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2017 Heavy Duty 18V Hammer Drill Buying Guide

We’ve assembled all of the current top of the line models into a 2017 Heavy Duty 18V Hammer Drills Buying Guide that we keep updated with the latest features and specs from all of the manufacturers. What you’ll want to do when you look through this list is note whether your priority is battery power (run-time), ergonomics (low weight), speed, torque & power, or value. Depending upon what you’re looking for, this updated list of the latest heavy-duty models will answer the question of which model is right for you. Plus, we’ve included some of the best places to buy the tools when you’re ready. We’ve also given you links at the bottom to preview articles or tool reviews we may have written on those models.

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Current 2017 Hammer Drills Lineup

These are the current line-up of heavy duty 18V hammer drills on the market—the tools you’ll reach for when you want to sink a lag bolt, use a hole saw, or otherwise tackle a high-torque application. Some of these tools will do better than others, but there are also some good compromises if you want to save some money and don’t plan on using the tool for ultra high torque applications. If your priority is light weight, however, check out our 2015 Best Compact 18V Hammer Drill Buying Guide for additional recommendations. We also did a hands-on 18V hammer drill shootout that should give you a good idea of real-world performance. If you intend on doing a lot of concrete drilling, check out our 18V SDS-Plus rotary hammer round-up article.

2017 Heavy Duty 18V Hammer Drills Buying Guide

  • TorqueTorque
  • No-load SpeedNo-load Speed
  • ImpactsImpacts
  • Clutch SettingsClutch Settings
  • ChuckChuck
  • Batteries IncludedBatteries Included
  • Battery Level MeterBattery Level Meter
  • BrushlessBrushless
  • LED LightLED Light
  • Tool LengthTool Length
  • WeightWeight
  • IncludesIncludes
  • PricePrice
  • Bosch

  • HDH181X

    18V Hammer Drill

  • Torque752 in-lbs
  • No-load Speed0-440/1,850 RPMs
  • Impacts0-27,500
  • Clutch Settings25
  • Chuck1/2-in metal
  • Batteries Included2 x 18V 4.0Ah
  • Battery Level Meter
  • Brushless
  • LED Light
  • Tool Length8.9 in
  • Weight5.0 lbs
  • IncludesHandle, charger, Philips bit, bag
  • Price

    $299

  • Craftsman

  • 11543X

    18V Hammer Drill

  • Torque465 in-lbs
  • No-load Speed0-1,600 RPMs
  • Impacts
  • Clutch Settings24
  • Chuck1/2-in metal
  • Batteries Included1 x 19.2V 3.0Ah
  • Battery Level Meter
  • Brushless
  • LED Light
  • Tool Length9.5 in
  • Weight4.5 lbs
  • IncludesHandle, charger, bits, bag
  • Price

    $120

  • DeWalt

  • DCD985M2

    20V Max Hammer Drill

  • Torque535 UWO
  • No-load Speed3-speed transmission0-575/1,350/2,000
  • Impacts0-9,775/22,950/34,000
  • Clutch Settings22
  • Chuck1/2-in metal
  • Batteries Included2 x 20V Max 4.0Ah
  • Battery Level Meter
  • Brushless
  • LED Light
  • Tool Length9.0 in
  • Weight5.2 lbs
  • IncludesHandle, charger, case
  • Price

    $249

  • Festool

  • PDC 18/4

    18V Hammer Drill

  • Torque531 in-lbs
  • No-load Speed4-speed transmission0-3,800
  • Impacts0-78,000
  • Clutch Settingsn/a
  • Chuck1/2-in metal
  • Batteries Included2 x 18V 5.2 Ah
  • Battery Level Meter
  • Brushless
  • LED Light
  • Tool Lengthn/a
  • Weight5.2 lbs
  • IncludesHandle, charger, Right-angle chuck, Centrotec chuck, Systainer
  • Price

    $525

  • Hilti

  • SFH 18-A

    18V Hammer Drill

  • Torque743 in-lbs
  • No-load Speed3-speed transmission0-370/1,250/2,140
  • Impacts0-39,000
  • Clutch Settings15
  • Chuck1/2-in metal
  • Batteries Included2 x 18V 3.3Ah
  • Battery Level Meter
  • Brushless
  • LED Light
  • Tool Length10.4 in
  • Weight5.7 lbs
  • IncludesHandle, charger, case
  • Price

    $580

  • Hitachi

  • DV18DSDL

    18V Hammer Drill

  • Torque814 in-lbs
  • No-load Speed0-400/1,800
  • Impacts0-6,000/27,000
  • Clutch Settings22
  • Chuck1/2-in metal
  • Batteries Included2 x 18V 3.0Ah
  • Battery Level Meter
  • Brushless
  • LED Light
  • Tool Length9.2 in
  • Weight4.8 lbs
  • IncludesHandle, charger, bit, case
  • Price

    $310

  • Makita

  • XPH07M

    18V Hammer Drill

  • Torque1,090 in-lbs
  • No-load Speed0-550/2,100
  • Impacts0-8,250/31,500
  • Clutch Settings21
  • Chuck1/2-in metal
  • Batteries Included2 x 18V 4.0Ah
  • Battery Level Meter
  • Brushless
  • LED Light
  • Tool Length8.1 in
  • Weight5.9 lbs
  • IncludesHandle, charger, belt clip, case
  • Price

    $299

  • Metabo

  • SB 18 LTX

    18V Impact Drill

  • Torque974 in-lbs
  • No-load Speed0-500/1,700
  • Impacts0-32,300
  • Clutch Settings11 (electronic)
  • Chuck1/2-in metal
  • Batteries Included2 x 18V 5.5Ah
  • Battery Level Meter
  • Brushless
  • LED Light
  • Tool Length8.8 in
  • Weight4.0 lbs
  • IncludesHandle, charger, belt clip, bit holder, case
  • Price

    $399

  • Milwaukee

  • 2704-22

    18V Hammer Drill

  • Torque1200 in-lbs
  • No-load Speed0-550/2,000
  • Impacts0-32,000
  • Clutch Settings24
  • Chuck1/2-in metal
  • Batteries Included2 x 18V 5.0Ah
  • Battery Level Meter
  • Brushless
  • LED Light
  • Tool Length7.75 in
  • Weight5.0 lbs
  • IncludesHandle, charger, belt clip, bit holder, case
  • Price

    $299

  • Panasonic

  • EY7450LS2S

    18V Hammer Drill

  • Torque505 in-lbs
  • No-load Speed0-430/1,650
  • Impacts0-7,740/29,700
  • Clutch Settings18
  • Chuck1/2-in metal
  • Batteries Included2 x 18V 4.2Ah
  • Battery Level Meter
  • Brushless
  • LED Light
  • Tool Length9.25 in
  • Weight5.0 lbs
  • IncludesHandle, charger, case
  • Price

    $470

  • Porter-Cable

  • PCC620LB

    18V Hammer Drill

  • Torque330 UWO
  • No-load Speed0-400/1,600
  • Impacts0-27,200
  • Clutch Settings23
  • Chuck1/2-in metal
  • Batteries Included2 x 20V Max 2.0Ah
  • Battery Level Meter
  • Brushless
  • LED Light
  • Tool Length8.25 in
  • Weight3.6 lbs
  • IncludesHandle, charger, belt clip, case
  • Price

    $170

  • Ridgid

  • R8611503

    18V Hammer Drill

  • Torque780 in-lbs
  • No-load Speed0-450/1,600
  • Impacts0-7,200/25,600
  • Clutch Settings115 micro
  • Chuck1/2-in metal
  • Batteries Included2 x 18V 4.0Ah
  • Battery Level Meter
  • Brushless
  • LED Light
  • Tool Length
  • Weight
  • IncludesHandle, charger, belt clip, bag
  • Price

    $499

    5-piece kit

  • Ryobi

  • P1812

    18V Hammer Drill

  • Torque600 in-lbs
  • No-load Speed0-375/1,600
  • Impacts0-5,600/24,000
  • Clutch Settings24
  • Chuck1/2-in
  • Batteries Included2 x 18V 1.5Ah
  • Battery Level Meter
  • Brushless
  • LED Light
  • Tool Length8.9 in
  • Weight3.2 lbs
  • IncludesHandle, charger, bit holder, bit, bag
  • Price

    $129

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