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BoschVolts/Amp Hours/BatteryConcrete CapacityChipping ModeImpact Energy Weight as shown
11536 VSR36/2.0/LI1 inchYes2.2 foot-pounds9.5 pounds
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StoryID
536620
ToolNumber
3
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627874
Tester Comments
The Bosch was the fastest in our speed test at 12.8 seconds per hole and placed fourth in our battery-duration test with 19.5 holes. It's a superb performer at the cost of high vibration and noise levels. The modified pistol-grip design has nice rubber grip surfaces but makes the controls a bit harder to reach. The lighted battery charge-level indicator is a very handy feature. A chipping-only mode increases versatility. If speed is the most important factor, then this is the tool for the job; it leaves the others in its concrete dust.
Street Price
$699

Contact
Bosch
877-267-2499
www.boschtools.com
DeWaltVolts/Amp Hours/BatteryConcrete CapacityChipping ModeImpact Energy Weight as shown
DC212 KA18/2.4/nicad7/8 inchNo1.7 foot-pounds7.6 pounds
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StoryID
536620
ToolNumber
4
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627874
Tester Comments
This tool was fifth fastest at 24.5 seconds per hole. It was the second lowest in our battery-duration test with 12.5 holes. It's a comfortable tool to use, with low vibration and medium noise levels. The compact-L design has body suspension, a real standout performance feature that provides feedback about the proper pressure to use while also dampening vibration. With the exception of a chipping mode, this tool features similar performance to its big brother–but at half the price–and uses more-common 18-volt nicad batteries.
Street Price
$399

Contact
DeWalt Industrial Tool
800-433-9258
www.dewalt.com
DeWalt Volts/Amp Hours/BatteryConcrete CapacityChipping ModeImpact Energy Weight as shown
DC233 KL 36/2.4/LI1 inchYes1.9 foot-pounds8.4 pounds
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StoryID
536620
ToolNumber
5
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627874
Tester Comments
This tool was fourth fastest in our speed test at 22.8 seconds per hole and placed seventh in our battery-duration test with 13.5 holes. It's a capable tool with low vibration and medium noise levels. The compact-L design tool has the same great spring-loaded suspension system as the smaller DeWalt, but its rear grip has a bit more hand room. Like its sibling, a two-finger trigger and rubber-grip side handle could make it even better. Unlike its sibling, this tool has the added benefit of a chipping mode and slightly better performance results.
Street Price
$799

Contact
DeWalt Industrial Tool
800-433-9258
www.dewalt.com
Hilti Volts/Amp Hours/BatteryConcrete CapacityChipping ModeImpact Energy Weight as shown
TE 6-A Li 36/2.4/LI3/4 inchNo1.1 foot-pounds8.8 pounds
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StoryID
536620
ToolNumber
6
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627874
Tester Comments
This Hilti was third slowest in our speed test at 26.9 seconds per hole and placed second in our battery-duration test with 23 holes. It's a long-lasting performer with medium vibration and noise levels. This compact-L design tool is very comfortable to use with its generous rear handle and rubber-grip side handle and a smooth feel in use. The batteries feature state-of-charge indicator lights, which prove very useful. Other Hilti batteries that can be used with this tool include the larger 3.3-amp-hour LI units and even some nicads.
Street Price
$1,009

Contact
Hilti
800-879-8000
www.us.hilti.com
Hilti Volts/Amp Hours/BatteryConcrete CapacityChipping ModeImpact Energy Weight as shown
TE 7-AC36/3.3/LI1 inchYes1.9 foot-pounds10.8 pounds
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StoryID
536620
ToolNumber
7
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627874
Tester Comments
This winner has it all, even if it is the largest, heaviest, and most expensive. It was second fastest in our speed test at 18.3 seconds per hole and placed first in our battery-duration test with 29.5 holes. It was our category favorite with medium vibration and noise levels. The compact-L design has the same comfortable grips, battery charge indicator, and nicad compatibility features as the smaller Hilti. Its increased speed, runtime, and chipping capability put it at the very top. An optional dust collection unit is available for dustless drilling.
Street Price
$1,239

Contact
Hilti
800-879-8000
www.us.hilti.com
MakitaVolts/Amp Hours/BatteryConcrete CapacityChipping ModeImpact Energy Weight as shown
BHR24018/3.0/LI7/8 inchYes1.4 foot-pounds7.3 pounds
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StoryID
536620
ToolNumber
8
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627874
Tester Comments
The Makita was the second slowest in our speed test at 36 seconds per hole and placed last in our battery-duration test with eight-and-one-half holes. It's lighter-duty with low vibration and medium noise levels. Even though this tool is rated for a 7/8-inch bit, it had trouble drilling 5/8-inch holes. The only inline D-handle model in the test, its rubber-surfaced rear grip, side handle, and trigger were among the best in comfort, and it was the smallest tool with chipping mode. It was comfortable to use but was far outclassed by most of the others.
Street Price
$489

Contact
Makita
800-462-5482
www.makita.com
MetaboVolts/Amp Hours/BatteryConcrete CapacityChipping ModeImpact Energy Weight as shown
BHA1818/2.2/LI3/4 inchNo1.2 foot-pounds7.1 pounds
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StoryID
536620
ToolNumber
9
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627874
Tester Comments
This tool was the slowest in our speed test at 48 seconds per hole and placed sixth in our battery-duration test with 14 holes. It's a slow worker that is easy on the user with low vibration and noise levels, but it's a bit easy on concrete, too. The angled compact-L design provides plenty of hand space but lacks any rubber grip to make it comfortable. It's the only one without a stop rod. The battery-level gauge is nice, as is the fact that it also can be used with nicads. But the overriding reality is the painful amount of time this tool takes to drill a hole, or 10.
Street Price
$639

Contact
Metabo
800-638-2264
www.metabousa.com
Milwaukee Volts/Amp Hours/BatteryConcrete CapacityChipping ModeImpact Energy Weight as shown
0756-2228/3.0/LI 1 inchYes2.1 foot-pounds9.5 pounds
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StoryID
536620
ToolNumber
10
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627874
Tester Comments
Even with a smaller battery than the contenders around it, the Milwaukee was a close third-fastest in our speed test at 18.8 seconds per hole and also was a very close third in our battery-duration test with 22.5 holes. It was a great performer with proportionally high vibration and noise levels. This compact-L design tool is a hard-hitting workhorse with a chipping mode like other top-rated models. The lighted battery-charge indicator is a great feature, and this tool had the best case: compact but with great storage capacity.
Street Price
$699

Contact
Milwaukee Electric Tool
800-729-3878
www.milwaukeetool.com
Panasonic Volts/Amp Hours/BatteryConcrete CapacityChipping ModeImpact Energy Weight as shown
EY6813NQKW24/3.0/NiMH 25/32 inchNoUnavailable9.5 pounds
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StoryID
536620
ToolNumber
11
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627874
Tester Comments
The Panasonic placed sixth in our speed test at 26.7 seconds per hole and placed fifth in our battery-duration test with 14.5 holes. It's feature-packed with high vibration and medium noise levels. The modified-pistol-grip design has great rubber grip surfaces. This is the only tool with a two-speed selector switch that provides softer hammering and slower drilling capabilities. The battery is held and protected by a latching metal strap. A large accordion-flex dust-collection cup fits on the front of the tool for those times you need to drill with less mess.
Street Price
$529

Contact
Panasonic
800-338-0552
www.panasonic.com