Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 28
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by trogo Rotary Hammer Has Good Ergonomics, Anti-Vibration and Power
If you are in the market for a mid-sized rotary hammer, look no further than the Bosch SDS-Plus 1 1/8 Inch Rotary Hammer, Model RH328VC. The first thing I noticed is how well balanced the tool feels and easy to use. At 7.7 lbs and 14.5 inches wide, along with a very effective anti-vibration system, it’s designed for all day use. I am very impressed with the tools ergonomics, features and performance.
The Bosch RH328VC Rotary Hammer has a powerful 8 amp variable speed motor, delivering 0-900 rpm, 0-4,000 bpm, and 2.6 ft-lbs of impact energy. It has a capacity of 1 1/8” hammer drill bit and 3” concrete hole saw. The RH328VC includes an all metal gear case and mechanical clutch to protect the motor in case the bit binds. It includes three modes of operation: rotation only, hammering, and drilling and hammering. It also has a mode for accurately adjusting a chisel style bit when hammering. A side handle is also included which has an integral depth adjustment rod. It took only a few seconds to drill 3/8” holes through 4 inches of concrete.
Overall, I am very pleased with the Bosch 1 1/8” Rotary Hammer. It’s small enough to be very comfortable performing small jobs, yet large enough to perform the vast majority of tasks most users will ever encounter.
May 30, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ToddB THIS DRILL ROCKS! AWESOME!
I had never used a real hammer drill before. Not sure why. I wanted to split an overhanging end of a granite step, so I ordered some 1/2" feathers and wedges and borrowed a neighbor's Bosch Bulldog drill. OMG! That was so easy I couldn't believe it. I just had to get one for myself.
I didn't do too much research, but I did discover that the "1-1/8" size is the maximum drill bit size that the drill is rated for. I don't know what material they rate that in (concrete?), but it's all relative, so the larger the more powerful the drill is. This drill seemed like a good price point for me and I liked the vertical format over the horizontal of the Bulldog.
I've now drilled and split a number of granite blocks, some 10" thick using this drill and a 1/2" carbide bit (Bosch HCFC2081 1/2-Inch by 4-Inch by 6-Inch SDS-plus X5L Drill Bit). I've also drilled and split a number of foundation stones in front of my barn so that I could cozy a large granite landing up to the sill. . Those were difficult to split, but each hole only took about 30 seconds to drill. I bought a longer carbide drill for future rock work.
Let me assure you that this drill and a 1/2" carbide bit will drill a four inch hole in a stone or a block of granite in 30 seconds. I drill 18 holes down the middle of a six foot block in a matter of minutes. What's more, there's no need to push on the drill. I just hold it upright and let the weight of the drill and the hammer action do all the work! This means you can work for hours drilling with no fatigue.
I also used the chisel action to remove a 100 square foot area of pavement with an asphalt/stone underlayment. For that i used a chisel (Bosch HS1470 SDS Plus Viper Long Life Chisel). I think this was pushing it for the drill. It's not really a jackhammer, of course. I got the job done, but it took quite a while and was a tiring job. The chisel bit sacrificed its life for the job, as well. My neighbor says it should have been easier with a pick, but it's too late for me to know. I don't think you should expect a drill this size to handle hard code chiseling demo work.
The SDS PLUS chuck is "ok". It's a bit tricky to get the bit seated, but it's not enough of a problem to influence my recommendation. I didn't realize there's an SDS MAX chuck. Not sure if it's just in more expensive drills, but it might be worth a look for you. I think bit price and availability should play a big role in your decision of chuck, though.
July 26, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Chuckm Excellent drilling power!
I bought this about 2 weeks ago and am very satisfied with it.
May 14, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by markkapusta Great tool with versatility
Bought this hammer drill to drill and mount my ledger board for my deck. Delivered great power and speed in drilling threw my brick veneer which is 4" thick brick. Drills fast and clean holes with the bits I purchased. Also bought a demo pick and chisel which both worked great for the job they were used for. If you are looking for a lite duty demo/rotary hammer drill this is it. Don't expect to demo out a sidewalk without pushing this tool!
April 19, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by oldguy123 versatile with the ability to switch
I used the tool mainly to remove a stone wall around my fireplace. I used the hammer drill and drove in wedges to break up the concrete as well as just the hammer. It work well in the lighter wall but in the thicker base it took more time.
April 7, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Historian Work Smart With The 1-1/8 Inch SDS-Plus Drop Down Rotary Hammer Drill.
As the old saying goes, you can work hard, or work smart! I've been re-tiling my house, and was killing myself with the old fashioned hand scraper to remove old tile that were really stuck in place. I got this Bosch 1-1/8 Inch SDS-Plus Drop Down Rotary Hammer Drill Model RH328VC and my life just got a lot easier! Paired up with the Bosch Tile Chisel, this beast tears up tile like nothing I have ever used before! Bosch makes a whole bunch of other SDS-Plus accessories that I now look forward to trying out, including the Bosch 1618571014 SDS-plus Shank 3 Jaw Chuck so I can use my regular drill bits in this drill. I really love the extra large trigger on this hammer drill, and the simple to use controls. The depth gauge was a nice addition to it as well. Even the carrying case is well-built and has enough room to store extra bits. All in all, I love this beautiful beast! Thanks Bosch, and Home Depot!
May 29, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bill1974 Makes a hammer drill feel like a toy
I had a couple of projects around the house to do and this came in really handy. One was to drill a bunch of holes for tapcons to attach sleeps to a concrete floor. I started with a hammer drill and it was going okay. Then this showed up and wow, what a difference. It's like drill through wood with a drill.
The other project was to rebuild the steps on my walkway. They were brick over the original concrete walkway. This past winter did a number on them and the step were falling apart. most of the brick came off by hand. But on one of the step I wanted to move them back a little so i needed to remove some of the old concrete. With a 3/4" bit and a chisel bit it was knocked back in no time and with next to no effort.
The tool comes with a nice case that has extra room for some bit's which is nice. There is plenty of room for the rotary hammer and its cord.
The only word of caution is to make sure you take care of the chuck. If you don't it make getting the bits in and out hard. Other than that there is really no maintenance. There is mention of replacing some bearing and chuck over time but i doubt i will ever wear this thing out.
June 1, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jake16 great german made rotary drill
I once thought a hammer drill was a hammer drill, till I tried to drill through my 11inch thick foundation. You definately need a rotary drill for this application. 35minutes with a noral hammer drill turned into under a minute with this one. Like the hilti i used to use at work, but not the size a jackhammer. Solid product that has exceeded my expectations, for a great price for what you get.
September 4, 2014