Hilti Cordless Breaker with AVR | TE 500-A36 Masonry & Concrete Tool Reviews

Hilti Cordless Breaker with AVR | TE 500-A36

Hilti Introduces The World’s First Cordless Breaker

Hilti has announced the release of the world’s first cordless concrete breaker, the Hilti TE 500-A36. This new SDS-Max wall breaker offers construction Pros the power of a corded tool with the mobility of a cordless solution.

10-Second Summary

  • Model: Hilti TE 500-A36
  • Powered by 36V, 9.0Ah battery
  • Brushless motor
  • Active Vibration Reduction
  • Compatible with VC 75-A22 cordless backpack vacuum for virtually dust-free work
  • Backed by Hilti’s 20-year warranty
  • Available now for VIP customers and fully available January 1, 2020
  • Price: $829 (bare tool)


Hilti On The New Breaker:

“We’re at the forefront of delivering cordless tools strong enough to take on the most challenging applications without sacrificing performance or ergonomics (e.g. weight, vibrations, etc.). We introduced 36-volt cordless tools nearly 35 years ago, and our longevity in cordless leadership and battery innovation is a testament to our commitment to solving our customers’ challenges. The world’s first cordless breaker is a great addition to our growing, cordless solutions as we continue to service our customers’ needs.”

—Rafael Garcia, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Hilti North America

Breaking Rocks All Day

The TE 500-A36 runs on Hilti’s 36V battery platform.  Coupled with a 9.0Ah battery, the brushless motor delivers what Hilti calls “unmatched power, performance, and reliability.”

Hilti Cordless Breaker with AVR | TE 500-A36

The new cordless concrete breaker features Hilti’s Active Vibration Reduction (AVR) technology, which reduces the breaker’s transaxial vibration by over 30%.  It also happens to be compatible with Hilti’s OSHA-compliant VC 75-A22 cordless backpack vacuum, meaning that you can turn your concrete demo project into a virtually dustless and cordless workspace.

Like all of Hilti’s cordless tools, the TE 500-A36 comes with one of the best warranties in the business. You get 20 years of repair or replacement service on defective parts, 2 years of no-cost repair including wear and tear, and guaranteed 1-day turnaround on repairs.

The Hilti TE 500-A36 is available now for VIP early access customers and will be fully available in the US and Canada by January 1. It retails for $829 through Hilti’s website.


Thoughts on the Hilti Cordless Breaker

World’s First

Being the world’s first cordless breaker is a really big deal. It’s not going to be the only one for long, though. Milwaukee’s MX Fuel line includes a breaker/demo hammer with 50 ft-lbs of impact energy coming in 2020.

These are two very different tools. While Milwaukee is taking aim at ground-level breaking, Hilti’s cordless breaker targets wall and overhead demo. It’s a much smaller design that’s easier to wield in those applications.

Critical Features

Adding AVR to the mix is a great move with such an aggressive tool. When you’re working with wall breakers, you take whatever help you can get and a 30% reduction in vibration makes a big difference, especially with a tool that weighs nearly 22 pounds.

Don’t overlook the convenience of Hilti’s backpack vacuum as an extension of this tool. Keeping silica dust in check when you’re breaking isn’t easy in the first place. Giving you a dust collection solution that keeps the entire breaker/vac system on you instead of plugging into a wall or dragging a hose around is incredibly helpful.

TE 500 Sounds Vaguely Familiar…

If you’ve been around Hilti tools, you may be aware of their TE 500-AVR breaker and the cordless breaker is designed to do the same jobs. Between the two, the corded model has slightly higher impact energy (6.3 ft-lbs compared to 5.8 ft-lbs). The corded TE 500 also has a higher impact rate. Despite that, they both rate a max performance of 61 in³/min.

Here’s what they look like side-by-side:

Hilti TE 500-AVR (Corded)Hilti TE 500-A36 (Cordless)
Impact Energy6.3 ft-lbs5.8 ft-lbs
Hammering Frequency3510 IPM3300 IPM
Max Chiseling Rate61 in³/min61 in³/min
Vibration6.8 m/s²6.7 m/s²
Dimensions (L x W x H)18.4 x 4.6 x 10.4 in21.4 x 4.6 x 10.1 in
Weight13.9 lbs17.4 lbs (21.9 w/9.0Ah battery)
Price$799$829 (bare tool)


It’s interesting that the cordless model is just $30 more, but that’s as a bare tool. Unless you already have Hilti 36V tools, you need to add a charger and battery (Hilti recommends their new 9.0AH pack). Those 9.0Ah packs are $299 each.

Rated Applications

  • Chiseling on concrete and masonry walls
  • Creating channels in concrete and masonry to install pipes and cables
  • Light chipping and tile removal
  • Enlarging breaches

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