My husband asked for a hammerdrill for Christmas. I had never even heard
of one before he mentioned the word(s?). I've tried to do some research
but as usual, there are way too many suspects even within one single
I think I'm looking for a cordless 18 volt hammerdrill. Certainly no
larger. The three names that keep popping up are DeWalt, Bosch, and
I welcome any suggestions for specific models and where to buy them
(online if necessary).
Hilti should pop up on that list as well since they are pretty much the
best of the best. Rather overkill for home use though. Makita also has a
decent hammer drill.
I'd tend to avoid cordless for several good reasons:
1) A hammer drill is an infrequently used tool for home use. Batteries
tend to die if they aren't used regularly.
2) Cordless costs a lot more and provides little benefit unless you are
a contractor doing a big commercial job.
3) Corded models are lighter and generally more powerful.
(Yes, I have a Hilti hammer drill (TM7SVSR) for home use, but I'm nuts)
If I can assume that what he wants is a fairly heavy duty cordless
drill with the hammer feature (as opposed to a dedicated hammerdrill),
then I can recommend the DeWalt 18V RXP unit for home shop use. I am
also sure that the others mentioned would be great for this use. Just
so you know, what I am talking about is a cordless drill with a
setting that turns the hammer feature on or off as needed and would
mostly be used for regular drilling and screw driving and periodically
used for heavy work in masonry, etc. with the hammer feature. If he
already owns a cordless drill or two and really wants a dedicated
hammerdrill that will be heavily used, then I can't give you any
advice other than the maintenance guys at work "demand" Hilti drills
for that kind of stuff and for core drilling - big $$$$$.
Impact driver is what I think you were trying to describe, Dave. I
started to respond when Jeanne first posted, then backed off. All I
know about is the impact driver.
I have a 12v Bosch, and like it al lot. Used it quite a bit in
assembling the kitchen I'm building for my daugher-in-law, as well as a
lot of other places. Drives screws reliably and fast, without serious
wear and tear on the shoulder and elbows. Not too heavy, and not too
hard on the Visa card, either.
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If this isn't what he wants, I apologize to all.
No, I am talking a hammer drill. My DeWalt 18 v. has a hammer drill
setting, but is seldom used as such. The clutch has the normal low to
high settings, the drill setting and the hammer setting. If you only
have one decent sized cordless and little (but some) need for hammer
drill capabilities, this is a nice setup. If you are hammer drilling
on a regular basis, get a dedicated hammer drill (corded in my
opinion), but for my use this drill fits my overall needs. Impact
drivers, as far as I know, are great for driving screws and bolts in
heavy duty situations like deck building. I have never used an impact
driver other than a pneumatic for lug nuts. Core drills are another
thing altogether given the lubrication needs while drilling and the
wetness of their world.
I have a corded Bosch hammer drill that I got for about $160 a few
years ago at Sears. It is perfect for home shop work - not too big,
plenty of power, inexpensive. I agree with the earlier post saying that
a hammer drill is not the best candidate for cordless. A Hammer Drill
usually isn't used all that often, and when it is used, you want all
the power you can get.
On the other hand, if your husband already has a few cordless tools
with batteries bigger than 14 volts, then it would make sense to get
the same brand/battery size as the existing tools so that the batteries
and charger can be shared. This would make for an even better gift,
because he'd have a new tool, AND extra batteries for tools he already
I've have both 18volt Dewalt and Bosch cordless hammer drills and more
recently purchased a Bosch bulldog corded hammer drill. The cordless ones
cannot compare to the Bulldog, it will drill and can drive anchors in
concrete with little effort, and quickly. The bits for the bulldog are SDS
shanks which means they won't fit in a conventional drill. The bulldog is
for production drilling in concrete pretty much exclusively. However, if
your hubby just needs a hammerdrill for occasional drilling and driving
anchors in concrete, the cordless ones will be just fine. They will take a
little longer to get the job done, but are more versatile in they can also
be used with regular bits to drill wood, metal etc. The Bosch bulldog is
somewhat less expensive than the big 18volt cordless models too. --dave
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P.S. One other nice thing about the Bulldog is it can be set to just
hammer, and not drill. A chisel can be purchased that will fit in the drill
basically making it into a small jack hammer. This feature will come in
very handy if the hubby ever wants to demolish a brick or block
May I have the model name and number of the Bosch Bulldog? When I read
your PS to my husband, he said that was what he wanted. When I tried
searching for Bosch Bulldog, I got the Bosch Bulldog Xtreme (corded)
rotary hammer (like this:
Obviously, power tools have their own jargon and the distinction
between a rotary hammer and a hammer drill is too fine for me.
Bulldog is not cordless.
If he wants a cordless SDS hammer then look at
or for some other brands froogle "sds cordless hammer".
Cordless rotary hammers aren't cheap, not good ones anyway.
The difference between a hammerdrill and a rotary hammer is that a
hammerdrill is a carpentry tool--it will make good-sized holes in wood and
in sheet metal and occasionally small ones in concrete all day, the sort
of thing one does when building houses and wood-frame commercial
buildings. A rotary hammer is a heavy construction tool, it will make big
holes in concrete and structural steel all day, using special bits that
only fit rotary hammers.
When I read that corded hammerdrills probably made more sense, I asked
my husband if he minded a corded one. He said no, he realized having the
cordless traded away too much power and usability for his needs.
Oh good. That sounds like what he wants. The previous owner of our
house covered up the window wells when the back patio was poured. We
want to get rid of the concrete over the window wells. It sounds like
the rotary hammer is a better tool for that.
That sounds more like a job for a breaker hammer. Never had occasion
to bust up concrete myself so can't really say how much tool is enough,
but suspect you're in the realm where rental will make more sense than
I'd think the best option for that would be a masonry blade in an angle
grinder to make a clean cut line a good inch deep to isolate the to be
removed section from the remaining patio. At that point just a sledge
should be able to break up the to be removed material. A hammer drill or
rotary hammer really aren't applicable (except for a very big rotary
hammer) and a breaker is just over kill to break up a few square feet of
> I think I'm looking for a cordless 18 volt hammerdrill. Certainly no
> larger. The three names that keep popping up are DeWalt, Bosch, and
Pick one, you won't go wrong.
SFWIW, I had a standard 1/2", 18VDC, DeWalt Drill that saw a lot of
service in the 10 years before it was stolen.
Had to replace the batteries, but that was it.
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