With its rugged 8.5-amp motor built with hardened steel wheels, the Ridgid R5011 is a dual-speed model offering a high-torque first gear and a fast-spinning second gear. Its heavy-duty chuck clamps down hard on any compatible bit.
Milwaukee SDS Plus
The straightforward controls and D-handle of the Milwaukee SDS Plus make it an ideal choice for beginners, and its compact size is well-suited for use in tight spaces. Its brushless motor increases its efficiency, extending the runtime of the battery.
Metabo HPT DH38YE2
Following the company’s rebranding, the Metabo HPT DH38YE2 is the next-generation version of the Hitachi DH38YE. This iteration of the tool is almost 3 pounds lighter than its predecessor, and produces less noise and fewer vibrations, making it a pleasure to work with.
One nifty safety feature of the Makita Plus is its ability to detect when the bit binds up, at which point it will power down the gears automatically to prevent damage. You can set the bit to any of 40 positions to suit the project you’re working on.
With three operational modes — hammer and drill, hammer only, and drill only — the Bosch RH328VC is a versatile tool that deserves a spot in any busy contractor’s arsenal. It features a three-finger trigger that’s easy to squeeze and helps minimize hand fatigue.
It may be hyperbole to claim the DeWalt Max can slide through concrete like butter, but it’s not too far from the truth. It offers an impressive battery life for such a high-powered model, and the side handle rotates to keep you comfortable in a variety of positions.
You can work for several hours in a row, and the Hilti 228061 won’t skip a beat. It’s simple to switch between forward and reverse, and it gives you the ability to maneuver in hard-to-reach areas that many other models wouldn’t be able to access.
The Makita HR4013C has a high-torque, 11-amp motor that can generate serious power in a controlled manner, which allows you to blast through what you want and nothing else. It also features an effective mechanism for absorbing vibrations to lessen the impact on the user.
At just over 10 pounds, the DeWalt D25263K is relatively lightweight, but don’t let that fool you. This thing is a beast — equally suitable for a commercial job site as it is for a do-it-yourself project. It offers a full-speed mode in both forward and reverse.
The Bosch Bulldog is one of the more affordable options out there, but it will still meet most contractors’ daily demands, making it an exceptional value. It can be purchased with or without a dust attachment and a grinder, depending on your needs.