Today just about every tool available as a corded tool is also available as cordless, or battery-powered. There is a wide range of voltages, and as battery technology has evolved, cordless tools are offered in different battery types as well. Hayward carries a wide selection of cordless tools from a number a companies. Companies usually offer several tools that use the same battery, meaning that a battery with a spare might be all that is needed to operate a whole range of different tools. With a few exceptions, these tools are the same as their corded siblings. Here are tools that Hayward offers exclusively as cordless:
Cordless Nailers: Cordless nailers use battery power along with a separate mechanism to drive nails without the tether of a cord or an air hose. Cordless nailers use either a fuel cell or rotating cam to drive the nails. Hayward carries cordless framing nailers as well as cordless finish nailers.
Cordless Tool Kits: When shopping for cordless tools, check out the kits offered by tool companies. Hayward carries kits from a variety of tool companies that have all the cordless tools you need in one package at a substantial savings over purchasing the tools individually. See your local Hayward store for available brands.
Flashlights: While not intended as full-fledged work lights, cordless flashlights can be extremely handy when working.
Impact Drivers: Cordless impact drivers are strictly for driving fasteners. They are different from driver drills or hammer drills because they transfer rotational impact to the driving bit. Impact drivers (with the appropriate bit) can drive screws into seasoned hardwood without stripping or breaking the screw. Impact drivers tend to be less heavy than drills.
A drill’s first most obvious purpose is for making holes, but drills these days do much more. Hayward sells drills and drilling tools that drive a variety of fasteners. In addition, drills have been enhanced to make holes in difficult materials such as concrete and stone. The size of the drill chuck determines the maximum diameter bit that the drill can take. The typical sizes are 1/2-in., 3/8-in. and 1/4-in. Most drills come with an adjustable clutch for driving fasteners. Drills also come corded and cordless.
Driver Drills: Hayward carries a variety of these tools, which are designed for both drilling holes as well as for driving fasteners.
Hammer Drills: These drills have an impact hammering action on the bit as it turns. This action enhances the drill’s ability to penetrate stone and masonry. Hammer drills are typically larger and more heavy duty for handling these demanding tasks.
Right-Angle Drills: For drilling in tight quarters such as in joist bays, a right angle drill is a must. These drills have the motor at a right angle to the drill chuck instead of in a straight line. Many more companies make cordless right-angle drills.
Standard Drills: Hayward carries many different brands of corded drills designed solely for drilling holes and not for driving screw-type fasteners. Because these tools are typically more powerful than cordless drills, many are equipped with screw-in handles for greater control.
Staplers: Many construction tasks benefit from staples as fasteners. Wide crown staples can be used for installing insulation or for attaching tar paper under roof shingles or siding. Special cap staplers actually drive each staple through a plastic disc or cap to increase holding power.
Compressors: Compressors are needed to power pneumatic tools. They come in many sizes with tanks of various capacities. Larger compressors allow you to run higher demand tools such as framing nailers without running continuously. Compressors can be oil or oil-less. Small compressors are perfect for most finish work on a project.