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May 18, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


Makita HM0871C Demolition Hammer

Makita HM0871C demolition hammer

Compact Makita Demolition Hammer Packs a Punch

The compact 12 lb. Makita HM0871C demolition hammer excels in overhead applications. But, don’t let its size fool you. Based on the numbers this hammer should deliver plenty of power while reducing vibration for the user.


10-Second Summary

  • Model: Makita HM0871C
  • SDS-Max Chuck
  • 12 lb. demo hammer delivers 8.6 ft-lbs of impact energy
  • Anti-Vibration Technology
  • Constant speed control
  • LED power and service lights
  • Automatic brush cut-off
  • Price: TBD

How Does this Makita Demolition Hammer Perform?

The 10-amp motor on the Makita HM0871C delivers 8.6 ft-lbs. of impact energy, with anywhere between 1,100 and 2,650 impacts per minute. And, because it’s only 12.3 lbs, you can easily get it up over your shoulders for jobs requiring overhead work.


The SDS-Max chuck on the HM0871C hammer lets you rotate the bit into any of 12 different positions. Rather than turning the entire hammer around awkwardly, you can get the chisel or scraper to line up with the job at hand.

Makita HM0871C demolition hammer

By the numbers, the size and power are considerable for its size. Perhaps the most notable feature of this demo hammer, however, revolves around the inclusion of Makita’s anti-vibration technology (AVT). Between the counterbalancing of the AVT system and the vibration-absorbing rear handle, this Makita demolition hammer dampens shocks down to just 8 m/s2.

Internal Features

Additionally, the Makita HM0871C features a “soft no-load” function that automatically reduces the speed of the motor when not in use, increasing the tool’s life and performance. The Makita team also engineered the motor with field core interlocking steel laminations, dual ball bearing armature, and more copper commutator bars for better energy transfer and prolonged tool life.

The housing features an LED power light to notify you of switch failure or cord damage, while an LED service light notifies you when its time to replace the brushes. An automatic brush cut-off further protects the commutator from damage.

Makita Demolition Hammer Specs

  • Model: Makita HM0871C
  • Amps: 10 Amps
  • Bit Type: SDS-Max
  • Blows per minute: 1,100 – 2,650 BPM
  • Impact energy: 8.6 ft-lbs./11.6 J
  • Vibration control
  • Vibration: 8 m/s²
  • Noise level: 98 dbA
  • Length: 18-3/8 in.
  • Weight: 12.3 lbs
  • Breaker/demo class: 11
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Price: TBD

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