From DIYs to complete home renovation, consumers look for more multi-tasking tools that are both durable and easy to handle. The hammer drill is one such necessity in your toolkit.
It is essentially a drill that combines a hammering action which makes it useful in a variety of situations. They are available in many types that come as single pieces or fully equipped kits that makes it that much simpler to choose. Hammer drills can easily transcend from household chores to heavy-duty mason work in an instant.
Cordless or corded hammer drills
Corded drills are higher in speed of up to 3,000 RPM, whereas a cordless model has less speed at up to 850 RPM. The former performs well in masonry work, and the cordless is more home-friendly, light and compact to use.
DeWalt DW511 Corded Hammer Drill
- Drill weighs 5.3 lbs.
- Dimensions are 12” X 10.2” X 3”
- Available color is yellow
- Corded electric drill
- Uses the metric measurement system
- Components within the packaging includes drill and power hammer drill bits
- Manufacturer offers a 90-day money back guarantee with 3-year limited warranty and a 1-year free service contract
- Product origin is Mexico
- Lightweight design for comfort even for extended durations
- Power motor of 7.8 Amp with overload protection
- Variable speed option that facilitates precision placement on any work surface
- Two modes available: drill, and hammer drill, which is ideal for use on steel or wood surfaces
- Side handle of 360°, comes with a depth rod for great control, more depth accuracy, and versatility
- Tends to get hot after a couple of jobs
- Not as strong or powerful as the other ½” drill models
Bosch HDB180 Cordless Hammer Drill
- Drill weighs 3.2 lbs.
- Dimensions are 15.5” X 14.5” X 4.5”
- Available color is blue
- Battery powered cordless
- 18 volts
- Components in package: drill, a carry case, and lithium-ion battery
- Manufacturer is offering a 30-day money-back guarantee with 1-year warranty
- Compact 360 in-lb. torque
- 2 lbs. with 8” head length lightweight design reduces fatigue
- Both SlimPack and FatPack batteries can be used
- Chuck is keyless and comes with auto lock
- LED light on the unit for added visibility
There is slight chuck wobble and slippage after a long-duration workload
Hammer drills and impact drills are similar yet, very different when it comes to the dynamics of usage. While hammer drills may be the best choice for masonry, a woodworker will beg to differ. Impact drills, however, produce a higher torque, which helps to work on different surfaces more softly yet, with power-like unscrewing bolts, and can be used in installation jobs.
Ryobi P236 Cordless Impact Driver
- Drill weighs 2.7 lbs.
- Dimensions are 7.5” X 3.1” X 7.5”
- Available color is green
- Battery operated
- 18 volts
- Variable speed is available
- Lithium ion battery type
- Load and eject bits fast and easy with the auto-load chuck feature
- Motor provides 33% increased torque
- Tri-Beam LED for additional illumination
- MagTray which is the magnetic holder for your bits and screws
- GripZone for that perfect grip and comfort
- Bare tool, does not come with accessories
- Powerful, yet maybe not suitable for automotive work
- Provisions for holster-like belt clips would have been useful
Rotary hammer drills are very powerful and are ideal for heavy-duty workloads, working on thick concrete or metal surfaces.
DEWALT DCH273B Rotary Hammer
- Drill weighs 6.4 lbs.
- Dimensions are 13” X 4.2” X 8.6”
- Battery-operated mode
- 20 volts
- The manufacturer provides a 3-year limited warranty
- Brushless motor that is useful in extending the drill’s durability and runtime
- Active vibration control which offers more control by considerably reducing the vibration felt on the handle
- Impact energy of 2.1 Joules, which is very powerful for a cordless type and at par with its corded counterpart
- Utility hook present that is retractable offers convenience of hanging in storage
- This model is bulkier and larger than its competitors
- Not a very versatile tool to use in the house but excellent for masonry jobs
Hammer drills are very versatile tools that can perform various jobs on different work surfaces inside the house, as well as exterior masonry situations. You can choose from many models at different price ranges that are manufactured by different brands across the globe.
The chief things to look out for when choosing the right hammer drill should reflect the type of jobs you will be doing. Assess the pros and cons of the different models available, comfort and durability, and finally, the value you will be getting for your money.