If you want to be able to drill through various types of concrete, then you will need a hammer drill. Normally these are available as a corded option. However. there are a number of very good quality cordless hammer drills, available on the UK marketplace.
Below we have listed the top 5 cordless hammer drills, that I think stand out from the rest. If you are in a hurry and don't have time to read all the information below, then just go with the first one on the list. It is the Bosch PSB 1800, an affordable hammer drill that gets fantastic buyer ratings.
BOSCH PSB 1800 Cordless Hammer Drill
Average Price = £70
This is a huge best selling drill from Bosch. That is down to two things - affordable price and extremely good quality.
It uses high quality 18 Volt Lithium-Ion batteries (2 off), has a 2-speed gearbox, 20 torue settings, a keyless chuck and an excellent hammer action.
Black + Decker 18V Lithium Ion 2 Gear Cordless Hammer Drill
Average Price = £60
This is another very popular and slightly cheaper option. This cordless hammer drill is a very popular choice for they typical home owner, who will now and again need to drill through brick, concrete or walls.
It uses high quality 18 Volt Lithium-Ion batteries, has a 2-speed gearbox, variable speed, a keyless chuck and an excellent hammer action.
Draper 20497 18-Volt Cordless Hammer Drill
Average Price = £48
This is the lowest priced cordless hammer drill that I am aware of. The reason for that it uses the older style NiCad batteries. It works perfectly fine though.
It uses 18 V Ni-Cd batteries, has 16 torque positions, an electric brake and cordless chuck. It is ideal for someone who needs to do a bit of masonry drilling from time to time.
Makita DHR202Z 18 V Body Only Cordless Li-ion SDS Plus Rotary Hammer Drill
Average Price = £110-199
If you want a powerful cordless hammer drill, then this model from Makita, is all you will ever need. This magnificent drill, will get you through just about anything. It does however some at a price.
Please note you either need to already own an 18 Volt compatible Makiita battery, or buy one. This is a body only drill, and the battery is NOT supplied.
DEWALT 18V CORDLESS LITHIUM LXT COMBI DRILL,DRILL DRIVER WITH HAMMER ACTION
Average Price = £95
If you want a powerful cordless hammer drill, then this model from Dewalt, is an excellent choice. It is close to the £100 mark though, but a high quality cordless hammer drill.
It does come with an 18 volt Lithium Ion battery, charger, and heavy duty case.
Cordless Hammer Drill Buying Guide
Hopefully you will find this guide useful. Above I have made my top 5 recommendations for a cordless hammer drill. However, if you would like to know more detail about what to look out for, before making a purchase, then this buyer's guide should help.
The Actual Hammer Action
Now it goes without saying that the very first thing you need to check, is that it has the hammer action. That will always be listed in the features, as that is the only function, that will allow you to get through concrete and masonry.
This is normally measured in bumps per second (bps) The more bumps the better, is the easiest thing to look out for. Ordinary drill have a rotary spinning action. This is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm). Most drills will then have variable speeds. These different speeds are used to drill through different types of material.
Hammer drills also have this revolving or spinning function. When the hammer function is engaged, then as well as a rotary drilling action, it also has a bumping action like a very fast hammer. It is the combination of both actions, that allows you to drill through walls and masonry.
Battery Power for Hammer Action Drills
As long as you have a hammer feature, then the next most important feature to check is battery size and battery charge. The most popular is an 18 Volt sized battery. Lithium-Ion batteries are much better than the older NiCad batteries, but are more expensive. Li-Ion batteries also tend to charge faster, and they certainly retain or hold their charge for much longer.
The power for your drilling comes directly from the battery. The bigger it is the better. The smallest you should go for is the 14.4 Volt option, but an 18 Volt or 20 Volt is even better.
Chuck Size for a Hammer Drill
Most of these types of cordless hammer drills will have a 10 mm chuck. That means you can insert a drill bit, that has a diameter of 10 mm. For most masonry drilling that is usually enough. It is ideal for drilling out holes for wall plugs etc. You can also get 12 mm chucks and these will allow you to hold larger diameter drill bits.
You will really only need to move up to that, if you plan on doing a lot of heavy duty drilling. The 10 mm chuck size is usually good enough for almost all jobs around the home and garden.