8 Steps to Use A Hammer Drill

8 Steps to Use A Hammer Drill

It is a good idea to have knowledge about the various tools and instruments you have at your disposal and knowing how to operate them is an added advantage. Like it or not, basic knowledge about operating a variety of tools and equipment will help you go a long way in your everyday life.

Tools come in various shapes and sizes, and each of them serves a different purpose. Knowing how to use them is as essential as knowing when to use them.

The two major types of tools are powered tools and hand-held mechanical tools. Mechanical tools are a one-time investment and a no-brainer when it comes to purchasing, as they are durable and long lasting.

Powered tools, on the other hand, are tools that are assisted by electrical motors that ease your efforts and help you do your job faster. Examples of mechanical tools are claw hammers, tape measures, utility knives, chisels, etc., whereas examples of powered tools are hammer drill, chainsaw, etc.

Let’s discuss the hammer drill in detail and describe how to use it. But first, let’s list its key features.


  • The hammer drill features a 6 to 8 Amp and 7 to 10 Amp configuration
  • It is useful for drilling holes in bricks, wood and thin concrete blocks
  • It features two rigid discs inside it that ride each other, creating a hammer effect


  • Hammer drills are much more lightweight and portable as compared to their rotary drill siblings
  • They have an excellent power consumption limit which allows them, in some cases, to be battery operated
  • They are easier to maintain as compared to rotary drills
  • Anyone from an amateur to a skilled professional can operate it without much experience


  • When it comes to thick pieces of concrete, mesh and many metals, hammer drills are basically useless
  • The drill is only as good as its bit, which is attached as an add-on on its tip. So it’s important to invest in a good bit, which can make its way through most surfaces
  • There are many cheap quality brands that might flood the market making the purchase decision for a hammer drill confusing


Hammer drills are a great add-on to your toolkit and will give you the ability to add to the number of projects you can tackle. Now that you have a hammer drill, you should also know the correct technique of using one.

Here are the steps to the operation of a hammer drill.


Identify the need whether or not there is a need for a hammer drill for the task at hand. Sometimes even a basic tool can make a difference rather than using a hammer drill; it will simply save you some time.


Hammer drills are powerful, yet precise devices, so get the proper measurements of the hole you wish to make on the surface.


Mark out the surface you have just measured and use a scale or protractor to chalk out the exact dimensions using a sketch pen or a marker.

The bit

Select the right bit for the job. If you do not have prior experience with choosing the bits, get some help from someone with more experience.

Attach the bit

Attach the bit and make sure you have tightened it to the point that it stays in its place.

Plug it in

Plug in your drill into the nearest socket. If batteries are required, make sure they are fully charged; if the wire is too short, use an extension cable and plug it in. Make sure the drill is away from your body, the safety is on, and the power is off.

Protective gear

Before you use the hammer drill, put on your protective gear—make sure your eyes are covered, you have gloves, and your skin is not exposed.

Start drilling

With all the necessary precautions taken, start drilling, clean up the initial mess and drill again. Drill till you have the desired depth and results.


With a few trials and errors, you shall be able to figure out the right way to drill through any surface.

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