What Are the 3 Classifications of Power Tools: Understanding Categories and Uses

Classification by the Power Source

Each power source offers unique benefits that can influence your choice depending on the task at hand. Extoltools can provide you with numerous types of power tools driven by different power sources.  

Electric Tools

Electric tools are widely used due to their convenience and accessibility. They are generally divided into two categories: corded and cordless. Corded electric tools require a constant connection to an electricity source, making them powerful and reliable for continuous use.

On the other hand, cordless electric tools are powered by rechargeable batteries, offering greater mobility. These include drills and electric screwdrivers, which are indispensable for driving screws with precision and ease.

Here is a summary of their cordless and corded power tool offerings from Extoltools:

Cordless Power Tools:

Corded Power Tools: 

Fuel-Powered Tools

Fuel-powered tools run on combustion engines, typically using gasoline. They provide mobility and high power, commonly used in outdoor settings where electricity may not be readily available.

These tools are suitable for heavy-duty tasks – such as those requiring a hammer drill – but you’ll need to handle and store fuel safely.

Extoltools can offer you the following fuel-powered tools:

Hydraulic Tools

Hydraulic tools utilize pressurized fluid to generate power. Your work will benefit from their high power-to-weight ratio, making them ideal for jobs requiring significant force with minimal effort.

These tools are less common for typical DIY projects and more frequently used in industrial and heavy construction settings.

Pneumatic Tools

Pneumatic tools, also known as air tools, are powered by compressed air supplied by an air compressor.

They are lightweight, have fewer moving parts, and offer a high torque output, which is perfect for tasks like using a pneumatic drill. However, they require an air compressor to operate, which may limit portability.

The following pneumatic tools are available at Extoltool. Find your tools at your request:

Powder-Actuated Tools

Powder-actuated tools use an explosive charge to drive fasteners into hard materials.

Typically used in construction to fasten materials to hard substrates like steel and concrete, these tools must be used with care due to the explosive charges they employ, and specific training is usually required to operate them safely.

Classification by the Technical Requirements

Classification by the Technical Requirements

Industrial Grade Power Tools
These are heavy-duty, high-powered tools designed for intensive use in industrial settings. They are built for maximum durability, power, and precision to handle demanding applications and continuous operation. Examples include large industrial milling machines, lathes, drill presses, etc.

Professional Grade Power Tools
These tools are intended for frequent use by professionals like contractors, carpenters, and tradespeople. They offer high performance and durability but may have slightly less power and capabilities compared to industrial-grade tools. Examples include rotary hammers, demolition hammers, heavy-duty power saws, etc.

DIY/Household Grade Power Tools
These are relatively lower-powered tools designed for occasional/light use around the home by DIY enthusiasts and homeowners. They prioritize ease of use, portability, and affordability over raw power. Examples include cordless drills, sanders, jigsaws, etc.

Classification by Portability

Classification by Portability

You’ll come across tools designed either for stationary use—typically more powerful and less mobile—or those that are portable, offering you the flexibility to move them as needed.


Stationary power tools are commonly found in professional settings like workshops and construction sites due to their robustness and efficiency in handling repetitive or heavy-duty tasks.

These include equipment that remains fixed in one location, such as certain types of saws, lathes, or air compressors.

Their immobility stems from the need for a stable base, which allows for precision and safety during operation. Stationary tools are often wired directly into power supplies and may require special installations.


On the contrary, portable power tools elevate the convenience factor by being easily carried to different job sites or areas within a project.

This category includes tools like cordless drills, nail guns, and other handheld devices that commonly run on batteries or compressed air.

They are particularly beneficial for tasks that demand versatility and where access to a power source is a challenge. Their design focuses on balance and ergonomics, reducing user fatigue and increasing efficiency.

Select Your Power Tools at Extoltool

At Extoltool, you can find many kinds of power tools that suits your needs and preferences.  Here is a brief overview of Extoltool’s power tools:

About Us

Whether you are tools distributors, store representatives, craftsmen, or DIY enthusiasts, and whether you need tool supply for the toughest work, professional workshops, your home, garden, or cottage, you can always find suitable sets of tools from a wide variety of Extoltool collections that are geared toward different usages and needs.

For over two decades, we have been building an assortment under the Extol brand that can support any type of work. You can choose from any of our current 3,000 products, and continuously extend your tool collection as we add hundreds of new products every year.

All those EXTOL tools have been selected and tested carefully, and they are all approved by our worldwide professional customers in the market. With our experiences and our goal for continuous improvement, we are confident to provide you or your customers with the smoothest and most enjoyable working experience with a wide selection of EXTOL tools.

Our service does not stop there though. We understand you may have questions or need technical assistance when using our products. Therefore, our support team is always available to help you with any inquiries.

Request A Quote

"*" indicates required fields

Drop files here or
Accepted file types: jpg, gif, png, pdf, Max. file size: 128 MB, Max. files: 3.
    This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

    Lastest News

    Scroll to Top