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Makita cut the cord on the SDS hammer drill – Check it out!

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The bench grinder in our garage sits on a pedestal stand that’s just a Harbor Freight special. I’ve been meaning to bolt it to the floor for some time but simply haven’t made the time for it. I guess on some level I enjoy chasing it around as it vibrates across the shop floor lol. Today I’m getting a handle on it with a new 18V Cordless Hammer Drill from Makita which made pretty short work of the job. Here’s what I learned about it:

The configuration of this hammer drill is interesting in my opinion. For most corded hammer drills intended for turning SDS bits, the central axis of the motor is in line with the chuck and power is transmitted through a set of planetary gears and finally out the business end of the chuck.  This arrangement requires a lot of space compared to the configuration of this sub-compact unit from Makita.

Makita managed to turn the brushless motor up on its end where the motor is parallel to the pistol grip. Power is then sent through a reduction gear box and finally out of the chuck by way of a worm gear. This makes the foot print much smaller which can be of tremendous value to some users where working space is tight and does not allow for a long conventional drill. `

Although it is small it does not seem to lack power by any means. I drove in three 1/2”-13 concrete anchors in our garage floor to secure this old bench grinder stand to the floor. The holes I drilled where only about five inches deep and it took about 45 second per hole. The variable speed trigger will let loose of all 680 revs per minute at wide open throttle and the head is capable of delivering 0-4800 blows per minute at WOT as well.

Note: Its worth mentioning this bit one more time on this platform while I’m here. The SDS bit I’m using is made by Bosch and has a hollow core that runs the length of the bit all the way to the cutting head. Just behind the cutting head, small holes are machined into the bit and are used to inhale dust particles as the bit chews up the concrete…..with the help of a small dust collector or shop vac. If you’re working indoors it’s almost a “must have”. Silica particles are no joke and it’s a good thing to see tool makers taking it seriously these days.  You can learn more about this SDS Speed Clean bit on an earlier review found here and can purchase one here.

Back to the drill – the head absorbs the shock! No kidding, Makita built in a shock absorbing head which absorbs damn near all of the impact energy created by the hammer drill rather than transmitting it into your body. Anyone who has spent any time at all driving concrete bolts can testify to the discomfort that remains in your bones after operating a stout hammer drill. Allowing the head to soak up some of that energy just seems like a no brainer. 

Moving around the tool is pretty easy. The pistol grip has a very tacky, rubberized handle with a direction button that’s not a stretch to operate. Removing and installing the SDS bit is equally as easy with the “one touch” sliding chuck…slide it back and the chuck is open. Lastly, they gave us a work light which point up from the bottom of the drill toward the work piece.

Aside from the DIY’er who’d rather buy than rent a tool, this tool would fit very well in the tool box of nearly any general contractor, electrician, or plumber. The compact size alone really seals the deal for me but more than anything, I’d say going cordless is the cat’s meow for this little sub-compact hammer drill from Makita. If you’d like to learn a bit more, feel free to find them at the local Home Depot using this link.

Thanks for stopping by, I really appreciate it. This review was provided in support of the ProSpective Campaign sponsored by The Home Depot. They supply the tool and I supply an opinion. The links in this review are affiliate links and provide a small kick-back to the website which helps to keep the wheel turning. Regardless, I genuinely appreciate your support.

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