How to Choose a Cordless Hammer Drill

When you are thinking about buying a hammer drill, the you are thinking about drilling masonry, concrete, bricks or tiles. A hammer drill can also drill through other materials like wood, plastic and metal.

Hammer Regular or Pneumatic

Drilling through masonry can be done okay with a regular hammer drill but the force exerted by a rotary hammer is going to give you that extra grunt you’re looking for because of the pneumatic hammer action.

When you are wandering through your hardware store or local tool shop and wondering how to choose a hammer drill, make sure you have done a bit of research on just what features are the most important to you. You need to consider things such as the size and weight of the tool and regularity of use.


The DeWalt cordless hammer drill has 4 variations, or models, with prices ranging from $319 to $470. Obviously, there are different features in each of these drills but it depends on what job you are planning that will determine which model you purchase. The hammer drill can be used as a screwdriver as well as a drill to make a nice sized hole in the concrete or masonry. An LED light helps you work in the dark. It is a well weighted easy to use tool and has a 13mm keyless chuck and the DeWalt trigger design that helps you control speed.


The 18V Li-Ion DHP458RFE Makita cordless hammer drill model comes with a spare battery, fast charger and bit holder. It has a quick switching device so you can go from ‘hammer’ to ‘drill’ without losing a beat. It is both compact and lightweight for easy use and its 4 - pole motor means it can take on the toughest jobs. It has the LED light with an afterglow function. Add a belt clip and that rubberised side grip to stop slipping, and you have that perfect tool for chewing through just about anything.


The top of the range Hitachi cordless hammer drill comes with a 3 - year warranty and a host of features that make it good value for the tradie as well as the DIY handyman. The side grip to stabilise the drilling and screw driving, spare battery, twin LED light function with afterglow, the fuel gauge to show how much battery life you have left, single sleeve keyless chuck, and a high performance brushless DC motor gives it the ability to carry out longer continuous operations. These are just a few of the features on the Hitachi 18V DHP481RTE model.

These drills feature many different components and by understanding what these parts do will help you decide on the hammer drill that is best for you. Knowing all these features also helps in the effective and efficient use of the drill in practical applications.

Remember that the cost of a power tool is not just the initial purchase price. Added costs can come into play such as accessories, maintenance, and replacement costs. Any of the three hammer drills mentioned above are classified as ‘good buys’, it’s simply a matter of selecting the one that best suits your needs.


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