At the beginning of the year I posted a survey on 18-volt tools and within a month 880 people responded. The survey was set up so answers could be separated by trade. Of those who responded, 58 (6.6%) identified themselves as electricians. The tables below contain electricians’ responses to the following three multiple choice questions.

  • Which 18-volt tools do you currently own?
  • Which do you wish you owned (that you don't own now)?
  • What is your favorite brand of 18-volt tools?

Links to the results for other trades can be found at the bottom of this page.

The tools at the top of the list—the ones electricians already own—are what you’d expect them to be: drill/drivers, recip saws, hammer drill/drivers, and impact drivers. I’m surprised that so many own wood cutting circular saws, but then those probably came in combo kits.

Cordless band saws are at the top of the electrician’s wish list. And why not, it’s much easier to cut conduit with a band saw than with a hack saw or recip saw. At the bottom of the electrician’s wish list are fiber cement shears and plate joiners.

It came as no surprise that Milwaukee was the preferred brand of electricians. After all, that brand has long been closely allied with the electrical, mechanical, and plumbing trades. What I didn’t expect was for Milwaukee to be the favorite by such wide margin. DeWalt came in a distant second; no other brand cracked 10% with this group of respondents.

The links below will take you to the results for those particular trades: