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Old 05-12-2014, 09:27 PM   #1
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Better Rotary Hammer??


I want to get a rotary hammer to break up some concrete stairs. I was looking at home depot and there are two Im deciding between. Used Makitas plenty and know I like them, but there is also a Milwauke for a good price that has a longer warranty. Never owned any Milwauketools. It would be one of the lesser used tool of mine so Im just not sure if I want to to spend the more money on one I like or save a few bucks and try something new. Anyone own a Milwauke rotary hammer or have any input?
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Old 05-12-2014, 09:31 PM   #2
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Re: Better Rotary Hammer??


The older Milwaukee, pre-circa 1975, were pretty bullet proof.

Don't think much of the newer stuff.

I'll always vote for Makita.

But, the Bosch Roto Hammers are very tough to beat.

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I have a reconditioned Waukee. I was holding out for a Bosch but when the Waukee came up for 90 bucks I could not pass it up.

I imagine the size I got is smaller than what you are looking for. It feels lighter than it's Bosch counter part. It is a good Roto hammer and I really like it. The Bosch does not vibrate as much though.
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If I'm using an electric tool on concrete it's made by Hilti.
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If I'm using an electric tool on concrete it's made by Hilti.
totally agreed, We had a bosch and it lasted about as long as the box it came in. Hilti is pretty much bullet proof and you can repair them forever if they do give trouble. Never had any Milwaukees? Its about time you get some. I'll take Waukee over Makita, Bosch, Ridgid,Dewalt any day.
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Hiltis work about ten times better than any other make roto hammer, their warranty is much better too.
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What size Makita are you looking at?
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totally agreed, We had a bosch and it lasted about as long as the box it came in. Hilti is pretty much bullet proof and you can repair them forever if they do give trouble. Never had any Milwaukees? Its about time you get some. I'll take Waukee over Makita, Bosch, Ridgid,Dewalt any day.
We have a Hilti that was sent in for repair and they sent it back because they would not repair it. Too old, no parts was the excuse.
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We have a Hilti that was sent in for repair and they sent it back because they would not repair it. Too old, no parts was the excuse.
Really! I bought an old rental model and used it till the chuck fell apart and then sent it in and they fixed it no problem.
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Really! I bought an old rental model and used it till the chuck fell apart and then sent it in and they fixed it no problem.
Yeah we were pretty disappointed. Was a good tool. We still have it but chalked it up to a repair house that doesn't want to fix it. I know they don't make that model any more but you would figure there would be parts out there.

The chuck is the problem with ours too.
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One time use or not ?

Anything concrete, Hilti is worth the spend. Some of their little ones - like the Tec7C has got balls of a unit one size up.

Bosch for value IMO...
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We have a Hilti that was sent in for repair and they sent it back because they would not repair it. Too old, no parts was the excuse.
Been there, they will give you a pretty decent trade-in value for it though.
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I went to a show where they lined them up, used Hilti, Bosch, Makita, Dewalt side by side...things change in tools and right now I would get Makita with AVT.
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Yep, one time us for now. But if I have it in the tool box I'll defiantly find other projects for it. THe Makita I'm looking at is the smaller one of the two home depot carries in store. Assuming most stores are similar. The deal is 200 more the Makita with a free angle grinder, or 180 for the Milwaukee and its got a better warranty.
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My Makita died on me so I bought the Bosch 1-1/8" not the model the big box stores carry. I also bought this so it serves double duty for stirring thinset, etc. since my stirring drill died on the same job.

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I've had very good luck with Milwaukee. I have a large hammer drill I think it was 1.5". And it has been abused a lot. We also had a 1.5" bit for it to drill concrete walls for 1" water lines and it would bore right through the thickest of walls. I've had it 7 years before any repair needed done. And I believe they needed done because it got wet down in a manhole drilling anchors there
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I picked up the Makita this week. The one from depot for 300. Working good so far .been drilling about 100 1/2 in holes a day.

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