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Re: Is this a good deal?

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Mike (WA)

03-30-2013 09:03:56

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I bought a cordless Black and Decker hammer drill, and it works fine as a drill, but the hammer feature is a disappointment. Took quite awhile to do four 1/4" holes in concrete. I had to do some bigger holes for another project, and just rented a commercial grade hammer drill- much better. I think a cordless just doesn't put out enough power to do a good "hammer" job.

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Stan in Oly, WA

03-30-2013 12:25:41

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 Re: Is this a good deal? in reply to Mike (WA), 03-30-2013 09:03:56  
Hi Mike,

In my opinion, an SDS rotary hammer is one of the (few) really good tools that Harbor Freight sells. Used to cost about $60 on sale. I've used mine for dozens of holes in 50 year old concrete, and put extra hours on it using it to break up concrete where a finer touch than a sledgehammer was needed.

I was so impressed that I bought a second one as a replacement for when the first one wears out, which, it being a Harbor Freight tool, I expected to happen sooner rather than later. But it gives no signs of giving up so far. My backup could be like the backup Milwaukee Sawzall I bought fifteen years ago, figuring that with the decades of hard use I'd gotten out of the first one, it was only a matter of time. Apparently it's more time than I anticipated.

I'm not saying the H/F rotary hammer would stand up to continuous hard use. If that's how a person was going to be using it, they would be better advised to buy a Hilti, or equivalent. But for drilling holes in concrete a few times a year, I'd say this one can't be beat.


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