you be more likely to consider buying a corded drill or a cordless drill from a company that you have little experience with?

Question 3: Would you consider a cordless drill or a corded drill to experience a rougher life? Why?

Question 4: Are you considering buying a new cordless drill in the next year?

Question 5: Are you considering buying a new corded drill in the next year?

Question 6: Have you had work done on either a cordless drill or a corded drill under warranty? What kinds of problems did you experience?

Thank you for your time, this will be a big help for school.
1. Yes
2. No
3. Both have a rough life. Cordless more use, corded, more force applied.
4. Yes
5. No
6. Cordless - chuck
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1 No

2 No

3 Cordless, experience

4 We buy several a year

5 Nope

6 Many times...typically, the trigger switch, both corded and cordless
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Question 1: When buying a cordless drill, considering all things being equal to other drills in it's class, would you consider buying a drill that uses batteries that are not compatible with any other cordless tools?

Consider? Yes. Buy, probably not

Question 2: Would you be more likely to consider buying a corded drill or a cordless drill from a company that you have little experience with?

NO

Question 3: Would you consider a cordless drill or a corded drill to experience a rougher life? Why?

cordless - when it falls, there's no "fall arrest" cord

Question 4: Are you considering buying a new cordless drill in the next year?

NO - unless it falls off the roof and breaks

Question 5: Are you considering buying a new corded drill in the next year?

NO - I do not need five

Question 6: Have you had work done on either a cordless drill or a corded drill under warranty? What kinds of problems did you experience?

NO
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Interesting... A side result of this survey illustrates that care in wording is important. It appears that fully half of the respondents either misunderstood or just willfully answered #2 inappropriately.
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Interesting... A side result of this survey illustrates that care in wording is important. It appears that fully half of the respondents either misunderstood or just willfully answered #2 inappropriately.
[Question 2: Would you be more likely to consider buying a corded drill or a cordless drill from a company that you have little experience with?]


How so? I think the question is not worded, like many surveys, for the response most will give. If you have been in construction as long as some of us, we have a pre set opinion on tools, and I am very unlikely to buy a power tool from any unknown company, and that is just a fact.
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If you have been in construction as long as some of us, we have a pre set opinion on tools, and I am very unlikely to buy a power tool from any unknown company, and that is just a fact.
Oh, I fully agree. Nevertheless, the question is NOT yes/no; it's A/B. A yes/no answer isn't responsive to the intent of the question and therefore becomes a null.

Regardless of how right it is.
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Good work, keep up the educational pursuit!

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1. Yes, if the batteries carry their own decent warranty, but I would expect to pay 15-20% less.

2. Corded. Precision manufacturing not as important as with a cordless drill. Energy efficiency and tolerances not so critical when you have endless 115/120V to play with. Potentially more robust components.

3. Corded, they are less complex and also less susceptible to damage as there are no external alignments (i.e. battery to casing).

4. No, my primary drills are all covered by warranty for the next year.

5. No, as in #4.

6. No.

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Question 1: When buying a cordless drill, considering all things being equal to other drills in it's class, would you consider buying a drill that uses batteries that are not compatible with any other cordless tools?

Question 2: Would you be more likely to consider buying a corded drill or a cordless drill from a company that you have little experience with?

Question 3: Would you consider a cordless drill or a corded drill to experience a rougher life? Why?

Question 4: Are you considering buying a new cordless drill in the next year?

Question 5: Are you considering buying a new corded drill in the next year?

Question 6: Have you had work done on either a cordless drill or a corded drill under warranty? What kinds of problems did you experience?

Thank you for your time, this will be a big help for school.
1. No. If it is not compatible with ANY other tools, it then requires a different charger. Meaning even more crap I have to carry around.
2. Neither. I never trust a new company I've never used unless someone I Trust let's me try one out before hand. Too expensive.
3. I expect a corded to be abused more but I do abuse my cordless one's like you wouldn't believe. In fact I go thru a lot of them quite often. I know people who have owned the same drills for years. I'm lucky to get two years out of one.
4. Yes. Most likely more then one.
5. Corded? Most likely not as I seem to take better care of them.
6. Yes. Both. Triggers and brushes and just about every piece of crappy plastic they install in them.
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Interesting... A side result of this survey illustrates that care in wording is important. It appears that fully half of the respondents either misunderstood or just willfully answered #2 inappropriately.
I saw the double entendre and answered all possible meanings with one brief two letter word. Perhaps I could have wasted more time and said "neither".

But you are right, care in wording is important. I had to read it a couple of times and still was not sure.

IMO, if it meant "either a corded drill or a cordless", then it should have been worded as such. The way it is worded now is ambiguous

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