Hammer Drills

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Hammer Drills FAQs


What is a hammer drill, and how does it work?


A hammer drill is a power tool that combines the functions of a drill and a hammering action. It is primarily used for drilling into hard materials like concrete, masonry, or stone. The hammer drill generates a rapid hammering motion in addition to the rotational drilling motion. This hammering action helps to break up the material as the drill bit rotates, allowing for easier drilling into tough surfaces.

What are the key features to consider when buying a hammer drill?


When purchasing a hammer drill, consider the following features:

  • Power: Look for a drill with sufficient power to handle the drilling tasks you anticipate. Higher amperage or voltage ratings generally indicate more power.

  • Hammering Speed: Consider the hammering speed or impacts per minute (IPM) rating. A higher IPM means faster hammering action and more efficient drilling in hard materials.

  • Chuck Type: Check the chuck type of the drill. Most hammer drills have either a keyed chuck, which requires a key to tighten and loosen the drill bit, or a keyless chuck that allows for tool-free bit changes.

  • Adjustable Speed: Opt for a drill with variable speed settings, which allows you to adjust the drilling speed according to the material and task at hand.

  • Depth Control: Look for a hammer drill with depth control or depth stop features that enable consistent and accurate drilling depths.

 >> Read more in our blog about buying the right Hammer Drill for your construction projects.


Can I use a hammer drill as a regular drill?


Yes, you can use a hammer drill as a regular drill. Most hammer drills have a switch or mode selector that allows you to choose between drilling modes. By switching off the hammering action, the drill can function as a standard drill for tasks such as drilling into wood, plastic, or metal. However, keep in mind that hammer drills are generally bulkier and heavier than regular drills, so if you primarily need a drill for non-masonry applications, a regular drill might be more suitable.

What safety precautions should I take when using a hammer drill?


When using a hammer drill, follow these safety precautions:

  • Wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from flying debris.

  • Use hearing protection, as hammer drills can be loud.

  • Wear appropriate clothing, including gloves, long sleeves, and pants, to protect your skin.

  • Ensure the drill is switched off and unplugged before inserting or removing drill bits.

  • Firmly hold the drill with both hands and maintain a stable stance while drilling.

  • Apply steady and even pressure without excessive force to avoid losing control of the drill.

  • Keep your fingers away from the drill bit and other moving parts.

  • If working at heights, secure yourself with appropriate safety harnesses or restraints.

  • Read and follow the manufacturer's instructions and guidelines for safe operation.


How do I maintain and care for a hammer drill?


To maintain and prolong the life of your hammer drill, follow these care tips:

  • Clean the drill after each use by removing debris and dust from the chuck, motor vents, and other surfaces.

  • Check the drill's cord for any signs of damage or fraying and replace it if necessary.

  • Lubricate any moving parts, such as the chuck, according to the manufacturer's recommendations.

  • Store the drill in a dry and clean environment to prevent moisture or dust accumulation.

  • Inspect the drill bit regularly for wear or damage and replace it when needed.

  • Follow the manufacturer's guidelines for any additional maintenance or servicing recommendations.

  • If the drill requires servicing or repair, contact a professional or authorized service center.