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Old 03-16-2012, 03:12 PM   #1
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Hammer drill necessary?


Hey all..I will be doing a basement remodel soon which will require securing subfloor/wall frame to concrete floor (and concrete block wall). Will a hammer drill be necessary? About to buy a new drill and trying to figure out what i will need.
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Old 03-16-2012, 03:19 PM   #2
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Hammer drill necessary?


Get an SDS one.

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Old 03-16-2012, 03:30 PM   #3
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Hammer drill necessary?


Concrete nails, ramset gun (for fasteners into the floor, not the block), etc. There are lots of alternatives. You will probably find many uses for a combination hammer type drill though and be pleased long terms with your purchase. It will certainly make drilling into concrete a lot easier assuming you have decent bits suitable for the hammer action.
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Hammer drill necessary?


dricore the floor
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Old 03-16-2012, 05:34 PM   #5
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Hammer drill necessary?


For the average DIYer, the most cost-efficient way to go is a combo "Drill/Hammer-Drill". You will get more long-term, multiple-use, out of the tool.

A rotary hammer and even an SDS model are more speicalized and will do the work much easier, but will cost significantly more than a combo hammer-drill. As a DIYer, you may also never use the tool again, or very, very little.

The other option is to rent.
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