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Masterforce Boost Cordless Hammer Drill Review

Masterforce Boost Cordless Hammer Drill Review
PTR Review
  • Pro Rating 8.8

With the Masterforce Boost cordless hammer drill, we find an impressive blend of performance and value. It's a drill that legitimately performs at a professional level with a price that's well within reach of serious DIYers.

Overall Score 8.8 (out of 10)

Masterforce Cordless Hammer Drill Gets a Big Boost in Performance From New Tech

The Masterforce Boost cordless hammer drill joins the ranks of advanced cordless tools with its Boost technology. Merging better battery and motor tech together, we tested it against the previous FlexPower brushless model to see what kind of difference you should expect.


Pros

  • Big performance upgrade from previous model
  • More compact and lighter than previous model
  • Excellent value
  • Brushless motor
  • Separate clutch and mode collars
  • Metal chuck

Cons

  • On the heavy side

Masterforce Boost Hammer Drill Performance

As you can see from the chart below, the Masterforce Boost hammer drill gets a pretty significant performance upgrade thanks to the new technology. Even drilling our first few test holes, we could feel the difference.

Masterforce Boost Vs Masterforce Brushless Hammer Drill

20V FlexPower
(241-0464)
20V Boost
(241-0472)
Speeds500/1,850 RPM550/2,000 RPM
Max Torque700 in-lbs800 in-lbs
Blow Rate6,500/24,050 BPM8,000/32,000 BPM
Masterforce Boost Cordless Hammer Drill

To see how it practically boosts the performance, we turned to the PTR Drill Test Track. Featuring a series of continuous real-world tests, it gives us a way to compare overall performance.

  • Driving 20 x 2 1/2-inch drywall screws
  • Drilling 10 x 1/2-inch twist bit holes
  • Boring 10 x 3/4-inch spade bit holes
  • Boring 10 x 3/4-inch auger bit holes
  • Drilling with a 1-inch hole saw followed by a 2 1/8-inch hole saw

Masterforce’s FlexPower brushless drill finished the course in 3:09. It shaved a few seconds off by using the Boost battery to make it in 3:05. That’s a pretty good middle of the pack finish.

However, the Boost technology became evident when we switched drills. the Masterforce Boost hammer drill finished the course in 2:39. Not only does that put it in the top 5, it’s ahead of major brand names such as Bosch, Milwaukee, and Makita.

The caveat here is that some of those other drills do give you more overall power on really tough jobs. However, this shows us that Masterforce is absolutely capable of keeping up with premium professional models on a lot of tasks.


Masterforce Boost Hammer Drill Design and Features

Masterforce Boost Cordless Hammer Drill

The overall design is about a 1/2-inch shorter and a couple of ounces lighter than the previous model. The drill driver version drops another 1/2-inch and is impressively compact for its performance level.

It’s on the hefty side at 3.1 pounds bare. Stick the with 2.5Ah battery to keep the overall weight to a manageable 4.2 pounds.

The handle is agreeably curvy and comfortable for a wide range of hand sizes.

Feature Set

  • Boost advanced technology (upgraded brushless motor, electronics, and battery)
  • Impulse mode
  • Metal chuck
  • Foot-mounted LED light
  • Auxiliary handle included
  • Belt clip
  • Integrated bit holder
  • Compatible with all MasterForce Boost and FlexPower 20V batteries

Impulse Mode

Masterforce Impulse Mode

Impulse mode is designed to give you a better start on glossy surfaces and remove damaged screws. It’s a consistent ramp-up/slow down cycle and our jury is still out on whether it’s more effective than feathering the trigger.

If you’ve used it, let us know what you think of Impulse mode in the comments!

Battery Compatibility

Masterforce Boost Battery

Like many advanced cordless tools, you get the best performance when you pair this hammer drill with an advanced Boost battery. However, you can still use your Masterforce FlexPower 20V batteries. You’ll just notice a drop in performance.

Masterforce Boost Cordless Hammer Drill Price

You can find Masterforce’s latest cordless hammer drill at Menards for $149.99 with a 2.5Ah battery and charger. Considering its performance, that’s a pretty attractive price tag.

If you don’t need the concrete drilling capabilities of a hammer drill, the drill driver kit is $139.99.

The Bottom Line

With the Masterforce Boost cordless hammer drill, we find an impressive blend of performance and value. It’s a drill that legitimately performs at a professional level with a price that’s well within reach of serious DIYers. If getting a lot of bang for your buck is a big deal for you, Masterforce Boost should be on your shortlist.

Specifications

  • Model: Masterforce 241-0472
  • Power Source: Masterforce 20V Boost or FlexPower batteries
  • Chuck Size: 1/2-inch
  • No-Load Speed:0 – 550 / 0 – 2,000 RPM
  • Maximum Torque: 800 in-lbs
  • Blow Rate: 0 – 8,000 / 0 – 32,000 BPM
  • Clutch Settings: 24+1+1
  • Length: 7.4 inches
  • Weight: 3.1 pounds bare, 4.2 pounds with battery
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Price: $149 kit with 2.5Ah battery

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Fed Up

The link didn’t work, but I found it on menards.com using the SKU: 2410472. However, it comes with the FlexPower battery. The 2.5Ah Boost battery is $69.00 extra.

Big Richard

You mentioned its “impulse” mode, and that got me thinking… Can we see a review of the Masterforce oil impulse impact driver? I have to think it’s a step below the M12/M18 Surges and Makita XST01Z, but how does it fare against the Ryobi QUIETSTRIKE?

At $89 for the bare tool, I have been on the fence about trying one out for some time now.

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