CHICAGO — This March, CONTRACTOR surveyed readers to find out what are the most used corded and cordless power tools amongst contractors, where contractors prefer to purchase those tools, what voltage battery packs they use, among other questions. CONTRACTOR also asked a handful of tool manufacturers what type of tool trends they are seeing and what they are forecasting for the future.

The online Power Tool Use Survey was sent to a net random 23,900 subscribers. The majority of respondents are company owners — 51% — and 14% of respondents are in leadership positions, such as president, CEO or partner. There were 288 respondents.

Survey findings show that 82% of respondents are involved in residential construction; 69% are involved in commercial construction; 30% are involved in industrial construction; and 23% are involved in institutional construction. Sixty-nine percent of respondents are involved in remodeling/retrofit work and 25% are involved in new construction work.

Based on type of contracting work, respondent firms are engaged in air conditioning (62%); warm air heating (58%); plumbing (55%); hydronic heating (wet) (53%): radiant floor heating (43%); and bath/kitchen remodeling (40%).

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According to the survey, with the exception of floor drivers (13%), each corded power tool in the study is used by at least 40% of respondents. These corded power tools include the pipe threading machine, drill driver, demolition hammer, drain cleaning machine and pipe cutting machine. The most commonly used corded power tools include hammer drills at 87%, reciprocating saws at 86%, power drills at 85%, circular saws at 74% and rotary hammers at 70%.

For cordless power tools, the most commonly used are power drills at 84%, followed by drill drivers at 75% and reciprocating saws at 71%. About half of all respondents use cordless hammer drills (55%) and/or cordless circular saws (49%).