Milwaukee Rotary Hammers
Since 1925, the Milwaukee Tool Corporation has produced an extensive line of power tools, including rotary hammers, saws, impact drivers, and other rotary tools. Their rotary hammer utilizes both rotation and a hammering action to break up concrete and other hard materials as the bit rotates. When choosing your rotary hammer, consider the diameter of holes you need to drill as well as the materials you will be drilling into.What are the different styles of Milwaukee rotary hammers?
- Horizontal: In this type of hammer, the engine is parallel to the impact axis. They are used to work in narrow areas because they are smaller and more elongated than vertical ones.
- Vertical: This style features an engine that is perpendicular to the impact axis. They produce more power for use in larger areas than horizontal ones.
- Corded vs. Cordless: Milwaukee offers tools in both corded and cordless options. Cordless options include Li-Ion batteries for extended running time.
- SDS Plus: This is the most common type of SDS drilling cartridge size for rotary hammers. They hold bits ranging in size from 4.8 to 19 millimeters. The bits have shanks with grooves on them to lock securely into the chuck. However, the bit moves independently of the chuck for versatility. Adapter bits allow you to insert smooth-shank bits, hole saws, and mixing paddles into the chuck as well.
- SDS Max: It is similar to the plus, but much larger. The SDS Max can hold carbide-tipped bits from 12.7 to 44.5 millimeters and thru-hole bits up to 81.3 millimeters. SDS max drills can bore holes up to 26 millimeters in diameter.
- Spline: Not as common as other styles, the Spline can hold bits slightly larger than the Plus but smaller than the Max. It is designed for hammer drilling and chiseling semi-hard materials.
- Clay spade: This large attachment resembles the head of a shovel. It is designed to break up hard soil, clay, or semi-soft materials.
- Cold chisel: This piece is used to bust up concrete and other hard materials.
- Tile remover: This attachment looks like a small shovel. It pulls up ceramic and stone tiles.
- Bull-point chisel: Use this attachment to start holes in hard materials such as concrete or stone.
- Scaling chisel: It removes rust, concrete, and weld spatter from the work area.
- Many Milwaukee power tools come with a convenient carrying case for easy transportation by hand. For added convenience, there are cases with extra room for your drill bits, charger, and other accessories.