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.
- Big performance upgrade from previous model
- More compact and lighter than previous model
- Excellent value
- Brushless motor
- Separate clutch and mode collars
- Metal chuck
- 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
|Speeds||500/1,850 RPM||550/2,000 RPM|
|Max Torque||700 in-lbs||800 in-lbs|
|Blow Rate||6,500/24,050 BPM||8,000/32,000 BPM|
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
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.
- 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 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!
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.
- 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