How likely are you to switch cordless power tool brands?
I’m not talking about upgrading from an older platform, such as Dewalt 18V, where your tools and batteries are on their last legs and you’re ready for a complete upgrade.
Some users, including pros, DIYers, and regular non-construction users, are okay jugging more than one battery platform. Dewalt 20V Max and Milwaukee M18? Sure. Bosch 12V Max and Makita 18V? Why not. Brand A, Brand B, Brand C? That can work too.
But many other users prefer to stick within a singular system. It’s cheaper and easier to do that, especially for pros that work in teams or partnerships, as opposed to individually. Every battery fits every charger, and every tool. Well, nearly every tool. Some brands have one-way compatibility, such as FlexVolt to 20V Max but not vice-versa.
So for you singular-system users, how likely are you to move to a different system? It’s certainly possible – you can sell everything via ebay or Craigslist, or to someone locally, maybe even an apprentice. But that’s usually a hassle, and a big one given how big a cordless power tool collection can be.
Can you be convinced to switch to a different system?
Considering how much trouble it can be to switch to a completely different system, let me ask a different question. How likely are you to buy into another cordless power tool system?
For instance, if you’re a Dewalt 20V Max user, would you buy a Milwaukee M18 cordless table saw? If you’re a Makita 18V X2 user, would you buy a Dewalt FlexVolt miter saw?