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Old 02-03-2015, 10:37 AM   #1
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Rotary Or Hammer Only Demo Hammer


Is there a benefit of having a "Hammer only" demo hammer as opposed to the dual purpose Hammer and Hammer/drill tools.

I am starting a project that will need another demo hammer with a spade bit for digging under footers.

I have the Milwaukee 5426 which is a rotary and hammer, it's working out fine, but I am curious if the 5446 would be better.

I am also thinking of the next size up demo hammers, any opinions?

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Old 02-03-2015, 10:43 AM   #2
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Re: Rotary Or Hammer Only Demo Hammer


Well obvious benefit to a combination hammer allows chipping, drilling and rotary hammer action for doweling.

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Well obvious benefit to a combination hammer allows chipping, drilling and rotary hammer action for doweling.
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Don't see why the hammer only would be any real advantage.
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It all depends on what all you will be using them for. I just bought another bosch rotary for a tile demo to go along with my milwaukee rotary. I bought the rotary because I wanted the ability to drill some cores if needed. If all I wanted to do was chipping I would have looked harder at a straight demo hammer. The demo hammers have over twice the hitting power of a rotary. So they can do more demo. But they also weigh almost twice as much so that can play a factor depending on how you're using them.

Just depends on what you will be using them for.
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Like it was stated above.

If you have enough use for a demo hammer, it might be worth it. You could save the demo hammer for demo only, and keep the rotaries for drilling and small demo work, just to save the wear and tear and beating that demo puts on a tool.

Sometimes it's nice to have a tool for specific uses if you can afford it and have the space to store it.

Again, if it's not something you're going to get the use out of, go with the dual purpose tool.
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Is there a benefit of having a "Hammer only" demo hammer as opposed to the dual purpose Hammer and Hammer/drill tools.

I am starting a project that will need another demo hammer with a spade bit for digging under footers.

I have the Milwaukee 5426 which is a rotary and hammer, it's working out fine, but I am curious if the 5446 would be better.

I am also thinking of the next size up demo hammers, any opinions?

http://www.milwaukeetool.com/compare...1&skus=5342-21
There is one resounding difference...the price. Hammer only one is $120 bucks less.
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Re: Rotary Or Hammer Only Demo Hammer


Well price is always a factor but seeing as the consensus is that there is no significant benefit to the hammer only, I'll be picking up another dual purpose tool.

I'll probably get another of the 5426, it's only about 50 bucks more than the hammer only tool. The larger tool in the comparison I posted might be too cumbersome for the work we are getting into.

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Not having a switch that can get jammed up is a benefit. I've had a few that get stuck in either hammer mode or rotary mode. Minor but having a tool that is dedicated to a task can be helpful
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Well price is always a factor but seeing as the consensus is that there is no significant benefit to the hammer only, I'll be picking up another dual purpose tool.

I'll probably get another of the 5426, it's only about 50 bucks more than the hammer only tool. The larger tool in the comparison I posted might be too cumbersome for the work we are getting into.

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Tom I couldn't tell the difference between a footer and a header, but wouldn't a scaler be a little easier on the back than a demo hammer and spade chisel?



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Those would be nice if they would fit into the work area. This is pretty close quarters. similar to this underpin we did last Summer.



The sections will be 36" wide, below the existing foundation.
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That doesn't look very fun.
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It's not fun, but it's work, and pays well.

My guys seem to like these jobs.
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I have a 5446 I reach for it about 2x more often than i go to my Makita-HR5210C-2-Inch combo hammer maybe because the Mak is so fricken heavy.
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I have the Bosch 11321evs. It is a demo hammer. Works great and is quite light. When I bought it I did a good amount of research. At the time it was the best power to weight ratio available and I have always like my Bosch tools they seem to be good quality and the demo hammer is no different I absolutely love it.
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The combination drill/ hammers lack power IMO when it comes to breaking concrete. They make better drills than hammers in other words.
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Demo hammers typically pack twice the power of the same size combination hammer. So you get the same size but more power with a demo hammer. Right tool for the right job always wins.
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Re: Rotary Or Hammer Only Demo Hammer


I decided to get another 5426 Milwaukee like the one I already have. It is rated to be equal to the one that does not drill.

I also figured that when I ask one of the guys to get me a hammer drill, I won't end up with a tool that only hammers....

I bought a CPO unit, $419 delivered, HD has it for $649. This one has a few scuffs on it but appears to work just fine and has a 1 year warranty.


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