Research conducted as part of the launch of the HiKOKI Power Tools brand (formerly Hitachi Power Tools) has looked into the reasons why UK tradespeople use cordless power tools.
HiKOKI spoke to over 250 tradespeople about their use of power tools and found that 82 per cent use cordless tools for the added flexibility to ‘get the job done – anywhere’ and over 50 per cent cited the safety features of cordless tools as the reason for their preference. Thirteen per cent of those surveyed had worked on ‘cordless only’ sites where mains-powered tools are not allowed and 84% of power tool users would consider going completely cordless.
New battery technologies, combined with highly efficient brushless motors are driving the move to cordless. Together they offer more power and durability than ever before meaning their performance often matches that of their corded counterparts. HiKOKI’s research shows that users feel cordless are superior to corded tools as they can take a cordless tool anywhere, are compact and lightweight compared to their corded counterparts and, with no leads to trip on, are safer.
“We have found that the superior experiences for professional users come from being able to ‘get the job done anywhere’ by using tools that are powerful, durable, and accurate,” said Yasushi Fukui, MD of Koki Holdings Europe GmbH and Chief International Business Officer of Koki Holdings Co., Ltd.
“Twelve months ago, cordless tools represented over 50 per cent of the demand for power tools,” added HiKOKI Power Tools UK’s Simon Miller. “We believe this figure has already grown – and will continue to grow. Our own sales figures shows year on year increases on sales of certain tools, such as cordless circular saws versus their corded versions.”
The latest cordless tool from HiKOKI is the Multi Volt. The new Multi Volt 36V battery packs have more power than similar sized 18V battery packs – but dimensions and weight remain almost the same, so the Multi Volt battery packs can be used with a wide range of 18V class devices.