Hilti Hammer Drill and Rotary Hammer – The Ultimate Guide

Hilti Hammer Drill and Rotary Hammer – The Ultimate Guide Hilti TE 4-22

Hilti is a dominate force in the concrete industry and its concrete tools enjoy a stellar reputation. There are quite a number of Hilti hammer drill and rotary hammer models to choose from, and we’re going to help you decide which ones are best for the way you work.


Hilti Hammer Drill Vs Hilti Rotary Hammer

Before we jump in too far, we need to clarify some terms. Many folks ask for a Hilti hammer drill when they are actually looking for a rotary hammer, or rotary hammer drill. What’s the difference?

Both use a combination of rotation and chipping action to drill holes in concrete, but they’re very different classes of tool. When you’re shopping, a hammer drill typically refers to a drill driver that has an additional hammer mode built into it. These tend to be smaller pistol grip tools that run at higher RPMs.

Rotary hammers, or rotary hammer drills, are larger tools that typically spin at lower RPMs but with much greater hammering force. They’re capable of drilling larger holes and often include a chipping mode to break concrete, clear tile, and more.

You can read more about the differences in their mechanisms and applications in our Rotary Hammer vs Hammer Drill article.

Terms to Know

  • ATC (Active Torque Control): stops the motor automatically when it senses a bind up and reduces the risk of injury
  • AVR (Active Vibration Reduction): a vibration dampening system that significantly reduces how much vibration reaches your hands and arms
  • Drilling Range: the minimum and maximum recommended drilling diameters
  • Optimal Drilling Range: the range of drilling diameters where the tool is most effective and efficient

Hilti Hammer Drill Models

Hilti Cordless Hammer Drills

When Hilti introduced its Nuron battery platform, the base voltage didn’t change, but the system is completely different. Still running 21.6V/24V Max, the system is smarter with improved batteries and a wider range of brushless products. Instead of having a separate system for higher power needs, Nuron opts for a 2 x 22V configuration instead of having a 36V or 44V battery. Now, you can use the same battery packs for every cordless tool on the Nuron platform.

Hilti SF 4H-22

Hilti Nuron Cordless Compact Hammer Drill SF 4H-22

The Hilti SF 4H-22 is the most compact hammer drill in the Nuron line. It boasts a fast top speed and solid torque for the compact class. Unlike most of its competitors, this model has Active Torque Control built in to stop the motor if it senses a bind-up. It’s your go-to option for drilling holes up to 5/16 of an inch in concrete and working in tight spaces.

  • Speeds: 0 – 610/2100 RPM
  • Max Hammering Rate: 33,600 BPM
  • Max Torque: 314 in-lbs (soft), 549 in-lbs (hard)
  • Weight: 3.1 lbs bare
  • Length: 7.6 in

Price: Starting at $159 bare

Hilti SF 6H-22

Hilti Nuron SF 6H-22 Cordless Hammer Drill

The strongest hammer drill in Hilti’s Nuron lineup is the SF 6H-22. In the mid-range for size and power, it has all the muscle you need to drill holes up to 1/2 an inch in concrete without moving up to a full-on rotary hammer. While Hilti’s SF 10W-22 is the leader in drill torque for the Nuron line, there’s no hammer drill version of that model. With how well the SF 6H-22 handle its role, there’s not a huge need to add the hammer function to its larger counterpart, though.

  • Speeds: 0 – 490/2000 RPM
  • Max Hammering Rate: 36,000 BPM
  • Max Torque: 575 in-lbs (soft), 752 in-lbs (hard)
  • Weight: 3.7 lbs bare
  • Length: 8.2 in

Price: Starting at $199 bare

Hilti Corded Hammer Drills

Hilti UH 700

Hilti UH 700

If you’re willing to manage a cord, Hilti’s UH 700 hammer drill offers even higher performance than the Nuron cordless options. With outstanding top end speed and torque, plan on using this model for holes up to 5/8 of an inch.

  • Speeds: 0 – 900/2500 RPM
  • Max Hammering Rate: 40,000 BPM
  • Max Torque: 708 in-lbs (soft)
  • Weight: 7.7 lbs
  • Length: 13.5 in

Price: $139

Hilti Rotary Hammer Drill Models

Hilti Cordless SDS-Plus Rotary Hammer Drills

Hilti’s Nuron cordless rotary hammers are highly-effective replacements for corded models. They’re specifically designed to help you maintain high levels of productivity without having to manage a cord.

Hilti TE 2-22

Hilti TE 2-22

The most compact cordless rotary hammer drill in Hilti’s lineup is the TE2-22. It’s an in-betweener that’s the basic shape of a pistol grip drill driver that hasn’t reached the full size of your other options. When you’re drilling holes in concrete up to 15/32 of an inch, it’s a great way to drop some size and weight. Even though you can drill up to 7/8 of an inch, you’ll find some of the other models are more efficient at that range if you’re drilling a lot of them.

  • Speed: 0 – 1090 RPM
  • Impact Energy: 1.1 ft-lbs
  • Hammer Drilling Range: 5/32 – 7/8 in
  • Optimal Drilling Range: 5/32 – 15/32 in
  • Weight: 5.1 lbs bare

Price: Starting at $249 bare

Hilti TE 4-22

Hilti TE 4-22

The TE 4-22 rotary hammer drill is an excellent option for small to mid-range drilling that keeps the overall size and weight under control. Capable to handling holes in concrete up to 1 3/32 inches, it does it best work with holes up to 9/16 of an inch. This model includes both Active Torque Control and Active Vibration Reduction, making it one of the most comfortable and safe compact models available.

  • Speed: 0 – 1050 RPM
  • Impact Energy: 1.7 ft-lbs
  • Hammer Drilling Range: 5/32 – 1 3/32 in
  • Optimal Drilling Range: 5/32 – 9/16 in
  • Weight: 5.4 lbs bare

Price: Starting at $299 bare

Hilti TE 5-22

Hilti TE 5-22

Hilti’s TE 5-22 is very similar in performance to the TE 4-22 but shifts to an elongated form. It has a slightly higher range that it’s comfortable with, drilling holes up to 23/32 of an inch while reaching the same max diameter. This is another model that includes both ATC and AVR, making it primarily a preference call between it and the TE 6-22.

  • Speeds: 0 – 1070 RPM
  • Impact Energy: 1.8 ft-lbs
  • Hammer Drilling Range: 5/32 – 1 3/32 in
  • Optimal Drilling Range: 1/4 – 23/32 in
  • Weight: 6.0 lbs bare

Price: Starting at $299 bare

Hilti TE 6-22

Hilti Nuron TE 6-22 SDS Plus Rotary Hammer

The Hilti TE 6-22 has slightly more top-end speed and impact energy than the TE 5-22 and keeps the squattier style that’s more popular in Hilti’s SDS-Plus lineup. It has the same 23/32-inch optimal and 1 3/32-inch max diameter as the TE 5-22 and includes both ATC and AVR.

  • Speed: 0 – 1050 RPM
  • Impact Energy: 1.9 ft-lbs
  • Hammer Drilling Range: 5/32 – 1 3/32 in
  • Optimal Drilling Range: 1/4 – 23/32 in
  • Weight: 6.3 lbs bare

Price: Starting at $429 bare

Hilti TE 30-22

The TE 30-22 is Hilti’s top-performing cordless SDS-Plus rotary hammer. Even though it has the same max capacity as some of the other models in the line, its 2.8 ft-lbs of impact energy make it more efficient when you’re consistently drilling near the top of the range. As you would expect for the class leader, both ATC and AVR are on board.

  • Speed: 0 – 777 RPM
  • Impact Energy: 2.8 ft-lbs
  • Max Hammering Rate: 4500 BPM
  • Hammer Drilling Range: 5/32 – 1 3/32 in
  • Optimal Drilling Range: 13/32 – 31/32 in
  • Weight: 8.6 lbs bare

Price: Starting at $869 bare

Hilti Cordless SDS-Max Rotary Hammer Drills

Hilti TE 60-22

Hilti Nuron TE 60-22 SDS-Max Rotary Hammer

Currently, Hilti has just one cordless SDS-Max rotary hammer drill on the Nuron platform and it’s a beast! Boasting 6.0 ft-lbs of impact energy, it still uses just one battery to easily drill holes up to 1 9/16 inches. Even if you need to occasionally drill holes as large as 2 5/32, the TE 60-22 has you covered. Of course, with performance this high, using the highest-capacity Nuron battery is the way to go. Continuing the trend, you get both ATC and AVR on this model.

  • Speeds: 0 – 340 RPM
  • Impact Energy: 6.0 ft-lbs
  • Max Hammering Rate: 3300 BPM
  • Hammer Drilling Range: 23/32 – 2 5/32 in
  • Optimal Drilling Range: 23/32 – 1 9/16 in
  • Weight: 13.9 lbs bare

Price: Starting at $1109 bare

Hilti Corded SDS-Plus Rotary Hammer Drills

Hilti TE 2/TE 2-S

Hilti TE 2/TE 2-S

The TE 2 is the smallest and lightest of the corded rotary hammers in Hilti’s lineup. Sporting a pistol grip design, it’s your best compact option for drilling holes up to 1/2 of an inch regularly and can tackle diameters up to 7/8 of an inch when it needs to.

This model comes in two configurations. The difference between the TE 2 and the TE 2-S is that the S model includes a chipping mode. Chipping with a rotary hammer this size isn’t very efficient on larger demo and remodeling jobs. However, it’s great when you need to manage precision chipping when larger hammers are a bit too much.

  • Speeds: 0 – 1200 RPM
  • Impact Energy: 1.3 ft-lbs
  • Max Hammering Rate: 1600 BPM
  • Hammer Drilling Range: 5/32 – 7/8 in
  • Optimal Drilling Range: 5/32 – 15/32 in
  • Weight: 6.0 lbs bare

Price: $219 – $229

Hilti TE 3-C

Hilti TE 3-C SDS-Plus Rotary Hammer

The TE 3-C is very similar to the smaller TE 2 and gets a bit longer and heavier while maintaining the pistol grip style. For the extra size, you gain a significant boost in impact energy and a slightly larger 5/8-inch optimal top end. More notably, the max range moves past the 1-inch mark.


  • Speeds: 0 – 1070 RPM
  • Impact Energy: 1.8 ft-lbs
  • Max Hammering Rate: 5160 BPM
  • Hammer Drilling Range: 5/32 – 1 3/32 in
  • Optimal Drilling Range: 1/4 – 5/8 in
  • Weight: 6.6 lbs bare

Price: $249

Hilti TE 7-C

Hilti TE 7-C Rotary Hammer Drill

The TE 7-C makes the shift to a D-handle style and continues the upward power trend slightly. With the same range and optimal range as the TE 3, its 1.9 ft-lbs of impact energy hit a little harder.

  • Speeds: 0 – 740 RPM
  • Impact Energy: 1.9 ft-lbs
  • Max Hammering Rate: 4020 BPM
  • Hammer Drilling Range: 5/32 – 1 3/32 in
  • Optimal Drilling Range: 1/4 – 5/8 in
  • Weight: 7.5 lbs bare

Price: $399

Hilti TE 30/TE 30 AVR

Hilti TE 30/TE 30 AVR Rotary Hammer Drill

Leading the SDS-Plus class on the corded side, the TE 30 is the heaviest hitter for Hilti. Its 2.7 ft-lbs of impact energy are only slightly higher than the TE 7, but its faster top speed and hammering rate give it a higher optimal working range. If you’re consistently drilling 3/4-inch holes, you’ll find this to be the most effective rotary hammer without stepping into the SDS-Max class.

The model numbers give away the difference between the TE 30 and TE 30 AVR. For $120 more, you get Hilti’s Active Vibration Reduction system. As the largest of the SDS-Plus models, it’s a difference you’ll notice and that we highly recommend taking advantage of.

  • Speeds: 0 – 1100 RPM
  • Impact Energy: 2.7 ft-lbs
  • Max Hammering Rate: 4500 BPM
  • Hammer Drilling Range: 5/32 – 1 3/32 in
  • Optimal Drilling Range: 13/32 – 25/32 in
  • Weight: 9.3 lbs bare

Price: $749 – $869

Hilti Corded SDS-Max Rotary Hammer Drills

Hilti TE 50-AVR

Hilti TE 50-AVR SDS-Max Rotary Hammer

Even though Hilti’s SDS-Max rotary hammers all have a similar look, their performance levels and weights are very different. The lightest of the group is the TE 50-AVR, which hits at 4.4 ft-lbs and moves up to 1 1/4 inches for the top of its optimal range. It can also handle holes all the way up to 1 9/16 inches if you need it to.

  • Speeds: 0 – 360 RPM
  • Impact Energy: 4.4 ft-lbs
  • Max Hammering Rate: 3510 BPM
  • Hammer Drilling Range: 15/32 – 1 9/16 in
  • Optimal Drilling Range: 15/32 – 1 1/4 in
  • Weight: 13.4 lbs bare

Price: $869

Hilti TE 60-AVR/TE 60-ATC-AVR

Hilti TE 60-AVR/TE 60-ATC-AVR

Stepping up to 5.8 ft-lbs of impact energy, the TE 60 rotary hammer drill is the mid-range performer of the SDS-Max class. Boasting the same full range as the TE 50, the optimal range for this model is 1 9/16, and it’s more effective at chipping and light breaking.

Both configurations include AVR and there’s an option to step up with Active Torque Control as well. When you’re drilling in concrete with a tool this powerful, it’s well worth it to have bind up protection, especially when you’re drilling in reinforced concrete frequently.

  • Speeds: 0 – 340 RPM
  • Impact Energy: 5.8 ft-lbs
  • Max Hammering Rate: 3300 BPM
  • Hammer Drilling Range: 15/32 – 1 9/16 in
  • Optimal Drilling Range: 25/32 – 1 9/16 in
  • Weight: 17.2 lbs bare

Price: $1249 – $1879

Hilti TE 70-AVR and TE 70-ATC/AVR

Hilti TE 70-ATC/AVR SDS-Max Combination Hammer

Staking its claim as king of the hill in power, the TE 70 series is the strongest rotary hammer in Hilti’s extensive lineup. Hitting with a monster 10.7 ft-lbs of impact energy, this is the model you turn to when you need to drill holes up to, and even beyond, 2 inches. It’s no surprise that this is also the heaviest of the bunch.

Like the TE 60, you have the option of having AVR only or adding ATC to give you bind up protection.

  • Speeds: 0 – 245 RPM
  • Impact Energy: 10.7 ft-lbs
  • Max Hammering Rate: 2830 BPM
  • Hammer Drilling Range: 15/32 – 2 5/32 in
  • Optimal Drilling Range: 25/32 – 1 9/16 in
  • Weight: 22 lbs bare

Price: $1879 – 2489

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