Re: Planer, corded or cordless
Go with the corded unit, it will be of far more value. Spinning 3-1/4" knives takes a lot of torque and power, something that batteries just can't muster,certainly not for very long, making a cordless unit more difficult to work with, particularly if you have much work to do. Another problem is that it's a 19.2 volt unit. Unless your boyfriend has other 19.2v equipment, that means another charger and more batteries he's got to have on hand to use it. Being that this is a planer, it isn't likely to see much regular use, again putting a negative check mark towards a cordless tool.
If you were talking about cordless drills and circular saws then I'd scream "go cordless" all day long, but with a tool that won't see a great amount of use, probably has a unique size battery and charger compared to other equipment he already has, and most definitely a short duration of use per charge, a cordless planer just isn't the way to go IMHO.
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