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, 158 (18%) identified themselves as builders, “GC-new construction-multiple trades”. The tables below contain builders’ 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.

If there is one thing that stands out about the builders who answered our survey, it’s that they have plenty of cordless tools already but want even more. At the top their cordless tool wish list are finish/brad nailers and jigsaws, followed closely by collated screw guns, caulking guns, and multi-tools.

A surprisingly high number (7.2%) already have heated jackets but even more (11%) wish they had them. Among builders, the least desired tool is the cordless die grinder—only 2.9% of those who already have one wish they did.

As with the remodelers covered in the previous report on 18-volt cordless tools, builders preferred (in this order) DeWalt, Milwaukee, and Makita—with Ridgid and Bosch well behind.

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