Unlike some other brands that let their higher-voltage cordless lines go dormant, Bosch’s 36-volt platform is still going strong. This territory is reserved for its strongest cordless saws and rotary hammers and the new 1 1/8-inch RH328VC-36 Bulldog is no exception. Bosch asserts that it’s the fastest-drilling and longest-running cordless rotary hammer available. Even if it’s not, it’s still the most powerful ever from Bosch. The SDS Plus tool puts out 2.4 foot-pounds of impact energy for drilling and chipping and comes with the brand’s upgraded 4.0-Ah 36-volt battery packs for extra runtime. Features include a gentle start that delivers less power to improve accuracy when starting a hole and an inertial sensor that stops the tool when it binds in a hole and suddenly jerks.

Cost: $749 (found online)