Hilti TE 50-AVR SDS-Max Rotary Hammer
Hilti recently announced an expansion of its SDS-Max rotary hammer line with the Hilti TE 50-AVR SDS-Max Rotary Hammer. This one is appropriate for drilling in concrete, masonry, and stone as well as medium-duty chiseling in concrete and masonry. The 13.4-pound tool is the lightest of Hilti’s TE-Y class and features Active Vibration Reduction (AVR), a hole diameter range of 1/2- to 1-9/16-inch, and a detachable cord.
When Hilti TE 50-AVR SDS-Max Rotary Hammer is outfitted with the Hilti TE-YD hollow drill bit and attached to the Hilti VC 20/40 vacuum, it becomes the Hilti SafeSet System. And yes, that makes it Table 1 compliant with the OSHA 1926 standard. The rotary hammer is covered by the Hilti Tool Warranty 20/2/1 — 20 years of repair or replacement of defective parts; 2 years no cost repair including wear and tear; and a guaranteed 1-day turnaround on repairs.
Hilti has fueled its furious growth over the last few years by consistently churning out remarkably great tools – and a lot of them. Back in January, we told you that the company would introduce 75 tools in North America in 2017, and the new Hilti TE 50-AVR SDS-Max Rotary Hammer is among them. It’s likely that this expansion of its SDS-Max line will make another very big impact for the manufacturer from the very small country of Liechtenstein.
The rotary hammer’s shank size and cord should give you a clue about its purpose in life – to be your workhorse tool for making rubble out of concrete, holes for rebar, and chiseling whatever needs chiselin’. SDS-Max is suited for the heaviest masonry and having a power cord means this tool is your all-day-long coworker instead of a helping hand for 20 minutes of small scope work that even the best cordless rotary hammer can offer.
Active Vibration Reduction surely mitigates the abuse your hands, arms, and shoulders take when using a rotary hammer for long periods, too. How about that detachable cord idea? It’s a Hilti innovation we like since it allows you to quickly change cords on the fly in the event of damage.
At just 13.4 pounds, it’s in the featherweight division for the SDS-Max class but looks like it’s trying to punch above its weight class. It delivers 4.4 foot-pounds of single impact energy, hammering frequency of 3,510 impacts per minute, percussion coring capacity up to 3-1/4-inches, and the ability to drill 1/2- to 1-9/16-inch holes (optimum range up to 1-1/4-inch). That’s still well short of what the big boys offer, but in a package that’s much easier to handle.
But perhaps most impressive is the Hilti SafeSet system. When used in conjunction with Hilti’s hollow drill bit and dust collector, it removes the vast majority of masonry dust created during use. This is especially important as exposure to respirable crystalline silica can cause debilitating disease. You won’t find this sort of dust collection on most rotary hammers – at least not yet. But with OSHA’s recent rule change, I bet it’s a sign of standards to come.
Hilti TE 50-AVR SDS-Max Rotary Hammer Features
- AVR (Active Vibration Reduction) for maximum comfort and productivity
- Robust and durable
- Detachable supply cord allows quick replacement
- An extremely compact high-performance tool
- Exceptionally light and versatile TE-Y (SDS-max) combihammer
Hilti TE 50-AVR SDS-Max Rotary Hammer Specifications
- TE 50-AVR
- Rotation speed gear 1 under no load: 360 RPM
- Full hammering frequency: 3,510 impacts/minute
- Single impact energy: 4.4 foot-pounds
- Optimum drilling diameter in concrete: 5/8- to 1-1/4 inches
- Dimensions (LxWxH): 17.7 x 4.5 x 10.7 inches
- Weight according EPTA-Procedure: 01/200313.4 pounds
- Dust removal module: TE DRS-Y (optional)
- Reduced impact energy: No
- Price $719