I am in the market for a hammer drill that is capable of driving ground rods. What will give me the most bang for my buck (pun intended). Would appreciate specific model numbers along with recommendations. Thanks.
... Hi,..I have a Hitachi,spline drive that was a great deal for the money..$379.00 and it has a twist knob that stops the rotation action and just hits,for use with ground rods,and chipping chisels.. It ain't a Bosch,but it acts like one.. Russ
P.S....I used it for 2" core drilling thru brick and masonry,..no binding,because of the slip-clutch,it went like the devil,..Seriously,tho,it's a great drill if you need the model #,I'll look it up for ya,.. Russ
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#38507 - 05/24/0408:05 PMRe: Hammer drill for driving ground rods
I have a Dewalt 1-1/2" spline drive hammer. I made a groundrod driver. I bought a short bull point chisel for a spline drive at a used tool flea market for $2.00, cut it off and welded a 10" piece of 3/4" rigid to it with stainless welding rod. It works great! I also made a 3/4" driving head that I have used to push 3/4" rigid under driveways with my rotary hammer. I just cut the rigid into 5' sections and thread them. Then drive a section about 4' then stop and thread on another section. Keep going until it comes out in the hole on the other side. You have to dig a 3' deep hole on both sides of the driveway but it beats cutting the pavement.
#38510 - 05/24/0411:24 PMRe: Hammer drill for driving ground rods
Here in the Arizona desert driving ground rods can sometimes be a real challenge. I use a 40 lb. Bosch demolition hammer with ground rod attachment. It was a $700 unit new but I've got a lot of use out of it. Just last week we had a house on bedrock 2 feet down. Tried 6 different locations around the house. Finally drove them at a 45 degree angle.
#38511 - 05/25/0412:18 AMRe: Hammer drill for driving ground rods