Before choosing a cordless tool - or multiple cordless tools - the battery should be your first consideration. Since many batteries and tools can be used together, a small number of batteries can be purchased to operate a large number of tools. This is why it’s crucial to select a battery platform before selecting any tools. This way, tools can be purchased without batteries and chargers, saving money and preventing accumulation of an unmanageable number of batteries and chargers.
The right battery platform depends on personal preference as well as the types of tools in your arsenal. Taking the time to get the correct battery will give you the versatility and value in the tools you need now and in the future. Voltage, charge time, weight, warranty, and price are just a few of the areas you’ll need to consider prior to making your choice.
Use our exclusive tool-comparison engine in the bar below to compare cordless power tools. If you're having trouble understanding exactly what to look for in a battery, read our full article on how to choose a cordless battery platform.
Skil 1400 Oscillating Multi Tool
Skil showcased their new 1400 Oscillating Multi Tool at the 2011 Hardware Show.
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