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Last quarter I did some reviews on a few BOSCH drill bit sets, but this time around had the opportunity to test out the BOSCH SDS Rotary Hammer Drill and Drill Bit, which was pretty sweet. I would say that I use a fair amount of BOSCH tools, but not as many as some other manufacturers so I liked being able to try out their rotary hammer and compare it to other companies.
The BOSCH SDS Plus Rotary Hammer is pretty standard with performance and efficiency. One of the nice things about the BOSCH SDS Plus Rotary Hammer is that it is definitely lightweight, making it a great portable option as well. Without the battery attached, this thing only weighs 5.7 lbs. which is pretty impressive. There are three ways to operate the BOSCH SDS Plus Rotary Hammer, you can either use it as a rotary hammer, hammer only, and rotation only. This makes it a pretty versatile option and allows you to make an effortless switch between options.
What I really want to get into with this is the BOSCH SDS Rotary Hammer Drill Bit. The BOSCH BULLDOG XTREME ½ in. x 10 in. x 12 in. SDS-PLUS CARBIDE ROTARY HAMMER DRILL BIT is a pretty big beast of a drill bit, I mean just look at the dimensions, this thing means business. It was designed to be used with the BOSCH SDS PLUS Rotary Hammer (obviously), so I wouldn’t suggest purchasing it to use with other tools as you may not get the peak performance capabilities. One of the things I love about this BOSCH SDS Rotary Hammer Drill Bit is there was no jamming when hitting rebar. Anyone who has ever drilled into rebar knows that this can be an issue, and to have a bit that moves smoothly without jamming is a big deal. Not only is this bit great to use on concrete with rebar, but it also can be used on regular concrete as well. Overall, if you’re purchasing the hammer drill and work regularly with concrete, I highly suggest you get this bit to go with it.
The BOSCH SDS Rotary Hammer for the bare-tool comes in at $156.95 which is a pretty good deal for such a solid product. Most rotary hammer drills of a similar quality from competitors come out closer to $200. Now, keep in mind that the $156.95 price is for the bare tool and some of the options that are closer to $200 come with a few accessories, but I still think it’s a great deal. The BOSCH SDS Plus Rotary Hammer Drill Bit comes in at $19.97, so even for the bare-tool and the drill bit you are still coming in under the competition.
BOSCH is really pushing the limits with the quality of their tools as of late. I thoroughly enjoy seeing the brand push their boundaries. With a huge emphasis in the entire community for quality concrete tools and cordless power, I think both of these are a home run. The SDS bit is a beast. It blazed thru my 10" thick concrete floors and had amazing dust removal built in, without extra extraction. I haven't needed SDS in the past, but I am now converted!
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