This falls under the category of You Get What You Pay For.
I guess I was blinded by the name Makita. Anyway, beware of their 9/16" hammer drill. I've broken two of them in the last year. I have a 3/8" Makita drill that's 20 years old and only needed a new power cord. I'm so reluctant to but new tools, that the quality won't be there.
I got a Bosch and paid about $160, so hopefully it'll last. I really like that it has a keyed chuck. I'm really tired of bits loosening in keyless chucks.
I have a 1/2 Makita hammer drill that I've had for years. When I bought it I knew it wasn't made to drill 1" holes all day long but it does fine for 3/8 wedge anchors and whatever else I need to do in small doses. Its pretty easy to tell when looking at hand tools as to what will stand up and what won't.
The only "work" I did with the Makita hammer drills was 1/4" holes for plastic anchors (in cement block), and about 4 holes with a 1" bit through cement block. The chuck froze up on the first one. Yesterday I was drilling with a 1" spade bit in wood. It was almost all the way through the wood and caught. Instead of twisting the bit, the inner gearing self-destructed. Not exactly abusing a tool, but rather light-weight use for a cheap tool.
Makita quality seems to have gone down over the years,the old stuff was great and I hear another good name is going to the toilet,Two different tool suppliers have told me that Dewalt is buying Porter-Cable/Delta.
P.S. 1 more vote for Milwaukee.
Re: $89 hammer drill#40858 08/07/0405:09 AM08/07/0405:09 AM
If it's Concrete Drills your'e after, you really can't go past the Hilti TE-22!. It uses SDS bits up to 32mm diameter and can use a Core Bit up to 75mm. (someone correct me if there is a larger size Core-Bit for these Drills). I've used the same drill unit for years here and never had a problem with it. Good old Hilti's eh?.
I have a 1/2" Milwaukee variable speed hammer drill. I would not attempt large bits with it but a couple of times, I have punched 15 or so 3/8" holes through a combo block/brick wall in a circle and hammered out the center to make a 6" passage. I was a little concerned about pushing the tool as hard as I did but it never complained and was a whole lot easier than trying to hold the Hilti 5' off the ground for that long.
Re: $89 hammer drill#40860 08/10/0411:50 AM08/10/0411:50 AM
We have Hilti, Milwaukee, and Bosch hammer drills... the Hilti seems to be the toughest for big holes, with the Bosch a close second. Some of our guys will refuse anything but a Hilti, so once in a while they end up with a hammer and a star drill
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