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Old 03-25-2012, 09:45 PM   #1
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Tool Enthusiast With A Dilemma Regarding Hammer Drill/Non-hammer Drill


Hello there!

I'm new to the forum and work for a general contractor and love my tools!

I currently have quite a few Milwaukee m12 power tools;

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Now my question is regarding the new Fuel line-up. Doesn't really have to do with these two specific drills but any 1/2" drill/Hammer drill question.

My main concern is to whether or not go with the Hammer drill version, or if I should stick to the regular drill driver.

I know I'll use the hammer function for drilling into concrete/cinder blocks but does the hammer action take power away from normal drill tasks such as drilling through 2x4's, floor joists, etc.?

This will be my first 18 volt drill and would like anyone's help.

I'm going with the Fuel no matter what as it has the charger to charge my 12v and 18v at the same time, and I've also narrowed it down to the 18v XC kit, not the slim line batteries.

So if any of you have a hammer drill out there, please let me know if power is taken away from the non-hammer action.

Thank you all very much! I'm looking forward to staying here and talking tools!
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Old 03-25-2012, 09:53 PM   #2
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Re: Tool Enthusiast With A Dilemma Regarding Hammer Drill/Non-hammer Drill


I have a Hilti SDS, I wouldn't buy any other brand of hammer drill.

I have a few DeWalt cordless hammer drills, but I just bought the drill the hammering action was a bonus. I rarely use a cordless hammer drill. Nothing more annoying then running outta juice in the middle of drilling a hole in concrete.

Also, I'm not familiar with Fuel. Never heard of it.

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Re: Tool Enthusiast With A Dilemma Regarding Hammer Drill/Non-hammer Drill


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I have a Hilti SDS, I wouldn't buy any other brand of hammer drill.

I have a few DeWalt cordless hammer drills, but I just bought the drill the hammering action was a bonus. I rarely use a cordless hammer drill. Nothing more annoying then running outta juice in the middle of drilling a hole in concrete.

Also, I'm not familiar with Fuel. Never heard of it.
Thank you for your answer, this is the Fuel:

http://www.milwaukeetool.com/fuel/

I could get the 1/2" Drill Driver and then purchase this for my rotary hammer needs, plus I can get chisel attachments:

http://www.milwaukeetool.com/tools/c...er-kit/2605-22

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Old 03-25-2012, 10:22 PM   #4
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Multi function tools are great....

But some where during the day they will fall on their face...

Buy a Roto Hammer....
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Re: Tool Enthusiast With A Dilemma Regarding Hammer Drill/Non-hammer Drill


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Multi function tools are great....

But some where during the day they will fall on their face...

Buy a Roto Hammer....
I hear ya there, it is only $20 more for the hammer drill compared to the 1/2" drill driver without the hammer function.

Are you saying it's better to have no hammer function on a 1/2" drill? Or doesn't it matter?
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To me it dont pay to have 3/8 drill . Unless you get super deal on it . 1/2 is the way to go you can always put a bit into that size . Plus havein the hammer part is well worth it for tile drilling not havein that much power of a cordied drill for towel bars and such . Plus in a jam you dont have to have two drills for a task .
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Don't know anything about the fuel line up, but many of my cordless tools are Milwaukee.

I have 2 of the 18 volt hammerdrills. I've never noticed any lack of power. If the difference is only $20, I'd do it just for the convenience.

I use my cordless hammerdrill for drilling concrete fasteners all the time. For anything over 1/4" diameter, I always drag out the corded though.

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The hammer drill function on a cordless tool is useful for drilling a few small holes into concrete or block. You don't want to use the hammer function on wood or steel as that is not what it is for. It comes in handy to have for those times you need to drill just a few holes. The hammer function can be turned on or off on a cordless so it's not bad to go ahead and get a unit that has the ability.

I would use a rotary hammer SDS plus or SDS Max for any job requiring 10 or more holes in concrete.
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Don't know anything about the fuel line up, but many of my cordless tools are Milwaukee.

I have 2 of the 18 volt hammerdrills. I've never noticed any lack of power. If the difference is only $20, I'd do it just for the convenience.

I use my cordless hammerdrill for drilling concrete fasteners all the time. For anything over 1/4" diameter, I always drag out the corded though.

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That's exactly the answer I was looking for! Thank you very much!
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i have a cordless 18v rigid hammer drill which gets used for the occasional 1 or 2 holes in concrete. but if im drilling for a larger hole for wedge anchors and many of them i grab the hitachi roto hammer

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