Milwaukee's M18 Cordless 7/8-inch SDS Plus Rotary Hammer should find its strongest market among mechanical contractors who work on commercial jobs, but it will be of interest to any tradesperson who drills a lot of small holes in concrete. According to the maker, its short drop motor design and light weight (7.2 pounds) make for good maneuverability between pipes and ducts and easier overhead handling. The tool has an anti-vibration handle and three modes of operation: rotary hammer, hammer only, and rotation only.
¦ Price: $449 for a kit (2605-20) containing tool, charger, side handle, stop rod, case, and two 18-volt XC battery packs. www.milwaukeetool.com.