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Old 07-02-2008, 02:05 PM   #1
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please help select a rotary hammer


NOTE TO MODERATOR: please do not move this thread to tools, that forum is very infrequently visited. i think i will get better hits here. thanks.

http://www.milwaukeetool.com/webapp/...oductId=684385

http://www.boschtools.com/Products/T...x?pid=11255VSR

the milwaukee is just SDS, the bosch bulldog SDS-PLUS.

i would normally go for bosch but i have had bad a experience with their customer service in the US. mailwaukee, at least, is a domestic brand so i wouldn't have to worry about it.

i will mainly be using it for heavy-duty concrete drilling but do not think i will go past the milwaukee capacity (3/4"). the bosch is 1". for bigger holes, i have an SDS-MAX hammer that looks almost like a jack hammer and also has three modes (hammer, drill, hammer-drill).

the price is not so much of an issue but i am mainly worried about bosch's customer service in the US.

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Old 07-02-2008, 04:41 PM   #2
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I personally like Bosch's tools better anymore.

Have you considered any other brands, or have you narrowed it down to just these two?

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narrowed it down. i do not trust dewalt when heavy-duty is concerned.

but then just stumbled upon makita as well. that may be the choice:

http://www.makita.com/menu.php?pg=pr...det&tag=HR2455
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Isn't SDS and SDS-plus the same? SDS-max is the next step up.
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i thought that SDS-Plus was the step b/ween SDS and SDS-Max.
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Old 07-02-2008, 11:40 PM   #6
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If you want a good one, go with a Hilti. Hard to beat.
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Old 07-03-2008, 07:34 AM   #7
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agreed hilti's good but more expensive altho they do have reps running all over the place,,, milwaukee's easy to get repaired & parts seem readily avail,,, like bosch spline bits but not always easy to find - never had a problem w/bosch for parts,,, svce for hammer drills or the brute not as widespread, tho,,, we use hitachi - price, svce, engineering, etc.
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i am of a belied that hilti is just overpriced and that the same quality can be bought in probably makita. makita is probably the most optimal brand of tools for us living in the US because of customer service and repairs.

i do dig milwaukee also but it does not strike me in sturdiness as makita.
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You might check out this site:
http://www.toolsofthetrade.net/indus...sectionID=1490

They test tools and the reviews seem fairly complete and unbiased.

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Old 07-04-2008, 01:58 AM   #10
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I have a Hilti TE-10 rotary hammer. I compared it to the Bosch offering when I was shopping for a rotary hammer so many years ago.

The reason why I paid so much extra for the Hilti is that it has a steel piston ring on it's piston rather than a rubber O-ring like the Bosch.

Hilti knows that they're expensive over here, so they partially compensate by giving away lots of freebies with their tools. When I bought my Hilti TE-10, I got a carrying case with a full set of Hilti SDS bits, and a second full set of Hilti SDS bits tossed in gratis. Each of those sets would cost $100 or more.

The only thing I don't like about the TE-10 is that it doesn't have a "hammer only" mode.

If you're gonna buy a rotary hammer, try to get one with all three modes (hammer only, rotate only and hammer drill) and definitely get an adapter chuck with an SDS stem so that you can use ordinary twist drill bits in your rotary hammer when it's set to "rotate only" mode. You can use the tool in "Rotate only" mode for drilling into wood or steel with an adapter chuck. You can use the tool in "Hammer only" to chisel plaster off of brick or ice off of concrete or that sort of thing. But, make sure never to use the adapter chuck when the tool is in rotary hammer mode because you'll shake the press fit chuck to pieces.

But, truth is, an expensive rotary hammer is gonna sit idle 99.9% of the time in your house as it does in my spare bedroom. The average DIY'er is well served by anything from DeWalt, Makita, Bosch or Milwaukee for half the cost. That is, I can't say I made a smart decision by buying the Hilti, but the tool I bought works well and I'm glad of that even though it did cost a lot of money.

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