Hammer Drills Vs. Drills

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The hammer drill can perform certain tasks that a drill cannot. The drill is primarily used for drilling wood and metal. However, the hammer drill can be used for drilling these as well as concrete. The hammer drill can perform the work of two drills.

The Drill

  • The drill is designed to perform certain duties, such as drilling wooden materials and metal plates. This drill often has two speeds and can be reversed to spin in the opposite direction. Some drills have chuckless changing shafts that do not require a tool for changing bits. A drill can also be used as a screw gun to insert Phillips and flat head screws. An additional benefit of the drill is that it is found commonly in a cordless format, which is not as common for the hammer drill.

Drill Bits

  • The bits that are used in drills vary in sizes and lengths. You can purchase bits as small as 3/16ths and as large as 1 inch. These bits will bore wood, plastic, metal and any other non-cement materials. They can also be interchanged and used in the hammer drill for normal drilling. However, one drawback to these bits is that they will not drill cement.

Hammer Drill

  • The hammer drill is a bit more heavy duty than the drill. It has a hammering mechanism built in that vibrates and hammers the drilling shaft as the drill bores into cement. The hammering motion displaces and breaks loose the cement, allowing for easier boring of the hole. One drawback of the hammer drill is that it is not commonly found in cordless form and is large and bulky. However, it can be used as a multipurpose drill, performing the same tasks as the drill.

Hammer Drill Bits

  • The hammer drill bits are exclusive to the hammer drill. They cannot be used in a regular drill. These bits are hardened to withstand excessive heat created from friction with the cement. They have diamond tipped boring blades on the end of the shaft that serve to cut away stubborn concrete.

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References

  • "Renovation"; Michael W. Litchfield; 2005
  • "Hand-Held Power Tools"; Books LLC; 2010
  • "Field Guide to Tools: How to Identify and Use Virtually Every Tool"; John Kelsey; 2004
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