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When to use handheld motor-driven tools?

Tool choice has a significant impact on job efficiency, productivity, safety. One of the options is a motor-driven tool. They provide easily portable, high power levels so you can get your job done quickly and efficiently. Let us take a closer look at what motor-driven tools are and what situations they best work in. 

What is a motor-driven tool?

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Motor-driven tools are those which are self-powered by an internal motor. Unlike pneumatic or hydraulic tools, they do not require an external power source. As such, they are ideal for applications where there is no access to compressed air or where it is not possible to take a hydraulic power pack. They allow you to get the job done quickly without compromising on performance.

Why choose a motor-driven tool?

If your job is in a remote location, or you frequently change location and only need a tool for a short duration of time, then a Chicago Pneumatic motor-driven tool is the ideal choice. Or, if your work area has limited access for larger equipment, but you still need excellent performance levels, then motor driven tools are the perfect solution.  

Our motor-driven tools are exceptionally easy to transport since there are no power cables. They are very lightweight, and thanks to a convenient trolley and carrying harness, you can move around your worksite with minimum effort and respond quickly to emergency jobs.

Key benefits of motor-driven tools

Our motor-driven tools are designed with some innovative features for easy operation:

  • They are ergonomically designed with low vibration and noise. This means you can work for longer with less fatigue while reducing the risk of hand-arm vibration syndrome.
  • A spring-loaded kill switch springs back into the starting position, so the tool is ready to start when you pull the cord.
  • The top compartment opens up giving easy access to change the filter, meaning servicing is simple. 

What motor-driven tool should you choose?

Motor-driven tools are typically used for quick maintenance jobs, such as breaking and drilling. There are various options for motor-driven tools depending on the application, the working environment and the material needed to be worked on.  


For highway applications on silica-rich soils and reinforced concrete where power is key, the CP Road is ideal as it is one of the most powerful motor-driven breakers on the market. It delivers 60J of power at the tool tip meaning it can easily break up hard ground and is suitable for pothole repair, installing signposts and barriers for example. 

Light service

For lighter service applications the CP Drill may be more suitable. This tool is ideal for breaking up smaller patches of concrete, drilling holes to split a rock, and it can also drill up to 6 meters (20 ft) in solid granite. Furthermore, the tool has a low centre of gravity which makes it easy to handle for excellent productivity. 


The CP Rail is a breaker suitable for tie tamping applications and trusted by railway companies worldwide. This tool has been designed to meet the specific demands of rail applications and is optimized for fast, efficient tie tamping without damaging the ballast or the machine. A tool that is too powerful can risk destroying track ballast, while manual tamping can be time consuming. The CP Rail delivers the right level of power, and high number of blows per minute making it ideal for tamping around switches and cables. This breaker is robust and durable, and designed for intermittent short-term use for up to one hour at a time.

Find out more about how our range of handheld tools can help you optimize efficiency, productivity, and safety.

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