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The hammer function on this is achieved by pushing the lever on the side forward, pull it back ward in order to use this as a 'normal' drill. This lever has a locking button on the top which needs to be pressed in in order for the lever to move. A nice safety feature so that you don't accidentally knock the lever
it offers 440 watts of power inside a blue plastic casing that allows the motor inside to stay cool by letting the heat out of the vents at the rear.
The handle is a nice shape, having the trigger near the top and a nice grip section at the bottom which makes it easier to keep hold of. Behind the trigger there is a button that slides from side, offering reverse and forward options.
This has a second handle, which wraps around the front area, just behind the chuck itself. You simply wrap the loop over the chuck, putting it onto the area behind the chuck, then tightening the screw on the handle until it locks in place. This second handle has a depth guide on it, which is a simple rod of plastic with measurements down the edge. This slides forward and backwards, locking it onto place when you get the right depth.
This chuck does not take your normal bits, those smooth round ones like rods. This chuck takes what are called SDS-plus, which means that you need to buy SDS plus drill bits. They are pretty common and don't costs as much as you think, so the bits are not a problem really. You get 7 bits in this pack anyway, and the bits are nice and strong, capable of drilling through the hard stuff like brick, rock and concrete.
This drill sells for about £70, which is not a bad price for the power, stamina and build of this mains powered drill.
You also get a rather nice, and large, toughened plastic box, with a handle, so that you can put all the bits into the case, including the drill bits that come with it.
the Makita hr1830 is an sds plus hammer drill. it is lightweight compared to a lot of other hammer drills, weighing 1.7kg.
the speed is variable and it can be put into reverse which is handy. it also has a safety torque limiter.
this sds plus drill comes complete with a carry case which is brilliant for storing it in. I like to keep all my drills in carry cases as it means my tool shed is kept looking much neater and it is easier to just go in and see which drill I want straight away and get it out.
this Makita drill feels really sturdy and well built and is brilliant at drilling into brick and concrete walls which is the main think I bought it for. I also bought it to attach a chisel to in order to chisel off the plaster from my brickwork when gutting my new house. it did the job but struggled a little bit, although I did work it extremely hard! it also seems like there is much less vibration with this drill compared to my previous non sds drill.
the chuck is really easy to use unlike some other drills which makes changing bits much easier.
this drill is less than £100 and I think it is brilliant value for money and will hopefully last me a long long time. I know you can get cheaper sds drills for a bit cheaper but it is definitely worth paying the little bit extra for this Makita one.
Corded: yes / Subcategory: SDS Plus Hammer / Makita HR 1830 240 Volt SDS+ Rotary Hammer Drill 2 Mode 440w / Low vibration under no load running. Rotation reversing system using brush holder unit. Forward/reverse rotation Variable speed trigger Torque limiter Integrated job light. Blows per minute: 0-5,000bpm No Load Speed: 0-1,050/min Impact Energy: 1.2 Joules Input wattage: 440 Max in Concrete: 18mm Max in Steel: 13mm Max in Wood: 24mm. Weight: 1.7kg Chuck type: SDS plus Vibration drilling: 2.5 m/sec? Number of drilling modes Two rotary drilling, hammer drilling