Makita Power Tools – Cordless SDS Hammer Drill
After discovering how good Makita power tools really are I admit that my aging corded SDS Plus hammer drill might have competition. I freely admit a bias for cordless power tools and my current SDS Plus drill is corded. It is a Kress (German) and came from a UK store called Wickes. While it performs admirably and has lasted over ten years, I still hanker after a cordless drill.
Improvements in battery technology mean that the old slowing effects you used to get as a battery neared the end of its charged are almost absent. Modern cordless drills are almost as powerful as my old corded drill is and so a lack of power is not a consideration as my old drill has never held me back. So it seems I can get the freedom of a cordless product and not lose a great deal in terms of performance it looks like a purchase is coming…
So what drill would I choose?
Makita 18 volt LXT Li-Ion Battery 7/8 Inch SDS Plus Cordless Rotary Hammer Drill
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This Makita cordless drill looks like being everything I want. I don’t need anything to do heavy demolition so a larger capacity drill is unnecessary. This kind of energy output will easily enable me to quickly chase walls and strip plaster if I need it, as this SDS Plus drill also has a non-rotary, hammer only setting.
Here are the manufacturers details.
Product Description – Makita 18 volt SDS Plus Cordless Hammer Drill
Makita 18V LXT Li-Ion 7/8″ SDS-Plus Cordless Rotary Hammer Drill Kit FREE 18V LXT 3-Speed Impact Driver with Purchase Makita 18V LXT Li-Ion 7/8 Inch SDS-Plus Cordless Rotary Hammer Drill Kit features: Triple Mode Switch for rotation only, hammer with rotation, or hammer only. Double speed drilling with synchronized RPM and BPM for increased efficiency. Built-in torque limited clutch disengages if the bit jams. Chisel rotates 360° with 40 different locking positions to give you the best working angle. Compact design at only 16-1/8″ long and weighs only 7.1 lbs. for reduced operator fatigue. Comes with a 3 year warranty on the tool and a 1 year warranty on battery. The tool kit includes 2x LXT Lithium Ion batteries rated at 3.0 Amp hour, with a 45-minute smart charger. Tool case, BHR240Z (Tool Only) Capacity Steel 1/2 Inch Wood 1 1/2 Inch Concrete 1 Inch No Load RPM 0 -1,100 Blows/Min.(BPM) 0 – 4,000 Impact Energy (Joules) 1.9 Battery (Ah) 18 Volt Length 16 1/8 Inch Net Weight (.lbs w/battery) 7.0
Makita also have a tool only version if you do not need a battery or charger.
Makita 18V LXT Li-Ion 7/8 Inch SDS Plus Cordless Rotary Hammer Drill (No Battery, Tool Only)
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This product offers a significant saving over the full kit version.
Makita 18V LXT Li-Ion 7/8″ SDS-Plus Cordless Rotary Hammer (No Battery, Tool Only)
Capacities: Steel: 1/2″, Wood: 1 1/2″ Concrete: 1″
No Load RPM 0 -1,100. BPM 0-4,000 Impact Energy (Joules). 1.9Ah 18 volt battery (Amp/hour). Length 16 1/8″ Inch. Net Weight 7.0lbs (with battery).
Final Considerations – Spare Battery, SDS Plus Accessories
If you are like me you will want a spare battery or two to go with your new power tool. Although the first package comes with two batteries I might still be tempted to buy a third, especially if there is more than one Makita cordless tool being used.
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What is a drill without drill bits? These bits are Dewalt, but I have used them and found them excellent. As SDS Plus is a standard fitting they are of course compatible with the Makita SDS Plus Hammer Drill.
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Product Description – SDS Plus Drill Bits
The DeWalt DW5470, 5 Piece, SDS-Plus Drill Bit Set
Features: An improved flute design that pulls dust quickly for faster drilling. PILOT POINT tip starts holes on contact for greater accuracy. Serrated titanium carbide tip provides extreme durability. Fits all rotary hammer drills that use SDS Plus Shank Bits. The DeWalt DW5470 Includes: 3/16, 1/4(2ea), 3/8, 1/2 bits in a smart plastic case.