Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 11
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Allfinished I bought this because it was the third time I needed to rent a rotary hammer. So, I decided to invest in one. This is light and compact and was great at breaking through a first floor slab foundation to move a shower drain.
October 25, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by aporras very good
Very good for electromechanical jobs, great weight, very very helpfull for small demolition Jobs
June 3, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Christian I love my Makita products but this is a piece of Junk, Get a Bosch!
I've had this Roto Hammer for over a year now and the most common size bits I use are 3/8", 1/2" and 5/8" going all the way up to 3/4". The machine old role is extremely underpowered the "protection system" locks up frequently we are going to a larger size bit for a previous hole. Trying to increase a 3/8" hole to a 1/2" hole caused the system to lock out the first time and in doing so made future bits spin out of alignment. The depth gauge is changed by loosening the handle attachment and if not tightened excessively has been known to slip while drilling due to the amount of force you need to push on the tool to get it to drill. 1 1/8" would be a joke to try and attempt with this toy. If you plan to do any serious drilling or hammering get a Bosch. I'm a general contractor in Seattle and carry 4 sets of Makitas combo drills, cordless saws, etc and love them. But for certain tools I look outside Makita to purchase. There are some things they make that are Fantastic, This is not one of them.
Having said as much, the Makita 4 1/2" angle grinder I have has performed like a champ. I use it for cutting metal fencing, concrete, rebar, and gypsum board from the 50's(the stuff that looks like it really has little rocks in it and will wear down a recip blade after 10-15' of cutting). I've even used a 7" turbo masonry disk and this little guy keeps performing despite increased workload, concrete dust, drywall dust, metal shavings and sawdust. At the end of every day I clean my tools and use an air compressor to blow out the vents and during extremely slow times have the tools serviced. Needless to say when you see the guts of a tool it's easy to tell: if the manufacturer went the extra mile to make it accessible for servicing (planned for long term use), the shell was truly reinforced and what was done to prevent motor contamination.
In short Angle Grinder Good! Rotary Hammer Bad!
December 24, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by peter Very disappointed Get bosch is better
I had this model 6 to 8 months most drill bit i use 3/8 and 1/2 size with 12inches long . i dont really use alot right i had problem with 1/2 size. no much power punch in. for first 3 months i feel ok
compare my old bosch i used with 7 years model 1122 . bosch much stronger.
this brand of makita the rotar not last long. Never buy again. it will cause waste money on Makita for rotary model. I even bring back to service. they said works fine. i have nothing to say.
September 7, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by nubbins really strong hammer/chissel
really surprised me. tried to wear it out so I could take it back, but after three days of solid use I was in love and kept it
August 11, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Anthony Got the job done
was able to drill a hole in my basement for a sub pump pit with this, easy to use
March 10, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by mossimo86 Good size for medium work
I used to rent these for various jobs but decided to finally buy one after my experience with the rentals. I have used this drill for setting anchors and drilling holes in old concrete and it has worked well. It's not too big to make it hard to handle for horizontal drilling but seems to have enough power to get the job done. I drilled 5/8" dia and smaller holes and had no problem.
July 1, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Samson Good for medium duty use
For a drill that can make a 1-1/8" diameter hole in concrete the Makita is light in weight and compact in size. I can get this hammer drill in spaces where a full size one would not fit. At half the weight of an SDS-Max hammer drill it is also less tiring if having to use it overhead or at shoulder height.
Something I greatly dislike about the drill is that there is no trigger locking mechanism to keep the drill from turning on when holding it by the only handle. The trigger is very long and so there is no way to easily hold the drill with one hand without pressing down on the trigger and having the bit spinning. It is a bad trigger design.
What I like about the drill is that it has a hammer only, hammer with drilling, and drilling only settings. There is an optional keyless drill chuck available from Makita to turn this into a heavy duty standard power drill.
The carry case is the usual mediocre type on expects to get from Makita. The power cord is routed through the same section where drill bits are stored and the drill bits bounce around will carrying the case or transporting it in a truck and they are going to hit against the power cord. I use a piece of dense foam inside the case to protect the power cord from the drill bits.
With SDS drill bits there is a lot of run-out so do not expect your holes to be the same size as the drill bit but 1/8" to 1/4" larger in size.
October 27, 2014