Hammer Drill vs Drill Driver

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Forum topic by TheLastDeadMouse posted 11-23-2015 08:42 PM 951 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-23-2015 08:42 PM

I’ve had my eye on this Milwaukee Drill/Driver Impact Driver combo, hoping I’d catch some sort of Black Friday sale for it. I haven’t seen anything yet, but a very similar combo but with a hammer drill driver in place of the normal drill driver is on sale for $60 less. The tools seem to be identical other than the hammer drill has the option of running it in normal drill or in hammer drill mode. I know the hammer drill feature doesn’t do anything for a woodworker so I wouldn’t pay extra for it, but if its cheaper than the regular version does it hurt to have it?

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#1 posted 11-23-2015 09:09 PM

I don’t see why it would hurt anything to have the hammer drill capability. I have a corded hammer drill that I wouldn’t want to be without, but I only use it for masonry work. If there is a downside, it may be in the weight. The “hammer” in the drill probably adds a good bit of weight and probably some size as well. There’s probably more runout in the hammer drill as well, but most likely not enough that you’d ever know it without measuring it. You’re not doing precision work with a handheld anyway.

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#2 posted 11-23-2015 09:37 PM

I don’t see why it would hurt either, but I would compare the speed ranges on the drills and see if they are the same (maybe you already know they are). I couldn’t find that info on the pages linked.

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#3 posted 11-23-2015 11:10 PM

I wouldn’t buy any kit until Black Friday or after. And go into the store as they have things discounted all over the place. And check out CPO as well.

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#4 posted 11-23-2015 11:49 PM

Doesn’t hurt. Based on my albeit limited experience with hammer drills, I wouldn’t pay extra for a “normal” hammer drill either. While they’ll work in cinder block and perhaps fresh concrete, I’ve had rotten luck with them working with old concrete. A 1/2” hammer drill could barely dent the 50 year old slab, whereas an SDS Rotary Hammer Drill zipped right through it. In this case though, I’d definitely save the $60. You’ll be getting a good little drill/driver than can do light duty hammer drill if you ever need it.

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#5 posted 11-24-2015 04:42 AM

Myself I have pins in my right arm and wrist so weight is always an issue. For me the M12 drill/driver has been excellent in this regard. Small, lightweight but strong enough to do the job and the batteries seem to hold a charge a long time whether used all day for a week, or once a week for a month. For the occasional masonry job I break out the Dewalt Hammer drill, sigh and hope it does not take longer than my wrist will put up with.

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#6 posted 11-24-2015 03:49 PM

I have a similar view as BikerDad. If you see the need to drill a few hole in concrete the hammer drill is nice to have. If you have more than a few, SDS (rotary hammer) is the way to go. The difference is huge between a hammer drill and SDS (rotary hammer), you go from minutes a hole to seconds.

One thing to look at between the kit with and without the hammer drill, is what is the chuck size of the drill? Hammer drills usually go up to 1/2” and some non-hammer drills only open to 3/8”. There is also a bit of weight difference between hammer drills and non-hammer drills.

For just working in wood, the 12 volt lines of bosch and Milwaukee are nice to work with, much lighter than the 18 volts power tools. Most times you don’t need to the power of the 18 volt tools, unless you are drill large holes or driving lag bolts.

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