Rotary hammer?

Old 05-13-17, 07:51 PM
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Rotary hammer?

What's up guys looking to pick up a rotary hammer drill. What would you guys recommend? I don't need one of those 600 dollar ones I won't be using it everyday.

Drilling into concrete. Maybe a 1/2 sleeve through a foundation what not.

Corded or battery ? I already have dewalt 20v batteries and mawaukee m18 batteries. But I am not against corded if they are stronger. Thanks
Old 05-14-17, 03:14 AM
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I use a Dewalt SDS hammer drill. It is basically dedicated to concrete work, or ripping up linoleum and tile from floors. Not much use other than that, but an excellent tool. They will run in the $200 range, and bits are dedicated as well, so be ready.
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IMO a corded tool almost always has more consistent power than any battery operated one.
Old 05-14-17, 05:37 AM
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I would for sure recommend a corded hammer drill unless portability is a top priority. No matter what I would highly recommend a drill with an SDS chuck. Screamer hammer drills that have a standard type drill chuck do not drill as well and are only good for smaller (up to 1/8") holes IMO.

Bosch Bulldog is a very good drill
Old 05-14-17, 06:02 AM
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Drilling into concrete. Maybe a 1/2 sleeve through a foundation what not.

Not sure what you have in mind in terms of a style of hammer drill.
Your choices would be between a corded or cordless chuck style drill or a dedicated hammer drill that uses SDS style bits.

The chuck style hammer drills are very good at smaller shallow holes in concrete like what you would use for concrete shields and anchors.
They would not be good for your "1/2" sleeve through a foundation wall".

If you had a chance to try each type you would see what I'm referring to.
An SDS drill has a slower drilling speed but a much longer stroke to the hammer blows.
It would make more sense to rent an SDS drill for the ocassional big hole.
A chuck style hammer drill reminds me of the sound of a dentist's drill!
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My vote also goes for the Bosch Bulldog.
That way you have two tools in one, a drill and a chisel.
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I'm not sure a homeowner needs a rotary hammer.
I do a lot of difficult tile tear outs and what not, I only bust it out in the worst case.

I have a Makita HR2811F chipping hammer and when you need it, it does the job very well.
Like I said, it comes in handy but rarely required.
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How much will you be using the tool? You only mentioned a 1/2" hole. If you've just got to do one I'd ask around and try to borrow someone's drill.
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You already have Milwaukee M18 batteries. That's great! IMO, a "bare tool" or "tool only" deal is your best bet. If you can wait a tiny bit you might save even more with the Memorial Day sales coming up.

Here's a possible option to consider:
Factory Reconditioned Milwaukee 2604-80 M18 FUEL 18V Cordless Lithium-Ion Hammer Drill (Bare Tool)

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