I love this drill. for the price, it's unbeatable.
Keith K., Amazon
4 weeks ago
Summary: lots of power and easy on the hands. Great for drilling through cement. After 5 minutes of drilling through cement, my hands were not tired and the drill did not excessively heat up. I used a two foot long bit and there was no wobble once I evenly tightened the chock. The key is nice and big and hard to lose. I always paint mine florescent orange so I can spot them quickly. This model does not come with a built in work light.
Gutless, the gears stripped in the first minute of use
21 September 2014
Summary: When I used this for the first time, the gears partially stripped out on the third hole, and now it runs rough. I am going to try to return it. It was for a 1.5" hole in soft waferboard with a flat wood bit. I need my drill to be able to handle an occasional stall (which you often get when one of these bits breaks through), which is why I bought an apparently solidly-built half-inch drill from a (formerly?) well-regarded company.
Summary: I bought because it was on sale for something like $40. After about 10 holes in (hard) concrete, it's locked in hammer mode. No big deal, I have a non-hammer drill too. But if you are looking for something heavy duty, apparently you get what you pay for. The body is screwed together so it can be taken apart, so one of these days I'll disassemble it to see what wrong.
Summary: I tried drilling 2" deep and 3/16" wide holes in a 50+ year old concrete floor with a rotary drill with a concrete drill bit and I spent 10 minutes penetrating thru just 1/8 " of concrete for one hole. I then purchased this hammer drill and used the same 3/16" concrete drill bit and this hammer drill punched thru the concrete like it was butter. I was able to drill 25 holes in 10 minutes with this hammer drill with NO problems.
Summary: I purchased this hammer drill from Home Depot and when I attempted to use it the chuck key would not fit properly into the chuck making complete tightening impossiblle. Complete tightening (tightening from all three chuck holes) is important because of the impact nature of the tool which can loosen the chuck. I took the drill back to Home Depot got my money back and intended to buy the identical Makita drill.
Summary: I purchased this drill because I have a number of other Makita tools and have had good experiences with their construction and durability. Not so with this drill. I used it on two small projects drilling a total of ten 5/32 inch holes and it worked fine. I don't drill holes in concrete very frequently. Then I used it on a third project and the drill almost caught fire on me.
Summary: Bought drill at HD to install 3/16" tapcons in a concrete slab. After about the 9th hole it suddenly started having bright blue flames appear from the vent slits on the back of the drill. The trigger function started to work intermittently after that until the drill altogether quit. I bought this drill specifically because it was partially made/manufactured in the USA - very disappointing...
Summary: On second use, 4 holes in hollow side of cinder blocks for toggles, it became jammed in hammer mode! Freaking pissed off! This thing is bad bad bad. May as well bought the Rigid HD brand. Junk. And whatever these guys say 'oh, what do you expect for 80 bucks'? I expect more than 2 uses and a total of 5 holes.