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Max-Lok Carbide SDS-Max Bit Extension System

Milwaukee Max-Lok Carbide SDS-Max Bit Extension System

So Milwaukee is into innovation – everyone who is even remotely familiar with the company and its product lines can attest to that. But what’s always surprising (to me, at least) is the diversity of areas that innovation touches. Take their new Max-Lok Carbide Extension System, for example. This falls smack dab in the lap of serious concrete professionals who use SDS-Max bits day in and day out. The Max-Lok system is designed to extend SDS-Max rotary hammer bits up to 82.5″. That means you can take your existing SDS-Max bits and bore deeper and into more places than ever before. And you’re not buying expensive and dedicated extended length bits to do it.

Milwaukee M12 Rotary Hammer

Milwaukee M12 Rotary Hammer 2412-22XC

Ask anyone who drills into concrete for a living and you’ll find that users of rotary hammers are clamoring for SDS-Plus cordless solutions. You try hauling a typical SDS-Plus hammer around all day! Think about how nice it would be to shave off a pound or so while you’re drilling. Since around 80% of concrete […]

Bosch RHS181K 18V Compact Rotary Hammer Drill Preview

Bosch RHS181K 18V Compact Rotary Hammer Drill Preview

Last summer we got to check out Bosch’s RHH180 Cordless Rotary Hammer Drill and found it to be the kind of tool that would make lots of on-site jobs much easier. When you just need to grab a tool and drill to, for example, set anchors or Tapcons to mount conduit, an 18V Hammer Drill can be a great solution. What we especially like about the new RHS181K is that Bosch took a great idea and compacted it further. The new hammer drill moves the battery from the front of the D-handle to the base and migrates the motor structure forward. The result is a much more compact design that shaves nearly a pound off the weight (the new tool weighs 4.6 lbs – and that’s including the 18V Lithium-ion battery.

Bosch Ships New Bulldog Xtreme Rotary Hammer Bits

Bosch Bulldog Xtreme Rotary Hammer Bits

Bosch has traditionally made very good accessories for drilling and cutting. This past week they began touting their newest Bulldog Xtreme and Bulldog rotary hammer bits from Bosch. The  Bulldog Xtreme bits are designed for both precision and durability – even when used in reinforced concrete or harsh aggregate. To handle lightweight and normal weight concrete, […]

DeWalt Dust Systems for Hammers and Grinders

DeWalt Dust Systems for Hammers and Grinders

If you’ve done any concrete work or renovation, you’ll be very aware of the inherent problems associated with dust and debris thrown by power tools during concrete cutting, chipping and drilling applications. According to OSHA, silica exposure continues to be a serious threat to nearly 2 million U.S. workers. Contractors who breathe in crystalline silica dust […]

Bosch RH228VC Bulldog Xtreme Max Rotary Hammer Preview

Bosch RH228VC Bulldog Xtreme Max Rotary Hammer Preview

Bosch broke new naming records when it announced the RH228VC Bulldog Xtreme Max Rotary Hammer. I mean, it’s got to be good to be named Bulldog AND Xtreme AND Max. In actuality, we think it probably should have been named the Bosch RH228VC Bulldog Pitbull Super Xtreme Ultra Max Premium Vibration Control Rotary Hammer, but maybe we’re a bit more adventurous than the product managers over at Bosch (you know who you are!) We’re certainly more facetious. Bosch specifically designed the RH228VC to master both power and vibration control. As a result, the hammer – according to Bosch – delivers 40 percent more speed, 20 percent more power (2.4 ft lbs) and up to 30 percent less vibration (12 m/s2) than a majority of the other rotary hammers in its class.

Milwaukee 5317-21 1-9/16" SDS Max Rotary Hammer Preview

Milwaukee 5317-21 1-9/16 SDS Max Rotary Hammer Preview

Continuing their expansion of their rotary hammer line, Milwaukee has introduced a new 1-9/16″ SDS Max Rotary Hammer. This new rotary hammer delivers the durability users have come to expect from Milwaukee, with a 10.5-amp motor and 5.5 ft-lbs of impact energy. We’ve picked up and used several of Milwaukee’s rotary hammers and they are a force to be reckoned with. The new hammer is an improvement in that it offers new features to increase efficiency and lower the amount of work (effort) you have to expend in order to achieve the results you need.

Milwaukee 5316-21 1-9/16" Spline Rotary Hammer Preview

Milwaukee 5316-21 1-9/16 Spline Rotary Hammer Preview

Continuing their expansion of their rotary hammer line, Milwaukee has introduced a new 1-9/16″ Spline Rotary Hammer. This new rotary hammer delivers the durability users have come to expect from Milwaukee, with a 10.5-amp motor and 5.5 ft-lbs of impact energy. We’ve picked up and used several of Milwaukee’s rotary hammers and they are a force to be reckoned with. The new hammer is an improvement in that it offers new features to increase efficiency and lower the amount of work (effort) you have to expend in order to achieve the results you need.

Milwaukee 5263-21 5/8" SDS Plus Rotary Hammer Preview

Milwaukee 5263-21 5/8″ SDS Plus Rotary Hammer Preview

It’s the day of rotary hammers, as Milwaukee introduces a new 5/8″ SDS Plus Rotary Hammer in addition to an M18 model we covered previously and a 7/8″ rotary hammer drill that retails for just $199. With regard to the 5263-21 5/8″ model, Milwaukee claims it as the “lightest and most compact” rotary hammer in its class. The tool measures just 10.9″ long and looks like a corded version of the 2605-22 M18 Cordless 5/8″ Rotary Hammer Drill. But get this – it weighs only 4.6 lbs! This is a dream hammer for drilling overhead or when you happen to not have a lot of room to maneuver. Even with its compact form factor, however, this tool has a full 1.5 ft-lbs of impact energy and features an astoundingly fast 0-3700 RPM and 0-4400 bpm. With this kind of performance it’s going to be plenty powerful enough to drill the kind of holes required by professional electrticians, plumbers and other journeymen or professionals.

Milwaukee 5262-21 7/8" SDS Plus Rotary Hammer Preview

Milwaukee 5262-21 7/8″ SDS Plus Rotary Hammer Preview

Lightweight rotary hammers are fast becoming the new tool of choice among professionals who need to drop in some large anchors or drill through concrete or cinder block with a bit more performance than you get out of a cordless tool. Milwaukee has just revamped its rotary hammer platform with a new M18 Cordless rotary hammer, but their 5262-21 7/8″ SDS Plus Rotary Hammer is just the ticket when you’ve got enough work to warrant the extra power and versatility. At just 5.8 pounds, this D-handled tool is going to be able to be used overhead without causing your arms to fall off after the first 2 minutes of drilling. In fact, Milwaukee, in order to keep the price point where it is, opted out of active vibration reduction, relying instead on the low weight to help the user with any overhead work.