Hammer Drill or Impact Drill – What’s Best for Your Project?

11 December 2017

When it comes to buying a drill, you have to consider what the drill is going to be used for. When it comes to certain tasks, there may definitely be various as well as better options for the job. It may even be a good idea to contact a drill hire company to test the range of drills available. That will save you the expense of buying one that may prove not be suitable for the project you had in mind. Take a quick look at this handy overview:

  • Rotary Drills

Before we look at the more specialised drills, it’s a good idea to have a basic understanding of a standard rotary drill. Usually used for the drilling of light wood, steel and alloy, a rotary drill is a standard corded drill with a rotating chuck. Interestingly, they have higher rotational speeds than percussion drills and hammer drills.

  • Hammer Drills

A hammer drill (or a rotary hammer drill, as they’re otherwise known) has a hammering action in addition to its rotation. They tend to rotate slightly slower, but the hammering action means that you don’t need as much rotational speed to drive the bit into the surface. If you’re looking for the best of both worlds, there are some models which have both a regular rotation and a hammer setting.

Hammer drills are suited to heavy-duty tasks, such as in jobs where concrete or masonry are involved. Chisel bits can be added to the chuck to help break up or remove chunks of stone, concrete and masonry, as with a jackhammer.

  • Impact Drill

An Impact drill is essentially a lightweight hammer drill. The main difference between the two is that the hammer action is initiated by the rotation of the chuck on a percussion drill, which means it won’t operate without the rotational function.

Suited to medium-duty tasks, percussion impact drills are useful when drilling into semi-hard substances such as limestone or light concrete. They can also be used for general DIY. Keep in mind though, they are somewhat slower than standard rotary drills.

TALISMAN Hire offers quality equipment, prices to suit your budget and quick deliveries to meet your deadlines. Whether it’s a drill or any other power tools you might be looking for, we are the go-to company. So, if you’re planning your next big project and need to rent a drill, give us a call to find out which drill is best suited to your task.