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I need a "farm grade" hammer drill. I am not a contractor, but I do have a lot of concrete around, and some pretty thick pours for slabs for barns, sheds, etc.

I'm looking for a hammer drill to take the load off my DeWalt 20v or Milwaukee 1/2 heavy duty geared drill, and am open to suggestions From Harbor Freight to Bosch. Looking for value for the money, not necessarily the best or longest lasting.

Thanks all.



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Posts: 12285 | Location: Central Florida | Registered: November 02, 2008Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I have a Bosch Bulldog Extreme which has done everything I've needed it to do. For farm use, you may consider going up a step from that model depending on thickness of concrete and estimated frequency of use.
 
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Every contractor I've ever known who does significant concrete breakup swears by Hilti.
 
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Agreed. Bosch or Hilti. Buy once, cry once.




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Hole size?

Simple small fasteners or larger coring?




 
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I can't ever see me using >1", so I bought the smaller Bosch bulldog when Menards was having the 11% + it was on sale. I think I paid $140 or so. It makes 3/16" holes in poured walls effortless. I've put foam board up on 3 basement walls so far - probably 150ish anchors on the same bit. If I need something bigger, I'll rent a more capable machine for a weekend, or 'fix it with my wallet'.
Since I have other bosch 18v tools, I wish I had bought the cordless. It's only like $15 more for the kit vs the corded version right now.

I'll never ruin a hammer drill bit again because the last one I'll buy is still in he package. Now I 'need' a powerful cordless drill w/o the damn hammer option. My bosch 18v is a heavy bastard.
 
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The problem with the Harbor Freight SDS rotary hammer drill I have is that it’s 12 years old and probably bares no relation to what they are selling today. It was $50 and I bought as a one time use that was cheaper than renting a good tool. I used it to remove tile in my foyer, the a bathroom. Then I used it to cut a 2” wide 4’ long channel in my 40yo concrete slab to run conduit to our new kitchen island. Then I used it to drill 8, 1/2” holes in a concrete slab to bolt a couple gun safes down. Then I used it to install tracks for hurricane shutters on a concrete block stucco house. Then… you get the picture.

My other corded tools are as follows:

Delta - table saw
Milwaukee - two 1/2” drills, Sawzall, circular saw, 1/4 sheet sander
Porter Cable - fixed router, plunge router
Bosch - jigsaw, 5” random orbital sander
Makita - 3” belt sander

I’m probably forgetting something, but I’m pretty much a buy once, cry once kind of guy. The tools above are great; the work smoothly and are a joy to use. If you ever has a Black and Decker circular saw and switched to a Milwaukee or a hand me down Craftsman jigsaw and switch to a Bosch, then you understand. Then there’s that HF rotary hammer drill that refuses to just die. It works, it gets the job done, but it’s not a quality tool, I get no joy using it. I just hold my breath and pray it gets through the job.
 
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Search pawn shops for a Hilti.


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I have a Bosch Bulldog Extreme ...
This ^^^^^

The difference between a hammer drill and rotary hammer is night-and-day.




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As mentioned above, if you’ll be doing any amount of drilling into concrete you’ll want a rotary hammer.

I’ve broken just about every name brand tool out there. I currently have a cordless Dewalt on the truck, and I’ve used it up to a 4” coring bit.


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Get a Hilti rotary hammer drill. A rotary hammer drill is at least ten times more productive than a regular hammer drill.

Many years ago, I pulled up to a house to do a job. The owners were having a yard sale and it was about to end. My customer offered me a Hilti rotary hammer drill for free because nobody wanted to buy it. He said he thinks the chuck is broken. It looked like there was a piece missing. It turns out that it was supposed to be like that so I bought a bunch of bits for it and put it to use. Smile
 
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In my construction company we used Hilti guns. Depending on how often you need one you could probably rent one at your local rental store as well.


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Like everyone else says, get a rotary hammer drill. I've used both Bosch and Hilti over the last 30 years. I've found both to be outstanding.
 
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Depending on how often you need one you could probably rent one at your local rental store as well.
I looked into that when I needed one. For as many holes as I needed to drill and as long as I'd need it, it was actually cheaper to buy the Bosch Bulldog eXtreme I bought.

I've used it for more than just drilling into concrete. I've got some chiseling and scaling bits that have come in handy, too.

Funny story (which I believe I've told here before): When our well guy was here to install the VFD well pump and went to mount the drive on the basement wall I told him "Let me know if you run into trouble. I have the solution." "Oh, I'll be fine," he assured me. ("Good luck with that," I thought.) I waited. Sure enough: When he went to drill that 4th hole he ran into trouble. His hammer drill wasn't gonna make it happen. (I'd seen it before, with our basement walls.) "Hang on," I told him. Fetched my rotary hammer. Went through it like a hot knife through butter Smile

I drilled nearly seventy-five 3-in. deep holes in that basement wall for an insulation project. That rotary hammer never faltered once.




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I rented a Hilti and was blown away. I own a Dewalt for occasional/rare use.



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I bought this model Bosch RH328VC in 2012 for $219 on sale at Amazon. It is $299 now. I needed to break up a square concrete safe to get it out of a basement remodel. Worked fine. I have a Hilti hammer drill and it was overmatched but the 1 1/8" Bosch rotary hammer was up to the task.

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=BOS...192&ref=nb_sb_noss_1





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Bosch Bulldog Extreme

I've used the Bosch 100's of times. Never failed. Drilling and light chipping they are a workhorse.

I've used larger Hilti hammer drills before but that was to drill 100's holes. Hours and hours of drilling. Overkill for most people.

For what your talking about I would go with the Bosch. I currently own a Bosch Bulldog. If it failed for some reason I would buy another one.


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I went cheap and bought the Menards brand...whatever that is. That was several years ago and I used it only that once. Wonder if I'll ever use it again?




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Agreed. Bosch or Hilti. Buy once, cry once.

THIS! Wink


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I’ve never owned one but I delivered concrete for 17 years. All the contractors swore by the Hilti rotary hammer drill.
 
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