Makita 18V SubCompact Rotary Hammer used with Bosch 1/2 In. x 13 In. SDS-plus® Speed Clean™ Dust Extraction Bit- #THDProSpective #HomeDepot

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  I never had a hammer drill while I was growing up until one job we did where I forgot to set the anchor bolts on the top of the concrete walls before the concrete set up.  I was about 16 working with my Grandfather.  Next lumber yard run he came back with a Skil hammer drill. That job was where I learned how much I hate hammer drills.  It was a pretty large duplex so I got to drill a LOT of 1/2” holes for the wedge anchors. 

  Here is why I hate hammer drills:

  •  They are slow.  
  • They are extremely loud.  
  • They need a lot of force to make forward progress.  
  • They vibrate a lot.  
  • They burn up bits fast.  
  • They are tiresome when drilling walls.
  • They are exhausting overhead. 

  Some of them like that old Skil don’t hold up very well.  It didn’t even make it through the job before burning up.  We ended up exchanging it two times before my grandfather decided it was not worth having.  He went with a Makita after that and it was better in every way. It was still a hammer drill and I didn’t enjoy using it.   

  The day I got my first taste of  rotary hammers was a glorious day indeed. The first one I used was a Bosch rental unit. I was helping my uncle install 6”x6” angle iron in a grocery store to keep the forklifts from hitting the walls.  I couldn’t believe how effortless it was to use.  It made  that concrete feel like butter. 

  I knew I had to get one or two but there were so many choices.  I ended up going through about 20 different rotary hammers.  Today there are two main formats. SDS plus for smaller tools and bits up to about 1 1/4” and SDS Max for larger tools and bits. There is no single rotary hammer that is great at everything so you need to consider what your needs are.  What size hole will you be drilling and how many holes you need to drill in a day. 

 

  I was so surprised to see this tiny subcompact rotary hammer when the photos were first released.  It’s the size of a 12v with more power and runtime. It has all the benefits of any rotary hammer when compared to a hammer drill.  It drills faster with less effort especially horizontally and overhead.  Every second you are using it there is also less noise and less vibration to the hand.  Less time and less vibration during that shorter time is a win-win for everyone.

  Makita included rotation only and hammer with rotation.  I would like to have seen a chipping function as well.  I feel it would be very useful for tile removal and delicate chipping tasks.

  There is a very effective vibration control system.  The handle is spring-loaded so that the motor and hammer mechanisms can do their work without transferring all the energy back through your hand and wrist. There is also a nice soft over molded rubber grip.

  This is one of the very first rotary hammers I have ever seen that comes with the provision for a belt book. The belt hook was not included on my unit but I do have an extra from old Makita tools that bolted right on and I really like that functionality. 

  I would recommend using this for holes  up to 1/2″.  You can do larger holes but it’s going to take more time and cause more wear and tear on the hammer mechanism. If you need to do larger holes there are many rotary hammers on the market that will do just fine for those applications. 

Where I think this unit shines is in drilling holes for tap cons and similar concrete anchors in the 3/16 to 3/8″ range.  It is perfect for fastening plate down and for mounting different types of pipe supports  and HVAC brackets.  I also feel that it is a perfect tool for setting electrical boxes on concrete walls.  It is so handy to be able to hang this on your tool belt  and have it right there when you need it.  When I am  on a lift or a scaffold I really enjoy when I have everything within reach. 

  Now if you follow us on Instagram you will probably notice that we use almost every brand of tools and accessories that are available. One mash-up that I have enjoyed is this little rotary hammer paired with the Speedclean hollow dust extraction SDS plus bits from Bosch power tools. 

  We have used these bits for some time now.  They are some of my favorite rotary hammer bits that I have ever used.  They drill very quickly because the dust extractor pulls the dust through the bit and out to the extractor instead of the dust staying in the bottom of the hole where it interferes with the carbide cutters.  Since the hole is cleaner the bit also runs cooler contributing to longer lifespan.

  These bits are also approved for use with Simpson Strong tie chemical anchors without the normal blow brush blow cleaning process after you are done drilling the hole. It is surprising how effective this little combination is at speed and cleanliness.  To be able to breathe clean air while working is priceless. 

  Regardless of hole size or number of holes this will hands-down smoke any regular hammer drill for speed and ease of use. The effortless way it works is quite remarkable considering the weight and size. I actually have hammer drills but I’m going to tell you honestly I don’t use them unless it is my absolute last option. 

I feel this is somewhat of a niche tool.  It is very useful for many applications but is not necessarily going to be a universal fit for every trade and every task.  Size and power are always a consideration when selecting a power tool.  Match the tool to the job and it will be smiles all around.  Over load and overwork a tool and you will find frustration.  I would probably not choose this as my only rotary hammer but I would pair it  with a large SDS plus or SDS Max for the widest range possible.

  

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2018-08-21T16:20:22+00:00June 6th, 2018|Bosch, Makita|144 Comments

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  1. Guillermo 09/08/2018 at 10:09 PM - Reply

    Excellent! I need a smaller hammer drill to get in some tight spaces.

  2. Charles 09/08/2018 at 8:34 AM - Reply

    I’m gonna be honest. The specs and reviews sound great on this. But I mostly want it cause it’s black. Lol

    @makitacharles

  3. Anonymous 09/08/2018 at 8:21 AM - Reply

    Very nice review. We rarely need any holes drilled bigger than ½”, that being said I feel like this could basically replace our corded rotary hammer. The size in particular is unbelievable, I need one of these.

    @miillersconstruction

  4. DAVE 09/07/2018 at 9:47 PM - Reply

    CA
    GLAZE 4 DAYS
    SUBCOMPACT!

  5. Matthew Mills 09/07/2018 at 6:55 PM - Reply

    I like all the black sub compact makita tools and this one seems like a beast for the size! You’re reviews are great. Keep it up!
    IG: matt_mills8

  6. Mitch Lockhart 09/07/2018 at 3:19 PM - Reply

    This would be great for installing new shutters on brick homes when we replace the windows. Awesome!! Would also go great with my subcompact drill set.

  7. Trenton ramey 09/07/2018 at 2:15 PM - Reply

    This is a great little unit. I do a lot of digging up and chipping of rocks or drilling into cement where powers not available so this would be great.

  8. Antonio 09/07/2018 at 2:07 PM - Reply

    Toolpig

  9. Cory wilson 09/07/2018 at 1:56 PM - Reply

    This thing is sweet! Need to get one of these – it would be perfect for the rare times I need a hammer drill. Great review as always!

  10. daniel 09/07/2018 at 1:41 PM - Reply

    Looks great. Thanks for the review. I currently use a Makita corded hammer drill but have looking at these sub compact units at HD everytime I walk by the hardware aisle. Would love to add this to my battery powered tool collection.

  11. Daniel 09/07/2018 at 1:39 PM - Reply

    I’ve been dying for a battery powered hammer drill. Keep looking at this one at the HD but haven’t made the jump. Right now, I use a corded makita hammer drill and i love it, but i want to go all battery powered everything asap! Thanks for the review!

  12. Francisco Rodriguez 09/07/2018 at 12:16 PM - Reply

    Complete and thorough review and explanation of this makita sub compact hammer drill. I didn’t know what the differences were and where the size mattered in regards to the application and size of drill bit. I too like the makita/Bosch combination. I see this subcompact and the Bosch bulldog sds max working side by side.

  13. Dave 09/07/2018 at 11:46 AM - Reply

    Love subcompact!
    Glazier
    California
    @papaonecip

  14. Marco Fee 09/07/2018 at 11:38 AM - Reply

    I’ve used corded Bosch hammer drills and rotary hammers forever. So glad companies like makita are making cordless tools that get used on sites that we sometimes don’t have power. Would love to own one!

  15. Charles 08/22/2018 at 7:41 AM - Reply

    Perfect timing! My Makita hammer drill broke recently. This will be even better.

    @makitacharles

  16. Charles 08/22/2018 at 7:39 AM - Reply

    Perfect timing! My Makita hammer drill broke recently. This will be even better.

  17. David p 08/21/2018 at 11:48 PM - Reply

    California
    Glass

  18. david p 08/21/2018 at 2:44 PM - Reply

    Glazier in Cali!
    @papaonecip

  19. Alex R 08/12/2018 at 12:53 PM - Reply

    Great write up! I’ve had my eyes on this for a while! This looks like it would be great for tap cons and small dowels. Thanks for the chance!

  20. Colm Troy 08/10/2018 at 6:00 AM - Reply

    Looks very handy. I could use this in an upcoming metal framing job. Nice review.

  21. Aaron Miiller 08/07/2018 at 12:02 PM - Reply

    I just love it because it’s black

  22. Dave 08/06/2018 at 9:06 PM - Reply

    Nice review, looks like a great hammer drill.

  23. Kyle Podgursky 08/06/2018 at 7:00 PM - Reply

    So powerful for the size!

  24. Matt Nault 08/06/2018 at 6:11 PM - Reply

    Sounds like a great tool for smaller jobs. Good review

    IG- m.naultcarpentry

  25. Aaron Miiller 08/06/2018 at 12:10 PM - Reply

    I just really like that it’s so small. I’m interested in the subcompact lineup all together.

  26. Jesse keirstead 08/06/2018 at 10:21 AM - Reply

    GC with unlimited building solutions. We take care of a lot of finishing in commercial settings usually requiring a lot of tapcon drilling would be perfect for us.

  27. Mike McAllister 08/06/2018 at 9:00 AM - Reply

    The sub compact Rotary hammers have made drilling anchors tolerable. I still can’t believe how small and powerful they are.

  28. JP 08/06/2018 at 8:30 AM - Reply

    Awesome review! I love how small it is and the fact that you can take it anywhere without needing a dedicated bag/box for it.

  29. Bill Bottesi 08/06/2018 at 7:24 AM - Reply

    I’d say if it’s as good as the other members of the subcompact line up … it would be worth having on the truck !

    b.bottesi on instagram

  30. MG 08/06/2018 at 4:17 AM - Reply

    This tool completely changed my definition of a rotary hammer drill. I would never see the need to go out and buy a sds-plus drill, but this turns it into a much more practical tool.
    Great review- hopefully I win it!

  31. Danny Crave 08/06/2018 at 1:03 AM - Reply

    This mini hammer looks awesome! I’d love to try it to install tapcons! I love makita! Great review toolpig!
    IG – @silverstranded

  32. Kyle Clayton 08/06/2018 at 12:59 AM - Reply

    These things look awesome for the size and deceptive for what it can do.
    As always, great review!

  33. Doug 08/06/2018 at 12:35 AM - Reply

    Nice review, looks promising. The subcompact line of tools is one of Makita’s best innovations. I only have the 1/2″ drill/driver, but it is perfection.

  34. Spencer Toovey 08/06/2018 at 12:15 AM - Reply

    Great review. Would of been nice to have a hammer only function but still sounds like a great addition to the line up.

  35. Joel Dykstra 08/06/2018 at 12:15 AM - Reply

    Very awesome tool! Use ours all the time!

  36. Ryan 08/05/2018 at 11:38 PM - Reply

    Thanks for the review! Love the sub-compact line by Makita. I check out their display every time I go to THD and am always tempted to try them out. Plus the all black is the cleanest look out there!

  37. Erik P 08/05/2018 at 11:35 PM - Reply

    Nice review! Seems like a perfect tool to do smaller jobs!

  38. Jamie Goldman 08/05/2018 at 11:14 PM - Reply

    This looks like a bad ass one. I got a dewalt hammer drill that’s corded and got to drill a whopping total of 24 holes on a project before the bearing blew. I’m In the market for something that will hopefully last me a bit longer. Haha. Maybe this is the one. Thanks for the review as always. @goldman

  39. Jeff 08/05/2018 at 10:59 PM - Reply

    Thank you for the review. Amazing at what cordless tools can do now. I don’t use my Bosch hammer drill enough to justify cordless but it’s cool to have options.

  40. francis m 08/05/2018 at 10:43 PM - Reply

    looks like a great sds drill! this subcompact line might replace my m12 one day if it adds a small bandsaw

  41. Adam Sperry 08/05/2018 at 10:35 PM - Reply

    Very nice review. I agree that this is not for everyone, yet for tradesman concerned with weight that still want the power for smaller fasteners, this is a must!

  42. I have a really old skil rotary hammer that I love but I have so much trouble finding bits hahahaha

  43. Nathan Toney 08/05/2018 at 10:18 PM - Reply

    Great review as always. My old hand me down corded Bosch finally burned out last month. Ive been trying to find a more compact cordless rotary hammer and this one looks great!

  44. Jay Swift 08/05/2018 at 10:14 PM - Reply

    I’m used to my Bosch for concrete work but this is so much nicer going cordless!

  45. Ryan 08/05/2018 at 10:11 PM - Reply

    Love my Makita!!

  46. George 08/05/2018 at 10:10 PM - Reply

    This thing looks awesome. I’ve already got the subcompact impact driver/drill and the recip saw and I absolutely love them. I would love one of these instead of lugging around my corded hammer drill.

  47. Paul 08/05/2018 at 10:10 PM - Reply

    Great review. Love what you guys are doing.

  48. Noah veAch 08/05/2018 at 10:07 PM - Reply

    Dude love it! Can’t wait to win this baby! We need a cordless version sick of dragging around our corded dewalt! @thedailyveach and @craftednorthremodeling

  49. Kyle 08/05/2018 at 10:02 PM - Reply

    It’s amazing what cordless tools can do these days especially sub compact ones! I mainly do electrical work, setting panels, switchgears, running conduit etc, and so I love the cordless rotary drills! Makes life so much easier! I would love to have this in my arsenal!

  50. Peter morgan 08/05/2018 at 10:01 PM - Reply

    Nicely done. I have a milwaukee d handle but its far too long to get inetween studs. Might need an upgrade

  51. Michael Mills 08/05/2018 at 9:59 PM - Reply

    Awesome review, cordless tools are getting crazy these days.

  52. josh Rodgers 08/05/2018 at 9:58 PM - Reply

    Awesome review!

  53. Stephen Beaver 08/05/2018 at 9:58 PM - Reply

    Keep up the reviews, considering adding some Makita to my stash of Bosch and Milwaukee.

  54. Gunter Moritz 08/05/2018 at 9:57 PM - Reply

    Great review! I remember feeling the same way when I started using rotary hammers instead of hammer drills and have never looked back. This small makita rotary hammer looks perfect for small holes for green plate and thresholds, tapcon anchors.

  55. Osvaldo Mendoza 08/05/2018 at 9:56 PM - Reply

    Great review, I share your pain with the dislike of the loudness and slowness. We use a corded rotary hammer at the father-son waterproofing job I work at. A little inconvinience using it with an extension cord, having to drag the cord around to make weepholes into various cinderblock walls. With all these innovations done by tool fabricators, having the right tool in the future will surely make the job faster and more time efficiente.

  56. That sparky gib 08/05/2018 at 9:54 PM - Reply

    Could definitely use a new hammer drill. Running an old dewalt on our site right now. It’s cordless and gets the job done, sort of but these makitas look awesome!

  57. Trenton ramey 08/05/2018 at 9:50 PM - Reply

    Great power in a compact tool. Would be great for punch out jobs. Could definitely see myself using this to tie walls into garage floors.

  58. Kalani 08/05/2018 at 9:49 PM - Reply

    Nice write up on the makita sub compact rotary hammer. Should be a great tool for the right type of work!

  59. Brad B. 07/28/2018 at 8:32 AM - Reply

    Great review. Love going cordless!

  60. Thor 07/27/2018 at 11:44 PM - Reply

    Great tool review toolpig. Whenever I have any kind of tool question I know who to ask!

  61. Thor 07/27/2018 at 11:30 PM - Reply

    Great review! Great tool! San Francisco carpenter

  62. I’m an electrical contractor from the central coast in California. My first hammer drill was a corded Milwaukee wich made me deaf but couldn’t drill a hole to save its life. After that I went to a Bosch bulldog and loved it!! Unfortunately my buddy used it and somehow burned it up (still don’t know how), and he tried to replace it with a dewalt wich was about as good as the Milwaukee!!! So I picked up a corded Makita and love it even more than the Bosch!! The only problem……… you guessed it the cord!! I am definitely gonna look for this little guy it’s perfect for what I need especially since I’m already on the Makita platform. Awesome review thanks bro!!!

  63. Jesse Vuona 07/27/2018 at 10:34 PM - Reply

    Awesome review. I love how much power it can push out in such a compact form. I can think of so many uses for it!

  64. Brad B. 07/27/2018 at 6:08 PM - Reply

    These seem to be getting better and better. Im a Diy guy, but this beast could make everything go smoother and faster. Im from Oklahoma. Nice review guys.

  65. Blake Stegeman 07/27/2018 at 2:52 PM - Reply

    What it’s nice is the fact it’s small with the power of a full size rotary. It would be perfect for getting into the tight spaces of the diewalls for my millwork. I’m from syracuse ny and I’m a union finish carpenter. Thank you for such great informative reviews. @tigerlilywoodworking

  66. Rodney Offhaus 07/23/2018 at 10:06 PM - Reply

    Hvac from buffalo New York this would be great for concrete anchors
    @rtoffhaus

  67. Colm troy 07/23/2018 at 6:24 PM - Reply

    Custom finish carpentry in Boston ma.
    @ktaremodeling

  68. Wade Ellis 07/23/2018 at 7:15 AM - Reply

    Seems like a great unit for the smaller jobs. Would like to see a head to head comparisson of similar units.

  69. Devin McJimsey 07/21/2018 at 2:15 PM - Reply

    I’m an electrical apprentice in Los Angeles, CA and this would be perfect since I am already on the makita platform and most of my work is running conduit and attaching to block walls etc so this would be great for setting anchors.

  70. Xavier Garcia Jr. 07/21/2018 at 10:33 AM - Reply

    Finish Carpenter in Sarasota FL. We do a lot of window and door installs into masonry openings here in Florida – lots of tapcons and hammer drilling going on.

  71. Jonathan Cole 07/20/2018 at 11:42 AM - Reply

    I work for a plumbing and heating mechanical contractor doing service, retrofit and commissioning around Victoria BC. I hesitat to buy the compact power tools as as they can be under powered and not preform. It sure would be nice to have a hammer drill that is chordless as I’m always just a few feet short on the extension chord and looking for outlets.

  72. Michael Lopez 07/19/2018 at 9:12 PM - Reply

    Restoration services from CA all day. @philflap

  73. David P 07/19/2018 at 2:56 PM - Reply

    Left my thoughts already but adding a little about me. Glazier from California’s central coast. Love Makita!

    @papaonecip

  74. Hamish Presbury 07/19/2018 at 2:24 PM - Reply

    Great review, this is exactly the kind of tool that would be great on our housing work down here in New Zealand, pre drilling for fixings into concrete walls, having to lug a lead around can be such a drag.

  75. Daniel 07/19/2018 at 1:16 AM - Reply

    This seems like such a perfect unit to bring along for smaller jobs to keep things quick and light. Great review toolpig. Would be awesome using this Makita on in an out oddjobs here in Montreal.
    @danieliscrazy83

  76. Justin 07/19/2018 at 12:26 AM - Reply

    Seems that everything makita makes is something I need (want according to my wife).
    IG redtex206

  77. Chris Raub 07/18/2018 at 10:51 PM - Reply

    General contractor from New Jersey

  78. Matthew kohuch 07/18/2018 at 10:24 PM - Reply

    Good review you said no bigger then 1/2 inch but I used one for about 3 months punching 3/4” holes for slab and grade beam dowels so it’s a solid machine

  79. Jeremy Kaminsky 07/18/2018 at 9:57 PM - Reply

    Nice review, I can definitely see how this would help me drilling for red head anchors in concrete.

  80. Isaac spencer 07/18/2018 at 9:53 PM - Reply

    Really like how compact it is I can see several above the head situations for it and I too would’ve like to see a chisel mode too that would be very handy in the future with remodeling house and other structures. Perfect tool for the jack of all trades and master of none

  81. Daniel van weezep 07/18/2018 at 9:22 PM - Reply

    This thing is awesome would love to get my hands on one. I do small renos and new builds mostly framing. This would come in handy for doing tapcons for our landings or setting new anchors. seem to be doing that alot with how the concrete guys out here in London ON lol

  82. Brandon 07/18/2018 at 9:14 PM - Reply

    Excellent review. If I ever have an questions on tools, your website is the first place I go. Having one of these bad boys in my Makita like up would be sweet. I’m a framing carpenter from Minnesota. We use hammer drills for a number of jobs. Adding anchor bolts in the foundation, post brackets for building decks and porch colomns. Even ledgers for stair landings in foundation walls. Hanging a 2×10 for a landing could turn into a one person job with how easy this looks to operate one handed. And like you mentioned. Hammer drills are loud and they are worse when your drilling into green plate between studs on a sheathed wall.

  83. Caleb D 07/18/2018 at 9:06 PM - Reply

    This is a beautiful little tool. I was able to pick up the subcompact set with the small recommended saw, and I’m amazed at the power all three of those tools have. In my humble opinion , for light carpentry tasks, (hardware, cabinet install, screen doors, delicate finish work) , they can’t be beat. Im anxious to try out the rotary hammer as well. Just can’t justify the cost yet. I have a cordless Makita rotary I bought used from Warwick with the vac attachment, it’s a monster. But for tapcons, mushroom anchors, and those funky concrete “wedge” type anchors that I’ve used for sheathing plywood substrate over concrete with vapor barrier in between, I feel like this tool will shine. Thanks for your reviews. Great work!

  84. Josh B 07/18/2018 at 9:06 PM - Reply

    That looks like it would be perfect for a little diy work around my house. Drilling into brick to hang some shutters.

  85. Ronald 07/18/2018 at 9:01 PM - Reply

    Looks sweet I would love to see how it compares to the new Ridgid sds drill.

  86. Daniel 07/18/2018 at 8:41 PM - Reply

    Great review ? would love to have this for smaller jobs. Keep up the great work.
    Im a contractor in Burlington Ontario ??
    IG @power7renovations

  87. Luke Small 07/18/2018 at 8:05 PM - Reply

    Absolutely love the sub compact sets, bought the impact and power drill combo and have never used a better drill (personal opinion). I’ve been looking at this drill for some time and have been putting it off as I feared it might be too underpowered but lugging around the bosses Milwaukee beast for holes just as big, seems more worthwhile to get something smaller to make things easier and less stressful (and also to add to my personal collection!) With more work coming up, I can tell I’d be needing one at some point, might have a look at the vacuum attachments as well

  88. Andrew Mchugh-Rego 07/18/2018 at 7:16 PM - Reply

    Looks like an unreal tool, would be perfect for drilling holes for mounting strut.

  89. Frank Criniti 07/18/2018 at 7:03 PM - Reply

    Great review very helpful of the positive and negative

  90. Ruben Rosas 07/18/2018 at 6:49 PM - Reply

    Hi I’m Ruben from shafter,ca I build wrought iron gates and this rotary hammer is solid when it comes to setting my anochor bolts on cement or for breaking concrete when I set my anchor post to hang my gates. Compact and easy to use with no hassle of pulling out extension cord quick and easy!

  91. Brian Nowakowski 07/18/2018 at 5:54 PM - Reply

    Very concise but through review of the SubCompact rotohammer. I agree that having a chipping only function would ideal for delicate work. But alas it looks like a dream for tapcon installations though.

  92. Matt 07/18/2018 at 5:54 PM - Reply

    awesome tool, great power for it’s size! would love one!!

  93. Nate Knyfd 07/18/2018 at 5:13 PM - Reply

    Looks like a totally rad tool!

  94. Erik Vandenbreemen 07/18/2018 at 4:58 PM - Reply

    Liking the size. I am a steel stud framer that currently relies on a Hilti cordless hammer drill to set door frames. This drill seems a lot less bulky and would look great with my Makita line up! Awesome review!

  95. Anthony 07/18/2018 at 4:15 PM - Reply

    Awesome Review. As an maintenance worker for my local city I use different tools daily. I run a makita set that I have fallen in love with that I purchased my own personal set for my house. I pretty much go cordless with all my tools except for my rotary hammer. I run an old bosch rotary hammer drill right now that was given to me for cheap money. It serves it purpose but it sucks always haven to pull out an extension cord when using it. Anyways love the reviews and the generosity for not only the giveaways but putting in the time to review these tools for guys like me.

  96. Matt McKeeby 07/18/2018 at 4:03 PM - Reply

    Awesome looking too and a great review too,. I have the subcompact recip Saw and impact driver and definitely want that sub compact roto hammer! ???

  97. Colin Kane 07/18/2018 at 11:51 AM - Reply

    Good read. I’m an Electricians apprentice from Broomall, Pa right outside of Philadelphia. I am always dragging around a 100 ft extension cord and old corded hilti drill that is hanging on by a thread. I’m already on the makita platform and still balling on a budget this would be a huge add to my small but growing arsenal.. Thanks!

  98. Mike Soucy 07/18/2018 at 11:30 AM - Reply

    Awesome! From New Hampshire, Iron worker.

  99. Roman 07/18/2018 at 11:18 AM - Reply

    My coworker has one, we do glazing in SoCal, it has power for its size. I have a Milwaukee m18 and the weight and size comparison is huge. I wouldn’t mind having one for small holes or lighter work

  100. Pierre Ortanez 07/18/2018 at 11:17 AM - Reply

    I am an electrical Apprentice living in Yucaipa, California. Nice review. Yes this a niche tool. The Makita Subcompact rotary hammer is really useful for electrician especially if you are and running conduit along a brick or block wall. Drilling 1/4 inch hole all day to put up straps on the conduit. The Makita sub compact rotary hammer is compact and light that it would be going to be really useful for me as and electrical Apprentice.

  101. John 07/18/2018 at 11:16 AM - Reply

    The Makita looks nice, would be great to have when I am drilling above my head into concrete headers, setting doors. I use a Milwaukee right now, it has good power but I have issues with it.

  102. Ryan 07/18/2018 at 11:14 AM - Reply

    Love this thing and really need one, I’m and electrician and this would be the answer to so many problems throughout my work day!

  103. Nielsen 07/18/2018 at 11:01 AM - Reply

    The compact SDS gun looks great. I have used the larger one a lot. I liked it.

  104. Nick Tanner 07/18/2018 at 10:29 AM - Reply

    These looks like a beast of a tool! I work commercial carpentry so this would be a great tool for drilling holes for tapcons!

  105. Elias 07/18/2018 at 10:24 AM - Reply

    Would of loved to have a tool this light setting overhead anchors for conduit last month.
    Elias
    Bar owner/General contractor

  106. Charles 07/18/2018 at 10:13 AM - Reply

    As much as I love my Makita hammer/drill/driver combo, it’s really meant for a very limited amount of drilling holes into concrete. I think this rotary hammer drill will do the job so much better. Will save my elbows for sure. And it’s black, so it’s going to awesome!

    @makitaCharles

  107. Robert martinez 07/18/2018 at 10:13 AM - Reply

    My name is Robert from Pomona ca. I’m a mechanical plumber and have used many hammer drills and this one seems to be a great tool. Your review was very informative and really explained a lot. Thank you

  108. Mike M 07/18/2018 at 10:09 AM - Reply

    Looks like a great little drill. Gotta get my hands on one!

  109. Jay tyau 07/18/2018 at 10:01 AM - Reply

    From Utah, been eyeing this sub compact as we are just about to start a new residential build and was debating between sub compact drills…think you just sold me on this one!

  110. Cody 07/18/2018 at 10:00 AM - Reply

    I really appreciate this review because I actually remember looking at this hammer at Home Depot cause I wanted it to match my other Makita subcompact tools but like you said in your review it requires tons of force and effort to make any progress with these tools so I was a little worried and chose not to buy it. But that why I love seeing it in action and having your write up on the goods and bads makes us construction dudes know what we’re spending our money on. But seeing it in action I think it would make a nice addition ? Thanks ToolPig keep up the good work man!

  111. Zak Lotharius 07/18/2018 at 10:00 AM - Reply

    Nice review! Love Makita! Im going to need to add one of these to my Makita arsenal! I’m from Wisconsin and i’m a maintenance tech!

  112. Erin Hopke 07/18/2018 at 9:43 AM - Reply

    ?? Nice review. Our hammer drill broke recently and we are in the market for a new one. Oops. I don’t have many tools of my own yet, much less a power tool! So to win one would be S-W-E-E-T! Fellow Missourian; what do I do? I try to do what my boss tells me. Learning the construction trade, and catching about 5%. Thanks for the opportunity to win one of these!

  113. Russ Mourey 07/18/2018 at 9:32 AM - Reply

    Always love the reviews and content you bring to social media. I’m a Makita user through and through. I’m newer to this trade (about a year and half in) and I’ve progressed quite well. Started picking up site trash, and now pouring foundations, framing houses, trim work, etc etc. I work for a full contracting company that specializes in custom homes. Since I stated a Homies line of credit I’ve purchased all Makita LXT products and they have served me very well. Love the look on an older guys face when I plug my battery chargers in and don’t have any cords to unravel.

    Would love to have this in my little arsenal.

    @projectpierre
    (Its a photography page, not work related..)

  114. Mike Rynk 07/18/2018 at 9:24 AM - Reply

    Looks like a great hammer drill. Thanks for a honest and unbiased review.

  115. Zach Kincaid 07/18/2018 at 9:20 AM - Reply

    Great review! My friends and I are apart of a DIY skatepark in Newport, Kentucky that has been an ongoing community project for the past 9 years. It consists of concrete obstacles created by all volunteer, amateur hobbyists and funded through community events and the blood, sweat, and tears of many good people. Prepping for a new obstacle requires us to cut and remove the existing slab at the seams, about 6 inches in. We would use this rotary to link rebar from the existing slab to the cage of the new obstacle. Right now we have a refurbished corded hammer drill that is on its way out with 3/8 bit completely stuck. Check out our Instagram page, @under471_diy, linked in the website box for more. Thank you so much for the knowledge!

  116. William Rech 07/18/2018 at 9:16 AM - Reply

    Concrete doweling made easy!!!!

  117. Eric maltais 07/18/2018 at 9:14 AM - Reply

    This looks like an awsome drill!

  118. Peter @railandstilewoodworks 07/18/2018 at 9:11 AM - Reply

    Really loving the new Makita cordless gear. I don’t currently have a cordless SDS but this one is definitely on my list!

  119. Jacob 07/18/2018 at 9:10 AM - Reply

    Awesome little hammer drill, quick and quite compared to the other ones I have used. Can’t wait to get my own and stop eyeballing my buddy’s all day. I would use it for the foundations I pour when sting load bearing beams in Long Beach California

  120. Maya Nahshon 07/18/2018 at 9:08 AM - Reply

    Awesome tool! This would be an integral missing tool for my metal shop and wood shop. I create my own boards, turn them into dimentional lumber, then use for furniture fine art purposes. This would be very handy indeed.

  121. Roman Zosim 07/18/2018 at 9:06 AM - Reply

    I like the idea of a compact hammer drill. I’m from PORTLAND Oregon and I install hardwood floors, we glue and screw down plywood to concrete quite often. Thank you for your detailed review. Thanx again.

  122. Roman Zosim 07/18/2018 at 9:04 AM - Reply

    I like the idea of a compact hammer drill. I’m from PORTLAND Oregon and I install hardwood floors, we glue and screw down plywood to concrete quite often. Thank you for your detailed review.

  123. Ahmed Alhamad 07/18/2018 at 9:04 AM - Reply

    Sweet and nice . It is small so itbmakes thing easier . I loved the review.

  124. Zach kincaid 07/18/2018 at 9:03 AM - Reply

    Great review! My friends and I are apart of a DIY skatepark in Newport, Kentucky that has been going for 9 years now. Check out our Instagram page (@under471_diy) for some photos. The skatepark is all volunteer, consisting of passionate, amateur hobbyists and funded through community events. We are constantly cutting the existing slab for our new obstacle seems and would use this rotary hammer drill to add rebar from the slab to the cage of our new obstacle. I’m sure we would find even more uses. Right now we have a refurbished corded hammer drill with a 3/8” completely stuck in it! Thank you for your knowledge!

  125. Jeremy 07/18/2018 at 8:58 AM - Reply

    Amazing review, I really enjoy makers products and never had an issue with them. I use corded hammer drills regularly for my formwork and it really annoys me with all the push I have to give it and having to run a cord everywhere. This drill would be a very good addition to my arsenal!

    Keep up with the reviews!

  126. Sam sheets DRC 06/21/2018 at 6:43 PM - Reply

    This thing looks awesome ?. Love how compact

  127. Eryk Minns 06/16/2018 at 5:01 PM - Reply

    Nice review! I bought myself the subcompact drill and impact during the holidays and love them and this rotary hammer drill really caught my eye when I saw it at Depot the other day! This would be a great addition to my tool collection, one tool id love to try!
    @theerklife

  128. Joshua Marsh 06/15/2018 at 9:09 PM - Reply

    Great review! Definitely on the to buy list. Two things I’m curious about. How does it compare to the Makita 12v cxt rotary hammer? They seem identical except for the battery. I’m sure the 18v is faster and stronger but by how much? 2nd question is how do you get the big belt hook that Is featured in the product photos on Makita’s website? Thanks again for the great reviews!

  129. Jason Wooldridge 06/14/2018 at 12:58 PM - Reply

    Looks like its super handy! I definitely gotta try it out…

    Ig wooldridgehomes

  130. David 06/14/2018 at 7:10 AM - Reply

    Nice review of my dream tool! Before your Instagram post I was a little worried they would be underpowered, but I was impressed. And now I have to look into those Bosch vacuum bits as well. They seem to eliminate all the stuff I hate about drilling. I had it in my head that if they are hollow, they would break or wear out quicker while being more money. But makes sense they would eliminate wear on bit and hammer drill. Already a user/fan of the sub-compact line. If I dont win giveaway I’ll be purchasing from Toolnut! (Hopefully there’s a deal going on soon)
    Thanks for the review, you gave me confidence to pull the trigger sooner than later on this tool!
    @paponecip

  131. Gabriel DeLapp 06/14/2018 at 12:33 AM - Reply

    Thanks for sharing many things I hadn’t considered before. This size of rotary hammer would definitely be useful. I never realized there was much of a difference between a hammer drill and a rotary hammer. I always assumed rotarys we’re larger, and didn’t think much about it. I have a large Bosch Sds max. Or hammer mode on my m18’s…. please laugh…lol. Anyway, This little Makita looks like a strong contender! Keep it up! @integritycarpentry

  132. Jason Wooldridge 06/14/2018 at 12:03 AM - Reply

    Looks awesome… i gotta check them out… ?

  133. Kevin Schneider 06/13/2018 at 8:43 PM - Reply

    Great review! I’ve been looking at getting this hammer , great to see it in action

  134. Keegan 06/13/2018 at 6:03 PM - Reply

    Thanks for the review, have been curious if the subcompact line is up to the task, as I haven’t laid hands on any of the tools yet. Sounds like this one is, just wish they would’ve included chipper mode on it too.

  135. Artem 06/13/2018 at 5:11 PM - Reply

    Great review, thank you! That fact that it lacks a hammer only function is a shame, but it seems that this a great performer regardless!

  136. Brian Barefield 06/13/2018 at 5:05 PM - Reply

    Great review toolpig!!! Hope all is well in Puerto Rico with the relief effort!! You do so much to give back bro!! God Bless…. as for the rotary drills and such, I’m a huge fan of both the Milwaukee and Makita Sub-Compact!!! I own and use the Milwaukee a lot , I’ve gotten my hands on the Makita Sub-Compact a couple times and love it SOOOO much I’m in the process of putting a lil $ back to purchase!!! Both GREAT TOOLS…. and as usual ANOTHER AMAZING tool review from the toolpig !!!

  137. Jim Ramsey 06/13/2018 at 4:34 PM - Reply

    Very cool little sds drill!

  138. Jim Ramsey 06/13/2018 at 4:22 PM - Reply

    I really like where the subcompact hammer drills are going. Such an awesome tool for crammed spaces.

  139. Benjamin Scriven 06/13/2018 at 4:21 PM - Reply

    Very nice subjective review. Most who promote a product constantly say it’s a “can do everything”. Thanks for keeping it real

  140. Jeff Hoepker, jeff_t_dadof3 06/13/2018 at 4:16 PM - Reply

    Very nice review as always. I agree with you, I hate hammer drills. When tapcons first came out we were building homes and I got to drill all the holes and anchor basement walls with a Milwaukee screamer if a drill. I truly hated that thing. I have since purchased a corded Hitachi sds rotary hammer. ?? I love it! I really agree that this compact cordless unit is a niche tool but it would be perfect for the small anchor jobs.

  141. Caleb Minter 06/13/2018 at 3:37 PM - Reply

    Bro I love how you are always so detailed with your rewiews keep up the great work.

  142. Dana 06/13/2018 at 3:16 PM - Reply

    The Makita is nice and small. Would be perfect for my upcoming Reno… just saying.

  143. Nick Tanner 06/13/2018 at 3:12 PM - Reply

    Seems like a great unit! Wonder how it matches up with the Ridgid one?

  144. Kelly Payne 06/13/2018 at 12:48 PM - Reply

    Awesome review man!

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