Looking to drill or chip concrete? The Milwaukee SDS 7/8″ Rotary Hammer might just be your best friend for the job. This is part of Milwaukee M18's growing line of professional power tools. Whether you are looking to install anchors, screws or just do some chiseling and you want the freedom from the cord, the Milwaukee M18 is a tank.
Manufacturer – Milwaukee
Model – 2605-22
Average Purchase Price – $450
We use it to build, we drive on it, we walk on it, we even use it to stop water and protect our cities. It is one of the most commonly used building supplies, concrete. You want to build something that will last? Use concrete. Just about anywhere you look, you will see concrete. Concrete is in our foundations of our homes and buildings, it is used for parking lots, sidewalks and more. We use concrete because it is strong and inexpensive. Concrete has a high compressive strength, but a very low tensile strength (Rebar is used to help improve tensile strength, but a new technology ECC should push concrete to the next level where it can bend). One of the pros to concrete besides strength and cost is the ability to work with it before it sets and gets hard. However once the concrete cures and hardens, it is very solid and very hard to work with. So if you need to work with concrete after it has set, you will need to use a quality tool. One that will last the abuse of consistent pounding, hitting rebar, dropping and more. So let us introduce the Milwaukee M18 SDS Plus Rotary Hammer.
This Milwaukee is a 7/8″ SDS hammer, so you can drill some serious holes, plus some light chiseling. There are three modes on this hammer:
- Rotating Hammer
This hammer is very cool, but the two things that stand out to us is the Anti-vibration system and the motor design. First is the anti-vibration. When you look at the top of the D-handle, you can see what looks like a small shock system that absorbs the impacts. We have to say this is one of the smoothest cordless rotary hammers we have used. We won't go as far as saying we can't feel any vibrations, but we will say this system cuts down a majority of the vibrations. If you are not familiar with this tool, you use it different than a hammer drill. You always want the tool to do the work, but with a hammer drill it is not a huge deal if you use force when making holes. However with a rotary hammer, the more pressure you put on the tool, the less efficient it is. The reason being are these tools are run by a piston moving back and forth, so you want to maximize this process. Which brings us to the next cool thing with this hammer.
Milwaukee designed this tool to be 2 times more durable than the competition. Now we can't verify this, but Milwaukee claims it has to do with the way they designed the motor and maximized the component size. The tool is not only supposed to be more durable, but also gives it a harder hit to increase productivity from the user. The motor puts out 1.8 ft-lbs of impact energy, 0-1,400 RPM and 0-4,800 BPM.
A couple other things to note is that this tool has a variable position chisel stop. This is a great feature to have as it allows the user to adjust the chisel to the position of their choice. There is also a mechanical clutch system that helps protect the tool when the bit binds up such as if you hit rebar.
When we first started using this hammer was when we were doing our basement project. We were able to use all three functions. We mostly used it for installing Tapcon screws, so we did get a lot of use out of the rotation and rotation and hammer modes. We also used it to install a couple of sleeve anchors and strike anchors. We did try the chisel function on the floor. Not that we chipped up a lot, but it was more or less to try it out. We ended up using the Milwaukee Grinder with a diamond cup wheel as that was more practical for the application. We have to say this rotary hammer is very impressive. Lots of power, very easy to work with and just about everything you could ask for in a tool like this.
|Impact Energy||1.8 ft-lbs|
|Thin Wall Core Bit Capacity||2-1/8″|
|Anti-Vibration||Yes – AVS™|
|No of Batteries Included||2|
|Tool Weight||7.2 lbs|
|Shipping Weight||16.90 lbs|
Milwaukee SDS 2605-22 Includes:
- 2605-20 M18™ 7/8″ Rotary Hammer
- (2) M18™ XC High Capacity RED LITHIUM™ Battery Packs
- Side Handle
- Depth Rod
- Carrying Case
Tool – 5 years
Battery – 3 Years