Best SDS Rotary Hammer Drill – Head to Head Testing

1-9/16″ SDS Rotary Hammer Drill Head to Head

SDS Rotary Hammer Drills are no small investment. Whether this tool is your workhorse in a commercial setting or your life-saver in the residential setting we here at Tool Box Buzz want you to make the best choice for you and your needs on the job-site and help you choose the best SDS Rotary Hammer Drill for your needs!

1-9/16″ SDS or Special Direct System Rotary Hammer Drills are a definite nice to have for professional remodelers whether for demolition, framing applications, or basement renovations. These heavy duty tools can make quick work of concrete demolition, speed up your foundation work, and be a life saver when working in a basement and need to effectively work with concrete. I’m an avid believer in the right tool makes a job faster, easier, and safer so the investment in a heavy duty SDS Rotary Hammer Drill is a solid decision for your business.

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For professionals who almost solely work with concrete, drilling holes in commercial concrete structures, the 1-9/16″ SDS Rotary Hammer IS their job. So with each seemingly small advance in SDS Hammer Drill technology the lives of the men and women behind those drills improve dramatically. That’s why we thought it was so important to take a look at the current 1-9/16″ SDS Rotary Hammer Drills on the market and give our readers our professional opinion on their performance to ensure you are making a truly informed decision if and when you decide to purchase one of these tools.

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Philip Benevides

Phil is a 28-year old Air Force Veteran who decided to transform his passion for construction and home improvement into a career. Inspired by his Grandfather who built his home from the ground up with his bare hands in Portugal, he received his formal training in Carpentry at the North Bennett Street School in Boston, MA. Phil continues to grow his skills as a lead carpenter, managing job sites in and around Boston, and a Captain in the Air National Guard bettering himself as a leader. He loves exploring new building products and construction methods to solve job-site problems and reviewing tools for the pro-contractor and serious DIYer.

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  1. Matt

    Great review Rob, I’m curious if you were given the new Bosch dust collection system to try which I think is similar to the DeWalt system where it collects it at the bit. It does look like you got the new vac – sweet!

    These are the ones I was asking about:

    1. Todd Fratzel

      They sent the new system after our testing date. We mentioned that in the article.

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  4. why used and compare small milwaukee 5317-21? why it’s not kango545s?

    1. Todd Fratzel

      Each manufacturer was contacted and asked to supply a hammer. They all knew which hammers we were testing from the other Brands. Milwaukee chose that particular hammer to compare to the others.

  5. Ron

    Hello. I’m a plumber looking for a good rotary hammer. Mostly used for chipping concrete. I have always been a milwaukee guy, but I am on the fense about dewalt.
    Which do you recommend and why?
    Dewalt D25501kr or milwaukee 5317-21

    1. Todd Fratzel

      Ron – Tough question! To get a better picture you need to look at a couple things. First of all, when you compare the two tools, the DEWALT is a bit more powerful, larger motor, more impact energy. On the other hand, sounds like you’re considering a factory refurbished vs a new unit, so that’s something to consider.

      Honestly, if you are only chipping concrete a few times a month, I can’t see much difference. If you were chipping every day, i’d probably go with the DEWALT as it has a more robust anti vibration package.

      Both companies offer great service and support, and they both build high quality tools. Good luck.

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