Best Cordless Hammer Drills

Review & Comparison, Last Update June 17, 2019
Do you need a tool that is able to drill through extremely hard surfaces such as concrete or brick? If so, then you need a cordless hammer drill. Read on for our reviews of the top five models and find the best cordless hammer drill for your needs. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Power
Rotation Speed
Beat Frequency
Peak Torque
Chuck Type
Extras
Weight (without battery)
Warranty
 
PROS

An advanced brushless motor is installed here, which favorably differs from brush analogues by a long service life and less heat generation. And it does not require maintenance work to be carried out, such as replacing brushes.

CONS

Few torque settings (given the high peak torque).

OUR VERDICT

This professional model from DeWalt is equipped with a 3.0 Ah battery and quick charger, therefore it gives the opportunity to work for a long time from one full charge. You no longer need to worry that the battery is drained at the most crucial moment!

detailed parameters
Power

20 V (3.0 Ah battery and charger included)

Rotation Speed

2 speed modes: Low and High (0-1750 RPM)

Beat Frequency

2 modes: Low and High (0-29750 BPM)

Peak Torque

Up to 450 in-lbs (16 settings)

Chuck Type

Keyless

Extras

Built-in LED-light, 2-speed gearbox, Rubberized grip, Storage bag included

Weight (without battery)

2.6 lbs

Warranty

3 years

PROS

All-Metal Gear Case and Chuck provide additional structural strength, but still reduce the likelihood of vibrations of the body when the drill rotates at high revs. A non-slip rubberized grip also ensures a reliable and comfortable grip.

CONS

The BPM index leaves much to be desired.

OUR VERDICT

If you are looking for a powerful and durable tool that could serve as a drill, screwdriver and perforator - make your choice in favor of this model. Having it in your arsenal, you can perform almost any installation work.

detailed parameters
Power

18 V (battery and charger not included)

Rotation Speed

2 speed modes: Low (0-450 RPM) and High (0-1800 RPM)

Beat Frequency

2 modes: Low (0-2800 BPM), High (0-7200 BPM)

Peak Torque

Up to 500 in-lbs (18 settings)

Chuck Type

Keyless

Extras

REDLINK™ Intelligence protection, Built-in LED-light, 2-speed gearbox, Rubberized grip

Weight (without battery)

3 lbs

Warranty

5 years

PROS

22 torque settings make it possible to choose the best one based on the task and the type of material in which you need to drill a hole. Simple switching will help you quickly and easily set the desired value.

CONS

Built-in backlight is not very bright.

OUR VERDICT

This inexpensive but practical hammer drill will be ideal for beginners who have no experience using such tools. A set of starting drills will help master the basic drilling techniques, without ruining expensive building materials.

detailed parameters
Power

20 V (2.0 Ah battery and charger included)

Rotation Speed

2 speed modes: Low (0-400 RPM) and High (0-1600 RPM)

Beat Frequency

2 modes: Low (0-6400 BPM), High (0-25600 BPM)

Peak Torque

Up to 442 in-lbs (22 settings)

Chuck Type

Keyless

Extras

Built-in LED-light, 2-speed gearbox, Rubberized grip, Storage case and set of bits included

Weight (without battery)

~2.5 lbs

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The tool boasts Extreme protection technology (XPT) - a reinforced double-insulated casing, thanks to which all internal components will be reliably protected from moisture, dust and dirt. This solution is especially important in harsh jobsite conditions.

CONS

Some users complain about the high cost of batteries.

OUR VERDICT

The Makita hammer drill will become an indispensable assistant for craftsmen whose work is related to the implementation of high-altitude work: low weight, a smooth trigger and ergonomic body shape will not make you tired after hours of work. The belt clip will simplify storage.

detailed parameters
Power

18 V (battery and charger not included)

Rotation Speed

2 speed modes: Low (0-600 RPM) and High (0-1900 RPM)

Beat Frequency

2 modes: Low (0-9000 BPM), High (0-28500 BPM)

Peak Torque

Up to 480 in-lbs (22 settings)

Chuck Type

Keyless

Extras

Built-in LED-light, 2-speed gearbox, Rubberized grip

Weight (without battery)

~2.4 lbs

Warranty

3 years

PROS

In addition to the impact drill, battery and charger, the kit comes with a set of 32 drill bits: they allow you to unscrew / twist almost any threaded connections without problems. Also in the set you will find 6 drills for metal and 3 for wood.

CONS

Storage bag is not of very high quality.

OUR VERDICT

This hammer drill from Tacklife has a compact size, small diameter chuck and a flexible arm in the kit, so it is the best fit for drilling holes in hard to reach places. It will also be useful in assembling furniture.

detailed parameters
Power

20 V (2.0 Ah battery and charger included)

Rotation Speed

2 speed modes: Low (0-450 RPM) and High (0-1600 RPM)

Beat Frequency

N/A

Peak Torque

Up to 310 in-lbs (16 settings)

Chuck Type

Keyless

Extras

Built-in LED-light, 2-speed gearbox, Rubberized grip, Flexible arm, Storage bag and set of bits included

Weight (without battery)

~2.5 lbs

Warranty

2 years

DEWALT DCD778L1

Brushless Motor

Anyone who has worked with power tools before knows how hot they can get after using them for even just a short amount of time. Any kind of device that uses high powered moving parts is likely to generate a lot of heat, and power tools are often the prime examples of this fact. Much of the heat generated by them comes down to them often using brush motors, which are usually the primary culprits in generating so much heat due to the high amount of friction used to cause the rotation. Generating so much heat can be bad for many reasons, not the least of which is that such devices tend to have a short lifespan.

The DEWALT DCD778L1 Cordless Compact Hammer Drill/Driver fixes this issue by using a brushless motor. Since there is much less friction used for causing the rotation of the motor, this, in turn, means that it not only generates much less heat than models with brush motors, but that it also has a much longer runtime, and in turn, a longer overall lifespan. This allows you to use the device for much longer periods of time than you can with many other models, and this model is certain to have a longer overall lifespan thanks to its efficiency. In short, if you want a cordless drill with hammer action that will let you work for hours without needing to rest the tool, then this model is probably your best bet.

Review of DEWALT DCD778L1 Cordless Compact Hammer Drill/Driver

Powerful and Ergonomic

The fact that this battery operated hammer drill uses a brushless motor is a great selling point, but there are many other factors that help make this model one of the best on the market. For instance, this hammer drill is quite powerful, as it uses a 20 V 3.0 Ah lithium-ion battery, giving plenty of operating power to the device. It includes both a high rotational speed and beat frequency, giving the drill plenty of power to break through even the hardest surfaces, making this tool quite useful in any number of circumstances. If you need to drill holes into any kind of masonry, then this drill will certainly help you to do that with ease.

The power of this cordless hammer drill is matched by its comfort and convenience to use. The drill includes a comfortable rubberized grip that gives you the ability to hold onto the drill without worry of it slipping out of your hands, and the ergonomics of it help ensure that you won't tire out your hand quickly. It is also compact and lightweight, making it easy to use in tight spaces, especially those that other models may have a hard time reaching. The drill includes an LED light with a 20-second trigger release delay that will let you see where you are drilling in dark places, helping to add to its overall convenience. If you need a powerful and ergonomic cordless hammer drill for any purpose, this model is certain to be just what you need.

DEWALT DCD778L1 Cordless Compact Hammer Drill/Driver in the use

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Milwaukee 2607-20 M18

Compact and Multipurpose

Because of the belief that hammer drills are too bulky and noisy and best if used at construction sites, many people refrain from buying cordless tools for use at home. Although, you shouldn't do that! The 2607-20 hammer drill by Milwaukee is an example of a tool that can be used in your own garage while producing almost no noise at all. By its appearance, the tool is very similar to a conventional screwdriver, it's got the same size, ergonomics, controls, etc. Handling it is very easy too. Just attach a fully charged battery, pick a drill bit, select a hammer drilling mode, and start working. Having got such a tool as the Milwaukee 2607-20 at hand, you will be able to drill easily through concrete and even metal. The adjustable torque will let you use the tool for driving and removing screws. Considering all of these capabilities, this hammer drill is even quieter than its more powerful peers. As you can see, the Milwaukee 2607-20 is a multipurpose tool that performs the functions of a screwdriver, a drill, and a hammer drill. No need to buy more tools, get this single hammer drill and save plenty of space in your shed.

Review of Milwaukee 2607-20 M18 Highly Durable

What's Inside?

We decided to explore whether this hammer drill really can withstand high loads or if it's just the manufacturer's promotional trick. So, we dug into the specs of Milwaukee 2607-20. The tool features a 4-pole motor with 500 in-lbs of torque that allows you to easily drill a 2" hole in concrete. The motor can deliver up to 1800 RPM which is a solid speed for tools of its class. Besides, the Milwaukee features the improved percussion mechanism that delivers almost 29,000 BPM, so the tool easily drills through hard materials like stone, brick or concrete. As we can see, the Milwaukee 2607-20 has everything for hammer drilling. As for screwdriving and drilling, low speeds are essential. These jobs are tackled by a 2-speed gear case that offers speed adjustments from 0 to 400 RPM. So, you'll be able to force a screw into hardwood effortlessly. The built-in REDLINK™ Intelligence system protects the tool by distributing the energy among its components according to the applied load, and consequently, extends the life of the device. Taking all of this into account, we can state that the Milwaukee 2607-20 is a pretty powerful hammer drill within its price tag and is a great pick as a home tool, with which its versatility will simplify your life.

Milwaukee 2607-20 M18 Highly Durable in the use

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Attach this holder to either side of the Milwaukee 2607-20 and get handy on-board storage for a few bits. Also, you can equip your hammer drill with a hook to hitch the tool on your belt and free your hands.

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CACOOP CCD20002L

Plenty of Torque Settings

The power of a cordless hammer drill is certainly an important characteristic, but it is far from the only one that is necessary. After all, hammer drills can be used for a variety of purposes, as well as on a large variety of materials, and having one that lets you vary the torque to match the material that you will be drilling in is quite important. Using too much torque to drill a hole into softer material will often have results that are much less than desirable, including destroying the material that is being drilled into. This is why being able to vary the torque is so important.

The CACOOP CCD20002L Cordless Hammer Drill/Driver is one model that is ideal for those who need to use a hammer drill in a variety of different materials, especially ones that are softer and more prone to damage from a higher torque. The 22 torque settings included in the drill make it possible to choose the best one based on the task and the type of material in which you need to drill a hole. Simple switching will help you quickly and easily set the desired value, making your task that much easier and faster. With this multitude of different torque settings, you don't have to worry about your drill being too powerful for the material you are working with.

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Easy to Use and Affordable

One of the most intimidating aspects of any kind of power tool is in the complexity in its use. This is with good reason, as many power tools, including hammer drills, are generally not easy devices to use. Thankfully, this model is quite the opposite, as it was made with ease of use in mind. Even those who are brand new to using this type of tool will find this one quite simple to handle and use, as the controls on this model are quite straightforward and let beginners handle and use the device with ease. Even seasoned veterans of power tools will find the simplicity of this device to be a breath of fresh air.

Being simple doesn't mean that this drill isn't powerful. This drill includes a high rotational speed and beat frequency that help make it quite adept at drilling through hard masonry of any kind. Even strong concrete walls can be drilled through with this tool, all without breaking a sweat. Included with the drill is a set of starting drills that will help beginners master the basic drilling techniques, without ruining expensive building materials. Best of all, though, this drill comes at a very affordable price, making it an easy choice for anyone who needs a cordless hammer drill, whether they be a beginner or an experienced user.

CACOOP CCD20002L Cordless Hammer Drill/Driver in the use

 

Makita XPH10Z

Well Protected and Durable

A common concern about most power tools is about their durability. After all, a power tool is an extremely important instrument for those who are doing any kind of construction work, and having a tool that isn't very durable isn't going to be of much use. These types of tools need to be able to work in a variety of different conditions, meaning that they must be well protected and insulated from the elements. If you're using a power tool of any kind in wet weather, and the device isn't very well protected, then this could lead to a dangerous situation, something that everyone wants to avoid.

The Makita XPH10Z Cordless Hammer Drill/Driver was made with these concerns about durability and protection in mind. The tool boasts Extreme protection technology (XPT) - a reinforced double-insulated casing, thanks to which all of the internal components will be reliably protected from moisture, dust and dirt. This solution is especially important in harsh jobsite conditions, especially those that are in cold and wet weather. This extreme amount of protection means you can use the tool both safely and reliably in almost any kinds of conditions, so you won't have to put off your work just because of the weather.

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A Lightweight Tool

One of the best benefits of this particular cordless hammer drill is in its overall design. Along with its high level of protection against the conditions it is being used in, this model is quite lightweight, and surprisingly so for a tool of this type. This makes it quite useful for those who need to use it at higher levels, especially those who are needing to use it at the top of a tall ladder. Holding the tool won't make you feel off-balanced, which is an important concern when you are standing on a ladder. It is also quite ergonomic, using a rubberized handle that lets you maintain a firm grip on it even if there is some moisture on your hands.

All of these characteristics are great, but they won't mean much if the tool isn't powerful enough to perform the tasks that you need it for. This model, despite its lightweight, is indeed quite powerful, thanks to a 4-pole motor that delivers 480 lbs-in. of max torque. This makes the hammer drill capable of drilling through almost any kind of hard surface. The tool includes dual LED lights that help provide plenty of light for working in dark areas, and the handy belt clip will let you easily store it whenever you need to quickly free up your hands. All in all, this battery hammer drill has just the right combination of ergonomics and power to make it a useful item in any person's arsenal of tools.

Makita XPH10Z Cordless Hammer Drill/Driver in the use

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TACKLIFE PCD04B

All the Drill Bits You Need

There are few things more annoying than needing to use a hammer drill, yet finding that the tool doesn't have the drill bits that you need. This is a common problem with many models, as many of them will come with only a basic set of drill bits at best, leaving you needing to purchase additional ones in order to ensure that you'll have the ones you need on-hand. Not having the right drill bit is a going concern for anyone who needs to drill holes, as not just any drill bit will be good, especially when you need holes of a specific size, or if you're working with a certain type of material.

The TACKLIFE PCD04B Cordless Hammer Drill/Driver makes itself a great choice for most hammer drill users, as it comes with virtually everything that you will need to use with the device. In addition to the impact drill, battery and charger, the kit comes with a set of 32 drill bits. The variety of drill bits included with this model allow you to unscrew / twist almost any threaded connections without problems. Also in the set you will find 6 drills for metal and 3 for wood, ensuring that you will always have the right drill bit for whatever material you need to drill holes through. All of this is a welcome addition for those who work with a large variety of different materials.

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Compact Size

Most cordless hammer drills aren't known for having a compact size. After all, the very basic design of these types of tools typically doesn't allow for one. Having a large capacity battery along with a powerful motor often requires the device to have a large footprint, so finding a model with a compact design is a rare thing. Fortunately, this model is a boon for those who need to use a hammer drill in tight places, as its compact design and light weight make it easy to handle in such areas.

Despite its compact design, this model comes with a surprisingly powerful battery. The 2000 mah battery gives you plenty of time to use the tool, and it also includes a 1 hour quick charge that lets you quickly charge up the device whenever the battery is drained. This allows for efficiency of use that means that you won't have to worry about having too much down time due to needing to charge the device. In addition, this hammer drill includes 16 different torque settings that will let you select the right torque for whatever your needs are, which is great for working with a variety of types of materials, whether they be soft drywall or hard brick. All told, this powerful and compact cordless drill driver from TACKLIFE will be sure to meet your needs, whatever they may be.

TACKLIFE PCD04B Cordless Hammer Drill/Driver in the use

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What Is a Cordless Hammer Drill?

Those who like or prefer doing their own home improvements, or who require such tools for their jobs, are already familiar with drills. Whenever installing anything into a wall of any kind, a drill is often a necessity, as it can make the process of creating a small hole that much easier. Cordless drills have become quite common in recent years, with many people actually now having them in their homes. However, a regular cordless drill can't just bore through any kind of material. Although they work great with drywall or wood, harder surfaces such as brick or concrete tend to stop them dead in their tracks.

This is where a cordless hammer drill comes in. A hammer drill shares many similarities with a regular drill, but the main difference between them is that they include a hammering action that helps them push through harder surfaces that a normal drill can't breach, such as masonry. Anyone who needs to drill holes into brick or concrete for any reason will have to use a hammer drill to achieve this. In fact, many hammer drills can also work without the hammering function, making them indispensable tools that can replace your normal drill.

If you require a tool to break down masonry rather than just drill holes into it, then you may want to check out our reviews on the best demolition hammers.

What Features to Compare

When it comes to looking for the best cordless hammer drill for whatever purposes you need one for, it is most likely that not just any hammer drill will do. There are a large number of characteristics of cordless hammer drills that can help determine which one will be the best for your needs. As there are a huge number of characteristics that they can have, we will list out the most important ones in order to help you determine which model will be the most suitable for you.

Power

The first characteristic that you want to look for is the power of the drill. This determines how much electricity is used to power the drill, and in turn, just how powerful it will be. Most cordless hammer drills use at least 18 volts, but if you need one that is a bit more powerful, then make sure that its voltage is higher. All of the models that we review here are either 18 or 20 V models, so you should be well covered in finding the most powerful hammer drill for your needs.

Rotation Speed

The next thing to look for in a hammer drill is the rotation speed. This shows how fast the drill bit rotates, usually given in RPM (rotations per minute). Those that are needed to break through the hardest surfaces will usually need the highest RPM possible. Of course, faster does not always mean better, especially if you will be using the drill on softer materials such as drywall, so it may be best to find one that supports lower rotation speeds as well.

Beat Frequency

A characteristic that is quite specific to a hammer drill is beat frequency, which shows the frequency of the hammering action performed by the drill. Again, those that have a higher beat frequency will be better suited for breaking through harder surfaces, but just like with the rotation speed, having a variable beat frequency will be the best option for most users.

Peak Torque

The peak torque of a cordless hammer drill is another measurement of just how powerful it really is. As torque is a measurement of the amount of force used to rotate an object, having a higher torque means that your hammer drill will be more suitable for driving through harder surfaces.

Extras

Last but not least, you may want to be aware of any extras that come with the cordless hammer drill. Many models will include a variety of extras, including flashlights, a gearbox, and various other things that can help make using the drill more comfortable and convenient. If there are any particular extras that you want with your hammer drill, then you will want to make sure that the model you choose comes with them.

How to Use a Cordless Hammer Drill

Are you new to the world of hammer drills? Have you never tried drilling holes into a hard surface before? If you answer yes to either of these questions, then it is probably a good idea to learn how to use one of these powerful tools before you try your building or construction project. Since these devices are quite powerful, that can make them a bit dangerous, both to the material that you are using them on as well as to yourself. Knowing the basics of using a hammer drill of any type will help ensure that you have the most success with your building project.

Measuring

Before drilling any holes into a surface, you need to make sure that you get the right measurements for your drilling. This includes measuring the diameter of the hole that you need to drill, as well as the thickness of the wall that you are drilling into, along with how deep the drilling should go. Knowing all of this before you start drilling will make sure that you get the entire process down right from the very beginning.

Use the Right Drill Bit

Once you have figured out the size of the hole you will be drilling, make sure that you use the right drill bit for drilling a hole of this size. Using a drill bit that is too large will result in the hole being too big for your needs, which is a great way to ruin any construction project you are working on. Also, certain drill bits are required for certain types of material. You don't want to use a wood drill bit on a concrete wall, for example, so if you are drilling into a concrete wall, make sure you use a drill bit designed for this purpose.

Attach the Drill Bit

Whenever you attach the drill bit, make sure that it is fastened tightly. Most hammer drills include a chuck for this purpose, and it is highly recommended that you use it so that the drill bit doesn't go flying off whenever you operate the drill.

Mark the Depth

You should already know how deep you want to drill the hole before you start drilling, so make sure you mark off that depth on the drill bit so you know when to stop drilling. You can do this quite easily with a small bit of masking tape if your hammer drill doesn't allow for setting the bit to the specified depth.

Drill Away

Once all of this is done, you can go ahead and drill the hole, Make sure that you hold the hammer drill firmly and steadily so that it can drill into the surface properly

Safety Tips

Always use eye protection whenever using a drill hammer. Due to the high rotational speeds and the overall power of these devices, they can cause bits of the material that is being drilled into to fly all over the place, and wearing eye protection will ensure that none of it gets into your eyes.

Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to operate the drill. Powering the device while it is pointed anywhere other than directly at the spot you intend to drill into can be a grave safety hazard for anyone near you, as well as to yourself.

Keep your hands clear of the spot you intend to drill into. The high power of these devices means that no part of your body is capable of stopping them when powered on, and this particularly applies to your hands. We're sure you don't need any holes in your hands!

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Publish Date: 2019-06-17 11:16:19