Hammerdrill: 2 Top Rated Hammer Drill Drivers Outperform

It used to be a hammerdrill was the go-to tool for masonry and other materials that demanded force in addition to torque when drilling.  That meant that in addition to a hammerdrill, you also had to keep a regular cordless drill driver in your toolkit for driving screws and bolts and for lightweight work that didn’t require impact.

Hammerdrill: DEWALT DCD985L2 20V Hammer Drill Driver Operation View 2Now you don’t have to spend the extra money on two tools.  You can get a hammerdrill that is combined with a drill driver so you can do both types of tasks with one tool.  With more powerful batteries and additional torque, these tools can tackle all kinds of tasks in all kind of materials.  The additional flexibility that you get with a hammer impact drill driver is really amazing.

You can’t just buy any hammerdrill with driving capability.  You need one with the durability, power, and features in addition to flexibility.

What are some key featured you should you look for in a hammer drill driver?

Maximum Power

It’s hard to keep up with the meteoric rise in power of lithium-ion battery systems.  We can’t even recommend Ni-Cd systems anymore if you can even find them.  There are still a lot of 18-volt systems around, but systems greater than 19.2-volts are taking over fast meaning that a hammerdrill with driving capability that you buy today, will be more powerful than ever before.

 

 

You need the power and torque.  For the longest time after cordless hammer drill drivers were introduced, they were inferior to corded models in their ability to do the job, their durability, and their ability to stay on the job.  Their power was woefully inadequate and their battery life was poor.

Modern lithium-ion batteries have changed the reality so that some models of cordless tools are easily the match of their corded drill counterparts with all the benefits of losing the cord.

Cordless hammer drill drivers’ maximum power is measured in Units Watts Out (UWO) which is that point at which a drill’s combined speed and torque output are at maximum.  A higher UWO means that the hammerdrill with driver should complete tasks faster.

 

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A higher UWO concrete drill will cost more and may mean shorter run times between charges, but the power to get the job done faster cannot be ignored.

Variable Speeds

A hammerdrill has a transmission that is one of the most abused parts of the tool as it converts power into real torque for the tough jobs you face.  If you’re serious about your tasks and you want your hammerdrill to face everything you can throw at it, then an all-metal transmission is a must have.

Hammerdrill: DEWALT DCD985L2 20V Hammer Drill Driver Operation View 1Almost all hammer drills have variable speed transmissions.  Having variable speed capability allows you to match drill speeds with the material at hand.

Hammer drill drivers typically come with more than one speed range.  Having different speed ranges allows you to even more closely fine tune you drill speed to your task.  To compare hammer drill drivers, you need to look at their published no-load speeds and speed ranges.

For example, the two models we’re taking a look at in this article both have three-speed ranges plus a range for the hammerdrill to deliver flexible, precise drill speeds.  If you’re interested in knowing recommended speeds by material, see this article by VikingDrill.com called Recommended Speeds for Standard Materials with High Speed Steel Drills.

Torque Control

As important as speed when driving screws or bolts is the amount of torque you apply to the heads.  Applying too much torque can strip or even break the hardware.  Ideally, you want a built-in adjustable clutch that allows you to specify the amount of torque you want to apply.  The more torque settings you have the more precise control you have over the torque applied.

Lithium-Ion Power

When it comes to lithium-ion battery systems, you’re interested in three specifications.  Voltage, amp-hours, and charging time.  The voltage is the force you can apply to your job, the charge capacity in amp-hours determines how long you can apply the force, and the charging time tells you how soon you will be back on the job after the battery runs out of juice.

Hammerdrill: DEWALT 20V Hammer Drill Driver Operation View 3The voltage and charge capacity are specifications of the battery and the charge time is up to the battery charger.  So when you see variations in price on a hammerdrill, changing the battery to higher amp-hours or including a faster charger can make a big difference in price.

Hammerdrill – Motor

When a cordless impact drill driver motor fails, it’s over.  It’s the heart of any hammerdrill.  That’s why it’s important to buy a model with a high-efficiency, high-quality, motor with brushless technology that provides useful service beyond that of older brushed motor designs.  High-efficiency motors also deliver better performance and longer battery life.

Size

In a perfect world, your hammerdrill would fit into all the tight spaces you need to work and would be a dream to work with overhead.  The reality is that hammer drill drivers can be heavy and unwieldy to use, particularly if they have powerful motors and long-life batteries.  Compact models are available with short front-to-back lengths that approach what you may need.  Unfortunately, you need to carefully consider each model, because with a smaller size generally comes lower performance and durability.

Look for the highest performance, durability, and most features you can find within your budget that has the lowest weight and shortest front-to-back length.

Hammerdrill: DEWALT 18V Hammer Drill Driver Operation View 4Let There Be Light

Having a light on your hammer drill driver provides shadowless light to the work area that can really make a difference in low light environments.  It’s not enough these days for a hammerdrill to have an integrated LED light.  For instance, some models, including the two we’re looking at in this article, have a delay after trigger release to leave the LED light on to for a short period of time to function as a miniature spotlight without having to activate the drill.

Tool Kits

If you’re planning to buy your first tool in a cordless tool series, you need to buy it in a kit that includes batteries and a charger.  If you already have enough chargers and batteries to handle multiple tools, you may want to buy just the bare tool for your tool collection.  Kits usually include at least one battery and a protective carrying case or bag.

Kits can also come with accessories like a belt clip and extra drivers that are a welcome bonus.

Warranty

You don’t save money when you buy a cheap tool that fails after only a year of use.  Even the best tool models fail prematurely.  They are manufactured devices with materials that can fail.  The question is if you get a defective model, will there be a warranty there to back you up.

Longer warranties show that the manufacturer trusts their own materials and workmanship.  Professionals know that high-quality tools with a longer warranty save money in the long run.

 

We searched power tool forums, customer review sites, handyman forums, manufacturer sites, social media, consumer sites, and retail sites to find the most popular and highly rated hammer drill drivers.

 

Take a look at our choices and see if one of these DEWALT hammer drill drivers is the best cordless hammer drill driver for your needs!

 

#1 – DEWALT DCD995M2 20-Volt Max XR Lithium Ion Brushless Premium 3-Speed ½-Inch Cordless Hammer Drill Kit

Hammerdrill: DEWALT DCD995M2 20V Hammer Drill Driver Kit ViewWith a 3-speed, all metal transmission, a high-efficiency brushless motor, and plenty of power, the DEWALT DCD995M2 20-Volt Max XR Lithium Ion Brushless Premium 3-Speed Cordless Hammer Drill Kit has the performance and features professionals look for in a hammerdrill.  Its high-efficiency, brushless motor delivers up to 57-percent longer runtime than brushed models and its heavy-duty ½-inch metal ratcheting chuck has carbide inserts for superior bit gripping strength.  Compact and lightweight, this model fits easier into tight areas and reduces fatigue, particularly when working overhead.  Convenience features include an integrated LED light with 20-second trigger release delay and onboard bit holder, 360-degree side handle, and a belt hook.

Hammerdrill: Features

  • 20-volt, high-performance, 650 UWO hammer drill driver
  • High-efficiency, brushless motor is more durable and delivers up to 57-percent longer runtimes than brushed models
  • Heavy-duty ½-inch metal ratcheting chuck has carbide inserts for superior bit gripping strength
  • 3-speed (0-2,000 RPM), high performance, all-metal transmission gives you the flexibility to tailor application speeds to your tasks
  • 0-34,000 BPM speed mode delivers fast drilling in masonry materials
  • Hammerdrill: DEWALT DCD995M2 20V Hammer Drill Driver Side View20V MAX XR 4.0Ah lithium-ion batteries feature plenty of fade-free power, 33-percent more capacity than standard battery packs, and an integrated fuel gauge that lets you know when power is low
  • Integrated LED light placement on the tool minimizes shadows and it features a 20-second trigger release delay which can be used as a small work light
  • Onboard bit storage keeps bits right at hand
  • Compact at only 8.4 inches front-to-back, this hammerdrill is also lightweight at only 4.7 lbs.
  • 3-Year limited warranty, 1-Year free service, 90-day money back guarantee

Includes

2 – 20V MAX XR high-capacity lithium-ion batteries

1 – Fast charger

1 – Belt hook

1 – 360-degree side handle

1 – Kit box

 

Customer Reviews

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Pros

  • High-quality look and feel
  • Battery fuel gauge is a handy feature
  • 360-degree rotating handle is very handy
  • 4.0Ah batteries provide power and long life

 

Cons

  • Some complain its cumbersome in tight spaces
  • Some say it’s heavier than they like
  • Pricey

 

 

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#2 – DEWALT DCD985M2 20V MAX Lithium-Ion Premium Hammer Drill Driver Kit

Hammerdrill: DEWALT DCD985M2 20V Hammer Drill Driver Kit ViewAnother capable hammer drill driver kit from DEWALT, the DEWALT DCD985M2 20V MAX Lithium-Ion Premium Hammer Drill Driver Kit also has a 3-speed all-metal transmission, heavy-duty ½-inch ratcheting chuck, and powerful 535 UWO high-efficiency motor.  Its 20V MAX XR lithium-ion batteries offer long runtime and enhanced durability on the job site.  Three speeds give you the flexibility to tailor speed to your task material and the ratcheting chuck has 22 clutch settings.  This hammerdrill also has a handy integrated LED light that is perfectly placed to reduce shadows and features a convenient 20-second trigger delay.

Features

  • 20-volt, high-performance, hammer drill driver with high-efficiency motor that delivers 535 UWO
  • With a heavy-duty ratcheting action, the ½-inch metal chuck has integrated carbide inserts for that grip bits more securely and 22 clutch settings
  • 3-speed, high performance, all-metal transmission lets you match speed to your material and task
  • 20V MAX XR lithium-ion batteries offer long runtime and enhanced durability
  • Hammerdrill: DEWALT DCD985M2 20V Hammer Drill Driver Side ViewThe built-in LED light is designed to minimize shadows and has a convenient 20-second trigger delay feature that allows you to use it as a small work light without having to activate the drill
  • Lightweight at only 5.2 lbs.
  • 3-Year limited warranty, 1-Year free service, 90-day money back guarantee

Includes

  • 1 – One-hour charger
  • 2 – 20V MAX XR Premium lithium-ion batteries
  • 1 – 360-degree handle
  • 1 – Kit box

 

Customer Reviews

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Pros

  • Great power
  • Very balanced in operation
  • Plenty of torque
  • Long battery life

 

Cons

  • None noted

 

 

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Hammerdrill: Comparison

 

 

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If you need a hammer drill driver, one of these capable DEWALT models is a popular choice.  We sincerely hope that the information we have provided helps you choose a hammerdrill that is best for your needs!

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