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 bought this drill at Home Depot and drilled 12 small holes 2 inches into a 40 year old concrete slab. The drill worked great for me and the price was $20 lower than the Dewalt. Also this drill is assembled in the USA - checked all the other brands and they are either china or mexico. I recommend you purchase Bosch bits and drill pilot holes before drilling anything more than 1/2".
Summary: I purchase this product for drilling concrete wall for a tv. Great drilling but, the hammer selector is stuck on hammer drilling. Bad thing now is always in hammer drill. Call Makita and nothing ,.... no customer service. Not a good product.
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 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: Bought at HD a couple of months ago - it was part of a drill/grinder combo for less than the price of just the drill alone. Used it for the first time last week to drill 2ea 1" holes through a block wall 12" wide, using a standard Vermont 1" masonry bit. Basically, the rear bearing became damaged and the chuck got partially locked. Took it to HD for refund. This is NOT a 5/8 hammer drill designed for any kind of heavy use. Ironically, the bit is still in decent shape.
Summary: Have the same problem a lot of people do with it stuck in hammer drill mode. took it apart and still can't see what the issue is. Its like the plastic selector bit swelled up somehow and doesn't fit right. for a hammer drill only, it does its job.
Summary: I had 2 seperate drills in 2 days, the first one overheated after 4 holes in masonry and the reverse switch jammed up. The second one locked in hammer mode after 4 holes and would not come out. I returned both. This is a poorly designed low quality tool. I reccomend you avoid it.