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Hilti TE 500-A36 cordless breaker

Hilti Shows Off New Cordless Concrete Breaker

We had a chance to test out the new Hilti TE 500-A36 cordless concrete breaker at the 2020 World of Concrete. The new Hilti breaker does all of the “heavy lifting” you need from a concrete breaker, but it does it with a 36V battery to give you cordless freedom on the jobsite.

10-Second Summary

  • Model Number: TE 500-A36
  • Light enough for handheld use
  • Chuck: SDS-Max
  • Impact Energy: 5.8 ft-lbs
  • Power supply: 36V battery
  • Active Vibration Reduction
  • Price: $829 (bare tool); $999 (Kitted w/ two 9.0 Ah batteries and charger)

Key Details on the TE 500-A36

Hilti has had options for wall work for a while, though these tools have existed exclusively on the brand’s corded lineup. The Hilti TE 500 and TE 500-AVR both excel at lighter-duty concrete applications, like chiseling on concrete and masonry walls. They also work great for repair work, removing plaster and tiles, and chiseling breaches and penetrations for pipes in walls and floors.

Hilti 36V Cordless Concrete Breaker TE 500-A36

However, those options tethered you to an outlet. The Hilti TE 500-A36 tackles all of the same applications, but it does it on the brand’s 36V platform. The benefits of cordlessness are many. First, the TE 500-A36 offers better mobility on the jobsite so you can be more productive. Second, due to the battery’s high capacity (9.0Ah) you should have enough run-time to get your work done. Finally, this tool offers similar performance to its corded counterpart—enabling its use in a wide range of applications.

Hilti 36V Cordless Concrete Breaker TE 500-A36

Clearly, Hilti designed this breaker as a solution for chiseling for concrete and masonry walls, creating channels for pipe and cable installation, light chipping and tile removal, and enlarging pre-existing breaches.

Cordless Breaking vs Corded

Cutting the cord is great and all, but can the Hilti 36V Cordless Concrete Breaker provide comparable power, performance, and convenience to the job? We took a look at the specs compared to its corded counterparts (both AVR and non-AVR versions).

TE 500-A36TE 500TE 500-AVR
Working DirectionWallWallWall
Chuck TypeTE-Y (SDS Max)TE-Y (SDS Max)TE-Y (SDS Max)
Single Impact Energy5.8 ft-lbs5.5 ft-lbs6.3 ft-lbs
Hammering Frequency3300 BPM3180 BPM3510 BPM
Max Chisel Performance61 in³/min55 in³/min61 in³/min
Dimensions21.4 x 4.6 x 10.1 in18.5 x 4.3 x 9.6 in18.4 x 4.6 x 10.4 in
Sound Pressure Level89 dB (A)94 dB (A)84 dB (A)
Voltage/Rated Input Power36 V1100 W1300 W
Weight17.4 lbs (21.9 w/9.0Ah battery)12.3 lbs.13.9 lbs.
Price$999 (kitted w/ two 9.0Ah batteries)$649$819

For some of you, it might be important to note a few things as they relate to some quality of life concerns. For one thing, the Hilti TE 500-A36 does have Active Vibration Reduction, like the TE 500-AVR. However, Hilti hasn’t released information about how much vibration the tool actually generates. Where the TE 500 kicks out 12.1 m/s² triaxial vibration, the TE 500-AVR reduces that number down to 6.8 m/s². The cordless version is closer to this second number.

Also, all three TE-500 series tools are compatible with the Hilti TE DRS-B dust extractor.

Our First Impressions After Hands-on Use

In demoing the new TE 500-A36, it’s clear that Hilti took great pains to bring cordless freedom to its TE 500-AVR wall breaker. As a chipping tool, you can’t beat the freedom of a cordless solution that also boasts an ability to work with Hilti’s dust collection system. The trade-off, of course, concerns the weight. Hilti added around 8 lbs to the tool—once you factor in the 9.0Ah battery. That presents a much heavier package for wall-demo and chipping but still remains manageable provided cordless convenience stays your primary concern.

Hilti 36V Cordless Concrete Breaker Specs

  • Model: TE 500-A36
  • Chuck: TE-Y (SDS-Max)
  • Impact Energy: 5.8 ft-lbs
  • Full Hammering Frequency: 3,300 impacts/minute
  • Max Chiseling Performance: 61 in³/min
  • Dimensions: 21.4 x 4.6 x 10.1 in.
  • Sound Pressure Level: 89 dB(A)
  • Price: $829 (bare tool); $999 (Kitted w/ two 9.0 Ah batteries and charger)

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