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Rotary Hammer Drill Reviews

Updated on October 3, 2013

Choosing a Rotary Hammer Drill

A rotary hammer drill can be one of the most useful tools that you can own. If you need to drill a hole into concrete there really are no other options. They can also be used as a jack hammer making them very useful if you have to do any demolition work.

Clearly not everybody has a need for this type of tool but for those who do there is really no getting around the fact that you have to have one. If you are going to invest in a rotary hammer drill it is important to make sure that you choose a good one. In order to help with that I have reviewed some of the best options on the market.

The reviews below include drills from three different price ranges that are largely intended for three different types of users. It is therefore a good idea to decide what you need a hammer drill for so that you can choose the one that is best for your needs.

Bosch RH328VC

Things I Like About the RH328VC

  • I really like the compact design, it is much easier to hold and to work with than other rotary hammers which are usually much longer. Being very light also helps in this regard. If you have to do a lot of hammering or if you need to do it in an awkward location you will definitely appreciate this aspect.

  • There is all kinds of power, quite a bit more than you get with most other hammer drills.

  • It can be used in three modes, as a rotary hammer, as a hammer only or as a drill. There are few other rotary hammers that will let you do the same but in general they don't work all that well in modes other than as a rotary hammer, this one works well in all three modes.

  • There is surprisingly little vibration for a hammer drill.

Things I Didn't Like About the RH328VC

  • It is expensive, that is really the only complaint that I have.

Should you Buy the Bosch RH328VC?

If you are in need of a good rotary hammer I absolutely recommend this one. The only real issue in your decision is whether you will use it enough to justify the cost, if you will this is definitely the way to go.

Dewalt D25023K

Things I Like About the D25501K

  • There is all kinds of power. Rated at 12 amps the D25501K generates 8 foot pounds of impact energy, that should get your through anything without too much difficulty.

  • This is another compact hammer drill with a rear handle mount. I really like this layout and find it much more comfortable to use, particularly when drilling in a downward direction.

  • The trigger lock is a nice feature that makes using the drill for extended periods much easier.

  • There is a factory set clutch that helps prevent high torque reactions when the bit jams.

Things I Don't Like About the D25501K

  • There is only one speed and no reverse. While these are not all that critical on a rotary hammer, having at least the reverse would be nice just to make it easier to get the bit out of hole when you are done drilling.

Should You Buy the Dewalt D25501K?

This one is actually a step up in size and performance from the Bosch reviewed above so it is in a different class completely. It is the best option in the 1-9/16 inch hammer drill class. This one is intended mainly for professionals and comes with a pretty steep price tag. For most home users the Bosch is probably a better option but you have to do some serious drilling or demolition work it might be worth investing in the higher performance of the larger Dewalt.

Makita HR2475X2

Things I Like About the HR2475X2

  • There is very little vibration, probably the least of any hammer drill the I have ever tried.

  • The drill idles until you start drilling, this is another nice feature to make it more comfortable to use and to reduce fatigue.

  • The one touch chuck works really well for make quick drill bit changes.

  • Has good power. It is not at the same level as the other two hammer drills reviewed above but for its price range the power is really good.

  • Comes with a free grinder, a nice bonus.

Things I Don't Like About the HR2475X2

  • You have to buy the bits and chisels separately, most other hammer drills include them. This adds to the expense so keep that in mind when you are pricing rotary hammers.

  • Gets really hot. You are not going to want to use this drill for long periods at a time as the heat will start to become a problem.

Should you Buy the HR2475X2?

For a lot of users this may be the best option for a rotary hammer. To be sure there are better performing drills but none of them are in this price range. In terms of value for money it would be hard to beat the Makita which makes it a good option for most home users.


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