Power tools have enabled both DIY enthusiasts and industry professionals to carry out more precise and effective tasks. Over the years they have changed dramatically, now benefitting from a lighter, faster and more powerful design. Here, we’ll look at the technology behind our power tools and how it continues to shape the gadgets we use.
The evolution of cordless power tools
One of the major breakthrough technologies within the power tools sector has been the introduction of cordless tools. Manufacturers have managed to develop cordless power tools with the same power as corded tools. Offering greater convenience and proving safer to use, cordless technology has come a long way in recent years.
The motors of cordless tools started with canned technology, before moving on to frameless and finally brushless motor technology. In order to keep up with the advanced motor technology, transmissions have also been improved. Initially, power tools worked with a fairly low transmission of around 250-300 rpm rate. Now, it’s not uncommon to find tools with a 1700-2000 rpm rate. This basically means today’s power tools are faster than they used to be.
Of course, the largest technological advancement in the power tools sector has been the switch from manual to electronic tools. Not too long ago, power tools worked in a very mechanical way. These days however, technology has helped to optimise performance and create a more streamlined, electronic design.
Battery powered tools have been significantly improved by the introduction of Lithium-ion technology. Used by top brands such as Milwaukee power tools, this technology has helped to make heavy duty tools more compact, lighter and more powerful.
The rechargeable batteries aren’t just common in power tools; they’re also widely used across many sectors today. For example, many manufacturers are starting to use Lithium-ion batteries as a replacement for lead-acid batteries in utility vehicles and golf carts.
In terms of power tools, this technology is also beneficial thanks to its slow loss of charge. When not in use, the tools won’t run down in power like they used to. When it comes to charging them up, Lithium-ion batteries also generally charge much faster than previous batteries.
As you can see, there’s been a few major developments within the power tools sector thanks to technology. As time goes on, it’s likely we’ll see even more improvements and technology innovations introduced.