My Latest Acquisition

A quick trip to the big city yielded a nice Milwaukee hammer drill, and a couple of bits.

This unit used what’s called SDS Plus bits. The shank has a long notch in it to aid in it not slipping while rotating (I would guess).

the last time I saw a shank like that was at the Free Clinic!

The drill has hammer and drill, drill only, and hammer only settings with another that allows freewheeling of the chuck.

Variable speed with a lock ON, adjustable side grip handle, and a handy carrying case.

and looky here! It’s got yer Easy Rider Rifle Rack for not one, but three of yer favorite rifles!!!

Plus I got two sacks of quick set concrete, being the optimist that I am..

Every do it your selfer oughta have a hammer drill. If for nothing else, than just to tell your neighbors that you DON’T have one.

27 thoughts on “My Latest Acquisition

  1. “Every do it your selfer oughta have a hammer drill. If for nothing else, than just to tell your neighbors that you DON’T have one.”
    🤣LMAO🤣 !!! You nailed it!

  2. We bought a small Milwaukee hammer drill for a bridge repair project. We were drilling underneath, and in a tight area, for what ended up as thousands of 1/2″ x 4 ” holes for rebar dowels. One worked so good, we bought another to increase production. Neither failed, and both worked for long hours in brutal, hot conditions.

  3. Was putting up shelves at daughter’s shop, which was about 100 years old at the time. Walls were some kind of plaster with screen and lath underneath. None of the bits I had would work, even carbide tipped (though those likely were years away from being in mint condition). Wasn’t sure what a hammer drill was, but even slow learners can sometimes figure things like that out. Took my old, old drill motor-the Craftsman with a broken switch that was no longer available from Sears-and a soft hammer and voila!, a hammer drill. Since all I was doing was drilling 0.187″ holes for plastic inserts there was not more than about 4X the time it would have taken to drill into a softer wall. Still have the old Craftsman, along with about a dozen and a half other “go to hell” tools that get called out when things get really ugly.

    Motto that will go on my gravestone: He never borrowed nor lent a tool.

  4. Question: do you already have a Sawsall? If not, maybe it’s time to go back to the big city and make another important purchase.

  5. Finally broke down and bought a hammer drill last year so I could drill concrete steps for anchoring a handrail for my wife to use. I was able to buy a cheaper one for what a one day rental would cost. There are so many times in the past that it would have so much easier if I had had one.

    Marty, I’ve done the thing with my old Craftsman drill and a rubber hammer before also. If it works, it works!

      • Some chargers are smart enough to go into “trickle” mode when the battery’s fully charged others aren’t and will continue charging even after they’re full. Others will shut off after charging, and won’t turn back on to maintain the charge.

        If you want max life out of your batteries, put your chargers on a timer, and set the timer to charge for about four hours each day. That way, no matter what the charger, it will start charging the battery again every day, and then shut off to prevent overcharging. This will keep the battery topped off and will keep it from getting hot. I’ve gotten up to five years out of my batteries doing this.

  6. I have one of those that is about 20 years old. Five or six years ago the hammer selections stopped working. I found out the factory can fix it for basically what they charge for a re-furbished unit.

      • It has only been used about 10 times. None of the uses were for extended periods. If I had it to do over I would have rented it. I have an air chisel that is much stronger with the hammer action. The air chisel is of unknown age as it was part of a box of tools I bought at an auction about 10 years ago.

  7. The hammer drill allows you to put up a sign in your shop saying “CAUTION: MAN WITH BIG TOOL.”

    I have a corded Milwaukee Sawzall for the stubborn stuff, and a cordless DeWalt Sawzall for the rest of the jobs. Milwaukee is top–shelf stuff.

    Another tool that’s a “must” for me is an impact driver! Those things are AMAZING! I have a DeWalt. I’ve also tried the Bosch drivers. I like the DeWalt better.

    • I am very pleased with my DeWalt cordless. It’s not a hammer drill, but it has outlasted any of my previously owned Ryobi drills. The DeWalt is pricey, but worth the extra outlay. Bosch makes great stuff too, although I dont’ own any.

      • Ryobi hits a price point-that’s about the best thing a guy can say about that brand.

      • I have had several Ryobi cordless drills…one cannot beat the price. They usually work well for about a year before the batteries crap out.
        $99 for a drill set with a couple of batteries and maybe a light…the replacement batteries run $80, and those are aftermarket…that has been my experience..

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